5A Oregon high school football playoff races: What’s at stake in Week 9

By René Ferrán | Photo by Leon Neuschwander

Here’s a league-by-league look at the playoff possibilities in Class 5A entering the last week of the regular season. (The top three in each league make the playoffs, plus four at-large qualifiers based on OSAA rankings.)

NWOC East

League title

Pendleton (9-1, 7-0, No. 5 OSAA) clinched the title when Parkrose forfeited their Week 9 matchup. 

Automatic qualifiers

Pendleton and Hood River Valley (8-1, 6-1, No. 8) are in. The winner of the Redmond Rivalry between Ridgeview (7-2, 4-2, No. 14) and Redmond (4-4, 4-2, No. 17) gets the third berth. 

At-large berths

The Ridgeview-Redmond loser has an outside chance at grabbing the final at-large berth, but they’ll need help.

Eliminated

Putnam (3-5, 2-4, No. 21), The Dalles (2-5, 2-4, No. 24), Parkrose (1-9, 1-6, No. 29) and La Salle Prep (0-10, 0-7, No. 31) are out.

NWOC West

League title

Very simple: The winner between Wilsonville (8-0, 6-0, No. 2) and Canby (7-1, 6-0, No. 4) takes home the trophy. 

Automatic qualifiers

Wilsonville and Canby are in. Third place is North Salem’s if the Vikings (5-3, 4-2, No. 9) knock off crosstown rival McKay (4-4, 3-3, No. 15) on Friday. If the Royal Scots win and Scappoose (4-4, 3-3, No. 13) does as expected against rival St. Helens (1-6, 0-6, No. 27), it’s a three-way tie for third, with the highest team in the OSAA rankings (currently North Salem) getting the automatic berth. If McKay and St. Helens win, the Scots get the nod.

At-large berths

North Salem should feel safe even if it loses to McKay. Same for Scappoose if it beats St. Helens. A loss to the Lions, though, would likely spell doom to Scappoose’s playoff hopes, as would a McKay loss. Forest Grove (3-5, 1-5, No. 18) isn’t mathematically eliminated but would need a win over Hillsboro (1-8, 1-5, No. 28) and lots of help.

Eliminated

Hillsboro and St. Helens are out.

Mid-Willamette

League title

Silverton (7-1, 6-0, No. 1) has secured at least a share of the conference title and would claim it outright with a home win Friday over Lebanon (4-4, 4-2, No. 12). A loss opens the door for West Albany (7-1, 5-1, No. 3) to grab a share by beating Corvallis. 

Automatic qualifiers

Silverton and West Albany are in. Lebanon currently holds the final automatic berth and would secure it by beating the Foxes. A loss, combined with home wins by South Albany (5-3, 3-3, No. 7) vs. Crescent Valley and Dallas (4-4, 3-3, No. 11) vs. Central, creates a three-way tie for third broken by OSAA ranking, which currently favors the RedHawks. Lebanon owns the tiebreaker with Dallas but loses it to South Albany in the event of a two-way tie.

At-large berths

Whichever two teams don’t grab the third automatic berth should feel comfortable about their at-large chances — South Albany and Dallas currently own the top two at-large spots in the 16-team bracket.

Eliminated

Corvallis (3-5, 2-4, No. 20), Central (2-6, 1-5, No. 23) and Crescent Valley (1-7, 0-6, No. 25) are out.

Midwestern League

League title

Thurston (6-0, 6-0, No. 6) has clinched at least a share of the title and needs only to win at North Bend on Friday to take the title outright. Otherwise, Crater (5-3, 5-1, No. 10) could claim a share by beating Ashland at home.

Automatic qualifiers

Thurston, Crater and Churchill (4-4, 4-2, No. 16) have secured the automatic berths. The Lancers own the tiebreaker with Eagle Point (4-4, 4-3, No. 19) for the third spot. 

At-large berths

Only Eagle Point, which finishes with a road game at Class 4A Ontario, has even a remote chance of grabbing an at-large spot, but the Eagles would need everything to fall right to sneak into the field.

Eliminated

Springfield (3-6, 3-4, No. 22), North Bend (2-5, 2-4, No. 26), Willamette (2-6, 1-5, No. 30) and Ashland (0-7, 0-6, No. 32) are out.

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