Seven weeks ago, it seemed awfully unlikely that any team would be able to run through the OCC-Central Division schedule undefeated.

The Upper Arlington High School football team got its stiffest test of that league schedule Friday, but managed to grind out a 7-6 win over Dublin Coffman to secure the title at 7-0.

"I'm proud of that because I'll tell you what, Hilliard Darby and Coffman are playoff-caliber teams, and those other two teams, Worthington Kilbourne and Hilliard Davidson, are excellent football teams," UA coach Mike Golden said. "To got through that series undefeated, I'm really proud of these kids."

Coffman fell to 7-3 overall and finished 4-3 in the OCC-Central. It was seventh in Division I, Region 3 entering the game with the top eight advancing to the playoffs. The loss eliminated the Shamrocks

UA is now 9-1 and will have a home playoff game Nov. 1.

Coffman hung in with UA because its defense was able to shut down the Golden Bears' running game like few other teams have. The Shamrocks limited the Golden Bears to just 122 yards rushing, led by Alex Drake with 65.

The Shamrocks didn't get much in the way of offense themselves, but they managed to take a 6-0 lead into halftime on the strength of two field goals by Kyle Clinton. Midway through the third quarter, UA appeared poised to cut the lead to 6-3 when it lined up for a field goal attempt on a fourth-and-4 on the Coffman 15, but Coffman jumped offside to give UA a crucial first down.

Three plays later, Tommy Farwick scored on a 2-yard run, and Zach Steen's extra point provided the final margin.

"This is the way the last three weeks have been," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. "They've all come down to just two, three, four, five plays. The other teams have made them and we have not."

The Shamrocks still had chances, including three offensive possessions in the final seven minutes. On those three possessions, however, Coffman managed just one first down. The final two possessions each ended when quarterback Cole Stoudt was sacked on fourth down by linebacker Chris Cennamo, and the other ended with an interception by linebacker Wade D'Andrea.

"We just had to step up, because in the first half we had a couple turnovers on offense," D'Andrea said. "But our offense stepped it up big in the second half."

DUBLIN COFFMAN 3 3 0 0 - 6
DC-Clinton 26 FG
DC-Clinton 24 FG
UA-Farwick 2 run (Steen kick)