With the first half of the 2011 high school football season in the books, the OHSAA Playoffs are about as far out of reach as they could be for most Westshore area teams.
The only two sure bets at this point would be St. Edward in Division I and Avon in Division II. Other teams will need some big wins in the second half of the season to make the top eight in their respective regions.
St. Edward is currently the top team in Division I, Region 1. Lakewood is the second-best team in 10th place, with North Olmsted back at 16th. In Region 2, North Ridgeville is in the eighth and final playoff spot, with Elyria at 14 and Avon Lake at 17.
Undefeated Avon is at the top of Division II, Region 6, with fellow West Shore Conference rival Midview in the eighth spot. Berea is ninth, while Olmsted Falls and Bowling Green are tied for 10th. Westlake fell from the eighth spot down to No. 16 after its 21-14 overtime loss to North Olmsted.
In Division III, Region 9, Rocky River is down to the 18th spot. The Pirates could make a strong move back into the race this Friday night as they host Avon.
Bay is tied with Field for 21st in the region. Ironically, the team that is currently in the 11th spot is Firelands. The undefeated Falcons left the West Shore Conference for the Patriot Athletic Conference this year.
For the complete computer standings in all divisions, go to www.ohsaa.org.