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8 – The number of teams in the BGP top ten that advanced to at least the region finals. That’d be 8 of 8 slots, so it was impossible to do better. Logan County and Wayne County both exited in the second round in matchups against higher ranked squads.

7 – The number of #1 seeds that advanced to the region finals. Only Harrison County failed to advance to the third round as a district champion, falling to Ashland in the region semifinals.

6 – The amount of games out of 30 played in the 4A playoffs that were decided by single digits. Which, that’s not great, but three of them did come in the regional final round. There were six a year ago as well, but half of those were in the first round. So by that metric, this year was a bit more competitive.

0 – The number of weeks Johnson Central and Franklin-Simpson weren’t rated as 1 & 2 in the class. This state final was almost completely inevitable.

2 – The number of playoff shutouts for the Franklin-Simpson Wildcat defense, pitched against Calloway County and Taylor County. They’re allowing just a shade over 4 points per game in the postseason. I’ve heard that’s pretty good.

50 – The minimum points scored by Johnson Central in the postseason. They’re averaging 53.5 points per game so far. I feel like I’ve heard that’s pretty good too. In the past nine weeks, Johnson Central has scored less than 50 points twice.

3 – The number of games Johnson Central played away from home to this point.

0 – The number of opponents from those games that went on to have winning records. That’s not to slight Johnson Central’s record, but it does bear noting that this will be by far the most difficult game Johnson Central has played away from home this season. Franklin-Simpson is in a similar boat – their first game (against Elizabethtown) and their last game (against Taylor County) are the only two teams with winning records they played on the road.

10,014 – The amount of rushing yards Johnson Central and Franklin-Simpson combined for this year. Do you like running games? Then this game is the one for you. Joe Jackson has 2,203 yards on 199 carries this year, averaging over 11 yards per carry. Franklin’s Tre Bass has almost matched the total yardage with 1,963 yards, but exceeds the yards per carry with 12.5 YPC on 157 rushes. It is extremely likely that before the game is over we will see two 2,000+ rushers. It’s a rare privilege.

The vanquished teams from the state semifinals deserve mentioning as well. Taylor County won their first region title in 19 years with a 22-17 win over Moore, overcoming an 11 point deficit entering the fourth quarter. A late turnover set up the Cardinals, and they scored with 23.2 seconds left. They had a ten game winning streak snapped in their loss to Franklin-Simpson, but a 12-2 record and region title is a huge accomplishment. For Knox Central, while they were considered preseason favorites for the region, it makes the accomplishment of their first region title in the history of the program no less sweet. That they got there by avenging an earlier loss to Franklin County probably added a bit of a cherry on top. Their fans were also treated to two of the six single digit contests that were played in 4A this postseason, making it all the more memorable. They ended their season at 59-20 in the inhospitable confines at Johnson Central.

Everyone, I hope you've enjoyed this season as much as I have!