In just his second season as coach, Bob Gecewich guided the Dublin Jerome High School football team to its first playoff victory and a program-record 10 wins.

In just his second season as coach, Bob Gecewich guided the Dublin Jerome High School football team to its first playoff victory and a program-record 10 wins.

The most successful season in program history ended Nov. 11 when the second-seeded Celtics lost to third-seeded Lorain 30-14 in a Division I, Region 2 semifinal at Mansfield Madison.

Jerome finished 10-2 overall, shattering its previous record for wins set in 2007 when the Celtics went 7-3.

"I'm proud of these guys," Gecewich said moments after the loss to Lorain. "The expectation level for them from a lot of people around them wasn't high and it's awesome to see what kids are capable of accomplishing when they block all that out and they work extremely hard. This stinks. You never want to lose, but I am so proud of these guys and, unfortunately, I don't tell them that enough."

Playing in their first home playoff game, the Celtics defeated seventh-seeded Findlay 42-7 in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 4 before falling to Lorain, which improved to 10-2 and advanced to play top-seeded Olentangy Liberty in the regional final Friday, Nov. 18, at Madison.

Jerome, which was making its third postseason appearance, lost first-round playoff games on the road in 2005 and 2008.

The Celtics led Lorain 14-6 at halftime, but were outscored 24-0 in the third quarter.

The Titans had a 511-239 advantage in total yards, led by Carlos Chavis, who rushed for 211 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Senior quarterback Joe Dunnan led the Celtics, completing 15 of 31 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for a 6-yard score.

Senior Ty Henderson had eight catches for 97 yards and senior Matt Nesbit had five receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown.

"They are a very physical team, a very tough team," Gecewich said of Lorain. "Maybe I made a mistake not scheduling more teams like that. That's the most physical team we'll see, that's northeast Ohio football. They're good."

Jerome earned its second consecutive league title, sharing the OCC-Cardinal Division championship wit h Hilliard Bradley at 5-1. The Celtics lost to the Jaguars 31-28 on Oct. 14, snapping a seven-game winning streak to begin the season.

Scioto and Hilliard Darby tied for third in the league at 4-2, followed by Worthington Kilbourne (2-4), Delaware (1-5) and Thomas Worthington (0-6).

Henderson, who also played defensive back and was one of 27 seniors on the Celtics' roster, finished the season with 65 catches for 1,386 yards and 14 touchdowns and was named first-team all-district and all-league.

"It was legendary," Henderson said of the season. "We made history as a senior class and we wish the program luck moving forward. I know coach Gecewich is going to rebuild and regroup and do better next year."

Senior Thomas Henderson (WR/DB), who had 109 1/2 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one sack and one defensive touchdown, was first-team all-district and all-league.

Senior Sam Neverov (OL/DL) also was first-team all-district and all-league, and junior Cade Kacherski (WR/LB) was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Senior Matthew Preininger (OL/DL), who had 76 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks, was first-team all-league and second-team all-district.

Nesbit (WR/DB) had 36 receptions for 643 yards and seven touchdowns and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Dunnan completed 125 of 218 passes for 2,408 yards with 25 touchdowns and was second-team all-league and special mention all-district, and senior Mikey Flanagan (WR/DB) was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Senior Austin Booth (RB/LB) rushed for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns on 142 carries and was second-team all-league.

Senior Tom Sonnanstine (TE/DL) was second-team all-league, seniors Johnathan Kacherski (OL/DL) and Josh Miller (FB/DL) made special mention all-league and junior Robert Cope (RB/DB) was honorable mention all-league.

Gecewich shared league Coach of the Year honors with Bradley's Mike LoParo.

Other key players eligible to return include juniors Jackson Harris (OL/DL) and Steven Tejeda (FB/LB) and sophomores Cam Craig (OL/DL), Ryan Hay (OL/DL) and Hayden Schell (WR/DB).

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