The Whitehall-Yearling High School football team will try to extend its winning streak to seven games when it plays at Bexley on Friday, Oct. 12.

The Rams improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio with a 46-6 win over visiting Liberty Union on Oct. 5.

Bexley fell to 1-6 overall with a 49-0 loss at Teays Valley on Oct. 5. The Lions are 0-3 in the league.

Despite the Rams' success since losing to Westerville Central 19-6 in the opener Aug. 24, coach Rod Lightfoot believes his team will need to win out if it hopes to qualify for the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.

The Rams were projected to be ninth in the region this week. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason.

"Every time we play in the MSL we have to be on point," Lightfoot said. "It's a matter of execution. We've told them this is a four-game stretch and we have to build on each game and try to peak by Week 10 as we hopefully move into the playoffs. Our region is so strong, I think we have to win out to give us a chance."

Raymell Byrd rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 121 yards as the Rams amassed 518 total yards against Liberty Union.

Wayne Blackshear ran for 97 yards and three touchdown and Christian Gordon had five catches for 96 yards.

For the season, Byrd has rushed for 1,041 yards and 16 touchdowns on 138 carries and completed 43 of 101 passes for 800 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Blackshear has rushed for 408 yards on 82 carries and Gordon has 24 receptions for 454 yards.

Lightfoot said Bexley, which finished 0-10 last year and was limited to 91 yards against Teays Valley, will be ready to compete in the annual rivalry matchup.

"They don't quit," Lightfoot said. "They're obviously struggling right now, but I saw them on film and I didn't see any quit in any of those kids as you would expect. They're going to give us their best game, as I would expect they would. After all, they are our rival."

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