The last time the Dublin Scioto High School football team faced an opponent from outside central Ohio, it left a painful mark.

The last time the Dublin Scioto High School football team faced an opponent from outside central Ohio, it left a painful mark.

In a 28-23 loss to Louisville in a Division II regional semifinal, what would've been the winning drive ended with a fumble at the 1-yard-line with less than a minute to play. That was 2005, a season that marked the end of a five-year run in the playoffs.

Friday's clash with Division II power Toledo Central Catholic will give the Irish another taste of what it's like to face a postseason contender.

"It's great to be able to play somebody from outside our area," senior lineman Jason Tiemeier said. "There among the great programs from northwest Ohio. You hear about them, St. John's and St. Francis (from Toledo). This is an established program and we'll definitely see how far we've come."

Scioto turned two Grove City turnovers, a fumble and an interception, into touchdowns in last Friday's 27-0 victory over the young Dawgs, who under new coach Matt Jordan, were coming off a 2-8 season.

The Irish defense held Grove City to 96 total yards and four first downs.

On the first series of the game, a bad snap sailed over the head of Grove City punter Mike Mayer, lineman Michael Dilenschneider fell on the ball in the end zone. The Irish added a defensive touchdown when Deji Olatoye picked off a pass at the 1-yard line.

Central Catholic, which also carries the Irish name, rolled up 215 yards on the ground in its 24-7 victory over visiting Bowling Green.

"It's early in the season and the truth for everybody is you're trying to become a good football team," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "It's all about you and how you execute, but we have an opportunity to face a team that's expected to be a state contender and it's definitely going to be a measuring stick for us."

With six starters back on defense along with New Albany move-in and Alabama recruit Mike Marrow (6-foot-2, 240 pounds), Central Catholic held Bowling Green to just 7 yards rushing and three first downs.

Marrow, whose father, Vince, has joined the Toledo Rockets football staff as a tight ends coach, and Iowa recruit Brad Rogers (5-10, 220) offer a one-two punch on both sides of the ball at running back.

Last Friday, Marrow led the way with 96 yards on 21 carries. Rogers had 72 on 15 tries.

"They are two good-sized, physical backs and they're not the only two they've got," Johnson said. "If they can, they want to line up and smack you and keep doing it if they can."

Other players to watch include, cornerback Nate Hobbs (6-0, 180), lineman Doug Williams (6-2, 255), linebacker and fullback Dave Pickerel (6-1, 220), quarterback and free safety Eric Bates (6-2, 175) and defensive end and fullback Jamaal Tarrent (6-2, 240).

Under Greg Dempsey (69-24 in nine seasons), Central Catholic saw the end of a 21-year Toledo City League title drought and a Division II state championship in 2005.

Central Catholic is favored to win its fourth league title in a row after finishing at 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the league a year ago.

The Irish are hoping to begin a new playoff streak and a win Friday would certainly put them on the right path.

"We've improved a lot since the scrimmages and we've just got to keep proving ourselves," Tiemeier said. "We're a very young offensive team, but we've got athletes everywhere."