On paper, it would seem that the Division 2 boys championship game between Mars and Hampton would be a bit one-sided as the Planets own a 21-9 regular-season non-section victory over the Talbots.
But this is the WPIAL championship that takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at Highmark Stadium, and it will be the final game for both teams as there is no statewide tournament for Division 2 teams. At this stage, no one can take anything for granted.
It's hard, though, to ignore what the Planets have done en route to an 18-1 record that was blemished by an 11-8 regular-season loss to Division 1 semifinalist Pine-Richland.
Mars has won 15 games by double-digit margins heading into the title game. But they have showed the ability to win close games, the most recent the Planets 15-11 victory over Moon in the Division 2 semifinal on Monday night.