The Wildcats were in first place at the first mile turn at Saturday’s Division III state championships, but were unable to sustain it on the National Trail Raceway course.
South Central rallied past New London, while Bellevue fell late at Clyde on Friday.
The Chargers (6-3) need to beat Huron (7-2) and the Big Red (7-2) needs a win at Crestview (6-3) — and both need help if their season will continue past Friday’s Week 10 slate.
For a third straight season, the No. 16-ranked Wildcats will run as a team on Saturday at the Division III state championships in Hebron.
The confident Wildcats are the No. 3-ranked team in Division III entering Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. race at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
St. Paul’s Lily Dowdell and Plymouth’s Levi Robinson, along with the New London girls team also earned spots at the Division III state cross country championships.
The state-ranked Flyers scored four touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a 42-6 win on Friday over the Wildcats at Recreation Park.
Following its first conference loss in seven years — a 41-35 overtime setback vs. Western Reserve — the Flyers (7-1, 4-1) visit New London (1-7, 1-4) Friday at Recreation Park.
New London’s boys and girls teams, along with the St. Paul boys and Western Reserve girls will send full teams to the regional championship meet in Tiffin.
Mapleton edged New London, while Bellevue was nipped at Tiffin Columbian among other area scores on Friday.
Plymouth travels to Monroeville looking to clinch its first winning season in five years among the Friday area football games.
Western Reserve and Monroeville had the top area finishers in the boys and girls junior high FC championship races, while St. Paul won the girls team title on Saturday in Plymouth.
Norwalk swept Clear Fork on Tuesday in a sectional semifinal in Div. II; New London and South Central advanced in Div. IV tournament action.
Lily Dowdell became the third four-time winner in Firelands Conference girls history on Saturday, while New London won the team championship at Mary Fate Park in Plymouth.
The Wildcats — the No. 2-ranked team in Division III — had all seven of its scored runners among the top 12 finishers in Saturday’s league championship meet at Plymouth.