Another wild game in the Upper Arlington High School football team's series against Dublin Coffman went the Shamrocks' way, and as a result, the Golden Bears' playoff hopes disappeared.

Another wild game in the Upper Arlington High School football team's series against Dublin Coffman went the Shamrocks' way, and as a result, the Golden Bears' playoff hopes disappeared.

UA bolted to a three-touchdown lead in the first half Oct. 28, but the host Shamrocks scored the game's final 27 points to win 27-21 and end the Bears' season.

UA finished 8-2 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Central Division, and came up less than a point out of the eighth and final playoff spot in Division I, Region 3. The Bears finished ninth in the region with 20.5 points as Lancaster (21.2211) earned the final playoff berth.

Lancaster jumped UA in the region standings by defeating Reynoldsburg 42-27 on Oct. 28.

E.J. Caldwell ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and Brandon Horsley added 13 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears against Coffman, which improved to 8-2 and finished 4-1 in the league.

The Shamrocks finished third (30.1) in the region.

Caldwell scored from 6 and 4 yards, and Horsley's 1-yard score midway through the second quarter gave UA a 21-0 lead.

Casey Kirk accounted for all four Shamrocks touchdowns, scoring on runs of 3, 4, 1 and 26 yards. His longest scoring run was the game-winner was 5 minutes, 55 seconds left, and Coffman defensive backs Cal Haefke and Ibn Williamson both intercepted quarterback Riley Cooper in the final three minutes to seal the win.

The Bears, who outgained the Shamrocks 401-355 in total yards, were seeking their second consecutive playoff berth and 17th in program history.

The last five games in the series, and six of the last nine, have been decided by seven points or fewer.

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