Breaking down the Upper Arlington football team's season-ending 28-14 loss to Dublin Coffman on Nov. 1 might have been too simple for Golden Bears coach Jeremey Scally.
"When you give up a 70-yard pass for a touchdown and a 70-yard run for a touchdown, you're usually not going to win regardless of who you play," Scally said.
"We battled, but we couldn't get off the field defensively and we committed a few critical mistakes that helped turn the game."
UA took an early 7-0 lead on quarterback Jake Leve's 6-yard touchdown run, but the Shamrocks tied the game late in the first quarter on Connor Mathews' 68-yard touchdown pass to Jameel Williamson and took the lead for good at 14-7 with 20 seconds left in the opening quarter on Mathews' 1-yard touchdown run.
An 84-yard touchdown run for Bryon Threats early in the third quarter pushed Coffman's lead to 21-7.
The loss cost UA, which finished 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Central Division, the outright league championship and a playoff berth in Division I, Region 3.
UA tied Coffman and Hilliard Davidson for the league title and finished 11th in Region 3 as the top eight teams made the playoffs. The Bears had been eighth in the region before playing the Shamrocks.
UA hung around, pulling back to within seven points on running back Carson Gresock's 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, but Threats scored from 9 yards out with 6 minutes, 19 seconds left for the game's final points.
"We needed Bryon to come up big because we've had a spate of injuries at the skill positions," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said.
"(The Bears) were chunk, chunk, chunk (chewing up yardage) and we were the big-play team. It hasn't always been that way for us this year, though. I'm blessed to have some great athletes who are capable of big plays."
The Shamrocks clinched the third seed in Division I, Region 2 and will play host to sixth-seeded Perrysburg in a first-round game Friday, Nov. 8.
Chris Schweisthal rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries to lead the Bears, who were outgained 377-148 in total yards and committed the game's only two turnovers, a fumble and an interception. Gresock had eight carries for 49 yards.
"I knew we'd play hard and I think we did play hard," Scally said.
"The margin of error against a team like (Coffman) is so razor-thin. We wanted to be within a score in the fourth quarter and if we were, we felt like anything could happen. They just made some huge plays."