Northeast B-11: In the preseason, Davenport football seemed to be the unknown quantity of the NEB-11, with a coaching change after missing the playoffs with a 4-5 record. The only mystery, probably, should be how well the Gorillas will perform at the state level. Davenport, under new head coach Harold Patterson, has early-season wins over Lind-Ritzville and Liberty and is ranked fourth in the state. Friday, the Gorillas (3-0, 2-0) host Republic (1-2, 0-2). In other NEB-11 action, Liberty (1-2, 1-2) will try to hold on to fading playoff hopes at eighth-ranked Selkirk (4-0, 3-0); Lind-Ritzville (3-1, 2-1), tied with Selkirk in the state rankings, plays at Springdale (0-4, 0-3); and new No. 1 Reardan (3-0, 3-0) hosts struggling Odessa (2-2, 1-2). Wilbur-Creston (2-2, 1-2) plays at 1A Liberty Bell in a non-league game.
Southeast B-11: DeSales football (3-1) lost its No. 1 ranking after a 6-0 home loss to Colfax. The second-ranked Irish will host Milton-Freewater (Ore.) in the final week of non-league play.
Southeast B-8: After passing its first real test of the football season against Jubilee Academy, No. 5 Tri-Cities Prep (4-0, 1-0) faces No. 1 LaCrosse-Washtucna (4-0, 1-0), which seeks its 40th straight win. In other league action, quarterback Kyle Kelly will look to follow up his seven-touchdown performance as No. 4 Colton-Pullman Christian (4-0, 1-0) travels to Touchet (0-3, 0-0), and Jubilee (2-2, 0-1) faces Prescott (0-3, 0-1).
Whitman County: Tekoa-Oakesdale (4-0) took over sole possession of the league volleyball lead, but it has a tough week ahead, hosting Garfield-Palouse (3-1) tonight and traveling to Rosalia (3-1) Tuesday.
By J.D. Larson and Josh Petrie
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