Edison High School, which finished the season with 315 points, and Huron High School, with 300 points, advanced to the championship round.
St. Paul (241 points), Perkins (236) and Monroeville (233) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, earns berths in the playoff round that will determine which school will join Edison and Huron in the championship round.
The race to see which teams would enter the playoff round came down to the very last match. Perkins played against Margaretta and Sandusky high schools. Perkins and Margaretta were in position to make the playoff round with Danbury, having the highest score in the final matches up to that point, waiting in the wings for the results of the final match.
The Perkins team used a very strong performance to nudge past Monroeville for fourth place in the standings. The team picked up eight bonus points, eight toss-up points and seven lightning round points to gain a key victory.
Edison has won the last five Firelands Challenge titles.
Firelands Challenge Round VI match results:
• Huron 38, Bellevue 28, New London 25
• Danbury 40, Lakota 21, South Central 20
• Edison 35, Monroeville 34, Clyde 30
• St. Paul 34, Norwalk 25, Willard 20
• Western Reserve 25, Port Clinton 24, St. Mary 23
• Perkins 47, Margaretta 17, Sandusky 4
The playoff match between St. Paul, Perkins and Monroeville is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at EHOVE Career Center.
The winner of the playoff match will join Edison and Huron for the championship matches, which are scheduled for Feb. 5, 8, and 14 (times and locations to be announced later).
The Firelands Challenge Program is sponsored by the North Point Educational Service Center. The center is a regional educational services provider that supports and assists 27 school systems and more than 38,000 students in north central Ohio.
Services include special education programs, pupil auxiliary support, school improvement assistance, early childhood programs, gifted education programs, professional development activities, administrative consultation, curriculum development, and school data analysis. For more information go to http://npesc.org/.