1. Seneca Valley's Balance
With a first-year quarterback, Seneca Valley relied primarily on its rushing attack early in the season. But Coach Terry Changuris knew his team would need to throw the ball to win in the postseason. In two playoff games, quarterback Brandon Chapman has completed 18 of 35 passes for 232 yards. He completed 0 of 4 passes in Seneca's last loss on Oct. 30. "If we can throw the ball 15 times and complete about 50 percent, that should be enough to give us the balance we need," Changuris said.
2. Big Plays
Linganore has shown the ability to strike from anywhere -- take, for example, its semifinal against Northwest, when quarterback Zach Hayes connected with wide receiver Jon Moravec for a 57-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of a 13-6 victory. Seneca Valley, meantime, has been susceptible to the big play this year. The Screaming Eagles have given up seven touchdowns that covered 30 or more yards, including four that covered 60 or more yards.
3. The Warren Commission
In Seneca Valley's last loss, tailback Justin Warren gained 57 yards on 16 carries. Since then he has carried 105 times for 843 yards and 17 touchdowns in four victories. Linganore's defense has been exceptional, but it did give up 140 yards to Northwest back Travis Jackson last week.
-- Jake Schaller