Class 2A semifinal
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, Lampson Stadium, Kennewick
Records: Prosser 11-1, Tumwater 11-1
Forecast: 49 degrees; 10 percent chance of rain; 6 mph wind.
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Last playoff appearance: Prosser, 2011 (lost state semifinal 50-14 to Archbishop Murphy); Tumwater, 2011 (lost 41-6 in first round to Archbishop Murphy)
Playoff history: Prosser, 43-20 in 25 appearances (won state titles in 1992, 1993, 1999, 2007). Tumwater, 37-17 in 23 appearances (won state titles in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2010)
Top players: Prosser, QB Ryan Fassler 226-330-3-2,581, 34 TDs; RB Bubba Frank 144-1,118, 15 TDs; WR Danny Raap 58-837, 15; WR Sterling Clark 66-888, 16 TDs; WR Harley Hall 32-308, 2 TDs. Tumwater, RB Andrew Brown 1,196 rushing, 343 receiving, 23 total TDs; QB Jayden Croft, 53-111-5 for 777 yards, 8 TDs; DE Jaimie Bryant, 33 solo tackles, 8 TDs.
Last week: Prosser defeated top-ranked Othello 15-14. Tumwater defeated Archbishop Murphy 21-0.
Up next: Faces Capital-Lynden winner at 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Tacoma Dome.
Notes: Prosser came into the quarterfinals as the underdog against Othello, but made big plays when it had to in the second half. The Mustangs benefited from Othello losing its starting quarterback in the first half. Head coach Benji Sonnichsen thinks today's winner will be the team who makes the most big plays, as he expects both offenses to move the ball at times. The Thunderbirds run the wing-T and have relied on Brown all season long. He was the Evergreen Conference MVP and is the two-time defending state champion in the 400 meters. He also has four punt returns for touchdowns and two kick returns for scores. Croft is a University of Washington commit who leads a monster defensive line. Tumwater is one of the few teams in the state to have a similar powerhouse program to Prosser, winning five state titles in the past 25 years.
When, where: 2 p.m. Saturday, Lampson Stadium, Kennewick
Records: Waitsburg-Prescott 11-1, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 11-0
Forecast: 48 degrees; 40 percent chance of rain; 5 mph wind.
Last playoff appearance: Waitsburg-Prescott, 2011 (defeated Morton-White Pass 33-7 in state title game); Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 2011 (lost to Waitsburg-Prescott 42-7 in quarters).
Playoff history: Waitsburg-Prescott, 13-15 in 17 appearances (won state title in 2011, Prescott won state title in 1975). Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 30-22 in 22 appearances (Ritzville won state title in 1980, LRS won in 2004).
Top players: Waitsburg-Prescott, QB Stirling Eastman 138-217-6 for 2,586 yards and 22 TDs; RB Dalton Estes 105-1,081 rushing and 18 TDs, 38-689 receiving and 4 TDs; WR James Thompkins 17-602 receiving, 7 TDs; WR Roy Ebong 36-491 receiving, 5 TDs; TE Chance Leroue 29-587, 6 TDs. Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, RB Connor O’Neill, QB Dylan Hartz, RB/WR Cort Ruzicka.
Last week: Waitsburg-Prescott 39, Reardan 12. Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 21, DeSales 14.
Up next: Plays winner of La Conner vs. Morton-White Pass at 4 p.m. Nov. 30, Tacoma Dome.
Notes: The Cardinals are in the semifinals for a second consecutive season, and are seeking another trip to the state title game. Thompkins has come on strong lately and is averaging nearly 37 yards per reception, utilizing his speed to break short screen passes for long gains. Estes was moved to running back midway through the season, leaving behind a wide receiver position where he was all-state last season. He went over 1,000 yards for the season in last week's victory. He also made a touchdown-saving pass breakup early in the victory against Reardan. LRS got a monster game out of O’Neill last week, as the Broncos utilized his rushing and receiving skills. Look for him to get the ball at will today. The Broncos have an extremely young secondary that struggled at times against DeSales and will be challenged by the high-octane passing game for Waitsburg-Prescott.
When, where: 1 p.m. Saturday, Joe Albi Stadium, Spokane
Records: Liberty Christian 12-0, Cusick 12-0
Forecast: 45 degrees; 40 percent chance of rain; 7 mph wind.
Last playoff appearance: Liberty Christian, never; Cusick, 2010 (lost to Lummi 55-30 in state title game).
Playoff history: Liberty Christian, 1-0 record in 1 appearance. Cusick, 13-17 in 17 appearances (took second in 2010).
Top players: Liberty Christian, QB Mike Olson 83-110-1 for 1,822 yards and 37 TDs; LB Brandon Peterson 125 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, 4 INT; WR/DB Tyler Morris, 34-991 receiving, 18 TDs; 92 tackles, 10 INT. Cusick, RB Derrick Bluff, WR Alec Bluff, QB Ryan Sample.
Last week: Liberty Christian 70, LaCrosse-Washtucna/ Kahlotus 8. Cusick 44, Touchet 38.
Up next: Plays winner of Lummi vs. Neah Bay at 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Tacoma Dome.
Notes: The Patriots are on the verge of heading to the first state title game in program history. They rarely have been challenged this season, trailing only twice. Liberty Christian is 28-3 in three seasons since switching to 8-man from 11-man. Cusick barely escaped against Touchet last week. Derrick Bluff intercepted a pass with 15 seconds left and returned it for a touchdown. It was called back because of a penalty, but he then made a diving catch for a touchdown as the final buzzer sounded. Bluff is extremely quick and gave Touchet lots of problems. Cusick failed to make 2-point conversions on its first three touchdowns against Touchet, a mistake it can't make against top-ranked Liberty Christian.