High School Football

Plenty of prep football set for today

It's a considerable conundrum football fans have today.

The leaves tumbling from the trees means the high school state playoffs are in full bloom. But a quirky bit of scheduling has four prime-time matchups all slated for this afternoon, roughly at the same time.

The tough choice for Tri-Cities fans -- like white meat or dark at Thanksgiving -- will be Chiawana or Kamiakin.

The fifth-ranked Braves (10-0) will take on unranked Kelso (7-3) at 1 p.m. at Lampson Stadium in a 3A first-round game.

An hour later, the Riverhawks (9-0), ranked fifth in the 4A, entertain Newport of Bellevue (6-4) at Edgar Brown Stadium.

This will be the first state playoff game for Chiawana. However, it's far from the first rodeo for head coach Steve Graff, who led Pasco to the playoffs eight times and won three state titles in his 12 years there before moving across town when the new school opened last year.

Newport has a rich state tradition, with a title in 1992 and runner-up finish in 1990. However, the Knights have played in just one playoff game since 1997, a loss to 3A heavy Bellevue in 2007.

Kamiakin is in the playoffs for the second time in as many seasons under coach Scott Biglin and for the sixth time in the last 10 years. However, the Braves have reached the second round only twice in that span -- 2003 and '06.

Kelso had a good run in the 1980s and '90s but has been to the playoffs just once since '99, losing to Jake Locker and Ferndale in the 2004 semifinals.