State playoff matches in football
Ferris (11-0) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Edgar Brown Stadium, Pasco, 1 p.m.
At a glance: This game features a playoff-savvy team against the new kid on the block. Ferris played in the state final last year and Chiawana, the new west Pasco school, is in the playoffs for the first time in the school’s second year. But the Riverhawks have a sage coach in Steve Graff, who built Pasco into a state power. Third-ranked Ferris is embracing its first road playoff game. “We’re well-versed in traveling from last year so our kids are excited to go on the road,” Saxons coach Jim Sharkey said. Chiawana is led by running back Jordan Downing (1,651 yards, 23 touchdowns), the 4A CBBN most valuable player, and quarterback Luc Graff (1,402 yards, 14 TDs), the CBBN’s offensive MVP. He’s the coach’s son.
Mt. Spokane (10-1) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Lampson Stadium, Kennewick, 1 p.m.
At a glance: Former Whitworth quarterback and Pasco standout Scott Biglin is in his second year as head coach at Kamiakin. This could be a shootout. That’s probably Mt. Spokane’s best hope – especially if Kamiakin’s defense is as good as advertised. The Braves have allowed 94 points, and most of those have come against reserves. Five times Kamiakin has had games end with a running clock because of the 45-point mercy rule, including both postseason games (56-7 decision over Southridge and 50-6 last week against Kelso). Kamiakin and Mt. Spokane share several similarities – and perhaps the most striking is speed. Kamiakin is led by Tim White, the 3A CBBN offensive MVP. He has 34 catches for 658 yards and nine TDs, but where’s he has been most lethal is as a return specialist. The Wildcats plan to kick the ball away from him when possible. He averages 32.5 yards on punt returns and 34.8 on kickoffs.
East Valley (6-5) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Lampson Stadium, Kennewick, 4 p.m.
At a glance: The Knights may be one of the hottest teams in the playoffs. After a 1-5 start, EV has won five in a row. The obvious difference is turnovers. The Knights averaged four a game through the first half of the season. To have a shot at perennial power Prosser, the Knights must continue to take care of the ball. The Mustangs are led by QB TJ Finn (1,771 yards, 25 TDs, six interceptions) and RB Isaac Anderson (1,205 yards, 19 TDs). The teams have one common opponent – Ellensburg. EV beat Ellensburg in a crossover seeding game, 32-14 at Ellensburg. Prosser needed a field goal with 3 seconds left to win 23-20. “It’s nice to play a team with a common opponent. That gives us a little bit of a barometer,” EV coach Adam Fisher said.
Colfax (10-0) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Gonzaga Prep, 5 p.m.
At a glance: Colfax defeated Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 32-9 in mid-October. Colfax has scored fewer than 32 points just once. The Broncos gave Colfax its toughest game going back to the Bulldogs’ 38-19 win over DeSales in a season opener.
Cusick (10-1) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Gonzaga Prep, 11 a.m.
At a glance: Cusick defeated the Timberwolves 60-12 on Sept. 24. The Panthers bounced back last week against Colton after getting throttled the week before in a seeding game by Almira/Coulee-Hartline. Cusick QB Tyler Edwards threw for 374 yards and five TDs and Ryan Sample caught seven passes for 178 yards and three TDs in the first game against the T-Wolves.
Wilbur-Creston (8-3) vs.
When, where: Saturday, Gonzaga Prep, 2 p.m.
At a glance: ACH scored the first six TDs in a 48-22 win over WC early last month. ACH QB Derek Isaak completed 4 of 4 passes for 109 yards and two TDs and RB Colin Deyarmin had two TDs. Hayden Herdrick led WC with 178 yards rushing and two TDs.
5A State finals
Coeur d’Alene (10-1) vs.
When, where: Friday, Kibbie Dome, Moscow, 7 p.m.
At a glance: These teams are familiar, having played in recent years. Centennial has won four state titles since opening in 1986. No. 1-ranked CdA is seeking its first state title since 1985 and is playing in the state final for the first time since 2004. The game will come down to a battle of wills. CdA wants to play fast, especially on offense, while Centennial would be content pounding the ball on the ground, sustaining drives and keeping the Vikings’ high-octane offense off the field.