For the Hilliard Davidson High School football team, its season goals over the years have included winning its league title and qualifying for the playoffs in addition to reaching its full potential.
The Wildcats have achieved two of those objectives and soon will focus on attaining a bigger goal: the program's third Division I state title.
Davidson, which won state championships in 2006 and 2009, clinched at least a share of the OCC-Central Division title - its first league championship since 2016 and 17th overall -- with a 28-7 win at Marysville on Oct. 19.
The Wildcats are 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the league and can clinch the outright league title with a win over visiting Westland on Friday, Oct. 26. The Cougars fell to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the league with a 51-6 loss to Dublin Coffman on Oct. 19.
"Our No. 1 goal going into each year is for our players to reach or exceed their potential," coach Brian White said. "Some years when we can do that, it has allowed our teams to achieve our top team goal, which is to win the league. ... Winning the league has been an accomplishment that we take great pride in.
"Winning our (league) means that you're more than likely going to accomplish team goal No. 2, and that is to make the playoffs."
The Wildcats were projected to be first in Division I, Region 3 this week. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs, with the top four having first-round home games.
"Being the No. 1 seed is just validation that you have played a difficult schedule and have won enough games to earn the points to put you at the top of your region," White said. "Beyond that, it really doesn't mean too much to us. There are often better matchups for lower-seeded teams."
Jordan Hicks leads a balanced rushing attack for the Wildcats with 499 yards and 14 touchdowns on 128 carries. Christian Sweet has rushed for 497 yards and two scores on 118 carries and Kalib O'Connor has 384 yards rushing and one touchdown on 111 carries.
Quarterback Carson Felicetty passed for 149 yards and two touchdowns against Marysville.