Mechanicsburg, a rookie in the high school football playoff state semifinals, will join three other area teams this week that have made a habit of reaching the final four.
Trotwood-Madison (10-2) will play Clyde (12-1) in a Division III state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lima Stadium. The Rams have played in three straight state title games. This makes their fourth straight state semifinal appearance.
Coldwater (11-2) drew West Jefferson (12-1) in a D-V state semifinal at Piqua at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Cavs have played in four straight state title games and qualified for their fifth state semi game.
Two-time defending state champ Marion Local (13-0) will play Midwest Athletic Conference rival Delphos St. John’s (9-4) in a D-VII state semi on Saturday at Wapakoneta.
Mechanicsburg (11-2) is matched against Haviland Wayne Trace (12-1) in a D-VI state semifinal on Friday at Wapak.
Mechanicsburg has qualified for the playoffs 10 times since 1999. But this season the Indians have ventured where none of those other postseason teams went: the state semifinals.
“You’re in the final four,” beamed Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest following a 34-28 defeat over Ohio Heritage Conference rival West Liberty-Salem that took two overtimes on Friday at Wapakoneta.
“Every team is a heck of a football team,” he continued. “The key for us is just believing in each other, trusting in each other and making sure every guy gets their job done. We’ve got to be able to run the football and we’ve got to be able to stop the run. If we do those things, we’ll be OK.”