After meeting for the CCL-Gold Division championship during the final week of the regular season in previous years, the Ready and Hartley high school football teams will play this year's matchup Friday, Oct. 7.

After meeting for the CCL-Gold Division championship during the final week of the regular season in previous years, the Ready and Hartley high school football teams will play this year's matchup Friday, Oct. 7.

There will be three regular-season games remaining after that contest for the Silver Knights to build on their Division VI, Region 23 resume.

The Hawks also will have three games remaining, but just two will count toward their Division IV, Region 14 playoff points because they close the season Oct. 28 against the Reigning Sports Academy club team, which does not compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Both teams are 4-2.

After falling to DeSales 31-24 on Sept. 16, Hartley bounced back with a 45-13 victory Sept. 23 over Worthington Kilbourne, which had opened with four consecutive wins and competes in Division II.

On Sept. 30, Hartley beat St. Charles 36-15.

"I'd been hearing that if Hartley doesn't get a win over Kilbourne, they're going to be in trouble (in regards to making the playoffs)," Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said. "Our goal is to be the best we can be when the games really, really matter."

Hartley has won the past six matchups against Ready, including 40-3 last season when the Knights finished ninth in Division VI, Region 21 to miss the playoffs by one spot.

Ready beat Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic 35-0 on Sept. 23 and Castalia Margaretta 42-20 on Sept. 30. Even if it loses at Hartley, it still faces two teams that would provide Division VI computer points in Wheeling (West Virginia) Linsly (Oct. 14) and Fayetteville (Oct. 28) as well as Division IV opponent Byesville Meadowbrook (Oct. 21).

In this week's projected computer ratings, Hartley was fifth in Region 14 and Ready was 11th in Region 23.

The Knights' win over St. Mary Central Catholic was their first shutout since Sept. 29, 2012, when they beat Linsly 32-0.

According to coach Brian Cross, Ready's defense has improved since his team's 48-17 loss to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Sept. 9.

"Daris Martinez, our defensive end, is a senior who plays about as hard as you can play every play, and the same (goes for) Patrick Jansen on the defensive line," Cross said.

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