OTHELLO HUSKIES AT EAST VALLEY KNIGHTS
1 p.m. Saturday, East Valley High, Spokane
Records: Othello 8-2, East Valley 6-3
Last week: Othello 52, East Valley (Yakima) 12; East Valley 31, Deer Park 29
Players to watch: Othello, RB Tanner Wagner; FB Josiah Peterson. East Valley, QB Connor Ramm; WR J.T. Phelan; WR Gage Burland
Best playoff finish: Othello, championship (1998, defeated Elma 53-21; 2001, lost to Elma 43-22; 2004, defeated East Valley (Yakima) 31-21). East Valley, championship (1981, defeated Arlington 19-14).
Weather: 35 degrees, 50 percent chance of snow, W wind at 7 mph
Notes: The Huskies won a three-way playoff Monday against West Valley (Yakima) and Prosser to capture the No. 2 seed and a trip to Spokane. ... This marks the second consecutive week Othello will play an East Valley, after beating the Moxee version in Week 10. ... The Huskies have won four in a row since losing to Ellensburg 31-14 on Oct. 11. ... The Knights won the Great Northern League title and had three shutouts during league play. ... Because of the chance of snow and poor weather conditions, the Huskies offense, which relies on a strong defense and punishing rushing attack, should have the advantage.
Prediction: Othello 21, East Valley 17
PROSSER MUSTANGS AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY CUBS
4 p.m. Saturday, Sedro-Woolley
Records: Prosser 7-3, Sedro-Woolley 8-2
Last week: Prosser 42, Selah 14; Sedro-Woolley 48, Lake Washington 13.
Players to watch: Prosser, RB Isaiah Sanders (99-652, 6 TD); QB Mason Schutt (158-297 for 2,346 yards, 29 TDs and 10 INT); WR Cardell Jones (37-884, 12 TD).
Best playoff finish: Prosser, championship (1991, lost to O’Dea 21-14; 1992, defeated O’Dea 26-0; 1993, defeated Gig Harbor 22-20; 1995, lost to O’Dea 35-14; 1999, defeated Sammamish 42-38; 2005, lost to Ferndale 47-12; 2007, defeated Burlington-Edison 42-7; 2008, lost to Lynden 35-34). Sedro-Woolley, championship (1983, lost to Kelso 28-7)
Weather: 41 degrees, 30 percent chance of rain, ENE wind at 4 mph
Notes: The Mustangs went 1-1 in a three-way playoff tiebreaker on Monday to advance as the CWAC No. 3 seed to the state playoffs. Prosser lost to Othello, before rallying to beat West Valley (Yakima) in the final game. ... The Mustangs won their final three games — all must-wins — after losing two of three to Ellensburg and West Valley. ... Prosser did defeat Othello in Week 3. The Huskies earned the CWAC’s No. 2 seed. ... The Cubs finished second in the Northwest 1A/2A/3A league, losing to Mount Vernon 13-7 in the opener and to perennial power Lynden 21-7 in Week 4. They have won six games in a row since then, scoring at least 32 points in all of them. ... Prosser has struggled at times this season and combined with a long road trip will face an uphill climb in this one.
Prediction: Sedro-Woolley 31, Prosser 28
RIVERSIDE RAMS AT ROYAL KNIGHTS
7 p.m. today, Royal City
Records: Riverside 8-2, Royal 7-3
Last week: Riverside 19, Chelan 14; Royal 17, Zillah 7.
Players to watch: Riverside, QB Sam Zanoni; RB Jacob Collins. Royal, RB Darrin Miller; QB Kaden Jenks
Best playoff finish: Riverside, championship (1983, lost to Montesano 35-27; 1993, defeated Lynden Christian 17-14 in OT). Royal, championship (1994, lost to Montesano 27-21; 1996, defeated Toledo 70-0; 200, defeated Tacoma Baptist, 49-17; 2002, lost to Archbishop Murphy 35-14; 2004, defeated Freeman 29-7; 2005, defeated Tonasket 34-14; 2007, defeated Connell 28-16; 2012, lost to Montesano 43-28).
Weather: 41 degrees, 30 percent chance of rain, SW winds at 14 mph
Notes: The Rams are in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, while the Knights have one of the best programs in state history. ... Royal pulled one of the season’s biggest upsets in the state last week, knocking off No. 1-ranked Zillah. The Leopards had been the top-ranked team throughout the season and had defeated Royal 45-14 earlier in the season. ... The Rams earned the Northeastern League’s second seed by beating Lakeside 32-29 in Week 9. ... Royal finished third in the SCAC East in the regular season.
Prediction: Royal 28, Riverside 7
OKANOGAN BULLDOGS AT CONNELL EAGLES
7 p.m. today, Connell
Records: Okanogan 9-1, Connell 8-2
Last week: Okanogan 62, Lakeside (9 Mile Falls) 14; Connell 49, La Salle 6.
Players to watch: Connell, RB Gunner Vanderbilt; QB Austin Forsyth; WR Jacob Jenks.
Best playoff finish: Okanogan, championship (1998, lost to Kalama 14-6; 1999, defeated Kalama 28-0). Connell, championship (1973, lost to Raymond 35-6; 2002, defeated Elma 41-14; 2006, lost to Meridian 27-22; 2007, lost to Royal 28-16; 2009, def. Cascade Christian 28-7; 2010, lost to Cascade Christian 42-35; 2011, defeated Cascade Christian 28-7).
Weather: 40 degrees, 50 percent chance of rain, SSW winds at 16 mph
Notes: This is a rematch of a Week 2 game that saw the Bulldogs defeat the Eagles 19-6. Okanogan added a late touchdown in a very close game against visiting Connell. ... Okanogan’s lone loss was at Cashmere in Week 6, and the Bulldogs have won four in a row since then. ... Connell opened the season 0-2 but has been on a roll ever since. ... Led by Vanderbilt, who has put up strong numbers, the Eagles offense grinds opposing teams up. ... Connell’s defense has allowed 14 or fewer points in its last six games.
Prediction: Connell 21, Okanogan 18
RIVER VIEW PANTHERS AT FREEMAN SCOTTIES
1 p.m. Saturday, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane
Records: River View 9-1, Freeman 10-0
Last week: River View 46, Cle Elum/ Roslyn 14. Freeman 35, Cascade (Leavenworth) 14.
Players to watch: River View, RB Alonso Mendoza; QB Ruvim Tyutyunnik; WR Cody Hand; WR Terran Brown. Freeman, QB Preston Hoppman; RB Max Laib; RB Marcus Goldbach.
Best playoff finish: River View, semifinals (2012, lost to Royal 31-28). Freeman, championship (2004, lost to Royal 29-7).
Weather: 35 degrees, 50 percent chance of snow, W wind at 7 mph
Notes: The Panthers will face one of their stiffest tests of the season, going up against the unbeaten Scotties. ... River View has played very well since losing at home to Connell, and welcomed back running back Mendoza in the win last week. Mendoza didn’t play against Connell or in the regular-season finale against Columbia (Burbank). ... The Panthers should be able to utilize the speed of Brown on the turf at Gonzaga Prep. ... The Scotties have used the rushing attack of Laib and Goldbach to be rarely challenged this season. The pair has each rushed for at least 900 yards and both have 17 touchdowns. ... Freeman won the Northeastern League.
Prediction: Freeman 28, River View 27
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