With a 25-22 loss to Eastmoor Academy on Oct. 21 being the only blemish on its season, the Columbus West High School football team will make its first playoff appearance Friday, Nov. 4, when it travels to third-seeded New Albany.

With a 25-22 loss to Eastmoor Academy on Oct. 21 being the only blemish on its season, the Columbus West High School football team will make its first playoff appearance Friday, Nov. 4, when it travels to third-seeded New Albany.

If the sixth-seeded Cowboys win the first-round Division II, Region 7 matchup, they would play fourth-seeded Franklin Heights or fifth-seeded Licking Heights in a regional semifinal Nov. 11 at a site to be announced.

The Cowboys closed the regular season with a 44-25 victory over Briggs on Oct. 28 as quarterback Demetrius Brown rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw a 41-yard touchdown to Michael White.

Brown has scored 29 touchdowns and has rushed for more than 1,800 yards on the season.

"It's been a heck of a season for us," Cowboys coach Mike Flusche said. "It's very exciting for the kids."

While the Cowboys finished second (6-1) in the City-South behind Eastmoor (7-0), New Albany won the OCC-Capital Division at 5-0 and won its last six games to enter the playoffs with a 7-3 overall record.

The Eagles have one of central Ohio's top running backs in Victor White, but he's been out with an injury. In a 35-28 victory over Groveport on Oct. 28, Brandon DeHass rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Zach Hall added 110 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead New Albany.

"Their offense is pretty similar to ours," Flusche said. "They're very physical and they want to run the ball right at you. I think it'll be a battle in the trenches."

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