Working with the governor’s office, OHSAA has voted to blow up the 2020 High School football season in interest of getting all games completed by November 21 (2019 State Championships lasted till December 7). The latest plan is to have teams play 6 regular season games (instead of the normal 10) and have each team in the playoffs. The coaches in each region will conduct a tournament seed meeting the week of September 28 to form the regional bracket. Playoffs will start October 9. All teams current football schedule contracts are now voidable to allow teams to realign their schedules accordingly. Expect lots of schedule changes as teams and conferences move games around.
Schools that have currently paused sports could still begin their season in September or early October and compete in the playoffs. Schools are not required to enter the playoffs if they would rather play regular-season games up until November 14.
The OHSAA’s fall sports of field hockey, soccer and football have been determined to be high-contact sports and the OHSAA continues to work with the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health toward modified protocols for those three sports to have contests. So look for more changes.
This was to be the first year of expanded playoffs with 12 teams from each region making the playoffs instead of the previous 8.
–Mike Jones, Sportswriter