And then there were eight.
Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 3A football quarterfinal matchups.
NO. 6 MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS (11-0) AT NO. 3 LINCOLN ABES (9-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma
What to watch for: The Tomahawks already had an instant classic in this playoffs, beating Prairie in overtime. But the undefeated, run-heavy team faces a juggernaut in Lincoln, who has played — and beat — some of the best teams across 3A.
Pick: Lincoln, 31-21.
NO. 7 BELLEVUE WOLVERINES (9-2) AT NO. 2 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS (9-1)
4 p.m. Saturday, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
What to watch for: Bellevue managed to get off a few big-play touchdowns in its first round handling of Lakes, not necessarily befitting of its boa-like Wing-T. Now, the Wolverines meet the kings of big-play potential in Eastside Catholic, a team that can reasonably expect a big play on any given play from nearly its entire lineup.
Pick: Eastside Catholic, 38-18.
NO. 5 KENNEWICK LIONS (10-1) AT NO. 4 BETHEL BRAVES (8-3)
6 p.m. Saturday, at Art Crate Field, Spanaway
What to watch for: Kennewick and its multi-pronged rushing attack escaped a first round barn-burner thanks to a blocked PAT in overtime. Myles Mayovsky has well over 1,000 yards rushing on the season, but three Lions went over the century mark on Saturday. Question is, will they have enough to combat the talent-laden Braves, headlined by the future high-level college players Will and Peter Latu, and a deep, battle-tested defense?
Pick: Bethel, 31-17.
NO. 8 MT. SPOKANE WILDCATS (9-2) AT NO. 1 O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH (10-0)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
What to watch for: No. 1 O’Dea is perhaps the most complete defensive unit in all of 3A. So what does that mean for one of the GSL’s most prolific all-time running backs in Kannon Katzer? Katzer rushed for 307 yards in Mt. Spokane’s first round win over a historically good defensive team in Peninsula. The Wildcats lean heavy on the run — Katzer had 38 carries last week — so expect the Fighting Irish to put many of its chips in stopping it.
Pick: O’Dea, 38-21.