Facing what coach Joel Cutler called "two one-game seasons," the Upper Arlington High School football team hopes to roll into the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

Facing what coach Joel Cutler called "two one-game seasons," the Upper Arlington High School football team hopes to roll into the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

Among the areas with which Cutler is most impressed is an offensive line that had to replace four starters after last season. They have paved the way for an offense that averages 35.9 points, features a 1,000-yard rusher in E.J. Caldwell and has been held to fewer than 24 points only once.

UA is 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division entering its home finale Friday, Oct. 21, against Central Crossing. The Golden Bears finish the regular season Oct. 28 at Dublin Coffman.

"(The line) has been great at the point of attack," Cutler said. "They're reading plays well and blocking a lot better. They are much more physical now than they were back during the summer."

Starters on the line are left guard Jake Evans, left tackle Ben Furash, right tackle Matt Hoke, center Slade Morley and right guard Jack Stephens. Cutler also includes tight end Will Robbins, who has eight receptions for 155 yards and three touchdowns, as a lineman.

Caldwell has rushed for 1,013 yards and 15 touchdowns on 115 carries and has caught 13 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown.

In a 42-21 win over host Marysville on Oct. 14, quarterback Riley Cooper completed all five of his pass attempts for 104 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 1-yard score. On the season, he is 77-of-131 passing for 892 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

UA was projected to be seventh in this week's Division I, Region 3 computer ratings. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.

Central Crossing improved to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the league with a 43-35 win over Westland on Oct. 14.

Quarterback Deric William-son, a third-year starter, leads a Comets team that has struggled after making playoff appearances each of the past two seasons. Central Crossing's two wins came against winless teams, with the other being 28-21 at Grove City on Sept. 9, and the Comets are giving up 33.9 points per game.

"They get off the line very well," Cutler said. "They are a high-tempo offense, and we have to be ready for that. They're a lot faster than other teams we've seen. Marysville has a normal tempo, and (Hilliard) Davidson (which defeated UA 24-7 on Oct. 7) will try to slow the game down. Against Central Crossing, you're going to see enough snaps that it could feel like you're out there for five quarters' worth."

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