WHEN NO. 1 BRUNING-DAVENPORT/SHICKLEY (12-0) HAS THE BALL
Quarterback John Christensen gets everybody involved — he’s one of five ball carriers with more than 200 yards, and five receivers have three touchdowns or more. He’s thrown for 1,253 yards and 26 touchdowns against three picks. Thomas Mick has scored 18 touchdowns. Ethan Sharp has 125 tackles and three fumble recoveries to lead the Blue Hill defense.
WHEN NO. 3 BLUE HILL (12-0) HAS THE BALL
The Bobcats are run-first, with quarterback John Rouse their season leader with 1,418 yards and running back Lane Deisley next with 1,304. When Rouse throws, McCoy Menke is his primary receiver (25 catches, 522 yards, seven touchdowns). The BDS defense has eight players with at least 50 tackles and it’s picked off 16 passes.
Stu's pick: To avoid an uphill battle, Blue Hill must turn the tables on the Eagles and create short fields. A BDS win could stamp it as the best team in eight-man this season, regardless of division. They have barely been threatened in getting to Lincoln. It should be a rare four-quarter game for them, but it would be an upset not seeing BDS winning its second state title in three years.
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