(WIBW) - Sabetha and Riley County enter state championship weekend on different ends of the spectrum.
The Bluejays are going for their second straight 3A state title. Meanwhile, the Falcons are making their first appearance since 1993 and have never won a state championship.
For Sabetha, this season has been continued dominance. The team is 12-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak dating back to last season.
All year, the players have had to embrace having targets on their backs as 3A favorites.
"It makes you push yourself and the team to be at your best competitive level every week knowing each team you play is going to give you their best shot," Sabetha senior defensive lineman Elliott Strahm said.
"I just think they've handled that really well and handled it maturely," head coach Garrett Michael said. "And it's helped that these seniors have been in the playoffs every year of their high school career."
Riley County might not have the championship experience. But the Falcons have won five in a row to get to this point,
"It takes a little luck, but the kids played well all year and we're peaking at the right time," Riley County head coach Steve Wagner said. "It's a big game, but you prepare for it kind of like you prepare for the other games. It's been working so far, so you keep doing the same things."
Sabetha will face Pratt on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hutchinson Community College. Riley County will take on Phillipsburg at the same time in Salina.