The Upper Arlington High School football team has been forced to forfeit its 24-19 win over Central Crossing on Oct. 20, ending the Golden Bears’ chances at a winning season and earning a share of the OCC-Central Division championship.

Athletics director Tony Pusateri confirmed the forfeit, which was because of an ineligible player, on Oct. 26, but said he could not provide more details.

The loss drops UA to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the league entering its season finale Oct. 27 at home against Dublin Coffman.

Central Crossing now has the same record entering its Oct. 27 game at Marysville.

The Bears already were a long shot to make the Division I, Region 2 playoffs, as they were 14th in the region this week before the forfeit. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

UA needs a win to avoid only its second losing season since 1963, and Central Crossing now has a chance to finish at .500 for the third non-losing season in the program’s 15-year history.

Hilliard Davidson still has a chance to split the OCC-Central title with Coffman if the Wildcats, who are 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the league, defeat Westland and the Shamrocks, who are 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central, lose to UA.

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