By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald writer

ADA - For the fifth time in the last six seasons, the Ada football team

will host a first round playoff game.

The 9-1 Bulldogs earned the top seed in the Div. VI region 24 rankings and

will host local non-league foe Waynesfield-Goshen Friday, November 2 at

7:30 p.m.

The 4-6 Tigers are the only team in the Div. VI playoffs with a record

worse than 6-4. With a win, the heavily-favored Bulldogs would advance to

face the winner between fourth-rated St. Henry (7-3) and number five Ft.

Loramie (8-2) Nov. 9 at a neutral site TBA.

Waynesfield knocked off NWCC co-champion Ft. Loramie 28-20 in week five on

the road to post their biggest victory of 2012, but then lost four of

their last five to sink below .500.

The slumping Tigers lost their last three games by a combined score of

122-26. W-G is coming off of a 45-12 loss at Dayton Christian in week 10.

Against Delphos Jefferson, their only common opponent with Ada, the Tigers

lost 38-17 back in week one. The Bulldogs shut out visiting Jefferson 17-0

in week nine. Waynesfield's last win came in week seven when they defeated

Ridgemont 53-0.

Waynesfield finished third in the NWCC with a 3-2 mark. Their other wins

came at Mechanicsburg (33-32) and Perry (42-24).

Ada won at Lewisburg Tri-Valley North 49-12 last fall in round one. Before

that, they won four consecutive home post-season openers, mostly by

lopsided margins. In 2010, the Bulldogs won a 45-35 shootout over visiting

Leipsic in week 11.

In 2009, Ada crushed visiting Cory-Rawson 51-14 in the first round. The

previous year, Hilltop was the victim of a 56-8 shellacking at Ada in

region 22 quarterfinal play. In 2007, the Bulldogs took out Antwerp 41-12

at War Memorial Stadium in week 11.

In 2006, Hardin Northern held off Ada 21-14 in Dola.

The Bulldogs are 9-7 all-time in post-season play, including 9-6 and 4-0

at home in the past six years under head coach Mike Fell, who is 68-17 at

Ada (.800). The Bulldogs are making their seventh consecutive playoff

showing under Fell.

Minster (8-2) finished second in region 24, just ahead of fellow MAC power

and defending state champion Marion Local (8-2). Minster hosts Lewisburg

TCN and ML entertains Bradford in other first round play Friday.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7 in pre-sale and $9 at the

gate, according to the OHSAA.