November 2, 2011

Kent State commits prepare for playoffs

The Ohio high school football playoffs start on Friday and many of the Flashes commits will be in action hoping to make it to Stark County on that first weekend in December. Below, we take a quick look at each Kent State commit that will be in action this weekend in the first round.

Kyle Crum - Tight End - Minerva High School

Crum and Minerva roll into the playoffs with an undefeated 10-0 record, giving the Lions the number three seed in Region 11. The Lions scored more than 40 points six times during the regular season and won seven of their 10 games in blowout fashion. The Lions also received a favorable draw within their region by avoiding perennial powers and probable favorites Steubenville and Cardinal Mooney until the Region Finals. Minerva opens up the playoffs at home against Poland Seminary (7-3) on Friday night.

Brice Fackler - Athlete - Kenton High School

Like Crum, Fackler and his team come into the playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record. Kenton is the number one seed in Division IV Region 14 and the main competition will come from defending state champion Bishop Hartley. Luckily for the Wildcats, a match-up with Hartley won't be possible until the regional final. With Ohio's Division IV being somewhat down this year, whichever team comes out of this region will likely be the heavy favorites to win the state championship. Kenton hosts Wellington (7-3) on Friday night.

Jake Kincaid - Linebacker - Pickerington Central High School

Unlike the above two players, things weren't always easy for Kincaid and Pickerington Central. The Tigers lost their first two games of the season to Cincinnati powers St. Xavier and Archbishop Moeller, then had a bye for week three. The Tigers got their first win of the season in week four and haven't lost since, finishing the regular season with a seven-game winning streak. The Tigers are the number two seed and Region 3 and along with Hilliard Davidson are favored to make the Regional Final. The Tigers host Dublin Coffman (8-2) on Saturday night in the first round.

Anthony Melchiori - Kicker/Athlete - Aurora High School

Aurora enters the playoffs as the number three seed in Division II Region 5 and the Greenmen are riding a six-game winning streak heading into the weekend. Melchiori has done whatever it takes for his team this season and is a starter at kicker, wide receiver, and defensive back. The Greenmen won the Division III state championship back in 2009 and are now looking to get one at the Division II level. Region 5 is a very competitive region and ironically Melchiori will find himself lined up against another Kent State verbal pledge in Madison's Jason O'Bryan on Friday night as the Greenmen host the Blue Streaks.

Jason O'Bryan - Defensive Back - Madison High School

O'Bryan and the Blue Streaks won their last three games to secure the number six seed in Region 5. The Blue Streaks offense has been rolling recently, putting up 59 points in each of the last two games. O'Bryan is a playmaker on both sides of the ball at both defensive back and wide receiver and he'll get to match-up against future teammate Anthony Melchiori on Friday night as Madison hits the road to face the number three seeded Aurora Greenmen.

Stay tuned to this weekend for recaps on how these future Flashes performed in their first round playoff games.

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