Four Downs: Raiders can advance to state on Friday

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Southridge seniors Parker Kippenbrock (40) and Camden Gasser (3) can help the Raiders advance to the Class 3A state finals if they come out on top against Danville on Friday in semi-state.

Warriors at Raiders

Teams: Danville (10-0) at Southridge (13-0), 7:30 p.m., Raider Field

1. Southridge can advance to the state for the fourth time since 2002, but unlike 2002, 2006 and 2017, the Raiders will be home on Friday for semi-state. Southridge coach Scott Buening is anticipating a great atmosphere on Friday. Buening said the attendance plan will be the same as the Nov. 6 sectional championship against Salem.

2. The Raiders will again see some big, formidable offensive linemen on Friday, just like they have in other games this year. Buening isn’t sure if Southridge can overwhelm the Warriors up front. He noted their offensive linemen are athletic that get off the ball hard, are edgy and play with a chip on their shoulder in addition to their size.

3. Southridge will be going against an accurate passer in junior quarterback Kale Payne of the Warriors, and Payne has numerous targets at his disposal. The Raiders will have to account for seniors Dominick Wynn, Luke Wooten and Matthew Brabec, as well as junior Tyler Dostin, who consist of a balanced receiving corps.

4. “I think the thing that sticks out the most is these guys — you don’t see a weakness anywhere,” Buening said of the balance that Danville has. “You don’t see players that you look at and you think, ‘You know, maybe we can advantage of this guy or that guy or whatever. They’re good in all the positions.”

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