And then there were four.
Avon, Avon Lake, Keystone and Elyria Catholic are the only area football teams still standing after the regular season. They’ll begin their postseason journeys this weekend with the regional quarterfinals. Divisions I, II, III are set for Friday and Divisions IV, V and VII are Saturday. All games are at 7 p.m.
Avon and Avon Lake finished as the top two seeds in Division II, Region 6 and will have home games. Keystone is the top seed in Division IV, Region 14 and will also host its opener while Elyria Catholic is seeded seventh in Division V, Region 18 and will be on the road.
Avon finished 10-0 with an outright Southwestern Conference title and the No. 1 seed in the region.
The Eagles’ quest for a third straight regional championship starts against Wooster (7-3). Avon is making its 10th straight playoff appearance, highlighted by a state-runner up finish in 2011. The Eagles have been to the regional final five times, winning three, and hold a 7-2 record in the first round since 2010.
Avon had to battle through a slew of injuries to key starters, including All-Ohio running back Nick Perusek, but that didn’t stop the Eagles from winning at least nine regular-season games for the 10th straight year and going undefeated for the fifth time during that span.
“Anytime you go 10-0 it’s a big deal,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “We’ve had 10 straight years in the playoffs, but we haven’t been undefeated all of those years. It’s hard to win every week in the SWC. We’re proud of our guys, and overcoming all of the adversity and things thrown at us makes it that much sweeter.”
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