The City League hasn't held a championship game among the winners of the City-North and City-South divisions since 1998, but the equivalent of such will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Beechcroft and Eastmoor Academy high school football teams meet in a Division III, Region 11 playoff game.

The City League hasn't held a championship game among the winners of the City-North and City-South divisions since 1998, but the equivalent of such will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Beechcroft and Eastmoor Academy high school football teams meet in a Division III, Region 11 playoff game.

The fourth-seeded Warriors will play host to the fifth-seeded Cougars in the first-round contest, with the winner facing top-seeded DeSales or eighth-seeded Thornville Sheridan in a regional semifinal Nov. 12 at a site to be announced.

Eastmoor defeated Africentric 55-18 on Oct. 28 to improve to 8-2 overall and complete a 7-0 run through the City-South. That same night, Beechcroft beat Northland 37-12 to improve to 9-1 overall and wrap up the City-North title at 6-0.

The teams haven't met since 1998 when Eastmoor won 13-6 in double overtime.

"Outside of DeSales, everybody in the region is pretty even," Cougars coach Trevor White said.

Eastmoor has won eight games in a row after losing its first two, including beating Northland 42-14 on Sept. 9.

The Warriors have one of the area's top quarterbacks in Keeshawn Ramsey, who has rushed for 984 yards and 18 touchdowns. Against Africentric, he ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 84 yards and two scores.

The strength of Beechcroft's defense has been its line, which features senior Aarin Smoot-Baker at nose guard and end, as well as linemen Tavion Bryant and Shemar Samuel.

"From just what I hear about (Ramsey), he's a dynamic athlete," White said. "He runs the ball well and throws the ball well. It sounds like we'll have to stop him to be successful."

In Beechcroft's win over Northland, quarterback Kyle Barrett rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two others and Samuel ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars won their sixth league title in seven years.

Eastmoor has shown significant improvement on defense since losing to Granville 29-12 on Sept. 2, its last loss before ending the regular season on an eight-game winning streak.

"We've got to feel pretty good about ourselves," Warriors coach Jim Miranda said. "It's pretty outstanding to (win the City-South), especially after the rough start we had this year. We lost that close game to Franklin Heights (26-20 on Aug. 26), but we had eight turnovers in the second half against Granville, which was not indicative of what we can do. We look like we've righted the ship."

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