The Dublin Scioto High School football team entered its OCC-Cardinal Division game at Hilliard Darby on Oct. 26 knowing that it likely would clinch a Division II, Region 8 playoff berth with a win.
Unfortunately for the Irish, their postseason hopes were dashed with a 13-11 loss to the Panthers.
Scioto finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Cardinal, placing third behind Hilliard Bradley (7-0) and Darby (6-1). The Irish finished ninth in Region 8 with 17.65 points, as Olentangy (18.3) earned the eighth and final playoff berth.
Scioto missed a couple scoring opportunities late in the contest. Griffin Crosa, who had made a 46-yard field goal earlier in the game, hit the left goal post on a 22-yard attempt with 4 minutes 23 seconds remaining.
Then, with six seconds left, quarterback Kyron Rogers had the wet ball slip out of his hands as he attempted to spike the ball at the Darby 24 to set up a 41-yard field-goal attempt by Crosa.
"It's not all on Kyron," coach Karl Johnson told The Columbus Dispatch. "It's cold and wet and both teams had issues all night. Unfortunately, we made more mistakes than they did, especially in the red zone. Our kids battled hard, but the simplest things came hard tonight."
Rogers completed 16 of 28 passes for 150 yards and Pete Hrelec rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to lead Scioto.
Kenyon Pannell had seven receptions for 69 yards before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent head injury. He was transported to a local hospital for medical attention, but was later released, according to reports.