PASCO -- Playoff hopes as well as good old fashioned pride will be on the line Friday when DeSales hooks up with Tri-Cities Prep for the first time in the schools' history.
Oh, and a trophy.
Local councils and fourth degree assemblies of District 7 of the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the game, advertising it as the first Holy Bowl between the two Catholic high schools.
DeSales, located in Walla Walla, and Tri-Cities Prep, located in Pasco, will be playing not only a Southeast 2B game, but also for the Holy Bowl trophy, which will go to the winner to keep until next year.
"It makes the game unique, I guess," DeSales head coach Pat Graham said. "As football coaches, you always just try to keep everything as normal as possible and keep some of the extra distractions out of it, but I think it makes it more interesting for the fans."
If the trophy isn't interesting enough, the action on the field should be when the teams square off at 7 p.m. at Chiawana High School.
For the first time this season, Tri-Cities Prep (3-4, 1-3) will feature the same starting offensive unit in consecutive weeks.
The Jaguars won their first 11-man game in school history last week, welcoming back starting quarterback Evan Whitsett.
Whitsett was 17-of-23 for 362 yards and three touchdowns and his return allowed backup quarterback Jameson Pedersen to return to wide receiver, where he showed big play ability. He finished with seven catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
"These kids have faced an amazing amount of adversity," TC Prep coach Dan Whitsett said, "not only in the transformation from 8-man to 11-man, but doing it with the injuries and the changing of positions, and literally changing how we play each week based on personnel."
While DeSales has clinched the No. 2 seed for the playoffs, the Jaguars will advance to the postseason with a victory.
If the Jaguars lose, then they will need help. If all three underdog teams lose Friday, then Tri-Cities Prep would play in a mini-playoff with Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia and Dayton. T-O/R would face Dayton in a game with two 12-minute halves and the winner would play Tri-Cities Prep in another shortened game for the final playoff spot.
Before any of that can happen, though, the Holy Bowl must be played.
"We have to limit Tri-Cities' big play," Graham said. "We have to make them drive the field and put together a drive."