Shamrocks (6-2, 5-1 in OCC-Central) Golden Bears (5-4, 4-2)
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."