The Canal Winchester High School football team is out of the hunt for the OCC-Capital Division championship as it travels to Big Walnut on Friday, Oct. 27, but the Indians still have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012 if they win and get some help.
Canal Winchester is 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the league after a 47-7 home win over Newark on Oct. 20. The Indians were projected to be ninth in the Division II, Region 7 computer ratings this week with 12.4944 points, just behind eighth-place Westerville South (12.7222). The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.
According to Fantastic50.net, Canal Winchester has a 63 percent chance to make the playoffs with a win and likely would be eliminated with a loss.
DeShawn Williams caught eight passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Indians past Newark. Quarterback Jack Beeler completed 15 of 22 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown, Dominic Davis added two 3-yard touchdown runs and Tanner Conley ran for a 10-yard touchdown as the Indians outgained the Wildcats 405-205 in total yards.
Trevor Thompson kicked field goals of 23 and 35 yards.
That same night, Big Walnut clinched at least a share of the league title with a 14-13 win at Groveport. The Golden Eagles are 5-4 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Capital, one game ahead of second-place New Albany.
Canal Winchester and Franklin Heights are tied for third, two games behind Big Walnut.
A victory also would clinch the Indians' first winning season since 2012.
Nathan Lawyer and quarterback Tyler Ronk each had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Oct. 20 for Big Walnut, which erased a 7-0 halftime deficit and has won four consecutive games since an 0-5 start.