Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 3A football round of 16 playoff matchups.
NO. 16 KELSO HILANDERS (8-2) AT NO. 1 O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH (9-0)
5 p.m. Friday, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
What to watch for: Top-ranked O’Dea has been the mark of consistency this season on both sides of the ball, and holds teams under 10 points per game on average. That’s what standout running back Josh Webb and his Hilanders will be up against.
Pick: O’Dea, 38-14
NO. 15 SQUALICUM STORM (8-2) AT NO. 2 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS (9-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
What to watch for: Those hoping for star power should see a clinic on Friday. Between Sam Adams II, Gee Scott Jr., D.J. Rogers and company, the state’s most talented team is playing with a vengeance after a midseason loss to rival O’Dea. That could prove troublesome for a Squalicum team coming out of the 3A Wesco.
Pick: Eastside Catholic, 42-10.
NO. 14 SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS (6-3) AT NO. 3 LINCOLN ABES (8-2)
7 p.m. Friday, at Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma
What to watch for: Lincoln is tried and true having played four playoff teams tough this season. When it lines up against the likes of Julien Simon, Jaylen and Donovan Clark, the Panthers may have their hands full.
Pick: Lincoln, 45-14.
NO. 13 GARFIELD BULLDOGS (5-4) AT NO. 4 BETHEL BRAVES (7-3)
7 p.m., Saturday, at Bethel High School, Spanaway
What to watch for: The seeding committee looked past Bethel’s three losses — all of which came to 3-seeds or higher. Maybe they saw do-it-all Oregon commit Peter Latu, or any of the other playmakers in the Braves lineup. But out of the Metro Mountain division, Garfield has seen the best of the best.
Pick: Bethel 34-21
NO. 12 YELM TORNADOES (7-3) AT NO. 5 KENNEWICK LIONS (9-1)
1 p.m., Saturday, at Lampson Stadium, Kennewick
What to watch for: Randy Affholter didn’t walk into a rebuild in his first season at Kennewick after 22 years at Ellensburg. The Lions even lost quarterback Blaine Chavez midway through the season, moved receiver Elijah Tanner and have hardly skipped a beat. But they host Yelm, a big, run-heavy team that is set on upstaging its 2018 quarterfinal run.
Pick: Kennewick, 21-14.
NO. 11 PRAIRIE FALCONS (9-1) AT NO. 6 MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS (10-0)
6 p.m. Friday, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville
What to watch for: The Tomahawks used to be playoff regulars. Now back after a four-year absence, M-P boasts a senior-laden lineup and likes to run the ball with the two-pronged backfield of Jordan Justice and Dylan Carson. But can Prairie’s consistent, high-powered spread offense, led by dual-threat QB A.J. Dixson, be stopped? The Falcons are playing with the momentum of making their first playoff in 27 years.
Pick: Prairie, 35-24.
NO. 10 LAKES LANCERS (7-2) AT NO. 7 BELLEVUE WOLVERINES (8-2)
7 p.m. Friday, at Bellevue High School, Bellevue
What to watch for: After narrowly losing its two toughest games against highly-seeded Bethel and Lincoln, Lakes is still searching for its signature win. The Lancers are healthy, returning three linemen from injury as well as RB/LB Devon Nofoa-Masoe, but can it stop a Bellevue wing-T that tore through the 2A/3A KingCo league after taking losses to 4A sides Central Valley and 2-seed Camas?
Pick: Lakes 28-27
NO. 9 PENINSULA SEAHAWKS (8-2) AT NO. 8 MT. SPOKANE WILDCATS (8-2)
7 p.m. Friday, at Joe Albi Stadium, Spokane
What to watch for: Peninsula lost its top player in all-state-caliber TE Mason Hyde for the season in Week 9, but that didn’t slow the SSC winner from blowing past Arlington (35-0) in the district playoff. But can it do something no team has been able to do, stop Mt. Spokane’s Kannon Katzer? The running back had 211 yards and five touchdowns in a Week 10 win over Kamiakin, and has shown no signs of stopping.
Pick: Mt. Spokane, 38-17.