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12:00 AM, Dec. 01, 2012 EST

FRIENDSHIP (12-1) vs. ADAMSVILLE (12-1)

When: 11 a.m. today

Last meeting: First game.

Coaches: John McNeal, 24th season at Friendship (186-95); Brandon Gray, seventh season at Adamsville (53-28)

How they got there: Friendship beat Cascade 42-6, Marion Co. 35-12, Boyd-Buchanan 27-6. Adamsville beat Mt. Pleasant 56-6, Loretto 24-0, Dresden 28-7.

Players to watch: Friendship -- QB A.J. Long (2,391 passing yards, 35 TDs, 619 rushing yards, eight TDs), RB Steven Hollis (1,077 rushing yards, 13 TDs), WR Hunter Watts (33 catches, 722 yards, 11 TDs). Adamsville -- TB Zack Neary (959 rushing yards), LB Jacob Dengler 127 tackles, three fumble recoveries), CB Taylor Henry (seven interceptions, 27 tackles).

Finals history: Friendship is 1-1, winning it last year. Adamsville is making first championship appearance.

Bottom line: Long, who has had a hand in 12 touchdowns (nine passing, three rushing) in three playoff games, is the catalyst for Friendship. Adamsville needs a big game from Neary, who is questionable with leg injuries.

 

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