After watching his team struggle in a 33-10 loss to Dublin Coffman on Sept. 14, Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White didn't think that his team would have another opportunity to play the Shamrocks this season.

After watching his team struggle in a 33-10 loss to Dublin Coffman on Sept. 14, Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White didn't think that his team would have another opportunity to play the Shamrocks this season.

The Wildcats fell to 2-2 as a result of that OCC-Central Division contest, but they won their next six games to secure their fifth consecutive postseason berth. Davidson (8-2) travels to Coffman (9-1) for the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Shamrocks, who won their first nine games before losing to Upper Arlington 23-14 in their regular-season finale Oct. 26, are seeded second in Region 3 behind Hilliard Darby (10-0). Davidson is the seventh seed.

The top eight teams in each region qualified for the playoffs.

"After the week four drubbing we took from Dublin Coffman the first time we played them, we certainly would question whether or not we would have an opportunity to make the playoffs," White said. "Our No. 1 goal for the season is to win our league and No. 2 goal is to make the playoffs, and if you would have told me that we would be able to accomplish both in the 10th week of the season, I would have been real hesitant to agree."

Coffman and Davidson both went 6-1 to share the OCC-Central title. UA and Olentangy Liberty tied for third at 5-2, followed by Marysville (3-4), Thomas Worthington (2-5), Central Crossing (1-6) and Westland (0-7).

Coffman outgained UA 397-245 in total yards but committed six turnovers.

"I'm sure they have gotten better," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said of Davidson. "They have won six games in a row. You're going to get better and better if you're winning six games in a row. They're playing with confidence and they have settled in on what they're trying to do on both sides of the ball."

In the regular-season contest, Coffman led Davidson 13-3 at halftime and seized control in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 20-0.

The Shamrocks outgained Davidson 391-193 in total yards, as senior quarterback James Walsh was 15-for-18 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown and scored two touchdowns on runs of 10 and 7 yards.

On the season, Walsh, an Ohio University recruit, has completed 117 of 189 passes for 1,896 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions and has rushed for 573 yards and eight touchdowns on 99 carries.

Senior running back Bilal Williamson, who saw limited playing time in the previous meeting, leads the Shamrocks in rushing with 1,332 yards and 23 touchdowns on 179 carries. Senior wide receiver Zac Fouche has 33 receptions for 623 yards and five touchdowns.

"In the past, Coffman has been blessed with some really good skill players at times and they've been good up front on the offensive and defensive lines," White said. "This year they're better than good on the offensive and defensive lines. That's really where they've taken a step up over previous teams."

Davidson's option offense is led by junior quarterback Nick Iske, senior running back E.J. Jennings and junior running back D.D. Clark. Jennings has rushed for 1,315 yards and 21 touchdowns on 229 carries but was limited to 52 yards rushing in the first meeting with the Shamrocks.

Clark has rushed for 678 yards and five touchdowns on 108 carries.

"That's all they do," Crabtree said of Davidson's running game. "There is no pass game to try to slow down. For them, it's all about the power running game. You have to be able to match physicality with them and you have to able to do it for four quarters and not just part of the game."

Coffman and Davidson last met in the postseason in 2009, with the Wildcats winning 22-7 in the regional final on their way to the second of two state championships.

The Coffman-Davidson winner will play third-seeded Olentangy or sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto in a regional semifinal Nov. 10. In the other two opening-round matchups, Darby faces eighth-seeded Westerville South (8-2) and fourth-seeded Pickerington North (9-1) plays fifth-seeded Pickerington Central (7-2).