There should be no shortage of motivation when the New Albany High School football team plays at Mount Vernon in the regular-season finale Friday, Oct. 28.

There should be no shortage of motivation when the New Albany High School football team plays at Mount Vernon in the regular-season finale Friday, Oct. 28.

The Eagles will be playing for at least a share of their third consecutive league championship. A win also likely means a home game in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.

The Eagles are 7-2 overall and tied with Big Walnut and Olentangy Orange atop the OCC-Capital Division at 5-1.

"With a win tonight we control our own destiny. Hopefully we can get that home playoff game and redeem ourselves," wide receiver Adam Bodrick said after the Eagles beat Delaware 45-17 on Oct. 21.

New Albany lost at home to Dresden Tri-Valley (30-27 in two overtimes) in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 playoffs last season.

Mount Vernon presents a challenge in that it has pieces in place offensively that could control the ball the way Delaware did last week. Mount Vernon quarterback Shawn Maxwell was 19 of 23 passing for 230 yards in a 21-14 win over Watkins Memorial on Oct. 14. The Yellow Jackets also have a four-year starter in running back Leevi Stump.

Mount Vernon is coming off a 42-0 loss Oct. 21 to Big Walnut, which dropped the Yellow Jackets to 2-7 and 2-4.

Since the Yellow Jackets moved to the OCC-Capital in 2008, its games with New Albany have been close despite records pointing to the contrary. New Albany's 21-6 win last year was its largest margin of victory.

"They're going to be a tough test," New Albany coach Mark Mueller said. "They have some speed with Leevi Stump. We will go back to the drawing board and get some things taken care of."