The Hartley High School football team will look to continue a strong run through the second half of its regular season when it plays Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lima Central Catholic.

The Hartley High School football team will look to continue a strong run through the second half of its regular season when it plays Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lima Central Catholic.

The Hawks beat Watterson 42-7 on Oct. 14 for their fourth consecutive victory. Their only losses have come against two unbeaten teams in Toledo Central Catholic (31-28 on Aug. 26) and DeSales (31-24 on Sept. 16), which are a combined 16-0.

The game against Lima Central Catholic will be Hartley's last chance to build on its Division IV, Region 14 playoff resume given that its regular-season finale is Oct. 28 at home against the Reigning Sports Academy Thunder, a club team not affiliated with the OHSAA.

Hartley finished with 598 yards of offense against Watterson. Marquette Dixon rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles and has rushed for 1,349 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season behind an offensive line comprised of Thomas Casimir (left guard), Adam Cone (right tackle), Nick Dawes (left tackle), Cody Kirkbride (right guard) and Maximus Stienecker (center).

Jordan Kirkbride, who is Cody Kirkbride's brother, is at tight end and caught his first pass this season against Watterson.

"I guess dropping those two games early on helped us get better," said senior Cody Kirkbride, who has received a scholarship offer from Morehead State and is being recruited by Army. "This is the part of the season where we usually get better and start getting ready for our playoff run."

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