Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 2B football round of 16 playoff matchups.
NO. 11 FRIDAY HARBOR WOLVERINES (9-1) at NO. 6 LAKE ROOSEVELT RAIDERS (8-1)
Noon Saturday, at Lake Roosevelt High School, Coulee Dam
What to watch for: Unheralded? These two upstarts certainly are. RB Kyson Jackson, Class 2B’s lone 2,000-yard rusher, powers the Wolverines’ run-first offense. But he will certainly be swarmed by Lake Roosevelt’s bigger defensive front. RB Cameron St. Pierre gets the Raiders going.
Pick: Lake Roosevelt, 21-17.
NO. 14 RAINIER MOUNTAINEERS (6-4) at NO. 3 KALAMA CHINOOKS (7-2)
7 p.m. Friday, at Chinook Stadium, Kalama
What to watch for: Folks in the Southwest Washington District knows Rainier’s time is coming soon with its talented class of nine graders. That isn’t now, and the well-rested two-time defending 2B champions are starting to hit high gear behind QB Jackson Esary and WR Brennon Vance.
Pick: Kalama, 40-10.
NO. 10 TOLEDO INDIANS (7-3) at NO. 7 COLFAX BULLDOGS (7-2)
Noon Saturday, at Colfax High School
What to watch for: Want to go see a brief two-hour playoff game featuring a pair of power-running teams? This is is, and it should be a doozy. The Bulldogs have a lethal triple-option attack with QB Layne Gingerich and RB Jacob Brown. QB Duke Schaplow runs the show in Toledo’s Wing-T offense.
Pick: Colfax, 24-23.
NO. 15 MABTON VIKINGS (4-6) at NO. 2 NAPAVINE TIGERS (8-1)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Tiger Stadium, Centralia
What to watch for: Let’s do the 2B math – Napavine has won three state titles; Mabton has never won a state playoff game. Those trends won’t change this weekend. QB Laythan Demarest (1,201 rushing yards, 1,027 passing yards; 31 total TDs) is Class 2B’s most electrifying dual threat.
Pick: Napavine, 60-6.
NO. 12 DAVENPORT GORILLAS (6-4) at NO. 5 ADNA PIRATES (6-3)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Adna High School
What to watch for: This game has sneaky-good potential. Davenport gives defenses a variety of looks with its funky single-wing rendition, led by RB Gavin Boggs. But the Pirates see a little bit of everything in the 2B Pacific, and boast productive duo in QB Braden Thomas and RB Cole Fay.
Pick: Adna, 29-17.
NO. 13 TONASKET TIGERS (7-2) at NO. 4 CHEWELAH COUGARS (6-4)
TBD on date, time and site
What to watch for: Are the Cougars contenders or pretenders? Their seed indicates they should make a deep run, and have QB Jake Jeanneret and RB Kaden Krouse leading a talented cast. But it’s been an up-and-down year to-date. Undersized Tonasket needs QB Hunter Thomas to shine in a big way.
Pick: Chewelah, 45-18.
NO. 9 TRI-CITIES PREP JAGUARS (9-1) at NO. 8 ASOTIN PANTHERS (8-1)
6 p.m. Friday, at Asotin High School
What to watch for: Styles make matchups, right? Two years ago, the “smashmouth” Panthers won (35-14) in this same round, and will run right at TCP with RBs Dylan Landrus and Brayden Barnea. The Jaguars will air it out often with QB Dante Maiuri (2,876 yards, 30 TDs), 2B’s leading passer.
Pick: Asotin, 32-30.
NO. 16 BREWSTER BEARS (3-7) at NO. 1 ONALASKA LOGGERS (9-0)
6 p.m. Friday, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Onalaska
What to watch for: Be on alert – the ground-plowing bulldozer is coming. The Loggers know this is their best chance to win it all, and will ride workhorse RB Ashton Haight (1,744 rushing yards, 22 TDs). The Bears have lost their past 13 first-round matchups, dating back to 1979.
Pick: Onalaska, 60-8.