Although the OCC-Cardinal Division championship has been decided, the Marysville and Dublin Scioto high school football teams enter their matchup on Friday at Scioto still jockeying for position in the league.
Both the Irish and Monarchs are 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal. Westerville South is 6-0 in OCC-Cardinal play and has clinched the outright league title for the second consecutive season. Jerome is second at 4-2, and Olentangy and Olentangy Liberty are also 3-3, creating a logjam for third.
Last season, Scioto defeated Marysville 33-17 in the season finale.
Both teams have an effective ground attack but also have dangerous quarterbacks.
For Scioto, sophomore running back William Houston has rushed for 808 yards and three touchdowns on 176 carries. Senior Jerry Miles has added 569 yards and six touchdowns on 98 attempts.
Sophomore quarterback Evan DeMars has completed 80 of 150 passes for 1,001 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.
"Scioto's defense has been giving up very few points," Marysville coach Jeff Gafford said. "Their special teams have been outstanding. Their offense has not been scoring as much as in the past, but the defense and special teams have allowed them to be successful."
Marysville's ground attack also has been effective despite playing the past three games without its leading rusher, senior Chris Bailey, who has been out with a thigh injury.
Bailey, whose status for Friday's game is uncertain, has rushed for 647 yards and seven touchdowns on 104 carries.
Senior Chris Coburn has run for 535 yards and 10 touchdowns on 100 carries, followed by senior Hayes Chrispin with 477 yards and six touchdowns on 61 attempts.
Junior quarterback Connor Devine has completed 36 of 73 passes for 574 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior tight end Craig Runyan has 18 receptions for 431 yards and six touchdowns.
"Marysville is playing well together as a team," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "They do a good job of getting their playmakers the ball. Our team needs to come ready to play a physical, 48-minute ballgame."