All eyes will be on the quarterbacks when Dublin Coffman High School football team faces Cincinnati Colerain to open the postseason.

All eyes will be on the quarterbacks when Dublin Coffman High School football team faces Cincinnati Colerain to open the postseason.

The 16th-seeded Shamrocks will play at top-seeded Colerain on Saturday, Nov. 7, in the first round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs. The Cardinals are 9-1 and were ranked third in last week's state poll.

Both teams are led by Division I college prospects behind center. Deshaunte Jones leads the Cardinals' option attack with 1,217 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns on 132 carries. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior has completed 34 of 64 passes for 585 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions, but it's his running ability that has prompted scholarship offers from Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference schools.

"To say (Jones) is dynamic is an understatement," said Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree, whose team is 7-3 overall after closing the regular season with a 38-31 win over host Upper Arlington on Oct. 30. "He's exactly what you are looking for in an option quarterback, and he has the ability to make quick, precise decisions with the ball. He has a lot of experience under his belt and a good offensive line around him."

Two of Colerain's offensive linemen are Division I prospects in Nathan Neihaus (West Virginia; 6-6, 254) and Desmond Noel (Ohio University; 6-3, 280).

The Shamrocks have a stellar quarterback of their own in senior Gunnar Hoak, a Kentucky recruit who plans to enroll at the school in January. Hoak has completed 108 of 190 passes for 1,717 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Coffman, which finished 5-2 in the OCC-Central Division to tie Central Crossing for second behind Hilliard Davidson (7-0), has two other Division I recruits in senior offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt (Penn State) and senior linebacker Griffin Grady (Wisconsin).

"We didn't get any favors as the top seed playing a 16 seed like this," Colerain coach Tom Bolden said. "They have three Division I (college recruits) and we're highly impressed after watching them on film."

Colerain has another weapon on offense in junior running back Monalo Caldwell (5-9, 207), who has 890 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 148 carries.

"Caldwell and Deshaunte are like our 'thunder and lightning,'" said Bolden, whose team is making its sixth consecutive playoff appearance and 15th appearance in the last 16 seasons. "They are our two workhorses."

Coffman recently had a workhorse return to its lineup in running back Gavin Sturdivant. The sophomore is coming off his best performance since returning from an ankle injury sustained in a 31-0 loss to Davidson on Sept. 18, rushing for 193 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries against UA.

"It was a great win for us," Crabtree said. "I was really proud of the way we played in the last two weeks (including a 17-7 win over Olentangy Liberty on Oct. 23). We wanted to go into the postseason doing things the right way."

Hoak was 13-for-25 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Bears. Eric Bradford had six catches for 65 yards and Brady Rothgeb had three receptions for 71 yards, including a 41-yard score.

The Coffman-Colerain winner will play eighth-seeded Gahanna or ninth-seeded Cincinnati St. Xavier in the second round Nov. 14 at a neutral site to be determined.