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State football first round: Top high school games to watch, predictions

Ben Wilson celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter. Sumner played Bellarmine Prep in a football game at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Wash., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Ben Wilson celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter. Sumner played Bellarmine Prep in a football game at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Wash., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. joshua.bessex@gateline.com

CLASS 4A

NO. 8 SUMNER SPARTANS (8-2) VS. NO. 3 UNION TITANS (9-1)

7 p.m. Friday, McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver

About the Spartans: Haven’t we been here before? Yes, the Spartans’ road in last season’s playoffs ended on this field against eventual 4A winner Camas. But this battle-tested group is ready for one more run. For Sumner to pull off upset, it will needs its defensive line, led by DT Logan Mayer, and explosive DE Dane Elwell, to be disruptive.

About the Titans: This is a team on a serious roll. Union won the 4A GSHL title by ending Camas’ 58-game regular-season winning streak, and has the offense to score on anybody. QB Lincoln Victor (107 of 198, 1,704 yards, 22 TDs; 439 rushing yards) is dynamic, and will be looking for WR Darien Chase (41 receptions, 990 yards, 12 TDs) often.

TNT pick: Union, 30-23.

MONROE BEARCATS (9-1) AT NO. 6 PUYALLUP VIKINGS (9-1)

7 p.m. Friday, Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

About the Bearcats: There are big offensive lines – and there is this mammoth group up front for Monroe, led by Eastern Washington commit Josh Jerome. RB Isaiah Lewis (188 carries, 1,733 yards, 23 TDs; 2,000 total yards) is a game changer, and it will be up to QB Jaedyn Prewitt (164 of 255, 2,307 yards, 26 TDs) to operate the Bearcats’ spread offense under coach Michael Bumpus, the former WSU receiver.

About the Vikings: Coach Gary Jeffers knows his team cannot just line up across from Monroe and win in the trenches. So, the Vikings will try and exploit matchups in space, particularly with QB Jacob Holcomb (149 of 245, 2,034 yards, 26 TDs) looking for WRs Darius Morrison (59 receptions, 859 yards, 15 TDs) and Landon Neff (45 receptions, 611 yards, seven TDs).

TNT pick: Puyallup, 35-30.

NO. 5 GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES (9-1) AT NO. 10 LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS (9-1)

7 p.m. Saturday, Lakes Stevens High School

About the Eagles: This is a big starting point for the Eagles, who have all the pieces to make a deep run. UW committed QB Dylan Morris (170-247, 2,651 yards, 27 TDs) has been as good as any quarterback in the South Sound, and the offense welcomes back RB Micah Smith (69 carries, 395 yards, seven TDs) back from a three-game absence because of an ankle injury.

About the Vikings: The five-time defending 4A Wesco champions are shuffling things around late in the year. They lost standout QB Conor Bardue (broken hand) before the district playoffs, and now need backup Tre Long (18 of 25, 245 yards, 4 TDs last week against Kentlake) to get up to speed quickly. Rematch of 2015 state quarterfinals.

TNT pick: Graham-Kapowsin, 36-33.

CLASS 3A

GARFIELD BULLDOGS (4-5) at NO. 6 LINCOLN ABES (9-1)

1 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma

About the Bulldogs: This is as dangerous a sub-.500 team you will ever see in the postseason. And it all comes down to one reason: Speed. QB Javon Tade has a group of speedy receivers to throw to, led by Oregon commit Tre’Shaun Harrison (191 total yards, three TDs last week against Everett) and Jovan McConico, who was a TNT All-Area selection for Kent-Meridian last year. And LB/DE Sa’vell Smalls is a sophomore transfer from Kennedy Catholic who has offers from Alabama, Oregon, UW, UCLA, USC to name a few. This is the Bulldogs’ first state trip since 1979.

About the Abes: Coach Masaki Matsumoto says Garfield is the fastest team Lincoln has faced in his three seasons. But he likes how his secondary matches up with the Bulldogs, led by senior CBs Kavon Holden and Eric Gray, who have combined for five interceptions. Abes are dealing with some key injuries, but big offensive line should open big holes for RB Tristian Kwon (113 carries, 1,015 yards, 15 TDs)

TNT pick: Lincoln, 40-30.

NO. 7 KAMIAKIN BRAVES (9-1) at NO. 5 TIMBERLINE BLAZERS (10-0)

5 p.m. Saturday, South Sound Stadium, Lacey

About the Braves: How far can the defending 3A champions go? They have a lot of seniors from the squad that toppled O’Dea for the state title. QB Payton Flynn (161-316, 2,158 yards, 23 TDs) flashes a big arm, and will throw downfield to WR Champ Grayson (56 receptions, 900 yards, nine TD), an Eastern Washington commit. Front seven forced Lakes into eight sacks last week.

About the Blazers: After crushing Peninsula (51-14) to win the 3A SSC title, and Stadium (56-20) in the district round, the Blazers have never played better entering the state playoffs. RB Michael Barnes (175 carries, 1,103 yards, 10 TDs) leads a balanced attack, but it is Timberline’s ability to match Kamakin’s physicality up front that should be the difference.

TNT pick: Timberline, 27-24.

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4A STATE TOURNAMENT

State First Round

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Central Valley HS

Gm 2: Camas (9-1) vs. Central Valley (8-1), 5 p.m.

At Skyline HS

Gm 1: Bothell (8-2) vs. Skyline (7-3), 7 p.m.

Location TBA

Gm 3: West Valley (Yakima) (7-2) vs. Richland (10-0), 7 p.m.

At Lions Field, Moses Lake

Gm 4: Gonzaga Prep (8-2) vs. Moses Lake (7-2), 7 p.m.

At Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

Gm 7: Monroe (9-1) vs. Puyallup (9-1), 7 p.m.

At McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver

Gm 8: Sumner (8-2) vs. Union (9-1), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Lake Stevens HS

Gm 6: Graham Kapowsin (9-1) vs. Lake Stevens (9-1), 7 p.m.

At Pop Keeney Stadium, Bothell

Gm 5: Kentwood (8-2) vs. Woodinville (9-0), 7 p.m.

3A STATE TOURNAMENT

State First Round

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Seattle Memorial Stadium

Gm 3: Mercer Island (7-3) vs. O'Dea (8-1), 5 p.m.

At Civic Stadium, Bellingham

Gm 4: Bethel (9-1) vs. Ferndale (9-0), 7 p.m.

At Seattle Memorial Stadium

Gm 5: Edmonds-Woodway (9-1) vs. Eastside Catholic (9-0), 7:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Bellevue HS

Gm 2: Oak Harbor (9-1) vs. Bellevue (9-1), 1 p.m.

At Lincoln HS

Gm 6: Garfield (4-5) vs. Lincoln (9-1), 1 p.m.

At South Sound Stadium, Lacey

Gm 1: Kamiakin (9-1) vs. Timberline (10-0), 5 p.m.

At Joe Albi Stadium, Spokane

Gm 7: Rainier Beach (7-2) vs. Mount Spokane (8-2), 5 p.m.

At McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver

Gm 8: Peninsula (7-3) vs. Mountain View (7-2), 7 p.m.

2A STATE TOURNAMENT

State First Round

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Gm 1: Liberty (8-1) vs. Fife (9-1), 7 p.m.

At Battle Ground School District Stadium

Gm 2: Pullman (6-3) vs. Hockinson (9-1), 2 p.m.

At Zaepfel Stadium, Yakima

Gm 4: Black Hills (6-4) vs. Selah (8-0), 5 p.m.

At North Kitsap HS

Gm 5: W.F. West (8-2) vs. North Kitsap (9-0), 7 p.m.

At Goddard Stadium, Everett

Gm 6: River Ridge (7-3) vs. Archbishop Murphy (9-1), 7 p.m.

At Tumwater District Stadium

Gm 7: Lynden (5-5) vs. Tumwater (8-2), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At West Valley HS, Spokane

Gm 3: Franklin Pierce (6-4) vs. West Valley (Spokane) (11-0), 1 p.m.

At Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood

Gm 8: Othello (5-4) vs. Steilacoom (9-2), 2 p.m.

1A STATE TOURNAMENT

State First Round

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Zillah HS

Gm 2: Newport (8-1) vs. Zillah (9-1), 4 p.m.

At Okanogan HS

Gm 4: Naches Valley (6-3) vs. Okanogan (8-0), 6 p.m.

At Royal HS

Gm 3: Freeman (7-3) vs. Royal (10-0), 7 p.m.

At Woodland HS

Gm 5: Mount Baker (6-3) vs. La Center (7-2), 7 p.m.

At Montesano HS

Gm 7: Charles Wright (8-2) vs. Montesano (9-0), 7 p.m.

At Civic Stadium, Bellingham

Gm 8: Hoquiam (N/A) vs. Meridian (10-0), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Colville HS

Gm 1: Connell (8-2) vs. Colville (8-1), 2 p.m.

At Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Gm 6: Nooksack Valley (6-4) vs. Cascade Christian (9-1), 7 p.m.

2B STATE TOURNAMENT

State First Round

Friday, Nov. 10

Location TBA

Gm 2: Adna (9-1) vs. Kalama (10-0), 7 p.m.

At Centralia HS

Gm 3: Rainier (7-2) vs. Napavine (9-1), 7 p.m.

Location TBA

Gm 5: Lake Roosevelt (7-3) vs. Davenport (8-2), 7 p.m.

Location TBA

Gm 6: Asotin (7-3) vs. Tri-Cities Prep (9-1), TBA

At Manson HS

Gm 7: DeSales (7-3) vs. Manson (8-1), 6 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Willapa Valley HS

Gm 1: Friday Harbor (5-4) vs. Pe Ell/Willapa Valley (8-2), noon

At Sedro-Woolley HS

Gm 4: Toledo (6-4) vs. Concrete (8-2), 2 p.m.

At Liberty (Spangle) S

Gm 8: Lyle/Wishram (7-3) vs. Liberty (Spangle) (10-0), 3 p.m.

CLASS 1B FOOTBALL

QUAD-DISTRICT FINALS

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

At Naselle HS

Neah Bay (5-5) vs. Naselle (7-2), 7 p.m. (winner D1/2/3, No. 1; loser out)

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

At North Kitsap HS

Tacoma Baptist (7-3) vs. Quilcene (8-0), 6 p.m. (winner D4, No. 1; loser out)

At Lummi HS

Rainier Christian (4-3) vs. Lummi Nation (7-3), noon (winner D1/2/3, No. 2; loser out)

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