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League by league look at football playoff berths

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2008 at 10:57 am with No Comments »
October 29, 2008 10:57 am

There are fewer “if Team A beats Team B” scenarios this week, but some leagues, especially the Narrows and SPSL 3A, have much to be determined in their final week of the regular season.

Let’s get to it.

Narrows League

Playoff berths:
Four, plus a pig-tail game with the SPSL South No. 4

Who’s in: Olympia, Gig Harbor

Contenders: Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Foss, Mount Tahoma, South Kitsap

The lowdown: Here’s what we know: Olympia is No. 1, Gig Harbor is No. 2 and Central Kitsap can claim the No. 3 seed by beating Wilson. After that, things get dicey.

Consider some of the scenarios:

— If Olympia beats Foss and South Kitsap beats Lincoln, the Wolves are No. 4 and the winner of the Bellarmine Prep-Mount Tahoma game is No. 5.

— If Olympia beats Foss and Lincoln beats South Kitsap, the Bellarmine Prep-Mount Tahoma winner is No. 4.

— If there is a four-way tie among Foss, Mount Tahoma, South Kitsap and Lincoln, Lincoln is the No. 5 seed. In this scenario Bellarmine Prep would have beat Mount Tahoma and received the No. 4 seed.

— If there is a four-way tie among Foss, Bellarmine, South Kitsap and Lincoln, a mini-playoff would be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma.

SPSL North

Playoff berths:

Who’s in: Auburn, Federal Way, Tahoma

Contenders: Kentlake, Kentwood

The lowdown: Kentwood can go from being the league’s No. 2 seed to out of the playoffs with a loss to Kentlake on Friday. If the Conquerors win, they are the No. 2 seed. If Federal Way and the Falcons win, Kentlake will be No. 4 and Tahoma will be No. 3. Auburn has already clinched the No. 1 seed.

SPSL South

Playoff berths: Three, plus a pig-tail game with the Narrows League No. 5

Who’s in: Curtis, Bethel, Graham-Kapowsin, Rogers

The lowdown: We know who’s in the playoffs, just not in what order. If all four teams win this week, the seeding will be Curtis, Rogers, Bethel and Graham-Kapowsin.


Playoff berths:

Who’s in: Lakes, Peninsula

Contenders: Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Sumner

The lowdown: This is the trickiest of all the playoff scenarios. Lakes is No. 1 and Peninsula is No. 2. If Enumclaw beats winless White River, the Hornets are No. 3. Sticking with an Enumclaw victory, if Bonney Lake beats Sumner, the Panthers get the No. 4 seed. If Sumner beats Bonney Lake, Auburn Mountainview gets the No. 4 seed.

Then consider this headache-inducer: If White River beats Enumclaw and Franklin Pierce beats Peninsula, a four-way tie for third would be created.

Olympic WesternPlayoff berths: Four

Who’s in: Capital, Timberline, North Kitsap

Contenders: North Thurston, Olympic, Yelm

The lowdown: Olympic’s win over North Kitsap last week gave Capital the inside track on the OWL’s No. 1 seed. If Capital, Timberline and North Kitsap all win this week, they will be the Nos. 1-2-3 seeds. If Olympic beats Bremerton, the Trojans will be the No. 4 seed. Yelm gets in if it wins and Olympic loses. North Thurston gets in if it wins and Yelm and Olympic lose. If there’s a three-way tie for fourth, Olympic is in based on points differential.

Evergeen Conference

Playoff berths: Four

Who’s in: Black Hills, Centralia, Tumwater, W.F. West

Contenders: None

The lowdown: The conference’s four playoff teams are finalized; all that’s left is to play for seeding. Tumwater can clinch the league title and No. 1 seed with a win over Centralia on Friday. The teams will play crossover games with the Greater St. Helens League 2A next week.

Nisqually Olympic

Playoff berths: Three

Who’s in: None

Contenders: Eatonville, Fife, North Mason, Sequim, Steilacoom

The lowdown: Undefeated Steilacoom can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win in one of its next two games. Sequim remains on pace to get the No. 2, leaving a trio of 3-2 teams – Eatonville, Fife and North Mason – vying for the final playoff berth. Fife has the toughest path, facing North Mason this week and Sequim the next.

Nisqually League 1A/2B

Playoff berths:

Who’s in: Cascade Christian, Orting, Vashon

The lowdown: The league title and automatic state playoff berth are likely on the line when Orting visits Cascade Christian on Saturday. The Cougars and Cardinals have already secured playoff berths, but the league champion doesn’t have to mess with a state play-in game. Even if Vashon loses its final two games and finishes tied with Charles Wright and Port Townsend, the Pirates beat both teams and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, giving them the No. 3 seed. Vashon will play the No. 2 seed from the Northwest District.

Class 2B school Life Christian has secured a berth in a pig-tail game with the No. 2 seed from the Sea-Tac League on Nov. 11. If Life Christian wins that half-game, the Eagles will advance that night to play another half-game against the No. 2 seed from the Northwest League with a state berth on the line.

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