Division III, Region 9

Dover at Marion Franklin

No. 7 Tornadoes (7-3) at No. 2 Red Devils (9-1)

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Marion-Franklin qualified for the postseason for the 10th consecutive season and opens the Region 9 playoffs Friday, Nov. 8, at home against seventh-seeded Dover.

The Red Devils, who are seeded second, have won 33 consecutive City-South games and wrapped up at least a share of their 10th league title in a row with a 37-12 win Nov. 1 over Columbus South.

The Tornadoes lost to New Philadelphia 34-28 in three overtimes Nov. 1 to fall to 7-3. They were a state semifinalist a year ago and are making their ninth consecutive playoff appearance.

"Their coach (Dan Ifft) is a legendary coach in the state of Ohio, and they win a lot," coach Brian Haffele said. "... I coached against Dover in the late 1990s when I was an assistant at Walnut Ridge and they beat us pretty badly."

The Tornadoes run a spread offense and average 42.6 points. Junior Merrick Mamarella (5-10, 170) is at quarterback, with senior Jordan Mills and juniors Kyle Abel and Cory Contini among the top receivers.

Marion-Franklin has been led offensively by running back Landon Yeartie, who has more than 700 all-purpose yards.

"Hopefully we're getting healthier," Haffele said. "We had a chance to rest some kids the last couple weeks. It's getting better and better offensively. Defensively our starters have only given up one touchdown except (in a 28-14 loss) to Hartley (on Sept. 13)."

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