DeSales Irish vs. Lind-Ritzville-Sprague Broncos
Class 2B quarterfinal
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane
Records: DeSales 9-1, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 10-0
Forecast: 49 degrees with 20 percent chance of rain and winds SE at 9 mph
Last playoff appearance: DeSales, 2011 (lost to White Swan 34-20 in first round). Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 2011 (lost to Waitsburg-Prescott 42-7 in quarterfinals).
Playoff history: DeSales, 42-21 in 27 appearances (won state titles in 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007). Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 29-22 in 22 appearances (Ritzville won state title in 1980, LRS won in 2004).
Top players: DeSales, QB Jeremiah Cox; RB Luke Fazzari; WR Ryan Baumgart. Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, RB Connor O’Neill, QB Dylan Hartz, RB/WR Cort Ruzicka.
Last week: DeSales def. White Swan 42-18 and Lind-Ritzville-Sprague def. Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 42-14 in first round of state playoffs
Up next: Host winner of Waitsburg-Prescott vs. Reardan
Notes: In a matchup of perennial state powers, the Irish will have their hands full as the undefeated Broncos have been destroying nearly every opponent. ... LRS has only had two close games this season, one a 21-14 win against Class 1A Warden and a 21-20 overtime victory against Tri-Cities Prep. Since the victory over Prep, LRS has outscored opponents 269-62.