The Dublin Jerome High School football team hopes the momentum it gained from a dramatic win over visiting Watterson on Oct. 20 carries over to its regular-season finale Friday, Oct. 27, at Worthington Kilbourne.
Cade Kacherski blocked an extra-point attempt by Watterson with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left to help secure a 28-27 win for the Celtics.
“He just has a knack for it,” said coach Bob Gecewich, who estimates that Kacherski has blocked nine extra-point and field-goal attempts on the season. “You have a 6-foot-3 kid there who can run and does a great job timing things up.”
Jerome had 363 yards rushing against Watterson. Running back Robert Cope rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, and quarterback Hayden Schell ran for 151 yards and three scores on 16 carries.
The Celtics are 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and are looking to secure a Division I, Region 2 playoff berth. They were projected to be seventh in the Region 2 computer ratings entering Week 10. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
“If we take care of business this week, we have another week of football,” Gecewich said. “We have to focus on Kilbourne and take care of that.”
Hilliard Bradley, which beat Jerome 28-7 on Oct. 13, sits atop the OCC-Cardinal at 5-0. The Jaguars, who have clinched at least a share of the league championship, close the regular season Oct. 27 at Delaware.
Jerome would earn a share of the OCC-Cardinal title with a win over Kilbourne and a Bradley loss to Delaware.
Kilbourne is 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the league and has lost three consecutive games.
Despite facing a struggling opponent, Gecewich said his team must be prepared.
“We need to be ready to defend the spread pass and option principles,” Gecewich said. “Their defense is physical and aggressive. (Linebacker Thomas) Wilson is an extremely active, high-motor player. If we don’t account for him, he’ll have a field day. We must be more consistent offensively to compete.”