Week 9 of the high school football season has a lot to live up to if it's to come close to providing the drama that took place Oct. 13.

Two sister-school matchups, with Pickerington Central facing Pickerington North and Olentangy playing Olentangy Liberty, and a CCL contest between Hartley and DeSales all had their share of drama, with Central, Liberty and Hartley coming out on top.

There also were a few surprises, such as Independence handing Marion-Franklin its first loss and Ready upsetting previously unbeaten London.

Here are five things we expect heading into Week 9:

1. The latest matchup of Olentangy schools -- Liberty at Orange on Friday, Oct. 20 -- will go a long way toward securing a playoff berth and a league title for the winner.

The Pioneers are 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division after breezing past Westerville Central 35-10 on Oct. 12. The Patriots have won three games in a row, including a 28-17 victory over Olentangy on Oct. 13, to move to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the league.

Orange and Liberty were projected to be second and fifth, respectively, in the Division I, Region 2 computer ratings this week.

Last season, Liberty beat Orange 20-13 in two overtimes in the regular season and 24-17 in the first round of the playoffs.

2. DeSales is playing a pseudo-playoff game Oct. 20 at home against Cincinnati Winton Woods.

The Stallions were projected to be ninth in Division III, Region 11 after losing 23-21 to Hartley on Oct. 13 to drop to 5-3 and likely will need to win out to make the postseason after reaching a state semifinal last season.

Winton Woods is 7-1 after losing 35-34 in overtime to Cincinnati Elder on Oct. 13.

3. Marion-Franklin plays host to Walnut Ridge on Oct. 20 in the latest high-caliber City League-South matchup.

The Red Devils lost to Independence 28-20 on Oct. 13 but are 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the City-South and on pace to make the Division III, Region 11 playoffs.

The Scots' game against Columbus South on Oct. 13 was canceled because of an incident that took place earlier that day at Walnut Ridge. They are 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the league and are in line for a Division II, Region 7 playoff berth.

4. The winner between Ready and host Whitehall on Oct. 20 will significantly solidify its playoff hopes.

Whitehall has won five of its last six games after a 0-2 start, including a 56-0 win over Bexley on Oct. 13, to improve to 5-3 and was projected to be 13th in Division II, Region 7 this week.

Ready seems to be in good shape to make the Division V, Region 19 playoffs after beating London 27-23 on Oct. 13, but this will be its last chance to earn significant playoff points as it will face winless Bexley in Week 10.

5. The OCC-Ohio Division has two intriguing matchups Oct. 20.

Pickerington North, which fell to 6-2 with a 24-21 loss to Pickerington Central on Oct. 13, was projected to be seventh in Division I, Region 3 when it plays at Lancaster. The Golden Gales are 4-4 and were projected to be 13th in Region 3.

Central plays host to Reynoldsburg in a matchup between two other Region 3 teams. The Tigers, who are 7-1, control their own playoff destiny, while the Raiders, who are 6-2, were projected to be ninth in the region.

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