Varsity Football

Class 4A championship preview

Louisburg vs. Holton

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Salina Central High School Stadium

Championships: Holton, 2005, 2003. Louisburg, none.

Holton (11-2)

Topeka L, 33-22

Santa Fe Trail W, 66-20

Hiawatha W, 53-7

Sabetha W, 54-7

Jefferson West W, 42-7

Perry-Lecompton W, 47-14

Wamego W, 55-0

Topeka Hayden L, 27-13

Royal Valley W, 40-8

Playoffs

Rose Hill W, 32-25

Andale W, 21-8

Ulysses W, 42-20

Buhler W, 42-7

Louisburg (13-0)

Eudora W, 33-6

Ottawa W, 35-0

Lenexa St. James Academy W, 49-7

Silver Lake W, 21-3

DeSoto W, 28-7

Baldwin W, 42-26

Spring Hill W, 35-6

Osawatomie W, 62-6

Paola W, 21-3

Playoffs

Anderson County W, 42-20

Chanute W, 35-6

DeSoto W, 21-0

Paola W, 28-7

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Holton

OL Forrestal Hickman 6-7 280 Sr.

RB Gunnar McKenna 5-8 175 Sr.

DB Brent Donaldson 6-2 200 Sr.

DL Tanner Clark 6-0 235 Sr.

DL Daniel Larrison 5-9 250 Sr.

Louisburg

OL Tyler Ewy 6-2 260 Sr.

RB Garrett Griffin 6-4 210 Jr.

DL Ross Dvorak 6-2 240 Sr.

QB Kody Cook 6-2 180 Sr.

LB Alex Genges 5-10 215 Sr.

Notes

* The last time the teams met in the playoffs was in the 2007 semifinals, when Louisburg beat Holton 21-14.

* Holton has attempted 34 passes but completed 11 for touchdows. Bryce Barnett and Jaxon Wright have combined to throw one interception.

* Holton has rushed for 4,776 yards, an average of 6.9 yards on 703 carries. Five players have had at least one 50-yard run and 12 have at least one rushing touchdown. McKenna leads in yards (1,456) and touchdowns (13).

* Louisburg has never won a title, but this year's senior class has come close the past three years. The Wildcats lost in the quarterfinals in 2009 and 2008 and fell in the championship game to Andale in 2007.

* Louisburg recorded two shutouts and held teams to single digits eight other times. Its defense, predicated on stopping the run, is led by Ewy and Dvorak. Ewy has recorded 125 tackles, a high number for a tackle, and Dvorak anchors the pass rush from the end.

* Cook is a dual-threat at quarterback, rushing for 500 yards and passing for more than 1,200. Griffin has rushed for 1,440 yards and Gentges for more than 700.

Holton coach Brooks Barta

"It's just a different team (than in past weeks). They just kind of have to have wake-up calls and we get better fundamentally and we start to get a little smarter, finally. It's all coming together pretty good for us."

Louisburg coach Gary Griffin

"We started off with a team with not a lot of experience. We had three starters back on offense. But they came together well. We knew they were hard-working, talented kids."

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