We’re six weeks into the high school football season and the playoff picture is still hazy. But the fog will clear quickly. While the teams take it one game at a time, we’re looking into the future. All the way to the postseason, in fact.
Below, you will find a league-by-league look at the playoff scenarios for all Class 2A leagues in the state, along with projected matchups for all of the Week 10 state play-in games. When the WIAA releases the state playoff bracket – it should come this week – we will include a glance at what the first round of the state playoffs might look like.
Like we’ve done for the last few years, the TNT will update the projections each week. We’ve provided enough information so that if you don’t agree with our predictions and want to see how the playoff bracket might look with different league finishes, you should be able to do that fairly easily.
CLASS 2A POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS
Postseason berths: Four, plus pig-tail game with Cascade Conference
Lowdown: The fifth-place team will face the Cascade Conference’s fourth-place team in a pig-tail game for the right to play the Northwest Conference champion in a Week 10 state play-in contest. The top two seeds from the NWC will host Week 10 playoff games. The NWC champion will probably be determined when fourth-ranked Burlington-Edison visits second-ranked Lynden on Oct. 22. Anacortes has handle on securing the third playoff berth, while Bellingham, Squalicum and Mount Baker should vie for the remaining two spots
Postseason berths: Three, plus pig-tail game with Northwest Conference
Lowdown: The fourth-place team will face the Northwest Conference’s fifth-place team in a pig-tail game for the right to play the NWC champion in a Week 10 state play-in contest. Top-ranked Archbishop Murphy probably sewed up the top seed with its victory over Lakewood, the probable second seed, two weeks ago. Cedarcrest, Granite Falls, South Whidbey and Sultan will battle for the final two postseason spots.
Postseason berths: Two, plus a pig-tail game with Olympic No. 4
Lowdown: Lindbergh is a virtual lock for the league’s No. 1 seed and Foster should secure the second seed. The third berth is up for grabs between Renton and Interlake, the only 2A member of the KingCo 3A/2A.
Postseason berths: Four
Lowdown: The league’s top two teams will host Week 10 state play-in games and the third- and fourth-place teams will play on the road. The league champion will face the winner of a Tuesday pig-tail game between Olympic’s No. 4 team and Seamount’s No. 3 team. The second-place team will play the Seamount’s No. 2 seed. The third place team will play at Olympic No. 2 and the fourth-place team is at Olympic No. 1. All state play-in games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Perhaps no 2A league has been as difficult to get a handle on as the SPSL 2A. Eatonville is undefeated and in good position to claim the league title. But after the last couple weeks, nothing seems for sure in this league. Washington sits alone in second right now, but every team within striking distance of a postseason berth.
Postseason berths: Three, plus a pig-tail game with Seamount No. 3
Lowdown: The top seed will host the fourth-place team from the SPSL and the second seed team will host the third-place team from the SPSL. The third seed will play at Seamount’s No. 1 seed. The fourth-place team will play a pig-tail game at Seamount’s No. 3 seed on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for the right to face the SPSL champion in a winner-to-state game.
Port Angeles and Sequim are unbeaten in league play and will meet on Oct. 29. Kingston and North Mason are tied for third place and will play on Oct. 22.
Postseason berths: Three
Lowdown: The league champion earns an automatic berth into the state tournament. The second-place team will play at the GSHL No. 2 team and the third-place team will play at the GSHL No. 1 team in Week 10 state play-in games.
Tumwater is in good position to lock up the automatic state berth, with wins over W.F. West and Centralia. W.F. West and Centralia will play on Oct. 22. River Ridge also has one league loss and, with games against Tumwater and Centralia still on the schedule, the Hawks are in the thick of the playoff chase.
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Postseason berths: Two
Lowdown: The league champion will host the third-place team from the Evergreen Conference and the second-place team will host the second-place team from the Evergreen Conference in Week 10 state play-in games.
R.A. Long and Mark Morris sit tied atop the league standings and, more than likely, will secure the league’s two berths. They will meet on Oct. 29. Washougal has games remaining against both teams and can climb into the playoff picture with an upset.
Postseason berths: Three
Lowdown: The league champion receives an automatic state berth, while the second- and third-place teams will play crossover state play-in games with the Great Northern League on Tuesday, Nov. 9. CWAC No. 2 will host GNL No. 3 and CWAC No. 3 will visit GNL No. 2.
With wins over Othello and Ellensburg, Prosser can all but lock up the automatic state berth by beating Toppenish on Oct. 29. Toppenish, Othello and Ellensburg are tied for second, though Othello has already beat Toppenish. Ellensburg and Toppenish play on Oct. 22. Othello and Ellensburg meet on Oct. 4.
Postseason berths: Three
Lowdown: The league champion receives an automatic state berth, while the second- and third-place teams will play crossover state play-in games with the CWAC on Tuesday, Nov. 9. GNL No. 2 will host CWAC No. 3 and GNL No. 3 will visit CWAC No. 2.
With some teams having only played one league game and four weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s too early to form any solid projections for the GNL. That said, Cheney, Clarkston, Deer Park and Spokane West Valley appear to be the strongest teams.
CLASS 2A WEEK 10 PORJECTED PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Winners advance to the first round of the state playoffs
NORTHWEST DISTRICT CROSSOVER
GAME 1: Northwest No. 5/Cascade No. 4 (pig-tail winner) at. Northwest No. 1 (Lynden)
GAME 2: Northwest No. 4 (Bellingham) at Cascade No. 1 (Archbishop Murphy)
GAME 3: Cascade No. 3 (South Whidbey) at Northwest No. 2 (Burlington-Edison)
GAME 4: Northwest No. 3 (Anacortes) at Cascade No. 2 (Lakewood)
WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT CROSSOVERS
GAME 1: Olympic No. 4/Seamount No. 3 (pig-tail winner) at SPSL No. 1 (Eatonville)
GAME 2: SPSL No. 4 (Sumner) at Olympic No. 1 (Sequim)
GAME 3: Olympic No. 3 (Kingston) at Seamount No. 1 (Lindbergh)
GAME 4: Seamount No. 2 (Foster) at SPSL No. 2 (Washington)
GAME 5: SPSL No. 3 (Clover Park) at Olympic No. 2 (Port Angeles)
DISTRICT 4 CROSSOVERS
GAME 1: Evergreen No. 2 (W.F. West) at GSHL No. 2 (Mark Morris)
GAME 2: Evergreen No. 3 (Centralia) at GSHL No. 1 (R.A. Long)
GAME 1: GNL No. 2 at CWAC No. 3 (Othello) on Tuesday, Nov. 9
GAME 2: CWAC No. 3 (Ellensburg) at GNL No. 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 9