Failing to score at the end of regulation during its 21-14 overtime loss Nov. 1 to Hartley proved to be one of the biggest reasons the Ready High School football team fell short of its first unbeaten regular season.
With the score tied at 14, the Silver Knights got the ball at their 24-yard line with 3 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and moved to the Hawks' 35 with 1:47 left on a 22-yard pass from senior quarterback Matt Yoho to junior tight end Alex Eblin.
Senior running back Akili Taylor then ran for 10 yards before losing 2 yards on a rush, and senior running back DeAndre Golden ran for 5 yards. But Yoho then was stopped for a 5-yard gain on third-and-7 from the Hartley 22 with 48.5 seconds to go.
After Ready ran the clock down to 6.7 seconds left, junior kicker Aidan Dulin missed a 34-yard field goal and Hartley scored on its first possession of overtime.
On their overtime possession, the Knights got a 2-yard run from senior running back Myles Fowler before Yoho threw an incompletion and an interception to end the CCL-Gold Division championship game, which was played at Hilliard Bradley.
Ready tried not to let the loss linger as it began the Division VI, Region 21 playoffs against Oak Hill on Nov. 8 at Upper Arlington. The Knights entered the postseason at 9-1 and as the second seed, while seventh-seeded Oak Hill was 8-2.
"Aidan's got plenty of leg, and against Bishop Hartley you take your chances when you have a chance to win it," coach Joel Cutler said. "(Hartley) just out-executed us at the end. But these are mentally tough kids."
The Ready-Oak Hill winner plays third-seeded Centerburg or sixth-seeded Woodsfield Monroe Central in a regional semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, at a site to be determined.
Centerburg beat Sparta Highland 18-13 on Nov. 1 in its regular-season finale to take a 10-0 record into the playoffs.
The Trojans have one of the better quarterbacks in central Ohio in senior Tyler Stoyle, who completed 145 of 205 passes for 2,119 yards during the regular season. He was 27-for-35 for 281 yards and two scores against Highland.
Running back Austin Glasscock ran for 1,102 yards in the regular season for Centerburg, which is making its first playoff appearance since 2005 and its third overall.
Monroe Central beat Lore City Buckeye Trail 34-12 in its regular-season finale Nov. 1 to improve to 7-3. Curtis Nixon was 14-for-21 passing for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Bryan Duffy, who had seven catches for 119 yards.
Monroe Central's top running back is Levi Brown, who had 22 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns against Buckeye Trail.
The Seminoles made the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.