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Ohio high school football playoffs 2023: Division VII brackets, predictions, upset alerts

Get all the information for the 2023 Division VII Ohio high school football playoffs on SBLive

As the end of October nears, it is time for the Ohio high school football postseason to begin.

All seven divisions will begin the playoffs on Friday, Oct. 27 with all games being played on Friday nights throughout the state semifinals (unless circumstances force a game to be moved to Saturday).

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The first two rounds will be played at the home site of the higher seed, with all games in later rounds at a neutral site to be determined by the OHSAA. The state semifinal pairings will be announced following the regional finals. 

The seven OHSAA football State championship games will be played in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

But before anyone can make it to Canton, they must first get through their region.

Here, we will take a look at the top four seeds in each region of Division VII, along with a team to watch outside the top four, an upset alert for the first round and ultimately, a prediction on who will win each region.

Stay with SBLive Ohio for all of the matchups, game times and scores throughout the 2023 OHSAA football playoffs.

Division VII, Region 25

Top Seeds: Dalton, Danville, Berlin Center Western Reserve, Toronto

Team to watch outside top 4: No. 5 Malvern 

First round upset alert: No. 11 Steubenville Central Catholic over No. 6 Lowellville

Predicted region winner: Danville

Division VII, Region 26

Top Seeds: Hopewell-Loudon, Tiffin Calvert, Waynesfield-Goshen, Antwerp

Team to watch outside top 4: No. 6 McComb

First round upset alert: No. 10 Ayersville over No. 7 Lima Central Catholic 

Predicted region winner: Hopewell-Loudon 

Division VII, Region 27

Top Seeds: Reedsville Eastern, Beaver Eastern, Caldwell, Fairfield Christian Academy  

Team to watch outside top 4: No. 6 Portsmouth Notre Dame

First round upset alert: No. 10 Corning Miller over No. 7 Waterford 

Predicted region winner: Beaver Eastern 

Division VII, Region 28

Top Seeds: Marion Local, Ansonia, De Graff Riverside, Cincinnati College Prep

Team to watch outside top 4: No. 5 Minster

First round upset alert: No. 13 New Bremen over No. 4 Cincinnati College Prep 

Predicted region winner: Marion Local

-- Ryan Isley | | @sbliveoh

(Feature photo: Marion Local players hoist the 2022 Division VI state championship trophy, The Flyers are back down in Division VII in 2023. photo credit: Jeff Harwell)