Both the Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman high school football teams enter their OCC-Central Division contest on Friday, Oct. 28, at UA knowing that they must win and get help from Hilliard Darby to earn a share of the league championship.

Both the Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman high school football teams enter their OCC-Central Division contest on Friday, Oct. 28, at UA knowing that they must win and get help from Hilliard Darby to earn a share of the league championship.

The Golden Bears and Shamrocks both are 5-1 in the league and share second behind Hilliard Davidson, which is 6-0 and plays at Darby on Friday, Oct. 28.

Coffman lost 14-0 to Davidson on Oct. 14 and UA fell to the Wildcats 25-7 on Oct. 21.

Even if a share of the league title ends up being unattainable, both Coffman and UA still could gain a better playoff seed. Through Week 8, Coffman was fourth in the Division I, Region 3 computer rankings, one spot ahead of UA. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.

This is the third consecutive year the Shamrocks and Bears have met in the final week of the regular season.

"It's a big game and hopefully we can get a good playoff seed out of it, but we have to take care of (UA) because they are a good team," Coffman quarterback James Walsh said. "They are well-rounded (and) have great players, but I think we can match up with them evenly and it will be a good game.

"We have to get going early on offense, which we don't always do, and we have to make sure to execute and stay focused."

Walsh is 125-for-213 passing for 1,535 yards and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for four touchdowns. Coffman totaled 241 yards rushing in a 34-7 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 21 as the Shamrocks improved to 8-1 overall..

UA, which is 7-2 overall, entered its game against Davidson averaging 251.5 yards rushing but was held to minus-32 yards on the ground by the Wildcats. Davidson sacked Bears quarterback David Smith six times.

"Arlington is well-coached and has some talent at the skill positions. They have done a great job over the course of the season," Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree said. "A playoff berth will be on the line for both of us, so (the game) will mean a lot.

"They run and pound and can get the ball to some people. It will be a challenge for us, indeed."

UA leads the all-time series 8-7. Coffman won 27-9 last year after UA posted wins in 2009 (21-12) and 2008 (7-6). The win over the Shamrocks in 2008 secured the Bears' most recent league championship.

Coffman won the league title in 2009.

"Coffman is an excellent team," UA coach Mike Golden said. "Another good defensive team, a team that is a lot more balanced (than Davidson). We're playing on turf╩and╩we're pretty comfortable playing on turf and so are they, so it will be a whole different kind of game."

In other games involving Dublin teams:

Westerville Central will look to secure its first postseason berth when it visits Dublin Jerome on Friday, Oct. 28.

The Warhawks are 7-2 overall and are tied with Jerome and Olentangy Liberty for second in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 4-2, behind Westerville South (5-1). They were second in the Division I, Region 3 computer rankings through Week 8. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.

South visits Liberty on Oct. 28. A win by Liberty would create a three-way tie for first in the OCC-Cardinal involving South, Liberty and either Central or Jerome.

Central is looking to bounce back from a 24-19 loss to visiting Liberty on Oct. 21. Patriots quarterback Joey Longhino scored the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run with 1 minute left to end the Warhawks' four-game winning streak.

Central continues to be led by senior quarterback and linebacker Cody Kondas, who has completed 99 of 170 passes for 1,583 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

"Their quarterback is just incredible," Jerome coach Mark Hundley said. "When you have a quarterback/middle linebacker combination and the kid made it through the season, you know you have something special. He's done that and he's so effective on both sides of the football."

Jerome is 4-5 overall and has won two consecutive games, including a 24-12 win over Dublin Scioto on Oct. 21.

Junior running back Donovan Wilson rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries against Scioto.

"I wish we would have been smarter as coaches and figured out our offense a little sooner," Hundley said. "We have to get the ball to Donovan 25, 30 times a game. We knew we had to get it to him a bunch. We didn't think it was going to have to be 25, 30 times a game, but that's what we have to do."

The Celtics' season includes a 34-30 win over South on Sept. 30.

"They beat South," Central coach John Magistro said of Jerome. "That tells you how crazy this league is. We'll see if we can bounce back (from the loss to Liberty). We'll see what we're made of."

Jerome leads the all-time series 4-3, including a 43-22 win last season. This year marks the fourth in a row that teams have met in the regular-season finale.

-Frank DiRenna

Dublin Scioto will look to end a three-game losing streak when it travels to Marysville on Friday, Oct. 28.

At 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, the Irish will be trying to avoid the worst finish in program history. Scioto, which lost 24-12 to Dublin Jerome on Oct. 21, went 3-7 in 1998 and 1999.

The Monarchs improved to 5-4 and 3-3 by ending a three-game losing streak with a 30-7 victory over winless Westerville North on Oct. 21.

"We've been in almost every ballgame," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "We just haven't gotten over that hump in the fourth quarter. We've got to be able to do that."

Scioto has won nine of the past 10 meetings, including last season's 28-14 victory. Marysville's 13-10 win in 2008 kept the Irish out of the playoffs.

The history between the two coaches dates to the 1990s when Marysville coach Jeff Gafford was at Worthington Kilbourne.

"They're usually an eight-man front and they're usually very aggressive defensively," Gafford said. "Offensively, they're comfortable running power as well as shotgun, so it is quite a variety. They're always fun to play."

Scioto running back William Houston had 103 yards on 24 carries against Jerome.

Quarterback Evan DeMars completed 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards.

Marysville's injury report appears to be a little brighter with senior Craig Runyan expected to dress in his final game. Runyan, a University of Toledo recruit, suffered a hand injury in a 20-14 loss to Jerome on Oct. 14.

The tight end had replaced Kody Davisson in the backfield. Davisson has missed the last four games with a high-ankle sprain.

Marysville receiver Zach LaRoche had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown against North.

╩-Scott Gerfen