Perhaps the most impressive comeback of the postseason among central Ohio teams occurred Nov. 18 when the Marion-Franklin High School football team rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Dresden Tri-Valley 48-42 in overtime.

Perhaps the most impressive comeback of the postseason among central Ohio teams occurred Nov. 18 when the Marion-Franklin High School football team rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Dresden Tri-Valley 48-42 in overtime.

The Red Devils' next opponent, Trotwood-Madison, had some late-game heroics of its own to set up the Division II state semifinal matchup at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Clayton Northmont.

After trailing 20-0 at halftime in the Region 8 final Nov. 18 at Dayton Welcome Stadium, the Rams scored five second-half touchdowns to beat Kings Mills Kings 35-20 and improve to 13-0.

Marion-Franklin, which is in its second state semifinal in three seasons, also is 13-0.

"They're good," coach Brian Haffele said. "They're big and athletic. They remind me a lot of the 2004 Brookhaven team (that won the state title) because that team was so big and athletic. They can throw it and they can run it. We're just going to have to try and compete."

Despite throwing two interceptions, Marion-Franklin quarterback Corry Benson had his best game of the season against Tri-Valley in terms of total yardage. He was 21-for-35 passing for 309 yards with two touchdowns and had 32 carries for 177 yards and four touchdowns.

On fourth-and-10 from the Scotties' 11 with 19.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Benson ran for a touchdown and rushed for a two-point conversion to tie it at 42.

Benson then hooked up with Darien Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime for the victory.

On the season, Benson is 125-for-220 passing for 2,380 yards with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions and has rushed for 700 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Joe Alverson enters the Trotwood-Madison game with 38 catches for 819 yards and 14 touchdowns.

That duo will face a Rams defense that features one of the state's top recruits in George "Bam" Bradley, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety who has offers from a list of schools that includes Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan State.

"It's going to be a tough game this week and everyone has to stay focused," senior defensive lineman Terrell Jackson said. "It's going to be a great game."

Jackson, who had two sacks and two tackles for losses, leads a Marion-Franklin defense that is allowing 21.8 points per game. The 42 points Tri-Valley scored are the most the Red Devils have given up this season.

Trotwood-Madison counters offensively with senior quarterback Michael Simpson, who has thrown for more than 2,300 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Running back Isreal Green has rushed for 20 touchdowns and running back Ashton Jackson also is a key offensive weapon.

The Red Devils' only other appearance in a state semifinal came in 2009, when they lost to eventual state champion Cincinnati Winton Woods 69-35.

Trotwood-Madison lost to Maple Heights 45-33 in the state final last season.

The other state semifinal pits Avon against Aurora on Friday, Nov. 25, at Byers Field in Parma. Both teams are 12-1.

The state championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.