The Coaches: Frank Pazzaglia (340-137-8, 44th year); Hanover Area's Ron Hummer (34-23, 7th year)
Last Meeting: Mid Valley 34-27 in 2011
All-Time Series: Hanover Area leads 4-1
Quick Fact: Hanover Area has scored at least 25 points in the previous four meetings.
Scouting Mid Valley: The Spartans fell just short of making a District 2 title game for the first time since 2005, falling 35-28 to Wyoming Area in the D2-2A semifinals. Plenty of talent is back, so this could be the year.
Scouting Hanover Area: It's certainly a rebuilding year for the Hawkeyes. There is little firepower left on offense, especially with RB Parrish Bennett departing for Meyers, and the defense must improve on last year's performance.
What To Expect: Hanover Area has the home-field advantage, but that's about the only edge in this matchup. Mid Valley is too experienced to let a victory slip away.
-- John Erzar