Quarterback Seth White rushed for 360 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Bexley High School football team defeated Heath 40-27 on Friday.

The Lions finished the regular season 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division, and more importantly qualified to the playoffs - in Division III - for the first time. Heath dropped to 7-3 and 5-2.

"I'd trade every yard for the win," said White, who scored on a 61-yard run on the second play of the game. "All week (coach John Smith) told us just get the win. Don't worry about the numbers, just get to week 11."

"It's not just Seth," said Smith, whose team forced three turnovers in the second half. "We've got receivers throwing good blocks for him downfield and good offensive linemen doing their job."

Three plays after a 5-yard run by fullback Latrail Bowman enabled Bexley to tie the game at 20, linebacker Aaron Knisley recovered a fumble by Lucas Barrett at the Heath 35. White scored the go-ahead touchdown six plays later on a 6-yard run.

"We kept hanging in and fighting, hanging in and fighting and hanging in and fighting, but the bottom line is we made too many mistakes offensively," Heath coach Mark Collier said. "Defensively we needed one or two more stops in the entire game. We didn't need to shut down White but at some point, we needed to get a stop."

The Bulldogs were playing withou running back Cameron Ross, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Granville on Oct. 17. After White's first touchdown, Heath had a 15-play, 62-yard drive capped by Charles Gresham with the first of his three touchdowns - on an 11-yard run - to tie the game at 7.

The Bulldogs caught a break when running back Mike Edwards was hit by Daniel Combs and fumbled and Tim Patterson fell on the ball at the Bexley 37. Gresham capped an eight-play drive with a 16-yard touchdown run, but the point after was no good.

HEATH 7 6 7 7 - 27
BEXLEY 7 6 14 13 - 40
B-White 61 run (White kick)
H-Gresham 11 run (Wedor kick)
H-Gresham 16 run (kick failed)
B-White 2 run (kick failed)
H-Gresham 74 run (Wedor kick)
B-Bowman 5 run (White kick)
B-White 6 run (White kick)
B-White 42 run (run failed)
H-White from Benner (Wedor kick)
B-White 11 run (White kick)