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In football, Royal versus La Salle, Bothell versus Richland, Bonney Lake versus Kamiakin and Connell versus Meridian. In soccer, Hanford, Southridge, Selah, La Salle and West Valley compete in state semifinals.
Chiawana RB Andrew Vargas runs for 245 yards and three touchdowns, finishes with 2,783 yards for third-best season in state history. Richland QB Paxton Stevens passes for six touchdowns. Connell RB Jaxs Whitby rushes for 257 yards and four touchdowns.
Hanford beats Kentridge 1-0, will play West Valley of Yakima. Southridge over Lakeside 2-1, will play Bishop Blanchet. Selah beats East Valley of Spokane 2-1, will play Columbia River. La Salle defeats Elma 5-2, will play Cascade of Leavenworth.
Defending state champion Royal beats Colville 27-6, will play La Salle. Connell defeats Montesano 48-28, will play Meridian. Zillah edges Freeman 49-42 in triple overtime, will play Deer Park. Dayton Waitsburg over Tri-Cities Prep 34-14, will play Liberty of Spangle.
Richland shuts out Sunnyside 41-0, will play Bothell at home on Saturday. Chiawana loses 38-28 to Skyview. Kamiakin beats Gig Harbor 45-0, will play Bonney Lake at home on Saturday. Southridge loses to Lakes 34-17.