The Springfield Tigers and Fillmore Central Falcons will square off in the first round of the 2023 MSHSL Class A State Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 5:30pm ET in Harmony, Minnesota.
What it is: Minnesota High School Football
Matchup: Springfield Tigers vs. Fillmore Central Falcons
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 5:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 MSHSL Class A State Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: Fillmore Central – Harmony, MN
Live stream: Watch here
The Tigers enter the playoffs with a 10-1 record, while the Falcons are undefeated at 12-0. Springfield is ranked 4th in the division, while Fillmore Central is ranked 3rd. In the state rankings, Springfield is 50th and Fillmore Central is 39th.
Springfield has a high-powered offense that averages 41.4 points per game. The Tigers are led by senior quarterback Anthony Kiehne, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Kiehne also has a dangerous rushing attack, as he has rushed for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Falcons have a more balanced offense, as they average 32.6 points per game. Fillmore Central is led by senior running back Isaac Pohlen, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. The Falcons also have a solid passing game, led by senior quarterback Logan Soeby, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Both teams have strong defenses, but Springfield has a slight edge in that department. The Tigers have allowed just 12.6 points per game this season. The Falcons have been equally impressive on defense, allowing just 13.9 points per game.
This should be a close and competitive game between two evenly matched teams. Springfield has the more explosive offense, but Fillmore Central has the more balanced attack. The Tigers also have a slightly better defense. Ultimately, the game will likely come down to a few key plays.
Prediction: Springfield Tigers 28, Fillmore Central Falcons 24