Prep football: Hilliard Darby is the site for Madison vs. Wheelersburg

Madison’s Max Evans (38) and Cole Pelgen do some celebrating Saturday night during the Mohawks’ 50-6 victory over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a Division V, Region 20 semifinal at Lakota East. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Madison High School’s football team will continue its quest for the Division V state championship at Hilliard Darby, facing Wheelersburg for the Region 20 title Saturday at 7 p.m.

The second-seeded Mohawks are 12-0 and lost to Wheelersburg 15-10 in last year’s state semifinals. The top-seeded Pirates are 11-1, having lost to Columbus Hartley 51-20 in Week 2.

Wheelersburg has played at Darby this season, defeating Columbus Watterson 21-0 there in Week 4.

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The other three regional-final matchups are as follows: Orrville (10-2) vs. Akron Manchester (9-3) in Region 17, Genoa Area (12-0) vs. Liberty Center (11-1) in Region 18 and Johnstown-Monroe (11-1) vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (9-3) in Region 19.

Here’s the playoff history for Madison and Wheelersburg:

• Madison is 5-1 in two appearances (2017, 2018)

• Wheelersburg is 37-27 in 30 appearances (1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), winning state titles in 1989 and 2017

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