Playoff High School Football Kicks-Off Tonight in Tri-Cities
Tonight, 5 different Mid-Columbia high school football teams will battle 5 teams from the Greater Spokane League to settle this years state playoff births. If you love to watch local high school football, now is the time to go watch a game.
By the end of the weekend Sunday after all the games have been completed, a panel will rank teams from 1st to 16th in each separate classification for Washington State. That order will decide the 1st round games for the state championship. The 1st ranked team plays the 16th, the 2nd plays the 15th, and so on.
If teams want to be included in the 16 teams, they must win this weekend to be considered. Here are 5 big match-ups that will mean a lot to the state playoff picture. An interesting note: Although Richland has a home game, because they're seeded higher than Mead from the Greater Spokane League, the Bombers have to play at Lampson. Why? Because the WIAA says due to Richland's grass surface (no turf) they're not eligible for a playoff game. Apparently the 'torn up' surface is not considered 'safe' enough?
1: 5:00 p.m. Friday - Mead (6-3) at Richland (7-2), at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick
2: 7:30 p.m. Friday - Mt. Spokane (7-2) at Kennewick (6-3), at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick
3: 7:00 p.m. Friday - Lewis & Clark (7-2) at Chiawana (7-2), at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco
4: 7:00 p.m. Friday - Hanford (6-3) at Gonzaga Prep (7-2), at G-Prep in Spokane
5: 7:30 p.m. Friday - Kamiakin (5-4) at Shadle Park (4-5), at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane
According to reports, other games that are in the area this weekend are: (in the 3A and 4A ranks they are crossover games, ones that simply count towards your overall record).
FRIDAY: 7 PM
Central Valley (5-4) at Hermiston (6-3)
College Place (4-5) at Grandview (4-5)
DeSales (3-6) at Lake Roosevelt (8-0)
Granger (4-5) at Connell (6-2)
Highland (2-6) at River View (3-6)
Kiona-Benton (3-6) at Zillah (8-0)
Liberty Christian (6-2) at Manson (4-4)
Mabton (5-4) at Brewster (6-3)
Naches Valley (3-6) at Royal (9-0)
Othello (4-5) at Cheney (6-3)
Quincy at Wahluke (3-5)
Tonasket (2-6) vs. Tri-Cities Prep (9-0)
Warden (6-3) at La Salle (7-1)
SATURDAY: 7 PM
Oroville (3-5) at Columbia-Burbank (7-2)