The Hartley High School football team has proven time and again the last six seasons that few teams can match up with it at the regional level regardless of where those opponents are located.

The Hartley High School football team has proven time and again the last six seasons that few teams can match up with it at the regional level regardless of where those opponents are located.

During the Hawks' run to the 2010 Division IV state championship, they competed in Region 15 against teams like Ironton from southern Ohio.

The Hawks were placed with teams from mostly western and northwest Ohio in 2011 and 2012 when they competed in Division IV, Region 14, and then battled the past two years in Division V, Region 17 along with teams like St. Clairsville from eastern Ohio.

Hartley's only loss at the regional level since the 2010 postseason began was in 2011 against Kenton in a regional final.

So far this fall, Hartley has had no problems with a Division IV, Region 12 slate that has included two teams from Ottawa County in northern Ohio.

The Hawks, who pulled away for a 42-14 win over Ottawa-Glandorf in a regional semifinal Nov. 14 at Bellefontaine, will look to win a regional title when they play seventh-seeded Bellevue on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Mansfield Madison. The winner plays in a state semifinal Nov. 28.

Hartley is the top seed in the region and is 9-3 while Bellevue, another northern Ohio team, is 10-2.

"It's just going on the tradition that's been here before us," junior linebacker Jack Baughman said. "It's our job to keep it going."

Baughman has been a part of a big-play defense for the Hawks.

Against Ottawa-Glandorf, he intercepted a pass at the Hartley 5-yard line in the second quarter to help preserve the lead.

Richard Jones III returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown and Jaden Manley also added a pick early in the second quarter as the Hawks seized control.

Then during the second half, Hartley running back Quri Hickman helped seal the win. He finished with 259 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries.

Quarterback Jake Ruby completed three of four passes for 92 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Rian Anderson.

While Ottawa-Glandorf entered the matchup showing a mix of the run and pass out of spread formations, Bellevue features one of the more dynamic quarterbacks that Hartley will have faced this season.

Junior Alec Foos has rushed for about 1,600 yards and scored 27 touchdowns and also has thrown for 16 scores. He had close to 150 yards rushing in the Redmen's 28-21 win Nov. 14 over Springfield Kenton Ridge at Findlay.

Sophomore Bryce Ray also has been a key runner for Bellevue, which will look for its second regional title in four seasons. The Redmen were Division III state runners-up in 2012 and lost in a regional semifinal last season.

"They're big, strong and physical," coach Brad Burchfield said. "They're used to winning and have got a great, great football program. They're a running team that's got a good quarterback that can run the ball. It's going to be a huge challenge."