One more week and several area football teams will enter postseason play. Whether Aurora is one of them will be decided Nov. 1. Even if the Greenmen make it in, a first-round home game, which they have managed to land several times in recent years, is unlikely.
With Aurora holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in Division III Region 7 heading into this weekend's action, a win over Chagrin Valley Conference rival Kenston should extend the locals' season for at least one more week. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play.
But even though AHS would finish 8-2 with a loss to the Bombers, that could mean the team would finish out of the top eight and its streak of consecutive playoff appearances would end.
Aurora went into last weekend's game in the sixth spot in Region 7, but dropped two places because it did not compile many points after beating a weak Painesville Harvey.
The teams ahead of the Greenmen are Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Hubbard, Louisville -- all of them undefeated -- Poland Seminary, Kenston, West Geauga and Marlington.
The Bombers, on the other hand, moved up from seventh to fifth with a big win over West G., while the Wolverines dropped from fourth to sixth.
A couple more teams which could wedge their way into the top eight are Alliance (6-3 and holding down the ninth spot) and Norton (9-1 and in 10th place), which will pick up a slew of points if it beats Kent Roosevelt this weekend.
IT IS TOUGH to predict who the Greenmen would play in the first round of the playoffs, but if they beat Kenston, the likely foes would be Hubbard, Louisville or Poland Seminary. If they lose and manage to remain in the eighth spot, it could be a long night in the first postseason game, as St. V-M would be the opponent. The Irish are one of the strongest teams in the state in any division.
Massillon gave the Irish their best fight of the season last week, with St. V-M winning 28-23. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney held St. V-M to the fewest points -- 25. The Akron powerhouse has topped the 60-point mark twice -- against Akron Garfield and Canal Fulton Northwest -- and has scored 40-plus against four foes.
Meanwhile in Division IV, Chagrin Falls continues to lead Region 11 despite having two losses -- one to the Greenmen. The Tigers are certain to host a first-round playoff game, where they would likely play either Fairview Park or Cleveland Benedictine.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, it appears likely that two teams will share the CVC Chagrin Division title -- either the Greenmen and Chagrin Falls or Kenston and the Tigers. The latter faces Perry in the season finale.
The Greenmen are ready and eager for the postseason, but they must first get by Kenston. If they do that, they should be prepared to face up to whatever challenge comes along. Here's hoping the season lasts a few more weeks.
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In other news on the local high school sports scene, the new Suburban League configuration reportedly is moving forward for the 2015-16 school year.
Aurora will join Kent Roosevelt, Barberton, Copley, Cloveleaf, Highland, Tallmadge and Revere in the American Conference, while Twinsburg, Nordonia, Stow-Munroe Falls, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Wadsworth will be in the National Conference.
A different configuration, based on geography, has been proposed for middle schools.
Aurora, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Nordonia, Kent Roosevelt, Stow, Tallmadge and Twinsburg would be in the Northeast Conference and Barberton, Brecksville, Cloverleaf, Copley, Highland, North Royalton, Revere and Wadsworth would be in the Southwest Conference.
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