ORRVILLE — After more than four months of practice, 13 games and a Division V regional championship, the Orrville High School football team is exactly where it wants to be in Week 14.

The Red Riders (11-2) are two wins away from the second state title in program history. However, in order to make it to the state championship game, Orrville will first have to go through Liberty Center (12-1) in the state semifinals. The two teams will take the field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium in Sandusky.

The other semifinal pits Wheerlersburg and Johnstown-Monroe in a matchup of 12-1 teams. 

“I told [my team], ‘This is where we belong,’” Orrville coach Doug Davault said. “We are where we belong, and now we want to just get a little better this week. If we do that, we’re going to be fine against these guys. If we continue to improve in our last two games, we’re going to be right there at the very end of it.”

Defeating Liberty Center will not be an easy task. Although the Tigers have dealt with injuries to several of its key players, the team’s only loss of the season came to Patrick Henry in Week 10. They defeated Genoa Area 43-40 in a regional title game on a game-winning touchdown catch by Brendan Morris with 45 seconds remaining.

“It’s really exciting,” Liberty Center coach Casey Mohler said. “I’m excited for these kids. They’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point and overcome quite a bit of adversity this year. We’re going to enjoy it and just try to continue to work as hard as we can.”

Coming off a 43-19 win over Manchester, Orrville is averaging 43.6 points per game and allowing only 16.4 points in its current five-game winning streak. The Red Riders are led by sophomore running back Marquael Parks, who has an area-record 49 total touchdowns this season. Parks has 197 carries for 2,420 yards and has 23 catches for 455 yards.

“With every opportunity he’s had to score or to make a play, he’s done it,” Davault said. “He’s been phenomenal. The percentage of times he’s touched the ball and had a crease or had a chance, he’s taken it to the house.”

Orrville’s offense also features quarterback Logan Domer (1,864 yards, 19 touchdowns) and wide receivers Jason Suppan (30 catches, 569 yards) and Donoven Hall (26-422).