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Football: Quarterfinal preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm with No Comments »
November 17, 2011 2:21 pm

CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS
No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (11-0) at No. 9 Skyview (9-2), 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver

Lowdown: Since losing to top-rated teams in Oregon and Idaho in the first two weeks of the season, the Storm have won nine straight games, never scoring fewer than 31 points. Skyview’s offense is balanced. RB Parker Henry has rushed for 1,667 yards and 24 TDs and QB Kieran McDonagh has completed 67 percent of his pass attempts for 1,698 yards, 18 TDs and two interceptions. Bellarmine Prep can run and pass, too. RB Isaiah Flynn, averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game, returned last week after missing a month due to injury. QB Sefo Liufau has thrown for 2,117 yards, 22 TDs and four interceptions. Bellarmine Prep has had a knack for making big plays at opportune moments and that could be the difference in this meeting of evenly matched teams.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 31, Skyview 28

CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS
No. 1 Bellevue (11-0) at No. 2 Lakes (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood

Lowdown: This is the rare game Lakes will enter as the underdog. Bellevue has won eight of the past 10 Class 3A state championships. The Wolverines are 42-2 in the postseason under coach Butch Goncharoff, including a 35-7 thrashing of the Lancers in the semifinals last season. That Lakes team was young and most of the starters returned for a 2011 season that has seen the Lancers win every game by at least three touchdowns. Bellevue’s wing-T is still its bread and butter, but the Wolverines have tweaked the run-based attack, running it out of various formations and opening up its passing game.

TNT pick: Lakes 27, Bellevue 24

CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS
Toledo (10-1) at No. 5 Cascade Christian (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Lowdown: Toledo stunned sixth-ranked Meridian in the first round, dropping the Trojans 24-21. The Indians ran over the Trojans, rushing for 316 yards. RB John Murphy totaled 1120 rushing yards and QB Jess Wallace finished with 116 yards on the ground. Toledo’s lone loss was a 41-34 slip-up at Kalama on Sept. 30. The Indians have not advanced past the quarterfinals since reaching the 1A state finals in 1996. Cascade Christian relied on its defense to defeat La Center 27-6 last week. The Cougars totaled 168 yards of offense, getting 102 through the air from QB Jaeline Goldsmith.

TNT pick: Cascade Christian 22, Toledo 19

CLASS 2B PLAYOFFS
No. 5 Napavine (10-1) at Tacoma Baptist (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Curtis High, University Place

Lowdown: Napavine and Tacoma Baptist are coming off big first-round victories. The Tigers thumped Orcas Island 47-0 and the Crusaders crushed Willapa Valley 50-0. Napavine, riding a nine-game winning streak, has been knocked out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals the past two seasons. In their past nine games, the Tigers have allowed more than one touchdown in only two contests. Tacoma Baptist piled up more than 300 rushing yards against Willapa Valley, led by Kyle Delegard’s 109-yard, two-touchdown effort. The Crusaders limited the Vikings to 82 yards of offense. Crusader lineman Walker Williams, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound Wisconsin-commit can wreak havoc along the line of scrimmage.

TNT pick: Tacoma Baptist 19, Napavine 16

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