Malvern Hornets Team News

MALVERN – As Malvern football coach Dave Tucci walked into his team’s locker room following their 48-28 Division VI playoff win at Symmes Valley last weekend, he entered to silence.

The team was awaiting his postgame guidance but he could sense their excitement brimming.

Division VI, Region 23 semifinal

SITE  Harding Stadium, Steubenville, 7:30 p.m., Friday

RECORDS  Malvern 8-3, Shadyside 10-1

LAST WEEK  Malvern 48, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 28; Shadyside 36, Glouster Trimble 20

Malvern and Dover both know where they will be playing next week and New Philadelphia’s Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium will host a pair of playoff games as the regional high school football semifinal sites were announced on Sunday.

Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal

SITE  Vikings Field, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS  Malvern 7-3, Symmes Valley 9-1

LAST WEEK  Malvern 35, Sandy Valley 26; Symmes Valley 53, South Gallia 12

Official word comes Sunday from the Ohio High School Athletic Association on who made the state football playoffs and how they will match up.

But until then, joeeitel.com is the website all high school football coaches, players and fans are descending upon. And the Minerva Lions liked what they saw there Saturday night.

TIME  7 p.m., Friday

SITE  Louisville Leopards Stadium

RECORDS  Minerva 8-1, 5-1; Louisville 6-3, 5-1

LAST WEEK  Minerva 63, Carrollton 34; Marlington 21, Louisville 7

LAST MEETING  Louisville won, 25-7, last year.

TIME  7 p.m., Friday

SITE  Hornet Stadium  

RECORDS  Sandy Valley 3-6, 1-5; Malvern 6-3, 5-1

LAST WEEK  Tusky Central Catholic 21, Sandy Valley 19; Malvern 54, Conotton Valley 7

TIME  1:30 p.m., Saturday

SITE  Rocket Stadium

RECORDS  Malvern 5-3, 4-1; Conotton Valley 0-8, 0-5

LAST WEEK  Malvern 37, Tusky Central Catholic 21; Sandy Valley 52, Conotton Valley 19

TIME  7 p.m., Friday

SITE  Hornet Stadium

RECORDS  Tusky Central Catholic 2-5, 0-4; Malvern 4-3, 3-1

LAST WEEK  Newcomerstown 27, Tusky Central Catholic 7; Malvern 17, Strasburg 10 (2 OT)


The Marlington Dukes climbed to the top of their playoff region in the latest OHSAA released Tuesday afternoon.

The Dukes moved to No. 1 in Division III, Region 11 after improving to 7-0 with a win over Alliance last week, while Steubenville — the region’s previous top-ranked team — lost at Massillon.