Bracket Breakdown: Game-by-game analysis, picks in WIAA Class 2A state football tournament

Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 2A football round of 16 playoff matchups.

NO. 11 WASHOUGAL PANTHERS (6-4) at NO. 6 CLARKSTON BANTAMS (9-1)

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2 p.m. Saturday, at Adams Field, Clarkston

What to watch for: It’s been a while since either Washougal (1974) or Clarkston (1989) has won a state playoff game. One will Saturday, and the Bantams are favored behind big-play QB Kaeden Frazier (2,197 passing yards, 31 TDs). But don’t count on senior-heavy Washougal group.

Pick: Clarkston, 35-28.

NO. 14 OTHELLO HUSKIES (6-4) at NO. 3 LYNDEN LIONS (7-2)

5:30 p.m. Saturday, at Civic Stadium, Bellingham

What to watch for: Since 1998, only one school has handed the Lions a first-round state loss (twice) – Tumwater. RB Steven DiLorenzo (1,142 yards, nine TDs) and the Lynden offensive line haven’t been neutralized all season, but Othello has BYU-bound DE Isaiah Perez to make things a little tougher.

Pick: Lynden 28-13.

NO. 10 EATONVILLE CRUISERS (6-4) at NO. 7 PROSSER MUSTANGS (7-2)

1 p.m. Saturday, at Art Fiker Stadium, Prosser

What to watch for: Yes, Prosser is back to being Prosser after an 0-2 start. QB Kaiden Rivera is a big reason why. Taking over for injured starter Haden Hicks, he’s run the passing offense to near-perfection. Eatonville needs QB Caden Jumper to hold his own what should be a high-scoring shootout.

Pick: Prosser, 41-32.

NO. 15 RIDGEFIELD SPUDDERS (6-4) at NO. 2 STEILACOOM SENTINELS (8-2)

7 p.m. Friday, at Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma

What to watch for: How tough was the Sentinels’ schedule? Every team they played this season advanced to the postseason. WR Emeka Egbuka (1,625 all-purpose yards, 20 TDs) will be the best player on the field, but Ridgefield RB Hunter Abrams (1,301 rushing yards, 18 TDs) is no slouch.

Pick: Steilacoom, 54-19.

NO. 12 SEQUIM WOLVES (9-1) at NO. 5 LAKEWOOD COUGARS (8-1)

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7 p.m. Friday, Lakewood High School, Arlington

What to watch for: The two teams might have similar records – but they are at different levels. QB Jared Taylor (962 passing yards, 1,143 rushing yards, 28 total TDs) hasn’t been stopped all season – and won’t be in this game. Sequim QB Taig Wiker doesn’t have enough around him to keep up.

Pick: Lakewood, 48-10

NO. 13 ELLENSBURG BULLDOGS (4-5) at NO. 4 HOCKINSON HAWKS (9-1)

3 p.m. Saturday, at Battle Ground Stadium

What to watch for: On paper, this is a mismatch. But in real life? It could be interesting, given Ellensburg’s track record (won a game in all seven 2A appearances since 2009) and coach (Jeff Zenisek). But the two-time defending champions still have the best passer in the field in QB Levi Crum (2,270 yards, 32 TDs).

Pick: Hockinson, 28-18.

NO. 9 NORTH KITSAP VIKINGS (8-2) at NO. 8 ARCHBISHOP MURPHY WILDCATS (7-2)

7 p.m. Friday, at Memorial Stadium, Everett

What to watch for: Haven’t we met? These two schools have played in the state playoffs three times (2015-17) in the past four seasons – all ATM victories. QB Victor Gabalis (930 passing yards, 303 rushing yards, 19 TDs) and the Wildcats should have their way with smaller North Kitsap defense.

Pick: ATM, 41-12.

NO. 16 FRANKLIN PIERCE CARDINALS (8-2) at NO. 1 TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS (10-0)

7 p.m. Friday, at Tumwater District Stadium

What to watch for: Nobody is going to tell you that the T-Birds are in danger of being upset in their opener, led by QB Cody Whalen and RB Dylan Paine in the Wing-T. But many feel, despite the seed, this isn’t the worst team in the field. The Cardinals are senior-heavy, led by QB Claudell Quinland.

Pick: Tumwater, 50-14.

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