Third-seeded Westerville Central warded off an upset bid when Upper Arlington kicker Zac Yoakum ricocheted an extra point try off the left upright with 12 seconds remaining, giving the host Warhawks a 21-20 win over the Golden Bears in a second-round Division I playoff game Friday.
If and when COVID-19 finally subsides and the sports world restores some semblance of normalcy, surely there will be coaches, administrators and fans lobbying for the Ohio High School Athletic Association to make permanent the rules amended for 2020.
The calendar just flipped to October, which usually signals the start of the stretch run for high school football teams. But not this year: Ready or not, here we go. The playoffs are upon us, a month earlier than usual because of tweaks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.