No Changes For Local Teams As OHSAA Announces Football Regions For 2021


ARCHBOLD SENIOR QUARTERBACK … DJ Newman eludes Swanton defenders in a NWOAL contest last season. The defending NWOAL champion Bluestreaks remain in Division VI Region 22. (FILE PHOTO)

By: Nate Calvin

 The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season yesterday. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin October 29-30.

 As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

In the NWOAL, Wauseon and Bryan will be in Division IV Region 14, Swanton will play in Division V Region 18, while Archbold, Delta, and Evergreen remain in Division VI Region 22. Montpelier will also be in Division VI Region 22 while Division VII Region 26 will include Edgerton, Edon, and Hilltop.

In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.

 Also, in the sport of football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice August 1.

 2021 OHSAA Football Calendar

Sunday, August 1                First Day of Official Coaching Permitted

August 6-14                        Scrimmage Dates

Monday, August 16           Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 20)

Tuesday, Sept. 14                First Weekly Computer Points Released (every Tuesday after Week 4)

Saturday, Oct. 23                Regular-Season Ends

Sunday, Oct. 24                  Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced

Fri./Sat., Oct. 29-30            Regional Playoffs First Round

Fri./Sat., Nov. 5-6                Regional Quarterfinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 12-13           Regional Semifinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 19-20           Regional Finals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 25                Thanksgiving

Fri./Sat., Nov. 26-27           State Semifinals

Thurs./Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-4   State Championships in Canton

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