Throughout what has become its best season in program history, the Harvest Prep football team is averaging 49.8 points and has scored 40 or more points in 10 of its 12 games.

Throughout what has become its best season in program history, the Harvest Prep football team is averaging 49.8 points and has scored 40 or more points in 10 of its 12 games.

The Warriors' next opponent, Waterford, is known for its prowess on the other side of the ball.

Seventh-seeded Harvest Prep will play the top-seeded Wildcats for the Division VII, Region 27 championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Logan. The winner advances to a state semifinal Nov. 26.

Waterford is giving up an average of just 8.3 points per game and beat fourth-seeded Glouster Trimble 22-0 in a regional semifinal Nov. 12 at Duncan Falls Philo to improve to 11-1.

"Waterford is an extremely tough team that is clicking on all cylinders defensively," coach Milan Smith said. "They have a number of weapons and can strike fast. We have our hands full."

Harvest Prep, which is 9-3 and has won nine games in a row, defeated sixth-seeded Danville 44-21 in a regional semifinal Nov. 11 at Newark as junior running back Daniel Bangura rushed for 451 yards and four touchdowns.

The Warriors outscored Danville 30-7 in the second half.

Bangura, who was named district Offensive Player of the Year, scored on runs of 81, 74, 3 and 17 yards and has 54 touchdowns on the season.

Other first-team all-district honorees for the Warriors were seniors Savon Mitchell (DB), Isaiah Mullens (DL) and Quinton Woodson-Levey (OL), while Smith was named district Coach of the Year.

Harvest Prep, which made the playoffs for the third consecutive season, and Waterford both have reached a regional final for the first time. The Wildcats' only other playoff appearance came in 2002.

Waterford senior quarterback Isaac Huffman passed for 959 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 10 scores during the regular season to earn Southeast District Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Senior running back Tyler McCutcheon also was first-team all-district after scoring 17 touchdowns during the regular season.

Defensively for the Wildcats, senior linebacker Ty McGraw, senior lineman Riley Burns and junior lineman Teddy Smith lead the way.

"To be playing in the postseason is a terrific honor," Smith said. "We feel so blessed to be in this position and we don't take it lightly."

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