Both the Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman high school football teams enter their OCC-Central Division contest on Friday, Oct. 28, at UA knowing that they must win and get help from Hilliard Darby to earn a share of the league championship.

Both the Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman high school football teams enter their OCC-Central Division contest on Friday, Oct. 28, at UA knowing that they must win and get help from Hilliard Darby to earn a share of the league championship.

The Golden Bears and Shamrocks both are 5-1 in the league and share second behind Hilliard Davidson, which is 6-0 and plays at Darby on Friday, Oct. 28.

Coffman lost 14-0 to Davidson on Oct. 14 and UA fell to the Wildcats 25-7 on Oct. 21.

Even if a share of the league title ends up being unattainable, both Coffman and UA still could gain a better playoff seed. Through Week 8, Coffman was fourth in the Division I, Region 3 computer rankings, one spot ahead of UA. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.

This is the third consecutive year the Shamrocks and Bears have met in the final week of the regular season.

"It's a big game and hopefully we can get a good playoff seed out of it, but we have to take care of (UA) because they are a good team," Coffman quarterback James Walsh said. "They are well-rounded (and) have great players, but I think we can match up with them evenly and it will be a good game.

"We have to get going early on offense, which we don't always do, and we have to make sure to execute and stay focused."

Walsh is 125-for-213 passing for 1,535 yards and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for four touchdowns. Coffman totaled 241 yards rushing in a 34-7 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 21 as the Shamrocks improved to 8-1 overall..

UA, which is 7-2 overall, entered its game against Davidson averaging 251.5 yards rushing but was held to minus-32 yards on the ground by the Wildcats. Davidson sacked Bears quarterback David Smith six times.

"Arlington is well-coached and has some talent at the skill positions. They have done a great job over the course of the season," Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree said. "A playoff berth will be on the line for both of us, so (the game) will mean a lot.

"They run and pound and can get the ball to some people. It will be a challenge for us, indeed."

UA leads the all-time series 8-7. Coffman won 27-9 last year after UA posted wins in 2009 (21-12) and 2008 (7-6). The win over the Shamrocks in 2008 secured the Bears' most recent league championship.

Coffman won the league title in 2009.

"Coffman is an excellent team," UA coach Mike Golden said.

"Another good defensive team, a team that is a lot more balanced (than Davidson). We're playing on turf and we're pretty comfortable playing on turf and so are they, so it will be a whole different kind of game."