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Philipsburg-Osceola-Richland preview capsule

No. 3 Richland (9-2) at No. 2 Philipsburg-Osceola (9-2)



When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium

Radio: WPHB 1260

Series: Tied 1-1

Last meeting: Philipsburg-Osceola won 31-21 in 2007

The skinny: Jeff Vroman acted like somebody coaching in his 10th postseason game at P-O when pressed about the possibility of a high-scoring semifinal. “I think every game has a complexion of its own,” he said. “You don’t know until that game gets started.” True, coach. But the numbers foreshadow a flickering scoreboard. Typing the following numbers can be dizzying. Richland averages 36.9 points per game; P-O 30.9. Richland allows 22.5 points per game; P-O 22.0. Both teams have eclipsed 30 points eight times. ...Turnovers might dictate P-O’s fate. The Mounties have a minus-4 margin in losses to Marion-Center and Tyrone. The margin is plus-5 in their nine victories. Parker Watson, who missed last week’s 34-33 overtime victory over Chestnut Ridge with an injury, leads P-O with three interceptions. Kyle Lanich, a 320-pound defensive tackle, has pounced on four fumbles.

Key matchup: Richland’s rushing offense vs. Philipsburg-Osceola’s rushing defense — The Mounties were nearly stunned in the quarterfinals because they allowed 292 rushing yards. Their season likely ends tonight if Richland posts a similar number.

Up next: Winner faces Tyrone or Penn Cambria in next week’s final at Mansion Park

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