Finally, 8-man football has reached the postseason. The 1B playoffs begin Friday, a week later than every other classification.
Here is a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 1B football playoff matchups.
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NO. 6 LUMMI BLACKHAWKS (7-3) AT NO. 3 ALMIRA/COULEE-HARTLINE WARRIORS (10-1)
4 p.m., Saturday, at Quincy High School, Quincy
What to watch for: Which region really reigns supreme in 1B? This six versus three seed matchup is as much a battle of east side and west side as it is a playoff showdown. Caleb Revey, a multi-year standout, is Lummi’s top playmaker and is riding a four-touchdown performance last week. ACH, last year’s runner-up, had no trouble reloading under longtime coach Brandon Walsh, despite losing most of its starting lineup.
Pick: ACH, 48-28.
NO. 7 QUILCENE RANGERS (8-1) AT NO. 2 NASELLE COMETS (10-0)
7 p.m. Saturday, at Stewart Field, Aberdeen
What to watch for: No. 2 Naselle is on a roll. Fa’aoso Tutu’u looks to build on his two-touchdown first round performance, and dual threat QB Ethan Lindstrom has made the Jeff Eaton-led team hard to stop this season. Will the Budnek brothers — Zach and Bishop Budnek accounted for 50 of the team’s 52 points last week — be enough fire power to compete?
Pick: Naselle, 55-34.
NO. 5 LYLE/WISHRAM COUGARS (9-2) AT NO. 4 ENTIAT TIGERS (9-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Quincy High School, Quincy
What to watch for: Entiat is a clear third out of the vaunted 1B Central Washington League, which means it has faced the top two teams in the state in Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Odessa — both times handed lopsided losses. Now the Tigers host another best in show. Lyle/Wishram running back Brandon Montoya, an Eastern Washington commit, has well over 2,000 yards and has yet to be stopped.
Pick: Lyle/Wishram, 51-42.
NO. 8 SELKIRK RANGERS (9-1) AT NO. 1 ODESSA TIGERS (10-0)
7 p.m. Friday, at Quincy High School, Quincy
What to watch for: Seeing Odessa on the schedule this season may be the most definitive death knell across any classification. Led by defending 1B player of the year Marcus King, the Tigers have thus far made quick work of every team in its way to a repeat state title. Don’t expect that to be different in the quarters.
Pick: Odessa, 71-0.