Over the past five seasons while competing in the MSL-Cardinal Division, the Harvest Prep football team won all 31 games it played and was rarely challenged in a league that featured mostly Division VII programs like itself.

One team that gave the Warriors some trouble last season was Fisher Catholic, which lost to Harvest Prep 12-0.

The Irish earned a runner-up finish in the MSL-Cardinal this season and enter the postseason at 8-2.

The Warriors, meanwhile, kept their run of league titles going by finishing 6-0 in their first year in the MSL-Ohio and are 9-1 despite playing teams from divisions II, III, V and VI.

Harvest Prep earned the No. 1 seed in Region 27 and compiled the most computer points of any Division VII team in the state. The Warriors will play host to eighth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a first-round playoff game Saturday, Nov. 9.

The winner faces fourth-seeded Waterford or fifth-seeded Sarahsville Shenandoah in a regional semifinal Nov. 16 at a neutral site.

"It's always good playing (Fisher Catholic)," coach Milan Smith said. "First of all, their coach (Doug Miller) and I are good friends, so you get to square off against one of your friends. He's done a good job of getting them prepared."

Harvest Prep beat two playoff teams and another team with a winning record despite going through numerous quarterback changes.

"We don't have a quarterback ironically enough," Smith said. "Competing in the MSL-Ohio Division, the teams are so physical and so tough. We're a Division VII program and this was our reservation about competing against such big teams and such quality teams."

Junior Terrence Kee started at quarterback for the first five games before becoming ineligible because of the OHSAA transfer rule.

Sophomore Jaylen Jennings assumed the role and has rushed for 851 yards and six touchdowns on 135 carries while throwing for 96 yards and two scores, but he suffered an injury during a 29-27 win over Whitehall on Oct. 25.

Freshman Aden Rogers stepped behind center but suffered a broken collarbone in a 21-14 victory over Liberty Union on Nov. 1 and will miss the rest of the season.

Jennings had yet to be cleared at the start of the week and it's uncertain whether he'll be available for the playoff opener.

Regardless of who the quarterback is, Harvest Prep hopes to continue running the ball effectively behind an offensive line that features junior Khelin Jackson and includes junior Elijah Rogers, who plays tight end or on the line depending on the situation.

Against Liberty Union, Javon Eggert had 136 yards rushing and Rashaun Goines rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Eggert has rushed for nearly 800 yards on the season.

Fisher Catholic closed its regular season Nov. 1 with a 62-32 victory over Troy Christian as running back Trey Fabrocini rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns, quarterback Kaden Starcher had 146 yards rushing and running back Nick Krooner added 12 carries for 156 yards as the Irish totaled 706 yards of offense.

"Eggert is still here and he's a senior, a program guy who's a multi-year starter for us, so we expect him to try to do everything in his power to pick up the team and do everything he can," Smith said. "Elijah Rogers kind of keeps our strong side grounded and with Khelin Jackson, those are the only two seniors on the offensive line. Those are the two guys we count on. We call on those two guys to galvanize us and they've done a good job."

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