State finals preview: part two

There are just three games remaining in the football season. Fawcett and Paul Brown Stadium will host the Division I, IV and VI games tomorrow and the day will give fans a final look at several of the state's top players. Let's take a look at the schedule.

Division I

St. Ignatius vs. Pickerington Central — 7 p.m.

It looks like the schedule makers saved the best matchup for last. Both of these teams fell out of our weekly rankings after slow starts but few teams were hotter than this pair coming down the stretch Defense has led the resurgence for Pickerington Central, as the Tigers have held foes to under 200 yards a game and 9.6 points a contest. They put the clamps on a formidable Hilliard Davidson team in the quarterfinals and kept St. X star Conor Hundley in check to reach the finals. On offense, look for Nick Jensen-Clagg and Bill Eakins to get things rolling on offense.

Ignatius has been a rock on defense as well but has really rallied behind first-year QB Eric Williams. The transfer from Oregon has been hot as of late and has tallied 1,835 yards and 21 scores this season. RB Tim McVey has solidified things in the backfield with 1,197 yards and 13 scores. On defense, LBs Zack Ryan and Rustom Khouri can get after the quarterback and Mike Svetina is a playmaker in the secondary.

Division IV

Creston Norwayne vs. Kenton — 3 p.m.

QB Adam Wallace is having an outstanding season under center for Norwayne with nearly 3,000 yards passing and 36 touchdowns against eight picks, but all the talk in this game centers around Gatorade State Player of the Year Maty Mauk. The senior has fired 63 scoring passes this fall and has a ridiculous 4,992 passing yards and 1,718 rushing yards. He 's accounted for 86 total scores for unbeaten Kenton. Justin Sawmiller and Kieran Fetter are his main targets and each has topped the 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown mark. Gabe King and Bryce Fackler are impact players on defense.

Wallace and a three-headed rushing attack will look to silence Mauk and the offense by moving the chains on the ground and not engaging in a shootout, although they can do that as well. Jon Zimmerly has rushed for 1,038 yards and Adam Wallace has found the end zone 18 times for the one-loss Bobcats.

Division VI

New Washington Bickeye Central vs. Marion Local — 11 a.m.

Both teams have matching 12-2 records and similar offensive and defensive stats, so we could see an extremely tight contest that comes down to the wire. The Flyers balanced attack is led by QB Adam Bertke (21 passing TDs) and RB Jake Heitkamp (1,763 rushing yards, 28 TDs), while Buckeye Central takes its cues from prolific passer Tyler Erwin (2,608 passing yards, 36 TDs) complemented by a strong running game powered by Michael Adkins (nearly 2,000 yards, 22 scores).