4A play-in games
G-Prep at Chiawana
When: Friday, Edgar Brown Stadium, Pasco 7 p.m. Records: Bullpups (7-2), Riverhawks (8-1)
Road to postseason: The Bullpups secured the second seed by topping Central Valley 49-27 last Friday. The Riverhawks went 7-0 in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
Statistical leaders: Running back Jack Bamis has done the heavy lifting for G-Prep, but the Bullpups are hardly a one-headed running attack. Bamis finished second in the Greater Spokane League with 1,257 yards and 15 touchdowns. Quarterback Kevin Thomas, RB Sam Dowd and wingbacks Tom Davis and Nick Wood have supported Bamis well. Chiawana has a pro-style offense and is led by QB Joey Zamora (1,886 yards, 16 touchdowns, three interceptions) and RBs Clifton Lozano (1,148 yards) and Austin Urlacher (697). Wide receiver Deion Singleton (33 catches, 748 yards), a transfer from Tallahassee, Fla., is being recruited big time.
At a glance: G-Prep’s defense has defended the pass well. In general, the Bullpups’ defense can be called opportunistic. The Bullpups must control the ball and keep Chiawana’s offense off the field. That will be tough because the Riverhawks are big and physical.
Richland at Ferris
When: Friday, Joe Albi Stadium, 5:30 p.m. Records: Bombers (8-1), Saxons (8-1)
Road to postseason: Ferris captured a share of the GSL title, locking up the top seed with a 21-20 win over Mead last week. Richland’s lone loss, 42-7, came to MCC champ Chiawana.
Statistical leaders: RB Cole Karstetter has carried the Saxons’ offense. He finished as the league leader in rushing with 1,442 yards and 21 TDs. Teammate Jalen Hicks finished third (916, 13 TDs). Richland has had more success throwing. The Bombers are led by QB Zach Whitby (1,776 yards, 20 TDs, seven interceptions).
At a glance: Ferris had essentially a postseason tuneup against Mead. The Saxons will see if Richland can defend the double-wing attack with a big serving of Karstetter. Expect a much more efficient effort from the Saxons.
3A play-in games
U-Hi vs. Kamiakin
When: Friday, Lampson Stadium, Kennewick, 8 p.m. Records: Titans (2-7), Kamiakin (7-2)
Road to postseason: The Titans defeated North Central 25-24 on the last play of the game to earn the final postseason berth. It’s the fourth straight year U-Hi has been in the postseason. Kamiakin easily rose above the MCC’s 3A heap, and the Braves lost two tightly contested games against Chiawana and Richland.
Statistical leaders: The Braves can run and throw. RB Umid Ramizov led the MCC with 1,267 yards and 19 TDs. QB Kyle Robertson led the MCC with 1,934 yards and 18 TDs. U-Hi receiver Trevor Martin finished tied for the league lead with 55 receptions for 826 yards.
At a glance: This is a classic mismatch. The teams met in the postseason last year, a game requiring a late U-Hi rally. Kamiakin is as good as last year, if not better. The Titans, ranked last in the GSL in defense, are a shell of last year’s team.
Mt. Spokane vs. Southridge
When: Friday, Lampson Stadium, 5 p.m. Records: Wildcats (7-2) vs. Suns (5-4)
Road to postseason: The Wildcats were easily the second-best 3A team in the GSL while the second MCC berth wasn’t decided until the final week when the Suns shut out Hanford 26-0.
Statistical leaders: The Suns are led by RB Kadin Diaz (984 yards, 12 TDs) and QB Jair Ealy-Thomas (1,080 yards). Wildcats quarterback Stu Stiles rushed for 885 yards in six games.
At a glance: Expect a lot of defense and rushing. When these teams are at their best, they’re running the ball and locking down opponents. Stiles reportedly is injured, but if he plays he should be the difference.
Kennewick vs. Shadle
When: Friday, Joe Albi Stadium, 8 p.m. Records: Lions (3-6), Highlanders (8-1)
Road to postseason: The Lions secured the final berth when Southridge beat Hanford last week. Shadle Park earned a share of the GSL championship.
Statistical leaders: RB Dwight Norwood led the Lions in rushing (765 yards). Kennewick has had two players combine to throw for 946 yards. Shadle QB Brett Rypien eclipsed the single-season throwing record he set last year, finishing with 3,266 yards and 46 TDs. Receiver Nick Kiourkas tied for league lead in receptions (55 for 779 yards, 11 TDs). Five of the league’s top seven receivers were Highlanders.
At a glance: This could get ugly early. It could be a speedy game if the running clock is required. Rypien should have a big game throwing to his array of receivers.
Timberline at CdA
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Records: Wolves (4-5), Vikings (6-3)
Road to postseason: The Viks captured the Inland Empire League title while Timberline finished fifth in the Southern Idaho Conference, earning the berth the runner-up IEL team used to receive. The Wolves’ wins came against teams with worse records than themselves.
Statistical leaders: Viks QB Gunnar Amos returns after missing CdA’s playoff berth-clinching win over Post Falls last Thursday. Amos has thrown for 2,120 yards including 18 TDs. His top targets have been Addison Johnson (33 catches, 596 yards) and University of Washington-bound tight end Chase Blakley (32, 555). Timberline is led by QB Michael Stefanic and RBs Bambam Phanmaha and Terek Zimmerman.
At a glance: The Wolves have allowed an average of 30 points a game. CdA can score that in a blink. The Viks should win going away.
Skyview at Lakeland
When: Friday, 7 p.m. Records: Hawks (8-1), Lakeland (5-4)
Road to postseason: Lakeland defeated Moscow and Sandpoint while Skyview took second in the Southern Idaho Conference.
Statistical leaders: Lakeland has been led by QB Tyrel Derrick and RB Colton Butcher. Skyview has been led by RB Jaxon Pryor, who gains yards in big chunks, and QB Anthony Marin.
At a glance: Skyview would do well not to overlook Lakeland based on its record. Lakeland has played some playoff-worthy teams on its schedule, especially in nonleague games. Skyview has averaged 38.9 points per game and four times has scored 50 or more points. If this is a track meet, Lakeland won’t fare well.
Fruitland at Timberlake
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Records: Grizzlies (8-1), Tigers (6-3)
Road to postseason: Timberlake captured its eighth straight Intermountain League title. Fruitland took second in the Snake River Valley.
At a glance: Both teams want to run the ball so it comes down to which team will dominate the line of scrimmage. Fruitland is a traditional state power and doesn’t appear as strong as recent teams. Timberlake believes it can have some postseason success.
Bonners Ferry at Homedale
When: Saturday, 1 p.m. Records: Badgers (5-4), Trojans (8-1)
Road to postseason: Bonners Ferry finished a distant second in the IML. Homedale knocked off powerhouse Fruitland to earn a league title.
At a glance: No team has held Homedale under 21 points and that doesn’t bode well for the Badgers. It could be a long day for BF.
1A Division I quarterfinal
Prairie at Wallace
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Records: Pirates (7-2), Miners (9-0)
Road to postseason: Wallace defeated Lakeside twice and Prairie finished second to No. 1-ranked Troy.
At a glance: This is Wallace’s best team in years. The Miners and Pirates are similar – both sport offenses that can move the ball and score points. Both have a common opponent, Kamiah. Prairie won 46-0 and Wallace won 62-12. The difference here could be that Wallace is at home.
1A Division II quarterfinal
Salmon River at Kootenai
When: Saturday, 1 p.m. Records: Savages (9-0), Warriors (6-3)
Road to postseason: Salmon River won its league and Kootenai swept Clark Fork and Mullan.
At a glance: The Savages are ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason. They’ve been prolific offensively. Kootenai doesn’t have enough weapons to keep up.