The Dublin Jerome High School football team fell short of one goal but reached another with a 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Westerville Central in its season finale Oct. 30 at home.

The Dublin Jerome High School football team fell short of one goal but reached another with a 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Westerville Central in its season finale Oct. 30 at home.

The Celtics won their final four games to finish 6-4 overall, but missed the Division I, Region 2 playoffs. They finished 20th in the region, as the top 16 teams qualified for the postseason.

But with the win over Central, Jerome earned a share of the OCC-Cardinal Division title with the Warhawks. Both teams finished 6-1 in the league, one game ahead of Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby.

Darby missed an opportunity to make it a three-way tie for the league title by losing to Bradley 24-10 on Oct. 30.

Jerome's previous league championship came in 2008, when it tied Westerville South and Olentangy Liberty for first in the OCC-Cardinal.

"We get a share of the league title," coach Bob Gecewich said. "I don't care if we share it with nine schools, it's a league title. These boys were very resilient and that's what you can't be prouder of is how hard they fought. When things started going sideways in the second half, they kept playing hard."

The Celtics stormed out to a 28-0 lead in the first half and never looked back against Central, which fell to 9-1 overall.

Quarterback Zack Hazlett scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and added a 4-yard scoring pass to Colson Poach in the first half. Running back Ryan Prochko opened the scoring with a 33-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 141 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Central running back Benny Snell, who was limited in practice all week because of a sprained ankle suffered in a 17-13 win over Darby on Oct. 23, was held to just 18 yards on 11 carries.

Warhawks quarterback Gavin Lyon's 1-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 21 seconds left in the third quarter made it 28-7. He followed with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Kreuzer to make it 28-14.

Central, however, couldn't draw closer.

Jerome answered with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Hazlett to Thomas Henderson with 9:22 left to make it 35-14.

Hazlett finished 16-for-27 passing for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

"We just couldn't get it going," Central coach John Magistro said. "I said coming in this would be the best quarterback (Hazlett) I thought we'd face. They would be the best running team and passing team combined we've faced. They're good."