As a freshman, Cody Burris was a member of the first Dublin Jerome High School football team to qualify for the playoffs.

As a freshman, Cody Burris was a member of the first Dublin Jerome High School football team to qualify for the playoffs.

Three years later, Burris is hoping to be part of the first postseason win. Jerome, which beat Westerville Central 30-7 last Friday to improve to 6-4, will open the Division II, Region 7 playoffs Friday at third-seeded Logan, which beat Chillicothe 23-13 last Friday to move to 10-0.

Jerome is seeded sixth. The top two seeds are DeSales and Louisville. In 2005, Louisville beat Jerome 48-13 in the first round.

"This team that we're playing this week is pretty good, but I don't think they measure up to what we faced that year," Burris said.

After losing to Dublin Scioto 42-14 on Oct. 17, the Celtics' chances to reach the postseason appeared slim. But Jerome received help last Friday when Scioto, Watterson, Canfield, Wooster and Alliance lost.

The win over Central, coupled with Olentangy Liberty's 21-17 win over Westerville South, also forged a three-way tie atop the OCC-Cardinal Division at 5-2.

"We're trying to treat this just as another game," coach Mark Hundley said. "We have a new season, and we just have to go play our game. We can't go out there and get too hyped up. We can't get caught up in the excitement that all the fans will get caught up in. We have to go out and play a football game."

Logan finished the regular season undefeated for the sixth time. It qualified to the Division II playoffs last season, falling to Dresden Tri-Valley 31-26 in the opening round.

"Week in and week out, I don't think Logan has had the schedule that we've had, but they're still a very, very good football team," Hundley said. "They're very athletic."

Logan competed at the Division I level before last season, falling to eventual state champion Hilliard Davidson 38-8 in the first round two years ago.

The Chieftains have utilized an effective spread offense to outscore opponents 354-89, including 128-13 in the opening quarter. Logan has rushed for 1,692 yards and passed for 2,145.

Junior quarterback Patrick Angle has completed 140 of 217 passes for 2,096 yards and 23 touchdowns and is second on the team in rushing with 544 yards and seven touchdowns on 121 carries. Senior Clay Morgan leads the team in rushing with 563 yards and 10 touchdowns on 89 carries.

Junior Mason Keys is the top receiver with 48 receptions for 763 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"Their quarterback runs the offense extremely well," Hundley said. "He has a good arm, he has good feet. They run him quite a bit. They have a receiver that is really good. Their running back is solid."

Doug Amyx, who is in his 19th season as coach at Logan, said his 5-3 base defense will need to slow down Jerome's offense, which is averaging 24.3 points a game.

Quarterback Kevin Jackson has passed for 1,700 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 249 yards and four scores.

"Their quarterback is a great athlete," Amyx said. "They have really good skilled kids. Most of the film we have they're spreading the ball, throwing it around and doing a very good job of it. We've also seen their short-yardage offense, which use to be their old offense where they line up and send everybody at you and that poses some problems, too. They give you quite a few things that you have to be concerned with."

Steve Mehrer leads Jerome in rushing with 718 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 attempts. Burris, who expects to see time in the backfield after battling back from a broken collarbone, has caught 21 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns. Joe Horine has 48 catches for 412 yards and a touchdown.

"We have to play very solid on defense," Hundley said. "We have to play really well up front. We have to pressure the quarterback when he wants to throw the ball and we have to make sure we shut down the gaps when they try to run it. Offensively, we have to secure the ball. We have to make sure we hang onto it and now allow our opponents to get it from us."

• TRAVEL TIPS -- There are a few parking issues to keep in mind heading to Logan.

The new Logan High School campus and adjacent Logan Chieftain Stadium are located on state Route 328 just off U.S. Route 33. Since the school itself is still under construction, part of the campus is still a construction zone.

Free shuttle bus service is being provided from the Gabriel Logan LLC parking lot on East Front Street. Buses will begin running at 5:30 p.m. and will start leaving from the stadium in the fourth quarter for those wanting to leave early.

To reach Gabriel Logan LLC, take U.S. 33 south to the SR 328 exit (the fourth Logan exit) and turn left onto 328. SR 328 dead-ends at the bottom of the hill onto East Front Street. Turn left and Gabriel Logan LLC is about a quarter-mile on the left.

Those planning to drive directly to Logan Chieftain Stadium should turn right onto SR 328 when exiting U.S. 33. The campus/stadium is about a half-mile away on the left. Keep in mind, however, that parking at the stadium still is limited. Taking the shuttle is recommended.

Next game


•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

•Last meeting: First meeting

•Logan (10-0) to date: Defeated Lancaster 35-10; def. Pickerington North 35-14; def. Hamilton Township 31-0; def. Gallipolis Gallia Academy 40-7; def. Ironton 35-10; def. Zanesville 16-14; def. Marietta 49-14; def. Vincent Warren 42-0; def. Jackson 48-7; def. Chillicothe 23-13

•Top Chieftains: Zach Adams, Patrick Angle, Mason Keys, Zach McDaniel and Clay Morgan