Since moving down to Class AA five years ago, Mars Area has never lost a section game. It's section unbeaten streak dates back to 2009 when it was playing in Class AAA. Eight games into Section 2-AA play this season and it is apparent that it will be extremely tough to catch the Planets (9-1, 8-0). But after Mars, there is a wide open race for postseason qualifying and seeding in the postseason. Knoch (8-3, 6-2), Freeport (7-4-2, 5-2-2), Burrell (8-4, 4-4) and Highlands (5-6-1, 3-5-1) are all very much alive in the playoff picture.
"There is a lot of good players in our section," Mars coach Blair Gerlach said. "Knoch is similar to us, they are not real old, just a couple of seniors and it was a good energetic game when we played them. In our section, some of the games are on turf one night and a football field another night with no width and the grass hasn't been cut in two weeks and there are pot holes. You are just trying to find a way to play. You are dealing with a lot of intangibles, it is a completely different game. You just try to prepare for each game."