No CBBN 4A coach -- not Mike Neidhold of Richland, not Rick Clark of Davis or Scott Devereaux of Wenatchee -- can say for sure whether there will be a three-team tiebreaker for the final crossover playoff spot next Friday.
Richland must beat Moses Lake tonight (7:30 p.m., Fran Rish Stadium), and Chiawana must defeat Wenatchee (7:30 p.m., Edgar Brown Stadium) to force a three-way tie at 3-3 among the Bombers, Pirates and Panthers.
However, the coaches will concede this: Each team put itself in this position by not taking care of business.
"If we would have taken care of opportunities earlier in the year, we wouldn't be in this situation," said Devereaux, whose team can lock up the No. 3 seed outright with a road win over the fourth-ranked and undefeated Riverhawks.
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That's a tall order for Wenatchee, but the Panthers will be fired up for another upset after taking down Davis last Friday in Yakima.
If the Bombers and Riverhawks win, however, the three-way tiebreaker would go like this:
The three teams will meet Tuesday night at Lions Field in Moses Lake. Wenatchee and Davis would square off at 6 p.m., playing two 8-minute halves to see who advances and who goes home. After a 20-minute rest, Richland will await the winner with the No. 3 seed at stake.
The Bombers were lucky enough to draw the tiebreaker bye, allowing them a little extra scouting time.
"We keep getting breaks through the whole thing. That was our message Monday. We've been letting other teams help us. It's about time we helped ourselves," Neidhold said. "We can't play a mini-playoff until we take care of Moses Lake. This could be their springboard into the offseason, putting us out of the tournament."
The coaches also agreed playing an abridged game is a superior alternative than a Kansas plan tiebreaker, a possession-by-possession-based procedure that sometimes can be over within a few minutes.
"In golf, it's like the difference between a one-hole playoff and and 18-hole playoff," Neidhold said. "Over 18 holes, the better golfer will prevail."
Though Davis will be tested against Wenatchee for 16 intense minutes, coach Clark doesn't mind getting a chance to get the blood pumping while Richland waits on the sideline.
"I like it. If we're fortunate enough to win, we're going to be warmed up and ready to play," Clark said. "Lately, we've been slow starters."
If the Bombers grab the No. 3 seed, Neidhold said it won't be easy for the coaches to prepare for three games in seven days, but it won't be unheard of.
"That's how we did it in the old days. You'd play (the final regular-season game) Friday, turn around for a crossover game Tuesday and then play the first round of state Friday," Neidhold said. "The kids would rather play than practice, anyway. It's hard on the coaches, though, because you're switching gears so fast."
Walla Walla (0-7, 0-5) at Eisenhower (7-1, 4-1)
Zaepfel Stadium will not be an easy place for the Blue Devils to dig up a victory.
The Cadets locked in the No. 2 playoff seed last week and could rest a few players nursing bumps and bruises, including starting QB Kolney Cassel, who sat out last week because of the effects of a concussion suffered the previous game against Moses Lake.
Davis (5-3) at Hermiston (5-3)
The Pirates' playoff fate is out of their hands, but don't expect the Pirates to end the regular season with a whimper.
Davis has been one of the top-scoring teams around, and Hermiston will need a big performance across the board to keep pace. Bobby Adams' string of five consecutive 200-yard rushing games (one topped 300) was interrupted in last week's 26-12 loss to Pendleton. The Bulldogs must get him back on track, or it could be a long night.
Hanford (3-5, 3-3) at Sunnyside (2-6, 1-5)
The Falcons have two ways of grabbing the CBBN 3A's fourth and final postseason berth: beat Sunnyside, or have unbeaten Kamiakin win at Eastmont.
Option one sounds best.
Hanford has been getting great play on the offensive and defensive lines, and has talent in the backfield. The Falcons must avoid beating themselves with penalties and turnovers.
Despite two wins, the Grizzlies have made things tough on opponents all season and have a lot of options in the running game.
Of all this week's games, this one is the most likely to go down to the final possession.
Kamiakin (8-0, 6-0) at Eastmont (3-5, 3-3)
The No. 4 Braves can lock up a second consecutive undefeated regular season. They have the most balanced offense -- running for 168 yards a game and throwing for 194 --are generating the league's best pass rush and are No. 1 in run defense (92 yards allowed per game).
Eastmont wants to keep its postseason hopes alive, but that might not be close to enough against Kamiakin.
West Valley (3-5, 2-4) at Southridge (5-3, 4-2)
Southridge has locked up the No. 3 playoff seed, but Matt Mendenhall, Chris Haueter and Co. need a good warmup to get ready for University and QB Conner Johnson, who is second on the Great Spokane League's single-season passing list (1,989 yards).