With playoff berths and league titles on the line, there was plenty of drama when teams hit the football field for the final week of the regular season.

There will be 11 playoff qualifiers from central Ohio in Division I, with eight residing in Region 3, including a Westerville Central team that rode a roller coaster the past few weeks to earn a postseason berth.

Three area teams got victories on their way to wrapping up their first playoff berths.

For the rest of central Ohio, it was an opportunity to reflect on another season that brought each through a journey of team bonding, life lessons, joy, and in some cases, tears.

Here are five things we learned in Week 10:

1. Westerville Central put an exclamation point on a solid season.

Needing a win and a few scenarios to play out, Central crushed Olentangy 41-7 on Nov. 1.

The Warhawks had lost three of four, albeit to teams that qualified for the postseason, but this performance was much more like the ones they had put together during a 5-0 start.

Central led 27-0 by halftime and had several standouts, including Rickey Hyatt rushing for a 50-yard touchdown and adding both an interception and a fumble recovery as his team forced seven turnovers.

Five of the six teams from the OCC-Buckeye Division will head to the postseason, with the Warhawks getting a rematch with top-seeded Olentangy Liberty on Nov. 8 in Division I, Region 3.

2. It was a great night for the City League.

With a 55-7 victory at Whetstone on Nov. 1, Centennial improved to 9-1 and clinched a playoff berth for the first time.

The Stars got 202 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 16 carries from Luchene Davis and earned the No. 6 spot in Division III, Region 11 in addition to winning their first City-North Division title.

Walnut Ridge completed its first perfect regular season with a 35-0 victory over Independence and advanced to the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.

After Marion-Franklin beat Columbus South 45-14, it had to wait until late into the night before finding out it had qualified for the Division IV, Region 15 playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

3. The Olentangy school district will have all four of its schools in the playoffs, including first-time qualifier Berlin.

After going 1-9 in its inaugural season last fall, Berlin beat Thomas Worthington 36-13 in Week 10 to finish 6-4 and qualify for the Region 7 playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

Although Olentangy lost its regular-season finale, it still made the postseason at 5-5 and is seeded sixth in Region 7.

The district’s other teams, Liberty and Orange, also won in Week 10 and will compete in Region 3.

4. Worthington Christian is headed to its first postseason.

The Warriors take a five-game winning streak into their first playoff appearance, including beating KIPP Columbus 53-14 on Nov. 1 to improve to 8-2.

Lucas Hartings passed for 173 yards and four touchdowns and Braden Anderson rushed for 108 yards and two scores to lead Worthington Christian, which averaged more than 40 points over its last five games.

The Warriors are in Division VI, Region 24.

5. Hilliard Darby and New Albany can close 2019 feeling good about their finishes.

The season ended for more than half the state Nov. 1, including for teams such as Darby and New Albany, which did all they could in Week 10 to keep their seasons going.

The Panthers won their final four games to finish 7-3 but settled for ninth in Region 3 as Westerville Central earned the last playoff spot.

The Eagles blew out Groveport 35-7 to finish 10th in Region 3 and secure a three-way tie for the OCC-Capital title at 4-1 with the Cruisers and Canal Winchester.

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