The Hilliard Davidson football team enters its game Friday, Nov. 1, at Westland looking to secure a postseason berth.
The Wildcats, who improved to 6-3 overall with a 23-14 win over visiting Marysville on Oct. 25, were projected to be fifth in Division I, Region 3 this week. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top four earning first-round home games.
"There's no doubt in my mind that we will be in if we win," coach Brian White said. "I'm not a mathematical genius to figure that out, but I think no doubt with a win, we would 100 percent be in."
A win over Westland also would give Davidson a chance to earn a share of the OCC-Central Division championship. The Wildcats are 3-1 in the league, tied with Dublin Coffman for second behind Upper Arlington (4-0).
The Shamrocks visit the Golden Bears on Nov. 1. If Davidson and Coffman win, they would share the league title with UA.
The Wildcats, who lost to UA 10-7 on Oct. 11 but beat Coffman 15-14 seven days later, rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat Marysville.
Quarterback Evan Tekancic led a balanced rushing attack, gaining 79 yards on 14 carries, while Kristopher Thornton added 56 yards on 13 carries.
"We've certainly struggled at times this season," White said. "The last two weeks, we've shown a little bit of character, shown a little bit of grit, getting a win over Coffman, which is obviously huge, and then being able to come back against Marysville like we did."
For the season, Jonathan Weir leads Davidson with 534 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 113 carries. Thornton has rushed for 480 yards and a touchdown on 111 carries.
White said the Wildcats' defense has been boosted by the return of linebacker Dylan Kokoska, who missed the first six games with a groin injury.
Westland fell to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the league with a 44-12 loss to Coffman on Oct. 25.
Running back Peterson Iresne rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries to lead the Cougars.
"I think their coach (Rick Rios) is doing a really good job," White said. "Their kids have played hard this year. You can see a plan, and not only can you see a plan, you can see it being executed. The wins certainly aren't there. They're losing badly at times, but I don't think they're a bad team."
Davidson leads the all-time series with Westland 31-8-1.