3A No. 5 Glacier Peak (7-1) at 3A No. 8 Marysville-Pilchuck (7-1)
8 p.m. Friday, Quil Ceda Stadium, Marysville
Skinny: Wesco 3A North (M-P) meets South (Glacier Peak) for the league championship Friday night, and the easiest path in the postseason. Yet, as much as these programs up north face one another, these two schools have met just once – in 2008 when M-P knocked off the Grizzlies, 20-17, in their first season of football. Glacier Peak has built solidly very quickly, garnering a 3A state playoff spot in its second season – and guaranteeing itself a great shot at another one now. The Grizzlies’ defense has been good against the run – and opportunistic on interceptions, too – and the offense balanced behind quarterback Chris Becerra (1,861 yards, 18 TDs) and tailback Michael Palmer (904 yards, 11 TDs). Meanwhile the Tomahawks have had anything but a normal year. They ditched their traditional Wing-T attack in the offseason to give big-armed quarterback Jake Luton (871 yards, 10 TDs) more freedom to make passing-game plays. And although he has not posted big numbers, that threat has forced defenses to play in their base sets, opening things back up for a productive running game (3,018 yards, 37 TDs).
TNT pick: Marysville-Pilchuck, 28-27.