CONNELL — Here is a preview of the Connell Eagles vs. Freeman Scotties Class 1A state football playoff:
Time, date, place: 7 p.m. today, Connell.
Head coaches: Freeman, Jim Wood; Connell, Wayne Riner.
Leagues: Freeman, Northeast A League; Connell, SCAC East
Records: Freeman, 9-1; Connell, 9-1.
Next opponent: Zillah-Cashmere winner.
Last week: Freeman 26, Okanogan 12; Connell 61, Granger 6.
Playoff appearances: Freeman, 7; Connell, 20.
Last playoff appearance: Freeman, 2008 (lost quarterfinals); Connell, 2010 (lost title game).
Deepest advancement: Freeman, title game (2004, Royal 29-7); Connell, title game (1973, Raymond 35-6; 2002, Connell 41, Elma 14; 2006, Meridian 27-22; 2007, Royal 28-16; 2009, Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7; 2010, Cascade Christian 42-35)
Previous playoff meetings: None.
Freeman leaders: Quinn Robinson, 5-11, 165-pound, sr., running back/linebacker; Cody Unfred, 6-1, 175, sr., quarterback/linebacker; Justin Barrong, sr., wide receiver/defensive back.
Connell leaders: Matt Hadley, sr., running back/defensive back; Chandler Salisbury, sr., quarterback/linebacker; Kade Eppich, sr., wide receiver/defensive back; Ryan Heinen, sr., tight end/linebacker.
Notes: The lone blemish on the Scotties' record this year came at the hands of Colville 28-27 on Oct. 14. Otherwise, Freeman has scored at least 26 points in every game and hasn't had a close game. ... Robinson has rushed for 25 touchdowns this season and has 28 overall, while Barrong has eight receiving touchdowns. Unfred has thrown for 11 touchdowns and rushed for seven more. ... The Eagles begin their quest to get back to the Tacoma Dome and bring home the title. ... Hadley has rushed for 1,697 yards on 169 carries and has 26 touchdowns -- 31 touchdowns overall. ... Kicker Garrett Salisbury, a sophomore, has proven to be a real weapon for the Eagles, making 46 consecutive extra points at one point this season. ... Chandler Salisbury and Eppich have once again put together quality seasons, and are among the SCAC East leaders for both of their positions.