The Division I, Region 2 first-round game between the Dublin Coffman and Westerville Central high school football teams could be a high-scoring affair.
The second-seeded Shamrocks play host to the seventh-seeded Warhawks on Friday, Nov. 2.
The winner plays third-seeded Toledo Whitmer or sixth-seeded Olentangy Orange in the second round Nov. 9.
Coffman, which is making its 10th consecutive postseason appearance, and Central both feature high-powered offenses. The Shamrocks, who are 9-1, are averaging 30.3 points per game and the Warhawks, who are 5-5, are averaging 26.7.
The Shamrocks also have stepped up their play defensively, as they have allowed an average of 9.8 points over their last four games. Coffman closed the regular season Oct. 26 with a 17-0 win over Upper Arlington.
"We're going to have to try to shut down their running game. That's going to be the key," Central coach Brent Morrison said. "Offensively, we're going have to be able to establish a running game because it is November in Ohio, so who knows what the weather will be?"
Coffman and Central have met twice previously, with the Shamrocks winning 49-0 in 2008 and 41-10 in 2007.
"It just shows you the kind of players that we have and the assistant coaches that we have aa well," Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree said of his team's consecutive postseason streak. "It's a compliment to them."
Coffman's ground attack is led by Mike Drennen, who has rushed for 743 yards and nine touchdowns on 154 carries. He also has 21 catches for 324 yards and five touchdowns.
Quarterback Ethan Brown has completed 100 of 174 passes for 1,319 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions and has rushed for 378 yards and six scores on 65 carries. Jameel Williamson leads the Shamrocks in receiving with 27 catches for 417 yards and three touchdowns.
"They are definitely a run-first offense. That's where the majority of their yards come from and the majority of what their attempts are, which is pretty similar to us," Morrison said. "We both try to have at least three receivers on the field."
The Warhawks closed the regular season Oct. 26 with a 42-21 loss to Olentangy. They played without junior running back and defensive back Rickey Hyatt Jr., who missed the game for a reason Morrison wouldn't disclose.
Hyatt emerged as the team's top threat in the backfield late in the season. He has rushed for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries.
Quarterback LaBronz Davis II has completed 79 of 182 passes for 1,511 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, and Justin Carter has rushed for 429 yards and four scores on 91 carries.
Crabtree is concerned with Central's athleticism at the receiver position.
"With the spread offense, they want to spread you out and put their guys in space, get them the ball and let them make plays, and that's not unusual in today's world of football," Crabtree said. "They're just trying to do what's right with the talent they have."
Luke Swaney has 18 receptions for 418 yards and six touchdowns for the Warhawks and Colton Irwin has 14 catches for 294 yards and two scores.
"They have some good players, they have some good athletes," Crabtree said. "Defensively, they have Rickey Hyatt, (defensive back) Myles Williamson and (lineman) Dontay Hunter, who are pretty good. Their linebackers are pretty active."
Hunter has committed to play at Purdue.