Lake Stevens (5-4) at No. 9 Bethel (8-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
Lowdown: The Braves enter the postseason on a roll, having won seven straight games. Opposing defenses have received steady doses of RB Anthony Meray, who set the SPSL all-purpose yards record last with 2,267 yards. Bethel coach Gavin Kralik said defensive tackle Happy Iona is healthy and will play the full game. Lake Stevens has been a slow starter this season, getting outscored 83-37 in the first quarter. The Vikings have ridden the legs of RB Brennan Frost to the playoffs. Frost, who will be one the fastest players at Art Crate, has rushed for 1,111 yards, averaging 9.7 yards per carry, in eight games. Despite playing with a torn ACL, Frost ran for a school-record 257 yards last week in a 25-13 win against Snohomish. Sophomore QB Jake Nelson became the starting signal caller two weeks ago and he’s been efficient, completing 29-of-55 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown.
The News Tribune pick: Meray is too much for the Vikings to handle.
Bethel 27, Lake Stevens 14
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