Staff reporter Kevin Manning compiled this information on the projected Class 4A playoffs:
Below will be a league-by-league look at the playoff scenarios for all Class 4A leagues in the state, as well as the projected matchups for all of the Week 10 state play-in games and what it means for the state playoffs.
The projections will be through Week 9 results. A special thanks needs to go out to Eastmont athletic director Bill Daley, Greg Lee, of the Spokesman-Review, and Scott Spruill, of the Yakima Herald, for the help in piecing together the Eastern Washington school’s playoff scenarios.
**Team in bold represent division seed locks for the playoffs**
Postseason berths: Five
Clinched: Jackson, Monroe, Edmonds-Woodway, Mariner
Lowdown: Jackson and Monroe’s Week 7 wins secured both teams’ playoff spots – Monroe’s win against North No. 3 Arlington and their Week 4 win over No. 2 Lake Stevens have given the Bearcats a cushion for the top spot.
The South No. 2 and No. 3 spots will be up for grabs when Edmonds-Woodway hosts Mariner Friday (Oct. 19).
Here’s the schedule for Week 9 games:
North No. 1 Monroe vs. South No. 1 Jackson (winner WesCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2 seed)
North No. 2 Lake Stevens vs. South No. 2 Edmonds-Woodway/Mariner (winner WesCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
North No. 3 Arlington vs. South No. 3 Mariner/Edmonds-Woodway (winner WesCo No. 5 seed)
Postseason berths: Five
Clinched: Skyline, Woodinville, Newport, Bothell
Lowdown: The top spot in the KingCo Crest conference will be on the line when Woodinville hosts Bothell (Oct. 19) – the winner will face Skyline and the loser will face Newport in the in-division playoffs.
Roosevelt has the edge in the Crown’s No. 3 spot after defeating Issaquah in Week 5 – it will take Issaquah to get an upset over 4A No. 1 ranked Skyline (in Sammamish) and a Roosevelt loss to Ballard (1-6) for them to get in.
Here’s the schedule for Week 9:
Crest No. 1 Woodinville/Bothell vs. Crown No. 1 Skyline (winner KingCo No. 1 seed, loser No. 2 seed)
Crest No. 2 Bothell/Woodinville vs. Crown No. 2 Newport (winner KingCo No. 3 seed, loser No. 4 seed)
Crest No. 3 Eastlake vs. Crown No. 3 Issaquah/Roosevelt (winner No. 5 seed)
Postseason berths: Four, plus No. 5 seed plays pig-tail game
Clinched: Kentwood, Auburn, Kentlake, Tahoma
Lowdown: SPSL North No. 2 Auburn hosts 4A No. 2 ranked Federal Way and No. 1 Kentwood hosts Auburn Riverside (1-6) – The Conks’ defeated Auburn in Week 1 and has all but locked up the top spot in the North.
The winner of Friday’s Tahoma vs. Kentlake will be a game that decides who becomes the North’s No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the league.
Jefferson (2-5) faces Kentridge (2-5) Thursday and a win would give the Raiders the edge for the spot in the pig-tail game against the South’s No. 5.
No team controls their fate more than Kentridge who plays at Jefferson and finishes the season hosting Kent-Meridian (2-5), who is also competing for the final play-in spot.
Postseason berth: Four, plus No. 5 seed plays pig-tail game
Clinched: Federal Way, Graham-Kapowsin, Curtis, Rogers
Lowdown: The SPSL South is much more wide open than the North. Federal Way has the late season lead for the top spot after defeating No. 2 Graham-Kapowsin. The Eagles will need to defeat Auburn this week and hope Curtis loses to Rogers to secure the top spot a week early.
Rogers has the advantage for the No. 4 seed after defeat Spanaway Lake (3-4) back in Week 4 – both teams have tough matchups the final two weeks. Both teams are a win away from locking up at least the No. 5 spot to play in the pig-tail game against the North’s No. 5.
Oct. 19 – vs. Curtis @ Sparks Stadium
Oct. 26 — at Puyallup @ Sparks Stadium
Spanaway Lake’s schedule:
Oct. 18 – vs. Emerald Ridge @ Art Crate Stadium
Oct. 26 – at Graham-Kapowsin @ Art Crate Stadium
Postseason berths: Four
Clinched: Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, South Kitsap
Lowdown: The Narrows’ No. 1 team Bellarmine Prep defeated Yelm handily in Week 8 and a win at No. 4 Olympia will lock the Lions into the Narrows top seed. Olympia can still move up to the No. 3 seed in the conference if they can finish with the same record as South Kitsap since the Bears won their Week 5 meeting.
Central Kitsap is a win from securing either the Narrow’s No. 2 or No. 3 playoffs spots – if Cougars defeat South Kitsap (Oct. 26), then they’ll own the No. 2 seed.
GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Postseason berths: Three
Lowdown: The Camas Papermakers made it all the way to the state semi-finals before losing O’Dea – the jump from the GSHL 3A to the 4A has seem like an easy transition. The Papermakers have handled all GSHL opponents soundly and a win at Heritage Friday will give them GSHL’s No. 1 seed and a chance at a perfect season.
Union, Battle Ground and Skyview are all 5-2 with only two spots open in the GSHL. Friday’s Battle Ground vs. Skyview can prove to be a winner in, loser out game – after Friday, Battle Ground finishes the season at Camas and Skyview hosts Union.
COLUMBIAN BASIN/BIG NINE
Postseason berths: One
Lowdown: The showdown for the league title and CBBN’s lone playoff berth could come Friday between Eastmont (6-1) and Eisenhower (5-2). The Cadets won the first meeting, 29-27.
GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE and MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE
Clinched: Gonzaga Prep, Richland, Chiawana
Lowdown: The top two teams in the Greater Spokane will play the top two teams in the Mid-Columbia Leagues – the winners will move on to the state football playoffs representing District No. 5/8.
Gonzaga Prep has clinched the top spot in the GSL and will host the No. 2 MCC team between Chiawana and Richland – Richland defeated Chiawana in Week 3 and has a game lead going into Week 8.
If Mead (vs. Rogers of Spokane) and Ferris (at Univeristy) both win Friday, then their season-finale matchup will decide who becomes the GSL No. 2 seed and face either Chiawana or Richland.
Here’s what the Week 10 games will look like:
No. 2 MCC (Chiawana) at No. 1 GSL (Gonzaga Prep)
No. 2 GSL (Ferris/Mead) at No. 1 MCC (Richland)
CLASS 4A WEEK 10 PROJECTED PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
* Winners of odd numbers games will advance to play at winners of even numbered games in first round of state playoffs.
**Teams in bold represent the projected locks for the state play-ins based on their current league standings**
GAME 1: SPSL North No. 4 (Tahoma) at WesCo No. 1 (Jackson)
GAME 2: SPSL South No. 4 (Rogers) at WesCo No. 2 (Monroe)
GAME 3: SPSL North (Kentlake) No. 3 at WesCo No. 3 (Mariner)
GAME 4: SPSL N/S No. 5 (Spanaway Lake) at KingCo No. 1 (Skyline)
GAME 5: SPSL South No. 3 (Curtis) at KingCo No. 2 (Woodinville)
GAME 6: WesCo No. 4 (Lake Stevens) at Narrows No. 1 (Bellarmine Prep)
GAME 7: KingCo No. 5 (Roosevelt) at SPSL South No. 1 (Federal Way)
GAME 8: WesCo No. 5 (Edmonds-Woodway) at SPSL North No. 1 (Kentwood)
GAME 9: KingCo No. 4 (Bothell) at Narrows No. 2 (Central Kitsap)
GAME 10: GSHL No. 3 (Battle Ground) at SPSL South No. 2 (Graham-Kapowsin)
GAME 11: Narrows No. 3 (South Kitsap) at SPSL North No. 2 (Auburn)
GAME 12: Narrows No. 4 (Olympia) at GSHL No. 1 (Camas)
GAME 13: KingCo No. 3 (Newport) at GSHL No. 2 (Union)