This is a league-by-league look at the playoff scenarios for all Class 4A and 3A leagues in the state, as well as the projected matchups for all of the Week 10 state play-in games and what it means for the state playoffs.
The projections will be through the current week's (Week 7) standings. All projected Week 9 seeding
matchups are subject to change as the season progresses.
- Special thanks needs to go out to David Rasbach, sports editor of the Bellingham Herald, Greg Lee of the Spokane Spokesman Review and Craig Craker from the Tri City Herald in helping with this project.
**Team in bold represent division seed locks for the playoffs**
Postseason berths: Five
In the hunt: Lake Stevens, Arlington, Edmonds-Woodway, Cascade, Kamiak
Lowdown: Four teams are guaranteed to move on to the Week 10 state play-in. The No. 3 North and the No. 3 South teams will play in a pig-tail game in Week 10.
The North’s top two spots are currently up for grabs as the Lake Stevens Vikings (3-3) and Arlington Eagles (3-3) sit at the top the league with records of 2-1 apiece – the Vikings have the edge after defeating the Eagles, 59-39, in Week 6.
Mount Vernon (4-2 overall, 1-1 league) can further their chances in grabbing one of the North’s top three spots with a win at Snohomish Friday.
With wins over both the Cascade Bruins (5-1) and Kamiak Knights (4-2), Edmonds-Woodway (6-0) can lock up the South’s top spot with a win over Lynnwood.
Both the Bruins and Knights have 2-1 league records and their Week 8 matchup could decide who’ the No. 2 is and the No. 3 is.
Key Week 7 game: South No. 4 Jackson (3-3 overall, 1-2 league) at Cascade
Projected schedule for Week 9 crossover games:
North No. 1 Lake Stevens vs. South No. 1 Edmonds-Woodway (winner WesCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2
North No. 2 Arlington vs. South No. 2 Cascade (winner WesCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
North No. 3 Mount Vernon vs. South No. 3 Kamiak (winner WesCo No. 5 seed/loser out)
Postseason berths: Five
In the hunt: Skyline, Bothell, Issaquah, Newport, Redmond
Lowdown: The top two teams of the Crest and the top two of the Crown are guaranteed a shot at Week 10’s state play-in. The third-place teams of each conference will square-off in a pig-tail game during Week 9’s crossover gamea to see who will represent KingCo’s No.5-seed.
The Crest’s Bothell (5-1) is undefeated in league play (2-0) and closes out the season against winless Inglemoor (Friday) and third-place Woodinville (4-2) in Week 8.
Key Week 7 Crest games: Wesco 3A Meadowdale at Eastlake (4-2) and Redmond (5-1) at Woodinville – Eastlake 2-1 league record gives them a half-game lead over both Redmond and Woodinville.
Skyline (5-1) can represent the Crown’s top spot in Week 9 if the Spartans can defeat third-place
Newport (5-1) and second-place Issaquah (4-2) in Week 8.
Here’s the schedule for crossover games:
Crest No. 1 Bothell vs. Crown No. 1 Skyline (winner KingCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2 seed)
Crest No. 2 Redmond vs. Crown No. 2 Issaquah (winner KingCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
Crest No. 3 Eastlake vs. Crown No. 3 Newport (winner No. 5 seed/loser out)
Postseason berths: Four
In the hunt: Kentwood, Auburn Riverside, Auburn, Tahoma, Jefferson
Lowdown: The top four teams are guaranteed a placement in the Week 10 state play-in games.
Both Auburn Riverside (6-0) and Kentwood (5-1) are each a win away from locking up one of the North’s top four spots. Third-place Auburn (4-2) will need a win Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive as they close out the season at South’s Federal Way (Week 8) and first-place Riverside (Week 9).
Tahoma (4-2) will take on second-place Kentwood Thursday and Jefferson (3-3) hosts Mount Rainier Friday – both Tahoma and Jefferson face each other in Week 9 that could have playoff implications on the line.
Postseason berth: Four
In the hunt: Graham-Kapowsin, Federal Way, Curtis, Puyallup
Lowdown: Same as the North, the South will have four teams move onto the state play-in games in Week 10.
Graham-Kapowsin (6-0) will have a clear path to the South title with a win over fourth-place Puyallup (4-2) Thursday at Sparks Stadium. The Eagles already defeated Curtis (5-1) and Federal Way (5-1) on the season.
Curtis (Friday vs. Auburn Riverside) and Federal Way (Week 8 vs. Auburn) each face tough games before their head-to-head meeting at Federal Way Memorial Stadium to close out the season. That Week 9 game could decide the No. 2 and No. 3 seeding.
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Bellarmine Prep, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Central Kitsap
Lowdown: The top four teams will move on to Week 10 state play-in games.
Central Kitsap (4-2) has the lightest schedule remaining out of the Narrows top four teams – the Cougars defeated Olympia in Week 6 after already losing to Bellarmine and Gig Harbor on the season.
The next three weeks will decide the Narrows’ league title – Bellarmine (5-1) and Gig Harbor (5-1) are a game ahead of Olympia (4-2) on the season.
Here are the key games for the Narrows league to close out the season:
Week 7 - Bellarmine at Yelm; Gig Harbor at Olympia
Week 8 - Olympia at Bellarmine; Yelm at Gig Harbor
Week 9 - Bellarmine at Gig Harbor; Yelm at Olympia
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Camas, Union
Lowdown: Game of the week potential – Class 4A No. 8-ranked Union (5-1) travels to No. 1-ranked Camas (6-0). The winner has a clear path to the GSHL title.
The next two weeks will be crucial for Battle Ground (3-3) and Skyview (3-3) – if both win this week, then their Week 8 matchup could decide which team is No. 3 team out of the GSHL.
Battle Ground closes the season against Camas and Skyview closes out against Union.
COLUMBIAN BASIN BIG NINE
Postseason berths: Two
In the hunt: Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Eisenhower
Lowdown: The Big Nine will have two representatives this year as the top two teams will move straight to the first-round of the state playoffs representing District 6.
Wenatchee (4-2) and Moses Lake (5-1) each share a 4-1 league record with Eisenhower (4-2) not far behind with a 3-2 league record.
Moses Lake can take control of their league with a win against Eisenhower this Friday and a win over Wenatchee in Week 8.
GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE and MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
In the hunt: Gonzaga Prep, Ferris, Chiawana, Richland, Walla Walla
Lowdown: The top two teams in the Greater Spokane will play the top two teams in the Mid-Columbia Leagues in crossover games – the winners will move on to the state football playoffs representing District No. 5/8.
Gonzaga Prep (5-1) and Ferris (5-1) sit atop the GSL – Ferris’ lone loss came against Bullpups back in Week 3. Central Valley (4-2) hosts Mead (3-3) this week as the winner will keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chiawana (6-0) just needs one win to lock up one of the MCC spots. Richland (5-1) is sitting in second-place with Walla Walla (4-2) right behind.
Week 10 crossover games (loser out):
No. 2 MCC at No. 1 GSL
No. 2 GSL at No. 1 MCC
CLASS 4A WEEK 10 ***PROJECTED*** PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
* Winners of odd numbers games will advance to play at winners of even numbered games in first round of state playoffs.
**The scheduled matchups for Week 10**
GAME 1: KingCo No. 5 (Newport) at WesCo No. 1 (Edmonds-Woodway)
GAME 2: SPSL South No. 3 (Curtis) at WesCo No. 2 (Lake Stevens)
GAME 3: SPSL North No. 4 (Tahoma) at KingCo No. 1 (Skyline)
GAME 4: SPSL South No. 4 (Puyallup) at KingCo No. 2 (Bothell)
GAME 5: GSHL No. 2 (Union) at KingCo No. 3 (Issaquah)
GAME 6: KingCo No. 4 (Redmond) at SPSL North No. 1 (Auburn Riverside)
GAME 7: Narrows No. 3 (Central Kitsap) at SPSL South No. 1 (Graham-Kapowsin)
GAME 8: WesCo No. 5 (Mount Vernon) at Narrows No. 1 (Bellarmine Prep)
GAME 9: WesCo No. 3 (Cascade) at SPSL North No. 2 (Kentwood)
GAME 10: GSHL No. 3 (Battle Ground) at SPSL South No. 2 (Federal Way)
GAME 11: SPSL North No. 3 (Auburn) at Narrows No. 2 (Gig Harbor)
GAME 12: WesCo No. 4 (Arlington) at GSHL No. 1 (Camas)
WESCO AND NORTHWEST
Postseason berths: Six
In the hunt: Glacier Peak, Oak Harbor, Meadowdale, Ferndale
Lowdown: Six teams from the Wesco (x5) and Northwest (x1) Conferences will qualify for the Week 10 state play-in games. In Week 9, the North and South conferences will match up in a crossover games to decide the conference seeding for Week 10.
Glacier Peak (5-1) and Meadowdale (5-1) are at the top of the South conference – it may come down to their Week 8 match up in Snohomish to decide which team will take the South title.
The North is also a two-horse race as Oak Harbor (5-1) is hanging right with Marysville-Pilchcuck (6-0) – both teams close out against each other at Oak Harbor, so the final week could decide who will take home the North title as well.
If Ferndale (5-1) stays in the top four of the Northwest conference standings, then the Golden Eagles will have a chance at the No. 2-seeding game. Ferndale will have to wait until the end of their season to find out where they will be placed for the seeding games in Week 9.
Here’s the projected schedule for Week 9:
No. 1 North Marysville-Pilchuck vs. No. 1 South Glacier Peak (winner WesCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2
No. 2 North Oak Harbor vs. No. 2 Meadowdale (winner WesCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
No. 3 Northwest Conference Ferdale vs. No. 3 South/North Marysville Getchell (winner WesCo No. 5
seed, loser No. 6)
Postseason berths: Seven
Clinched: O’Dea, Eastside Catholic
In the hunt: Nathan Hale, Cleveland, Seattle Prep, Rainier Beach
Lowdown: The Metro League’s two division – Mountain and Sound – will play crossover games in Week 9 between the top four teams in each division.
The Mountains Eastside Catholic (5-1) and O’Dea (6-0) have set themselves apart in their conference – The Fighting Irish will host Eastside this Friday in a game that could have league championship ramifications on the line.
Hale (4-2) has a better league record (4-0) than second-place Cleveland (4-2 overall, 4-1 league). Hale already defeated Cleveland back in Week 5, so a Raiders win over Igraham Friday can further solidify their chances at wining the Sound league title.
Here are the projected crossover games:
No. 1 Mountain O’Dea vs. No. 1 Sound Nathan Hale (winner Metro No. 1 seed, loser No. 2)
No. 2 Mountain Eastside Catholic vs. No. 2 Sound Cleveland (winner Metro No. 3, loser No. 4)
No. 3 Mountain Bishop Blanchet vs. No. 3 Sound Chief Sealth (winner Metro No. 5, loser No. 6)
No. 4 Mountain Seattle Prep vs. No. 4 Sound Rainier Beach (winner Metro No. 7)
Postseason berth: Three
Clinched: Bellevue, Mount Si
In the hunt: Mercer Island
Lowdown: Bellevue (6-0) isn’t as explosive as they were last season, but the No. 1-ranked Wolverines are still the Class 3A team to beat. Bellevue has already clinched a playoff spot and can finish no worse than third-place.
The Wolverines still have to play Mount Si (6-0) this Friday and Mercer Island (4-1) in Week 9.
Mercer Island hosts fourth-place Liberty (3-3) this week and then the Islanders will have back-to-back road games against Mount Si and Bellevue to close out the season.
Postseason berths: One
In the hunt: Kennedy Catholic, Hazen
Lowdown: Only one Class 3A team from the combined 2A/3A Seamount league will move onto Week 10’s district games.
Kennedy (3-3) is in first-place and it will be difficult for Hazen (2-4) to squeak by the Lancers. Kennedy already won their head-to-head meeting back in Week 5.
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Lakes, Peninsula, Enumclaw
Lowdown: Both Lakes (2-4) and Peninsula (3-3) are two weeks into their league games (2-0 each) after playing a tough non-league schedule to start the year. If both teams win on out, their Week 9 match up at Harry Lang Stadium could decide the league title.
Even with Enumclaw (3-3) losing to Lakes in Week 6, the Hornets still have a shot at the league title.
They will have to win out their games the rest of the way – including a Week 8 game against Peninsula – to take home the title.
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Wilson, Lincoln
Lowdown: Wilson (6-0) and Lincoln (5-1) both have electrifying offenses that can score on any given play – each team needs just one win to lock down one of the three spots coming out of the Narrows.
Last season league champions Timberline (3-3) just finished a grueling three week schedule against Wilson, Lincoln and Foss (4-2). The Blazers went 2-1 during that span to give them the a shot at the No. 2-seeding.
Foss plays Wilson at the Stadium Bowl Friday and closes out the season hosting Lincoln (Week 9). The Falcons and Blazers’ last few games will decide who takes the Narrows final spot in Week 10.
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
In the hunt: Mountain View, Columbia River
Lowdown: Mountain View (4-2) and Columbia River (5-1) are running away the GSHL’s top two spots for the state play-in games (Week 9). They will go head-to-head in Week 9 in a game that could decide the league title.
Prairie (3-3) and Kelso (1-5) each have a 1-1 league record and the winner of their Week 9 meeting could have playoff implications on the line.
GREATER SPONAKE LEAGUE AND MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
In the hunt: Shadle Park, Mount Spokane, Kamiakin, Southridge, Hanford
Lowdown: The top three teams in the Greater Spokane will play crossover games against the top three teams in the Mid-Columbia Conference. The winners of the games will move onto the state playoffs and represent District 5/8.
Shadle Park (5-1) and quarterback Brett Rypien’s air-show this season has put the Highlanders in the top spot in the GSL. Mount Spokane (4-2) is right there nipping at Shadle Park’s heels – the Wildcats will need to win the rest of their games to keep their chances for a league title alive.
The MCC has Kamiakin (4-2) and Southridge (4-2) in the league’s top two spots – both teams are set to face each other Friday at Kamiakin.
Hanford (3-4) has a chance to make a playoff push, but they travel to a tough opponent in Class 4A No. 4-ranked Chiawana Friday.
Projected crossover games (Winners to state):
GSL No. 3 at MCC No. 1
MCC No. 3 at GSL No. 1
GSL No. 2 at MCC No. 2
CLASS 3A WEEK 10 ***PROJECTED*** PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
* Winners of odd numbers games will advance to play at winners of even numbered games in first round of state playoffs (Nov. 15th)
**The teams in parenthesis represent projected state play-in scenarios**
GAME 1: Metro No. 5 (Bishop Blanchet) at WesCo No. 1 (Marysville-Pilchuck)
GAME 2: Narrows No. 3 (Timberline) at WesCo No. 2 (Glacier Peak)
GAME 3: KingCo No. 2 (Mount Si) at WesCo No. 3 (Meadowdale)
GAME 4: GSHL No. 3 (Prairie) at Metro No. 1 (O’Dea)
GAME 5: WesCo No. 4 (Oak Harbor) at KingCo No. 1 (Bellevue)
GAME 6: SPSL No. 3 (Enumclaw) at Metro No. 2 (Nathan Hale)
GAME 7: Narrows No. 2 (Lincoln) at Metro No. 3 (Eastside Catholic)
GAME 8: GSHL No. 2 (Columbia River) at Metro No. 4 (Cleveland)
GAME 9: Metro No. 6 (Chief Sealth) at SPSL No. 1 (Peninsula)
GAME 10: WesCo No. 5 (Ferndale) at Narrows No. 1 (Wilson)
GAME 11: Metro No. 7 (Rainier Beach) at Seamount No. 1 (Kennedy)
GAME 12: KingCo No. 3 (Mercer Island) at SPSL No. 2 (Lakes)
GAME 13: WesCo No. 6 (Marysville Getchell) at GSHL No. 1 (Mountain View)