SOUTHRIDGE SUNS AT CHIAWANA RIVERHAWKS
7 p.m. Friday, Edgar Brown Stadium
Records: Southridge 2-3, 4-3; Chiawana 5-0, 6-1
Last week: Walla Walla 26, Southridge 21; Lake City, Idaho 33, Chiawana 26
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Players to watch: Southridge, RB Kadin Diaz (144-802, 12 TD); WR Brenden Kelly (21-518, 6 TD). Chiawana, RB Clifton Lozano (138-956, 12 TD); WR Deion Singleton (27-613, 5 TD).
Last season: Chiawana 17, Southridge 14
Notes: The Suns are coming off a tough loss where they appeared to have a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, but the receiver was ruled out of bounds in the end zone. ... Backup running back Masceo Ealy-Thomas had a big night, playing lightning to Diaz’s thunder. ... Chiawana dropped its first game of the season, falling to a perennial Idaho powerhouse. ... Expect the Riverhawks to use the loss as a wakeup call, which could spell big trouble for a Southridge defense that is allowing the second most yards per game in the conference at 334.6 per contest.
Prediction: Chiawana 42, Southridge 20
HANFORD FALCONS AT RICHLAND BOMBERS
7 p.m. Friday, Fran Rish Stadium
Records: Hanford 1-4, 2-5; Richland 4-1, 6-1
Last week: Kennewick 31, Hanford 14; Richland 42, Post Falls, Idaho 13
Players to watch: Hanford, RB Malik Slack (65-315, 1 TD); WR Tyler Cowen (24-602, 5 TD). Richland, RB Anthony Galat (87-518, 6 TD); QB Zach Whitby (92-152-6—1,346, 14 TD).
Last season: Hanford 31, Richland 14
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Notes: The Falcons are coming off a surprising loss to Kennewick, as they werre unable to stifle the Lions’ running game. Things don’t get easier for Hanford against red-hot Richland tonight. ... The Bombers have won four in a row since a loss to Chiawana. Expect Richland to utilize its stable of running backs in Anthony Galat, Bennett Peterson, Josh Phillips and Nathan Perry.
Prediction: Richland 37, Hanford 14
WALLA WALLA BLUE DEVILS AT KAMIAKIN BRAVES
7 p.m. Friday, Lampson Stadium
Records: Walla Walla 4-1, 5-2; Kamiakin 3-2, 5-2
Last week: Walla Walla 26, Southridge 21; Kamiakin 46, Pasco 14
Players to watch: Walla Walla, QB Zach Zehner (99-178-5—1,149, 12 TDs); WR Darnell Handcox (28-349, 5 TD). Kamiakin, RB Umid Ramizov (145-897, 14 TD); QB Kylle Robertson (93-166-4—1,578, 14 TD).
Last season: Kamiakin 35, Walla Walla 33
Notes: The Blue Devils are riding their longest win streak since 2002 and are facing a must-win if they want to get back to the postseason. Walla Walla must win out to force a three-way tie with Chiawana and Richland for the two playoff berths. ... Zehner continues to shine, showing he can run the ball as well as pass it. He had a nice shake-and-bake against a Southridge defender on a touchdown last week. ... Kamiakin can clinch the Class 3A No. 1 seed to the crossover games with a victory. ... The key will likely be the Braves’ receivers against Walla Walla’s secondary.
Prediction: Kamiakin 28, Walla Walla 21