The City League hasn't held a championship game among the winners of the City-North and City-South divisions since 1998, but the equivalent of such will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Beechcroft and Eastmoor Academy high school football teams meet in a Division III, Region 11 playoff game.

The City League hasn't held a championship game among the winners of the City-North and City-South divisions since 1998, but the equivalent of such will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Beechcroft and Eastmoor Academy high school football teams meet in a Division III, Region 11 playoff game.

The fourth-seeded Warriors will play host to the fifth-seeded Cougars in the first-round contest, with the winner facing top-seeded DeSales or eighth-seeded Thornville Sheridan in a regional semifinal Nov. 12 at a site to be announced.

Eastmoor defeated Africentric 55-18 on Oct. 28 to improve to 8-2 overall and complete a 7-0 run through the City-South. That same night, Beechcroft beat Northland 37-12 to improve to 9-1 overall and wrap up the City-North title at 6-0.

The teams haven't met since 1998 when Eastmoor won 13-6 in double overtime.

"Outside of DeSales, everybody in the region is pretty even," Cougars coach Trevor White said.

Eastmoor has won eight games in a row after losing its first two, including beating Northland 42-14 on Sept. 9.

The Warriors have one of the area's top quarterbacks in Keeshawn Ramsey, who has rushed for 984 yards and 18 touchdowns. Against Africentric, he ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 84 yards and two scores.

The strength of Beechcroft's defense has been its line, which features senior Aarin Smoot-Baker at nose guard and end, as well as linemen Tavion Bryant and Shemar Samuel.

"From just what I hear about (Ramsey), he's a dynamic athlete," White said. "He runs the ball well and throws the ball well. It sounds like we'll have to stop him to be successful."

In Beechcroft's win over Northland, quarterback Kyle Barrett rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two others and Samuel ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars won their sixth league title in seven years.

Eastmoor has shown significant improvement on defense since losing to Granville 29-12 on Sept. 2, its last loss before ending the regular season on an eight-game winning streak.

"We've got to feel pretty good about ourselves," Warriors coach Jim Miranda said. "It's pretty outstanding to (win the City-South), especially after the rough start we had this year. We lost that close game to Franklin Heights (26-20 on Aug. 26), but we had eight turnovers in the second half against Granville, which was not indicative of what we can do. We look like we've righted the ship."

West football team to face New Albany

With a 25-22 loss to Eastmoor on Oct. 21 being the only blemish on its season, the West football team will make its first playoff appearance Friday, Nov. 4, when it travels to third-seeded New Albany.

If the sixth-seeded Cowboys win the first-round Division II, Region 7 matchup, they would play fourth-seeded Franklin Heights or fifth-seeded Licking Heights in a regional semifinal Nov. 11 at a site to be announced.

The Cowboys closed the regular season with a 44-25 victory over Briggs on Oct. 28 as quarterback Demetrius Brown rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw a 41-yard touchdown to Michael White.

Brown has scored 29 touchdowns and has rushed for more than 1,800 yards on the season.

"It's been a heck of a season for us," Cowboys coach Mike Flusche said. "It's very exciting for the kids."

While the Cowboys finished second (6-1) in the City-South behind Eastmoor (7-0), New Albany won the OCC-Capital Division at 5-0 and won its last six games to enter the playoffs with a 7-3 overall record.

The Eagles have one of central Ohio's top running backs in Victor White, but he's been out with an injury. In a 35-28 victory over Groveport on Oct. 28, Brandon DeHass rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Zach Hall added 110 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead New Albany.

"Their offense is pretty similar to ours," Flusche said. "They're very physical and they want to run the ball right at you. I think it'll be a battle in the trenches."

Cougars win first district soccer title

For the first time in history, a City League boys soccer team has advanced to the regional tournament.

Seventh-seeded Beechcroft beat third-seeded Hartley 2-1 in a Division II district final Oct. 29 at Grandview.

The accomplishment has not been lost on the Cougars.

"It's special, especially after winning the City championship (Oct. 13)," senior forward Aziz Sanat said.

Sanat, who also is one of the kickers on the Cougars' football team along with senior defender Mamadou Fofana, had both goals in the district final.

"Holy cow, I'm speechless," coach Derek Hone said. "These kids deserve it.

"This was the fourth opportunity a Columbus City school had been to a district final and we had not been successful before, so we talked a lot about having a lot of pride for the Columbus City League."

Beechcroft, which upset second-seeded Granville 4-1 in a district semifinal Oct. 25, was 16-2 before playing Tipp City Tippecanoe in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Xenia. The winner plays Kettering Alter or Cincinnati Indian Hill in a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at a site to be announced.

The regional champion will play DeSales, Steubenville, Chillicothe or Fairfield Union in a state semifinal Nov. 9 at a site to be announced.

Eastmoor runners advance to state

Eastmoor boys cross country coach Jason Lewis believes it may have been 25 years ago or longer since a City League team accomplished what his did Oct. 29 when it qualified for the state meet.

The Warriors will have their sights on something even bigger when they compete at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway after earning a Division II regional runner-up finish Oct. 29 at Pickerington North. Eastmoor scored 141 points to finish behind Heath (103) in the 20-team race.

The top six teams advanced to state.

"We're blown away right now," Lewis said.

"Everything has been about just qualifying for state, and we were hoping we would be the fourth or fifth team to make it out. To end up second, I told the kids we've got a shot to win it all."

Eastmoor has had each of its top four runners lead the way at some point this season.

At regional, junior Chris Chandler led the Warriors, finishing 18th (16 minute, 58.5 seconds) of 161 runners. He was followed by junior Omavi Hamilton (20th, 17:01.56), sophomore Bushra Bonkiye (30th, 17:21.46) and senior Malik Crockett (33rd, 17:24.87).

Also competing were juniors Sean Hathorne (80th, 18:06.7), Marquiese Crockett (137th, 19:18.2) and Jason Farmer (160th, 21:22.11).

"We believe (Hathorne) is just as good as our top four if he puts that race together," Lewis said. "We're just going to let this all soak in. There's a lot of pride in what we're doing."

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