No. 1 Bothell (11-0)
at Bellarmine Prep (8-3)
1 p.m. Saturday, Mount Tahoma Stadium,
About the Cougars: They will not only play Bellarmine Prep in the postseason for a fourth time in five seasons, but they’ll play them on the same house-of-horrors stadium. The biggest reason Bothell is 0-3 since 2010 is turnovers, including four of them in last season’s 20-17 quarterfinal loss. QB Ross Bowers (160 for 234, 2,487 yards, 31 TDs) leads an offense that has been held under 40 points just one time this season, but will be missing RB Sam McPherson (knee).
About the Lions: New season — and apparently a team with renewed focus. RB Nathan Goltermann-Doyle (228 carries, 1,498 yards, 14 TDs; seven 100-yard rushing games) has shifted this rushing attack into a higher gear, and really remains the primary focus of the offense. But this defense is playing with confidence, and feels it can get after Bowers like it did against Camas QB Liam Fitzgerald (seven sacks) last week.
TNT pick: Bothell, 30-20.
No. 5 Peninsula (10-1)
at No. 1 Bellevue (11-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Bellevue High School
About the Seahawks: Do they have a chance? Many around the state think they can end Bellevue’s reign. Why? For starters, this is a veteran and versatile offense, led by RB Major Ali (160 carries, 915 yards, 15 TDs in nine games) and QB Robert Kvinsland (164 for 248, 2,407 yards, 25 TDs). And this is a defense — which gets to see this Bellevue offense for a third consecutive year — that gives up very few big plays.
About the Wolverines: Yes, they still primarily lean on their lethal Wing-T offense, but have opened it up some with QB Justus Rogers (62 for 89, 1,029 yards, 10 TDs), who is asked to run some read-option and be a trigger man in the screen-pass game. It all sets up big plays down the field to WR Isaiah Gilchrist and company. The reigning six-time 3A champions have won a state-record 65 games in a row.
TNT pick: Bellevue, 30-21.
No. 2 Eastside Catholic (10-1)
at No. 6 Lincoln (11-0)
4 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma
About the Crusaders: They have the most talented roster in the state, and that includes Bellevue or even this Abes’ team. QB Harley Kirsch (157 for 227, 2,315 yards, 28 TDs) just doesn’t make many mistakes running the team’s short passing game. And the Metro League powerhouse not only has the athletes, led by SS Brandon Wellington, to match up with Lincoln’s wide-open passing attack, but also boasts ex-Montana State defensive coordinator Rob Christoff calling the shots.
About the Abes: This unbelievable ride can pick up a bit of history this week. Lincoln is vying to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history. The 3A Narrows champion will go right at the Crusaders with an aggressive passing attack, led by QB Jordan Kitna (204 for 310, 3,506 yards, 54 TDs). Kitna cannot afford to make careless passes against a strong Eastside Catholic defensive front, which will be the best pass rush the Abes have seen all season.
TNT pick: Eastside Catholic, 29-24.
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 8 Gonzaga Prep (10-1)
at No. 3 Chiawana (10-1)
1 p.m. Saturday, Edgar Brown Stadium, Pasco
The skinny: Thanks to Bellarmine Prep beating Camas in the first round last week and Bothell taking out McPherson, Chiawana is suddenly the favorite to not only get back to the 4A state title game, but make it back-to-back championships. It defeated Camas for the state title last year, and was without dynamic RB Austin Urlacher (226 carries, 2,207 yards, 30 TDs). He’s a cousin of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. The RiverHawks eliminated Gonzaga Prep from the postseason last year with a 42-14 win at Edgar Brown Stadium. The Bullpups’ only loss this season was against Brett Rypien and Shadle Park five games into the season. They boast a triple-option offense and like to get the ball in the hands of RB Jack Bamis (1,381 yards, six TDs). Chiawana’s only loss was in the season-opener to Camas, which lost to Bellarmine last week, which lost to Gonzaga Prep 17-0 in Week 2. So who knows what will happen.
TNT pick: Chiawana, 35-28