They’re in! Knights secure spot in D-10 football playoffs

The Knights are in.

Eisenhower received the final berth out of Region 3 in the District 10 2A football playoffs, whose matchups were released on Sunday.

Ike finished in a tie for fourth place with North East in Region 3 with a 3-3 record. The ‘Pickers own a head-to-head win over the Knights, but they chose to opt out with a 3-6 record overall. That left the Knights, with an overall record of 5-4, to scoop up the last spot after appearing as if they would be on the outside looking in following Friday’s results.

Normally when a team opts out, their opponent receives a bye, but District 10 chairman Pete Iacino confirmed that since the two teams finished tied in the region, they opted to slide Eisenhower into that vacated spot.

The quarterfinal round in the 8-team field will be played on Friday, Nov. 4, with Eisenhower drawing Region 2 runner-up Wilmington at a site and time to be determined.

The Greyhounds are 8-1, with their only loss coming on Oct. 14 to Hickory, 28-20. Hickory is the top-ranked 3A team in the state by the Harrisburg Patriot-News, while Wilmington is ranked seventh in 2A.

After starting the season 2-3, Eisenhower rallied to win three of its next four games. Among those wins was a 28-21 triumph over Seneca in which the Knights scored twice in the final minute, as well as a 7-6 victory over Mercer that snapped a 14-game winless streak against Mercer County opponents dating back to 2007.

The other game on the Knights’ side of the bracket features Seneca (6-3) the No. 2 seed from Region 3 vs. Greenville (5-4), the No. 3 seed out of Region 2.

On the other side, Region 3 champion Iroquois (9-0) will face off with Reynolds (4-5), the final team to qualify out of Region 2. The other game on that half of the bracket features Region 2 No. 2 seed Sharpsville (6-3) against Maplewood (5-4), the third-place team from Region 3.

Eisenhower is the only Warren County school that is going to the playoffs in football.

The Knights close out the regular season on Friday, hosting East.