How they got here

MANY: Beat No. 32 Homer 73-0 in the first round, No. 16 Lake Arthur 41-6 in the second round, No. 9 St. James 28-14 in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Northeast 35-12 in the semifinals.

KINDER: Beat No. 31 North Caddo 42-0 in the first round, No. 15 Pine Prairie 37-6 in the second round, No. 7 Springfield 42-14 in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Sterlington 35-14 in the semifinals.

State titles

MANY: none

KINDER: two (1978, 2013)

Storyline: Here we go again

Kinder beat Many 34-20 in last year’s 2A final that proved to be one of the most exciting and entertaining games of the Prep Classic. More of the same is expected this year with Many once again being the higher seed. Both teams return key playmakers.

Gameplan

MANY: The Tigers have a large set of linemen on offense and they’re not afraid to use them. The net result is three 1,000-yard rushers. Avoiding turnovers will be crucial for the Many offense. If the Tigers defense can force a turnover or two, that wouldn’t hurt.

KINDER: Last year this match was a new one and Yellow Jackets defense swarmed the Many offense and forced turnovers. Kinder would like to get more of the same to go along with its steady offensive output.

Key players

MANY: OL Garrett Thomas is a Texas commitment and the catalyst for the offensive unit that typically scores early and often. QB/DB Xavier Dias is a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment who would love to turn the tables on Kinder this season. LB Pepi Kennedy played on the line last season and teams with Dias and DL Jamarious Newton.

KINDER: QB Welles Cooley is adept at running and passing the ball. More importantly, Cooley also has been a good decision-maker for the Yellow Jackets. S Zach Rider moved from linebacker this season and was the 2A baseball MVP last season. LB Bryce Baker may be undersized at 180 pounds but he has more than 150 tackles. OL Casey Edwards is the top blocker for the Yellow Jackets.

Prediction

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KINDER 31, MANY 29

Robin Fambrough