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Three for Gridiron Classic

Three out of four teams have made it to the State football championship games.

4A - Ferris defeated Skyview in an offensive shootout 46-41, thanks to a huge defensive play when the Storm, trailing 20-14, elected to pass rather than run out the clock at intermission. Grant Livingston picked off a screen pass and scored for a 27-14 halftime lead and Ferris was able to answer every time Skyview scored in the wild second half. They play either Skyline or Bothell, their semifinal nemeses the past two seasons, Saturday Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

2A - West Valley continued its unbeaten season (remember the perfect Eagles in 1976?) for their four trip to the state finals. The others were 1975 and ‘84, building a 17-0 lead and beating Ellensburg 24-17. They’ll play Lynden, a team with a proud heritage themselves, 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

2B - Unbeaten Colfax is back in the finals after blanking DeSales 19-0. Mike Morgan was right. It isn’t hard to beat a team twice. The Bulldogs play Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. against unbeaten Adna.

Who will make it to Tacoma?

Will third time be a charm for Ferris? Can West Valley make its third state finals appearance? Does Colfax have a chance of dominating state titles like no other? Those are just some of the story lines in today’s Prep Notebook in The Spokesman-Review.

This is your chance to weigh in and impart partisan  knowledge about your favorite teams. This blog is your forum. Let the discussion begin.

Four football teams still standing

Four area teams are one win each away from realizing a dream - playing Dec. 4 or 5 in Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome.

Ferris - as improbable as it was expected, the Saxons are in their third straight State 4A semifinal. Three weeks ago they might just as easily have not been in the playoffs. Playing to their capabilities in post season they are on the verge of making their first state football final.

West Valley - The Eagles were a playoff force with finalists in 1975 and 76 (winning a state tite) and again 1984. Then, following an unbeaten 1987 and quarterfinals appearance, the hard times began. They are in the 2A semifinals again, the school’s fifth such appearance.

Colfax - No surprise here. But the Bulldogs’ 2B semifinal foe is - DeSales. The Irish a perennial finalist until recently, have their old coach back and have been building since an early loss to Colfax, stunning first Asotin and surviving a playoff to reach state, this weekend shocking LaSalle of Yakima, generally regarded as the best team in state.

Cusick - The 1B Panthers may be better than last year when they were a semifinalist and barely lost to eventual champion LaCrosse-Washtucna. They travel against Tri Cities Prep in what is expected to be the state championship before the official state championship game in Tacoma. 

Unfortunately, Mt. Spokane won’t be joining them. The Wildcats couldn’t sustain their offense in Saturday’s loss to Lakes.

State football begins

Tonight we find out how good our teams were this year with the first round of state football games. From the GSL, Ferris hosts Kamiakin, winner 21-0 over CV last week; Mt. Spokane is in Richland against Hanford.

In 2A, West Valley is home tonight against Selah,  Clarkston and Colville hit the road against Ellensburg and Othello tonight and Saturday respectively. And 2B playoff perennials Colfax and Reardan represent District 7.

I’ve linked to my stories today in The Spokesman-Review.