Three wins, still in
Auburn Mountainview has a 3-6 record, but earned the SPSL 3A’s final berth to the district playoffs – and faces No. 2 Mount Si tonight. It might not be pretty, but coach Jared Gervais won’t apologize. “We played two really good teams (Camas, Battle Ground) in the preseason that got us more prepared,” Gervais said.
Out of uniform
For winning the Nisqually League title, Charles Wright grabbed an automatic 1A state berth – and has tonight off. What are the Tarriers’ plans? “We are taking a bus with the varsity guys to (the) Castle Rock-Montesano game,” coach Mike Finch said. “They are senior-led … and they wanted to go scout, and have meetings Saturday morning to game plan.”
Still going strong
The scent of the high school football playoffs is as familiar to Tumwater coach Sid Otton as anything that comes from his own kitchen. Tonight, the Thunderbirds will try to earn their 23rd trip to the state playoffs when they play Hockinson. Their last loss in a district crossover game was in 2009, a 16-14 loss to R.A. Long.
Not facing Skyline
By beating Puyallup last week, Rogers avoided a district playoff game at No. 1 Skyline. Instead, the Rams play at Monroe tonight. And the oddity of the game is that the Rams (5-4) have the better record, but Monroe (4-5) won the Wesco North). “You can kind of get excited about a team you don’t know about,” Rogers coach Gene Bowen said.
Not since the 1990s
SPSL 2A champion Sumner’s last state berth came in 1994. Keith Ross wasn’t around – and has never reached this point as a coach. The Spartans can get to the playoffs if they get by suddenly wishbone-happy North Mason tonight at Sunset Chev Stadium. “We got a good draw, and we are going to be ready to go,” Ross said. “We are in our element at home.”todd.milles@ thenewstribune.com