The Dublin Coffman High School football team will be looking to keep its winning streak intact when it travels to Upper Arlington on Friday, Nov. 1, for its regular-season finale.

The Dublin Coffman High School football team will be looking to keep its winning streak intact when it travels to Upper Arlington on Friday, Nov. 1, for its regular-season finale.

The Shamrocks are 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Central Division and have won their last five games, including a 24-12 victory over Olentangy Liberty on Oct. 25. UA, which improved to 5-4 and 4-2 with a 69-8 win over Westland on Oct. 25, has won its last two games and three of its last four.

Both teams enter their matchup needing a win to have any chance of making the Division I, Region 2 playoffs. The Shamrocks were projected to be 14th in the region's computer ratings released by the OHSAA on Oct. 29 and the Golden Bears were expected to be 20th. The top 16 teams in the region make the playoffs.

Neither Coffman nor UA controls its postseason destiny. Both teams will need help to secure a playoff berth.

Against Liberty, junior quarterback Ben Beckett completed 12 of 15 passes for 119 yards and rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Through nine games, he is 56-for-100 passing for 685 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Senior running back Dre Kendrick has fueled Coffman's ground game with 1,195 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. He had 75 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against Liberty.

"(The Shamrocks) are a team that attacks you everywhere on the field," UA coach Mike Golden said. "They have a good, solid running game and their quarterback does a good job of distributing the ball. You have to be prepared for them."

UA is averaging 215 yards rushing per game, led by senior running back Chris Frey, who has verbally committed to Michigan State as a linebacker. Frey has rushed for 771 yards and six touchdowns on 136 carries on the season and had 47 yards rushing on six carries against Westland.

Also for the Bears, slotback Lewis Hughes rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against Westland and has 347 yards and three scores on 51 carries this season and running back Chase Greenlee has 330 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 62 carries.

Bears quarterback Kyle Kaparos has completed 52 of 111 passes for 684 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

"(UA's wing-T offense) is going to be another challenge for us," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. "I think (against Liberty) we played a good, physical game. It was a good win for us because of where we've been and the teams we have played."

Irish still hopingfor playoff berth

Scioto heads into its regular-season finale Friday, Nov. 1, at home against winless Canal Winchester as a playoff contender despite losing its last two games.

The Irish, who are 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal, were projected to be fifth in the Division II, Region 5 computer ratings released by the OHSAA on Oct. 29. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.

Scioto, which lost to Hilliard Bradley 34-28 in overtime Oct. 25 after losing to Hilliard Darby 28-17 on Oct. 18, is bidding for its second consecutive playoff berth. The Irish made their first postseason appearance since 2005 a year ago, losing to Olentangy 21-17 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.

"We believe a win gets us in through most scenarios but (a playoff berth) is not guaranteed," coach Karl Johnson said.

Canal Winchester dropped to 0-9 and 0-6 with a 30-28 loss to Westerville North on Oct. 25. The Indians, who are in their first season in the OCC, are averaging 10.7 points and allowing an average of 40.1.

Scioto is averaging 30.8 points and giving up an average of 26.

"Canal has struggled, but they have good players," Johnson said. "Our focus needs to be on our preparation and execution."

Indians quarterback Nick Hammond has thrown for 743 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wide receivers Skyler Scott (19 catches, 376 yards, 5 TDs) and Jalen Smith (20 catches, 193 yards) are his main targets.

The Indians allowed 343 yards rushing against Westerville North.

Running back Darius McDonald led Scioto's offense against Bradley. He rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, his second return for a score this season.

Quarterback Nathan Densel threw for just 39 yards and an interception against Bradley. On the season, he has completed 157 of 261 passes for 1,717 yards with 11 touchdowns and has rushed for 374 yards and four scores on 98 carries.

Three of Scioto's four losses have been by seven points or fewer, including the contest against Bradley. The other two came against Marysville (30-28 on Sept. 13) and Westerville Central (41-38 on Sept. 20).

--Scott Gerfen

Jerome faces Warhawkslooking to finish .500

Westerville Central will look to clinch the outright OCC-Cardinal title Friday, Nov. 1, when it visits Jerome.

The Warhawks secured at least a share of the title Oct. 25 with a 35-21 win over Hilliard Darby.

Central leads the league at 6-0, followed by Darby and Hilliard Bradley at 5-1.

The Warhawks, who are 8-1 overall and have won seven consecutive games, also are looking to secure a home game in the Division I, Region 1 playoffs. The top 16 teams in the region qualify for the postseason, with the top eight teams playing host to first-round games, and Central is projected to be sixth in this week's computer ratings.

"Dublin Jerome plays us tough every year and there's no reason to think they aren't going to play us tough again," said Central coach John Magistro, whose team leads the series 5-4. "This is going to be an important game. We can win our conference title outright and we'd really like to clinch a home game for the playoffs, too."

Jerome is 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the league.

"We will take the field and give it our best shot because that is what Celtics do and that is what we are supposed to do as young men who compete in playing this great game we are privileged to play," Jerome coach Mark Hundley said.

Hundley realizes his team will face a challenge in stopping Central's potent spread offense, which is led by senior quarterback Jared Drake.

"Central's offense looks to be the best in the league," Hundley said. "They can run and throw equally well."

Drake has completed 132 of 196 passes for 2,043 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 654 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries.

"This is going to be a big game, but we have to treat it like it's any other game," Drake said. "We want to come out fast like we did (while building a 15-0 lead in the first 1 minute, 36 seconds against Darby) and play hard the entire game.

"We just need to make sure we all take care of our assignments and execute our game plan, and I think we'll play well."

Jerome running back Steve Kidwell has rushed for 534 yards and six touchdowns on 82 carries.

--Frank DiRenna