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Axtell’s Brandon Schmelzle dives over a Waverly player for a touchdown in the first half of Friday’s sectional final. Schmelzle scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 62-16 win. Photo by Amy Smith


Top-ranked Axtell and second-ranked Thunder Ridge football teams will have their biggest games yet at 7 p.m. Friday in Kensington when they meet for sub-state.

On the line will be a state berth to the eight-man Division II state game Nov. 27 in Newton. Axtell was last in the title game two years ago and finished second to Osborne. Thunder Ridge won in 2011 and was runner-up in 2012.