TIME: 3 p.m. today
RECORDS: Dillon12-2; Central 12-2
COACHES: Jackie Hayes, Dillon; Joey Mangum, Central
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Both teams went 3-2 in non-region competition and finished the regular season on nine-game winning streaks. In the playoffs, Region 8 champion Dillon held opponents to an average of seven points while scoring 29.5. Central, No. 1 out of Region 4, averaged 24 points and gave up an average of 12 in its playoff run.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR Antuawn Blue, Dillon
Blue is one of the Wildcats' most productive skill players. Dillon's leading receiver averages nearly 17 yards per catch (with 47 receptions this season) and hasscored 10 tuchdowns. He is a strong kick returner (293 yards on kickoff and punt returns) who can change the game by winning good field position for the Wildcats.
WR/DL Kegan Funderburk, Central
The Eagles don't pass often, but Funderburk makes the most of his opportunities. With his defensive lineman's build, he is a big target for first-year quarterback Jewan Henderson, and because he is hard to take down, he adds yards after the catch. Furnderburk has 19 receptions for 458 yards and eight of the Eagles' 17 receiving touchdowns.
Central will win if ...
The Eagles can force turnovers and maintain their positive turnover margin. Central came up with 15 interceptions and 24 fumbles this season, while giving up nine of each. Their big running game (3,367 yards, 33 touchdowns) helps them chew up the clock, so extra possessions will give the Eagles a big advantage.
Dillon will win if...
It can make big goal line stops. Without a kicking game, Central will be pressing for the endzone, not settling for field goals, and the Eagles will go for two-point conversions after touchdowns. Even if the Wildcats can't keep Central out of the end zone, those missed points can make the difference, as evidenced by last year's 7-6 decision.
PREDICTION: Dillon 20, Central 15