When: 7 p.m. Friday.
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What to watch: For the fourth time in as many weeks of the playoffs, the Wolves will face a run-heavy team. The difference is the Wildkats have a capable passing attack with four-year starter Kyle Wade, a dual threat averaging 115 yards per game through the air and about 40 running. Wade is a 58 percent passer with 13 touchdowns. "They're similar to Concord in that they want to come out and run the ball," Wolves defensive coordinator Roy Richards said. "They can throw. They have the guys, no doubt. But it's not really what they want to take the field doing. It's up to us make that something they have to do on a frequent enough basis." Three-year starter Jack Perkins is a running and receiving threat out of the Wildkats backfield with 798 total yards. Steven Edwards averages 25 yards on his 14 catches with six scores. "It's the most balanced year we've had in a while," coach Brett Colby said. Kokomo will feature a steady diet of power running plays, blocking down and kicking out of its old school double wing formation. It's content picking up a three or four yards per play and methodically moving the chains. "Not a lot of people do what we do," Colby said. "We want to bore teams to sleep, get them frustrated with 15-, 18-play drives, then take a shot when we've got the opportunity. We have to keep the ball away from them." Kokomo has won six of its last seven games, allowing less than 12 points per game in that stretch. It gave up 21 to Zionsville in the first quarter, when it had two turnovers and didn't recover two onsides kicks, but tossed a shutout the rest of the way, not yielding a first down in the middle quarters. "A lot of it has to do with getting everybody back," Colby said. "We've been banged up all year." The blitz-heavy defense's front line is led by fire hydrant nose tackle Javias Gray. Linebackers Noah Hurlock and Jabeian Adams have 37 tackles for loss between them. Hurlock and cornerback Luke Cameron (three interceptions) are three-year starters. "We have to limit the chunk plays," Colby said. Kokomo is playing in its second semistate in three years thanks in part to reversing regular-season losses to Harrison and McCutcheon in the sectional. "There's a good feeling with the team," Colby said. "Things are going well." City is playing in its first semistate. Kokomo reached this point two years ago.