The Hilliard Davidson High School football team hopes to avoid a letdown when it visits Marysville on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Wildcats defeated previously unbeaten Dublin Coffman 24-7 on Oct. 12, improving to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Central Division. Davidson was projected to be first in Division I, Region 3 this week, well on its way to a playoff berth after failing to qualify last season.
The Wildcats close the regular season Oct. 26 at home against Westland, which is 1-7.
"I'm confident that our senior class won't allow us to have a letdown," coach Brian White said. "It's certainly one of those things that you have to guard against."
Marysville is 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the league. It was projected to be 13th in Division I, Region 2 this week. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.
White expects to see a conventional rushing attack from the Monarchs.
"They're doing what they need to do now for that community and that type of kid," White said. "I don't think they're a spread community and they were doing that for a few years, and now they're back to what that community is used to doing and that's pounding the football at you and playing physical football. We're extremely concerned not about a letdown as much as we are about how good Marysville is."
The Wildcats pulled away from Coffman with 17 unanswered points in the second half. Jordan Hicks rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead Davidson, which did not attempt a pass for the second consecutive game.
Hicks leads Davidson's balanced rushing attack with 476 yards and 12 touchdowns on 113 carries. Christian Sweet has 441 yards and two touchdowns on 108 carries.
Marysville lost to visiting Upper Arlington 14-0 on Oct. 12. The Golden Bears limited the Monarchs to 73 total yards.
"We know how good Marysville is," White said. "The coaches saw them in person against Coffman and we know that they're an extremely impressive looking team. We know how good a couple of those wrestlers are, especially the quarterback and linebacker, Walker Heard, who is extremely tough."
Marysville lost to visiting Coffman 23-17 in overtime Sept. 29.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 23-7.