What could be the first perfect regular season in program history hasn't included many rough moments for the Pickerington High School North football team.

What could be the first perfect regular season in program history hasn't included many rough moments for the Pickerington High School North football team.

The Panthers enter their regular-season finale Friday, Nov. 1, against visiting Grove City at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division, outscoring opponents by an average of 37.6-11.

However, after beating Pickerington Central 49-14 on Oct. 4, the Panthers struggled at times on offense during a 20-3 win Oct. 11 at Reynoldsburg and held off a late rally to win 27-20 on Oct. 25 at Gahanna.

In addition to sharpening for the playoffs, North has one other incentive against Grove City -- revenge.

The Dawgs are 5-1 all-time against the Panthers, including a 13-10 victory in last year's regular-season finale to spoil the Panthers' bid for a perfect regular season.

"These games (like our win over Gahanna) do build character," coach Tom Phillips said. "(Grove City) has always been one of those games. Grove City has always had our number."

The Dawgs, who are 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the league, could make the Division I, Region 2 playoffs with a win and help.

North has clinched a playoff spot in Region 2 and could secure a home postseason game with a win over Grove City, which is led by quarterback Cameron Meece and running back Corey Williams. Meece has passed and rushed for more than 800 yards while Williams has rushed for nearly 700 yards.

The Panthers led Gahanna 27-7, but the Lions scored 13 unanswered points and had the ball at the North 11-yard line with 24.8 seconds left when Gahanna quarterback Mason Blancett threw incomplete on fourth-and-6.

North played without Chris McDowell and Quincy Storey, who are expected to be back at wide receiver and defensive back against the Dawgs.

Central setto face Lions

Central could join North in the Region 2 playoffs if it beats Gahanna on Friday, Nov. 1, and gets help.

The Tigers are 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Ohio entering what likely will be their final home game this season. The Lions are 3-6 and 3-3.

"Gahanna's pretty stout on defense," coach Jay Sharrett said. "This is our senior night and they know it'll probably be the last time for (the seniors) on our field. I don't think we'll have a problem getting emotionally up for the game. We're right on the edge (of making the playoffs). We could be solidly in if we win.

"We've got to make sure we play their underneath passes well."

Senior quarterback Colby Simkins hasn't played the last two weeks after injuring an ankle during a 32-29 win over Grove City on Oct. 11. His status is uncertain for the Gahanna game.

Junior R.J. Williams and sophomore Seth Currens have seen action in his place.

Central has defeated Gahanna in the last nine meetings. The Lions' last win in the series came Sept. 28, 2001 (38-17).