Class 8 Man State Championship Breakdown
- Caliche at 4. Granada Saturday 1:00 pm
On my own personal predictions I had Caliche figured into the finals the team I did not account for was Granada. Caliche and Granada will clash in the state championship game Saturday at 1:00 pm in Granada.
Caliche continued its run in the playoffs with a big win over Simla 36-22. There were not stats entered for the game. The win for Caliche was their 7th in a row and their 7th in a row with over 30 points scored. Caliche has used a power offense and a great defense to power themselves to the win. Caliche since their loss to Dayspring Christian has been on fire and are looking to continue their dominate run in the playoffs.
Granada shocked the 8 man classification with the upsetting of Dayspring Christian. Granada used a great 16 point second quarter. Granada had a good ground attack rushing for 183 yards on 33 carries. The biggest thing for Granada was their defense. Limiting one of the best offenses in 8 man to only 6 points. The win for Granada was their 9th in a row and their defense has been on fire only allowing 20 points to Akron but since September 26th they have been lights out.
This game features two teams that are on fire. This is the only classification out of 2A, 1A, 8 Man, and 6 Man to not feature a #1 vs #2 seed in the State Championship. Caliche is coming off another solid victory but was challenged by Simla who previously beat the #2 seed. Caliche offense and defense has been solid all year. Their offense is averaging 42.6 ppg and their defense is allowing 13 ppg. Granada possibly has had the biggest upset of the year in shocking heavily favored Daysprings Christian. Granada defense has been one of the best since their one loss to Merino. Granada is averaging 45 ppg and allowing 17.7 ppg.
The keys for Caliche to win this game will be Defense. Caliche surrendered 22 points last week but their offense carried them to the victory. This week Caliche is going to need it Defense to play a major role because of how good Granada defense is. Caliche is going to have to stop a great rushing attack lead by their quarterback. He is very good I have seen him play in person and he is tough to stop. The other key for Caliche is going to be run the football. They must be able to move the ball on offense and keep up with Granada if this does turn into a shootout.
The keys for Granada to win this game will be dominate the line of scrimmage. In their wins against Akron and Dayspring Christian they have dominated the line of scrimmage on defense shutting down two of the best offenses in 8 Man. They will also need their offensive line to dominate as well this game. Caliche has been very good on defense and Granada will need to be able to run the ball with it power rushing attack. The other key for Granada is to lean on their defense. Don’t make mistakes on offense and put your defense in bad spots. Granada shining star has been their defense and they need to lean on that some more.
Both teams are going to want to establish a ground game so this game is going to turn into a defensive struggle. I think both teams will eclipse the 20 point mark but it is going to be a fun day to watch some very good defenses. I think the winner will be Caliche. Caliche is very well rounded on offense and I think that will continue this week. Caliche defense will get back into form this week and shut down Granada offense. Caliche win this game by 6 in the final minutes of the game.