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Knight, Rams Collide

There are just eight teams left standing in Ohio Division II heading into this weekend, including the Kings Knight and the Trotwood-Madison Rams.

The two schools collide on Friday night at Princeton with the Region 8 title on the line.

Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglas had his team in this exact spot a year ago only to lose to Winton Woods, the eventual state champions.

Trotwood-Madison Antwan GilbertKings and head coach Andy Olds are in uncharted territory after coming off a 3-7 campaign, but the Knights have shown their resiliency all season and will be ready to compete.

Let's take a closer look at this playoff matchup:

KINGS (11-1) VS. TROTWOOD-MADISON (10-2)
Viking Stadium, Pat Mancuso Field (Princeton HS)
Friday, November 19 - 7:30 p.m. kickoff

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jamire Westbrook has taken his game to a whole other level with three straight 200-yard, four-touchdown rushing performances for Kings. He isn't the only explosive play-maker for the Knights though. Jermard Lewis averages 23.9 on 29 receptions with seven scores. Justin Crull has 890 all-purpose yards and five total touchdowns on just 48 touches. Antwan Gilbert has rushed for 708 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 11.2 yards per carry over Trotwood-Madison's last four outings. Quarterback Marcus Graham has been hot with 14 touchdown passes and one interception in the last five contests.

TEAM TRENDS: Trotwood-Madison has won seven in a row. The Rams have found their rhythm on offense averaging 49.8 in their last four tilts. They averaged 19.7 in their first eight contests. Kings is giving up 29 points per game in the playoffs. They gave up just 8.4 points in their five wins to end the season.

KINGS' S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Knights are going to have to figure out a way to keep the Trotwood-Madison offense off the field. They must do so by creating some short fields through turnovers. Kings has done one thing very well all season – getting hidden yards via returns. They are averaging over 120 yards per game on return yardage with seven scores. Those yards are critical for their success in this contest.

TROTWOOD-MADISON'S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Rams were flawless on offense against Winton Woods last Friday. They had zero turnovers and six efficient and statement-worthy scoring drives on offense in defeating the Warriors. Trotwood-Madison is playing like an experienced senior-led squad that just need to play error free for one more week. Taking care of the football will go a long way towards securing a Rams' win.

FINAL TAKE: Trotwood-Madison has been in this position before and that just may be enough to get them through the early game jitters and propel them to victory. Kings will have to avoid the fear of looking "like a deer in headlights" look and come out of the tunnel firing on all cylinders…TROTWOOD-MADISON 35, KINGS 24

Written by Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com

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