SKYVIEW STORM VS. RICHLAND BOMBERS
7 p.m. Friday, Fran Rish Stadium
Records: Skyview 6-4, Richland 9-1
Last week: Skyview 38, Curtis 10; Richland 35, Ferris 7
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Players to watch: Skyview, WR Jacob Dennis (63-1,050, 13 TDs); QB Zac Shomler (89-177-1,648, 20 TDs); RB Michael Knox (147 yards, 2 TDs last week). Richland, QB Zach Whitby, sr. (122-209-1,908, 22 TD, 8 INT), WR Payton Radliff, sr. (30-598, 9 TDs, 19.9 avg); OL Will Fisher, jr.; DB Jesse Malone, sr.
Best playoff finish: Skyview second 2011 (Skyline 38, Skyview 7); Richland — first 1999 (Richland 21, Kentwood 18) and 1981 (Richland 7, Kentridge 6).
Weather: 41 degrees, 40 percent chance rain
Notes: Yes, this is that Skyview team from that blocked field-goal play that was on SportsCenter. In fact, both parties are in the Tri-Cities this weekend with Columbia River playing Kamiakin on Saturday in the 3A playoffs. ... Don’t be fooled by the Storm’s average-looking record. Two of those losses are to top-ranked Camas and No. 6 Union in the very tough Great St. Helen’s League, and a third was on that fluke play. ... Dennis has been a big-time threat, coming off a 10-catch, 200-yard day against Curtis. He is shifty and quick, known to take short passes and turn them into long plays. ... Knox filled in admirably for injured all-league RB Nate Arriola last week. ... Richland has won seven in a row and is coming off perhaps its best performance of the year. The Bombers have outscored opponents a combined 274-48 in six of those games, and the seventh was a 56-49 4OT win over Kamiakin. ... Whitby-to-Radliff is a big-play combination, and the Bombers use a stable of four RBs for their ground-and-pound game.
Prediction: Richland 27, Skyview 19.