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 are 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
Clinched: Edmonds-Woodway, Cascade, Kamiak, Lake Stevens, Mount Vernon
In the hunt: Arlington, Monroe
Lowdown: The South conferences three crossover spots are locked up – Edmonds-Woodway (7-0) has secured the South title and No. 1 spot for Week 9. Kamiak (5-2) and Cascade (6-1) both have a 3-1 conference record so their head-to-head matchup Friday will determine who the South’s No. 2 is and No. 3 is.
There’s a little more clout in the North conference – what is clear is that Mount Vernon (2-1 conference, 5-2 overall) is league champs after their Week 7 win over Snohomish. No. 2 Lake Stevens (2-1, 4-3) owns the tie-breaker over both Monroe (2-1, 3-4) and Arlington (2-2, 3-4).
Monroe and Arlington’s Week 8 games will be a winner in/loser out scenario.
Key Week 8 games:
South No. 3 Kamiak at No. 2 Cascade
Inglemoor at North No. 4 Arlington
North No. 3 Monroe at No. 1 Mount Vernon
Here’s the projected schedule for Week 9 crossover games:
North No. 1 Mount Vernon vs. South No. 1 Edmonds-Woodway (winner WesCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2 seed)
North No. 2 Lake Stevens vs. South No. 2 Cascade (winner WesCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
North No. 3 Arlington vs. South No. 3 Kamiak (winner WesCo No. 5 seed/loser out)
Postseason berths: Five
Clinched: Skyline, Bothell, Issaquah, Newport, Eastlake
In the hunt: Redmond, Woodinville
Lowdown: The Crown’s title will be decided Friday when No. 1 Skyline Spartans (6-1) travels to No. 2 Issaquah Eagles (5-2) – both the Spartans and Eagles own a tiebreaker over No. 3 Newport Knights (5-2). If the Knights defeat Garfield Friday and the Eagles lose, then Newport is No. 2 and Issaquah is No. 3.
The Crest has the potential for a two way tie for second-place as Eastlake (2-1 conference, 5-2 overall), Woodinville (2-1, 5-2) and Redmond (1-2, 5-2) are vying for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Redmond is in a must win situation against Eastlake Friday as Woodinville already owns the tiebreaker against the Mustangs.
Key games Week 8:
Crest No. 1 Skyline at No. 2 Issaquah
Crown No. 2t Woodinville at No. 1 Bothell
Crown No. 2t Eastlake at No. 4 Redmond
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 Eastlake vs. Crown No. 2 Newport (winner KingCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
Crest No. 3 Woodinville vs. Crown No. 3 Issaquah (winner No. 5 seed/loser out)
Postseason berths: Four
Clinched: Auburn Riverside
In the hunt: Kentwood, Auburn, Tahoma, Jefferson
Lowdown: Tahoma’s (4-2 league, 5-2 overall) 26-14 upset over Kentwood (5-1, 5-2) shook up the North conference as Riverside (6-0, 6-1) has the only clear path to Week 10. No. 2 Kentwood travels to No. 1 Riverside this Friday – if the Ravens win, then the North title is theirs.
Even with a loss to Riverside, the Conks’ can still lock down the No. 2 spot with a Week 9 win over Kentlake.
This Friday Tahoma faces Kentlake and Jefferson (4-2, 4-3) squares off with Kentridge – if both teams win, then their Week 9 meeting could determine the No. 3 and No. 4 placements for Week 10.
Auburn (5-2) has the toughest challenge as they travel to No. 4-ranked Federal Way Saturday before closing out against Riverside. If the Trojans win one game, they’re in.
Postseason berth: Four
Clinched: Graham-Kapowsin, Federal Way, Curtis
In the hunt: Puyallup, Rogers
Lowdown: The South has a little more clarity than the North as Graham-Kapowsin (7-0) is a win away from taking home the league title. Both Federal Way (6-1) will face Auburn this Saturday and Curtis (6-1) faces Rogers (4-3) at Sparks Friday.
A Federal Way and Curtis win this week would make turn their Week 9 matchup into a No. 2 and No. 3 representative is.
Rogers (4-3) will need to upset Curtis or hope for a rival Puyallup (4-3) to lose to Bethel Thursday to keep the Rams playoff hopes alive. If everything shakes out in their favor, then the Rams Week 9 meeting with Puyallup will decide who the No. 4 spot belongs to.
Postseason berths: Three
Clinched: Bellarmine Prep, Gig Harbor
In the hunt: Olympia, Central Kitsap
Lowdown: Week 9’s matchup of No. 1 Bellarmine (6-1) and No. 2 Gig Harbor (6-1) is looking more and more like the teams will be playing for the league title. Both teams switch opponents this week as the Lions host No. 4 Olympia (4-3) and the Tide host Yelm.
Olympia’s playoff footing is slipping with their loss to Gig Harbor last week. No. 3 Central Kitsap (5-2) already owns the tiebreaker over the Bears. The Cougars are a win away from locking up one of the Narrows three spots.
Week 8 games to watch:
No. 4 Olympia at No. 1 Bellarmine
Yelm at No. 2 Gig Harbor
No. 3 Central Kitsap at Narrows 3A Foss
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Union, Battle Ground, Skyview
Lowdown: Camas (7-0) has secured the league title after winning 44-6 over No. 2 Union (5-2) last week. If Union defeats Evergreen this week then Titans secure the No.2 spot.
Both Battle Ground (4-3) and Skyview (4-3) face each other this Friday – the game can very well decide who takes the No. 3 spot.
Battle Ground closes the season out against Camas and Skyview closes out against Union.
COLUMBIAN BASIN BIG NINE
Postseason berths: Two
In the hunt: Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Eisenhower
Lowdown: No. 2 Wenatchee (5-2) travels to No. 1 Moses Lake (6-1) this Friday – the winner will be in the drivers’ seat for the league title.
Eisenhower (4-3) has the chance to make a playoff run if the Cadets can win out the rest of the way. The Cadets already lost to both Wenatchee and Moses Lake on the season.
GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE and MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
Clinched: Gonzaga Prep, Chiawana
In the hunt: Ferris, Richland, Walla Walla, Central Valley
Lowdown: Ferris (6-1) can lock up the GSL’s final crossover spot with a Week 8 win. Central Valley (5-2) will have a tough time getting in to the cross over games as they face GSL 3A Shadle Park before closing out against Gonzaga Prep (7-1).
The MCC’s Walla Walla (5-2) has a tough schedule to close out the season – the Blue Devils travel to 3A Kamiakin (5-2) before closing out against Chiawana (6-1). A Richland (6-1) win will almost certainly secure them a crossover spot.
Week 10 crossover games (loser out):
No. 2 MCC (Richland) at No. 1 GSL (Gonzaga Prep)
No. 2 GSL (Ferris) at No. 1 MCC (Chiawana)
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 (Issaquah) at WesCo No. 1 (Edmonds-Woodway)
GAME 2: SPSL South No. 3 (Curtis) at WesCo No. 2 (Mount Vernon)
GAME 3: SPSL North No. 4 (Jefferson) 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 (Newport)
GAME 6: KingCo No. 4 (Eastlake) 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 (Kamiak) 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 (Tahoma) at Narrows No. 2 (Gig Harbor)
GAME 12: WesCo No. 4 (Lake Stevens) at GSHL No. 1 (Camas)
WESCO AND NORTHWEST
Postseason berths: Six
Clinched: Marysville-Pilchuck, Glacier Peak, Oak Harbor, Ferndale, Meadowdale
In the hunt: Mountlake Terrace, Shorewood, Stanwood
Lowdown: Six teams from the Wesco (x5) and Northwest (x1) Conferences will qualify for the Week 9 crossover games.=
This week, North No. 2 Oak Harbor travels to No. 1 Marysville-Pilchuck this Friday – the winner will be crowned the North champions while the loser will settle for the No. 2 spot for Week 9 c rossover games.
The South will have a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup this Friday as No. 2 Meadowdale play at No. 1 Glacier Peak for the league title.
The Northwest’s Ferndale (6-1) cannot earn the No. 1-seed out of in combined WesCo-Northwest crossover games in Week 10 – the Golden Eagles will more than likely play for the No. 3/No. 4 seeding game as Ferndale plays Class 2A No. 1-ranked Lynden this Friday.
The North’s Marysville Getchell (3-4) still has shot at the final crossover spot as the Chargers visit South’s Shorecrest (1-6) this week. Stanwood (2-5) has a 1-2 conference record compared the Getchell’s 1-3 record. The Spartans can improve their league record and playoff chances with a win over Everett – the Chargers play in a non-league crossover game against Shorecrest.
South’s Shorewood (2-5) and Mountlake Terrace (3-4) each own a 1-2 league record and play each other Friday.
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 seed)
No. 2 North Oak Harbor vs. No. 2 Meadowdale (winner WesCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
No. 3 Northwest Conference Ferndale vs. No. 3 South/North Mountlake Terrace (winner WesCo No. 5 seed, loser No. 6)
Postseason berths: Seven
Clinched: O’Dea, Eastside Catholic, Nathan Hale, Cleveland, Bishop Blanchet
In the hunt: Seattle Prep, Rainier Beach, Chief Sealth, Lakeside
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.
Back-to-back victories over Blanchet (6-1) and Eastside Catholic (5-2) have given the Mountain’s O’Dea’s (7-0) the conference title – the Fighting Irish close out their season hosting Bainbridge. Blanchet will travel to Eastside Friday for a game that will determine who the No. 2 is and the No. 3 is.
Hale (5-2) has won the Sound title as the Raiders already own the tiebreaker with Cleveland (4-3) when they pulled out a 22-20 victory back in Week 5. Cleveland will travel to Rainier Beach this week.
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 (7-0) secured the KingCo title with the Wolverines last week win over No. 2 Mount Si. With Bellevue grabbing the No. 1-seed, it will be between Mount Si, Mercer Island (4-2) and Liberty (4-3) to see take a hold of the final two spots.
Liberty defeated Mercer Island, 35-28, last week but even with the win, the Patriots are still playing catch-up with the Islanders. Both teams play Bellevue and Mount Si to finish the season.
Final two weeks schedule:
Week 8 – No. 3 Mercer Island at No. 2 Mount Si; No. 1 Bellevue at No. 4 Liberty
Week 9 – No. 3 Islanders at No. 1 Wolverines; No. 4 Patriots at No. 2 Wildcats
Postseason berths: One
Clinched: 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 (4-3) is one win away from securing the only post-season birth coming out of the Seamount – the Lancer’s host last-place Highline before finishing the season against first-place Lindbergh (Class 2A).
Postseason berths: Three
In the hunt: Lakes, Peninsula, Enumclaw
Lowdown: Peninsula (4-3) and Lakes (3-4) are heading towards a Week 9 showdown where the winner could be crowned league champion – the Seahawks will have to take care of Enumclaw (3-4) this week as the Lancers battle Bonney Lake (2-5).
Enumclaw will only need one win for a post-season birth – Bonney Lake has to upset Lakes this Friday then defeat Auburn Mountainview next week to have a hope at making the post-season.
Postseason berths: Three
Clinched: Wilson, Lincoln
In the hunt: Foss, Timberline
Lowdown: Lincoln (6-1) will host Wilson (6-1) this Friday in a game that could determine who’s the front horse for a first-place finish. Both teams will have to win out the rest of way for to take home the league title.
There is still hope for Foss (5-2) to win the league title after their 15-14 upset win over Wilson last week – if the Falcon’s handle 4A Central Kitsap this week, then next week’s meeting with Lincoln will be for the league title.
North Thurston (4-3) travels to Timberline (2-5) this Friday – the winner of their game will need to win their Week 9 game and hope Foss loses out the rest of the way.
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Clinched: Columbia River, Mountain View
In the hunt: Prairie, Kelso
Lowdown: Mountain View (5-2) and Columbia River (6-1) are heading toward a Week 9 league championship matchup – a win this week for both teams secures next weeks meeting will be for the title.
Kelso (2-5) has the slight advantage over Prairie (3-4) as the Hilanders have a league record of 2-1 compared to the Falcons’ 1-2 record. The Falcons play Fort Vancouver while the Hilanders travel to No. 2 Mountain View.
Kelso just needs one win in their final two games to secure the No. 3 spot out of the GSHL.
GREATER SPONAKE LEAGUE AND MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
Clinched: Shadle Park, Mount Spokane, Kamiakin
In the hunt: Southridge, Hanford, University
Lowdown: The GSL’s two spots have been secured by No. 1 Shadle Park (6-1) and No. 2 Mount Spokane (5-2). Shadle Park owns the tiebreaker with their Week 5 win at Mt. Spokane.
No. 1 Kamiakin (5-2) has locked down the only spot so far for the MCC. Southridge (4-3) finish with the MCC’s No. 2 spot with a win in either of their remaining games or Hanford (2-5) loses either of theirs. Southridge will travel to Hanford to close out the season.
MCC Week 8 games to watch:
Southridge at Chiawana
Richland at Hanford
Projected crossover games (Winners to state):
GSL No. 3 (University) at MCC No. 1 (Kamiakin)
MCC No. 3 (Hanford) at GSL No. 1 (Shadle Park)
GSL No. 2 (Mount Spokane) at MCC No. 2 (Southridge)
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-16th).
**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 (Foss) at WesCo No. 2 (Glacier Peak)
GAME 3: KingCo No. 2 (Mount Si) at WesCo No. 3 (Oak Harbor)
GAME 4: GSHL No. 3 (Kelso) at Metro No. 1 (O’Dea)
GAME 5: WesCo No. 4 (Meadowdale) 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 (Moutain View) 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 (Seattle Prep) at Seamount No. 1 (Kennedy)
GAME 12: KingCo No. 3 (Mercer Island) at SPSL No. 2 (Lakes)
GAME 13: WesCo No. 6 (Mountlake Terrace) at GSHL No. 1 (Columbia River)