The Dublin Scioto High School football team will continue pursuit of a Division II, Region 7 playoff berth when it plays host to Hilliard Darby on Friday, Oct. 27.
The Irish are 5-4 overall and were projected to be 10th in the Region 7 computer ratings entering Week 10. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
“We still have a shot,” coach Karl Johnson said. “We can’t worry about all the ifs, ands or buts. We just need to worry about what we have to do to be 1-0 at the end of the week. All we have control of is what we do to prepare and how we execute.”
Darby is 6-3 overall and was projected to be 10th in Division I, Region 3. The Irish and Panthers both are 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, tied for third behind Hilliard Bradley (5-0) and Jerome (4-1).
Scioto is coming off a 20-7 win at Thomas Worthington on Oct. 20 in which it scored 13 points in the final 52 seconds.
Kenyon Pannell’s 60-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds remaining snapped a 7-all tie and Scioto sealed the win on Tobias Thomas’ 58-yard fumble return for a score on the game’s final play.
“It took us the whole game, but the kids kept fighting, scrapping and we were able to find a way to get the job done,” Johnson said.
Pannell finished with 117 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries against the Cardinals, while quarterback Kyron Rogers passed for 94 yards and a touchdown.
For the season, Rogers has completed 89 of 146 passes for 1,200 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions and Pannell has rushed for 330 yards and five scores on 53 carries.
Jacob Jones has a team-high 38 catches for 477 yards and five touchdowns and Thomas has 21 receptions for 322 yards and two scores.
Darby defeated Delaware 35-0 on Oct. 20 at home for its fourth consecutive victory.
Quarterback Jack Stultz rushed for 125 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Panthers, who had 347 total yards, including 315 rushing.
“They’re going to be the Darby team that we’ve played every year for however long,” Johnson said.
“They’re going to be physical on defense. Offensively, they’re going to be a ball-control team, so defensively you don’t want to give up a big play and you have to get off the field. When you’re on offense, you have
to take advantage of the opportunities you get.”