Division III: No. 7 Jackson at No. 2 Athens

A field goal once again proves to be the deciding factor for the Bulldogs. Jackson will give Athens a run for its money, but the Bulldogs' big-game experience will keep them in the state championship hunt in the end. Athens 31, Jackson 28 — Jim Ryan

High off their win against Nelsonville-York, Athens shows why they haven't been there and haven't done that. Great season unfortunately comes to an end. Jackson 35, Athens 25 — Paul Meara

The Bulldogs illustrious season comes to an end as the Ironmen contain Athens’ star DeVon Sharp and force backup Michael Germano to carry the team on his shoulders, which will be too much. Athens defense keeps it close, but the more playoff-experienced Jackson team makes fewer mistakes. Jackson 23, Athens 20 — Austin Stahl

Division V: No. 5 Portsmouth West at No. 4 Nelsonville-York

The Buckeyes will come out firing after a tough loss last week. However, Portsmouth West will ride a wave of momentum into the second round. Portsmouth West 35, Nelsonville-York 30 — Jim Ryan

Close one. Dustin Young, Nathan Dean and company avenge last year's playoff loss and win this one. Nelsonville-York 29, Portsmouth West 26 — Paul Meara

Nelsonville, playing with a chip on its shoulder after last week’s loss to Athens, will be too much for Portsmouth West. Nathan Dean and Dustin Young will carry the Buckeyes’ offense like they have all year long, and the defense will get just enough stops for the victory. Nelsonville York 35, Portsmouth West 27 — Austin Stahl

Division VI: No. 8 Trimble at No. 1 Symmes Valley

The Tomcats put points on the board but prove vulnerable to a more potent offensive attack than they have seen since early in the season. Symmes Valley 42, Trimble 32 — Jim Ryan

Trimble makes another early exit from the playoffs. Symmes Valley 27, Trimble 14 — Paul Meara

The Tomcats put up a good fight, but it’s not enough facing top-seeded Willow Wood. Running back Austin Keith’s ankle problems squash any chance of an upset. Symmes Valley 38, Trimble 21— Austin Stahl

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