The Dublin Jerome High School football team heads out of the area this week looking to rebound from its first loss of the season.

The Dublin Jerome High School football team heads out of the area this week looking to rebound from its first loss of the season.

The Celtics visit North Canton Hoover on Friday, Oct. 21, hoping to bounce back from a 31-28 loss to visiting Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 14.

Jerome is 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, just ahead of Bradley and Scioto (both 3-1) in the league standings.

The Celtics were projected to be second in this week's Division I, Region 2 computer ratings and to have clinched their first postseason berth since 2008 and third overall. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.

Hoover, which is a member of the Federal League, is 4-4 and was projected to be 11th in this week's Division I, Region 1 computer ratings. The Vikings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 35-0 win over Uniontown Green on Oct. 14.

"Hoover has a fast defense and very diverse offense," coach Bob Gecewich said. "They are battle-tested against top-tier programs. They play a phenomenal schedule. The Federal League is not a joke. That's one of the premier leagues in the state. They're good."

Jerome trailed Bradley 24-7 at halftime before rallying to take a 28-24 lead in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars, however, pulled out the win on Zach Hummel's 1-yard touchdown catch from Will Phillis with 29 seconds left.

Quarterback Joe Dunnan completed 10 of 21 passes for 181 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ty Henderson had eight catches for 98 yards and a score, and Matt Nesbit caught two passes -- both for touchdowns -- for 83 yards.

Robert Cope scored on a 4-yard run to put the Celtics up 28-24 with 4:30 left.

"You go back to work and keep doing what you're doing and just fix some things," Gecewich said. "I'd rather be exposed in week 8 than week 11."

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