Entering the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak, the last thing DeSales High School football coach Ryan Wiggins wants his team to do is get complacent.

Entering the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak, the last thing DeSales High School football coach Ryan Wiggins wants his team to do is get complacent.

The Stallions closed the regular season with a 41-12 victory over Wheeling (W.Va.) Linsly on Oct. 30, improving to 9-1 overall and earning the second seed in the Division III, Region 9 playoffs.

Since beating Hartley 38-27 on Sept. 18, the Stallions' only win by fewer than 20 points came when they beat Watterson 24-7 on Oct. 2.

They've given up an average of 7.7 points while averaging 34.5 over the past six games, and they appear to be getting healthier as the season progresses.

In addition to returning senior running back and defensive back Austin Andrews to the lineup Oct. 16 from an injury that kept him out of three-plus games, junior running back Alonzo Booth figures to be closer to full strength after getting banged up in a 28-6 win over St. Charles on Oct. 23.

The Stallions' first step toward what they hope is a deep postseason run begins Friday, Nov. 6, when they play host to seventh-seeded Chillicothe. The winner plays third-seeded Zanesville or sixth-seeded Beechcroft in a regional semifinal Nov. 13.

"Our team is playing pretty well, but sometimes winning will mask mistakes," Wiggins said. "There are so many things we can do better. We're happy with winning, but at the same time, the road's only going to get tougher. I think (Region 9) is a good region."

Chillicothe is 7-3 after closing the regular season with a 26-22 win over Wilmington that kept the Hurricane out of the Division III, Region 10 playoffs.

The Cavaliers have used a rotating quarterback system of Nate Rosenbauer and Brandon Maughmer, with Rosenbauer rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns out of the spread offense in the regular-season finale.

The only previous matchup between the programs came during the 2012 regular season, with the Stallions winning 34-0.

Neither team made the playoffs that season, but DeSales is back in after earning a Region 9 runner-up finish last season.

"They've got a really effective spread offense using two quarterbacks," Wiggins said. "It's a numbers game of how many are you going to keep in the box. They're big up front and they pose matchup problems."

DeSales led Linsly 27-6 by halftime. Andrews rushed for two touchdowns and Jake Gilmore rushed for 95 yards and one score on seven carries, with Jared Noble returning a kickoff 50 yards for a score. Dominic DiMaccio made two field goals, including one from 47 yards.

Ryan Corkrean and Ty Van Fossen led the defense, according to Wiggins.

"Our whole team is very excited," said senior center Nick Carter, who has been joined on the offensive line by left guard Danny Barren, left tackle Derrius Mullins, right tackle Drew McLuckie and Omar Vargas and Kendall Pannell splitting time at right guard. "Offensively, we've had a little setback here and there, but we're confident in this group of people."