Each week during high school football season KATU sports photographer Mike "Rossy" Rosborough previews the upcoming action on High School Blitz, which airs Friday nights at 11:35 p.m. Here's Rossy's look ahead at week 7:
First order of business: to the all-weather fans wanting a look at Thomas Tyner this week, leave now to get a seat at Jesuit for this week's battle between Aloha and the Crusaders. Go early because now that Tyner has reopened the door on his college commitment, scouts from as far away as Alabama will be crowding into the stadium to see for themselves what the bluest of chips looks like in the upper left hand corner of the football world.
On a rainy Friday night, places like UCLA can seem pretty attractive and distraction could play a role for Tyner and the Warriors as they face a defense well-suited to stopping the Thomas express. Jesuit (5-2) has the size and athletes to take away the edges of the scrimmage line and force the pass from Aloha (7-0). Tyner's 2,328 yards and 29 TDs speak well of the running game, but the pass, well, that's why you watch the Blitz on Friday at 11:30 to see the results of this and many other contests.
With 2 weeks left in regular season, the hunt for automatic qualifying berths becomes the prize. Sharp eyes on that prize will be at Hillsboro stadium for the classic "unstoppable force versus immovable object" match better known as Tualatin (6-1) at Century (6-1). Both teams have one loss in league courtesy of top-of-the-table Tigard and go into this match knowing the winner gets a lock on the #2 berth. The Timberwolves defense has been their bread and butter in the Hastin era but faces a Century team with a big air game triggered by Sam Riddle who has over 2,000 yards passing and 29 TD's thru 7 games. If the rain doesn't slow Sam down, the T-Wolves will have a long night.
Our "Game of the Week" crew, led by Nate Bynum, take in a 5A matchup of two Northwest Oregon conference schools whose on field fortune is definitely trending upward. Long known as also-rans in the past, Putnam (4-1, 4-3) at Milwaukie (3-2, 4-3) is a game with November ambitions written all over it. The Mustangs have multiple games this year of scoring more than 40 points with Robert Ramsey at QB and Kendrick Bourne at WR, their air wing meets the rebuilding Kingsmen on their home field, another in district rivalry game that has more than bragging rights at stake for a change. Nate will be live with the winner as they party in the gym on the Blitz.
The top local squad, #2 Lake Oswego (7-0, 4-0) hosts district rival Lakeridge (0-3, 2-5) in what should be a one-sided affair. The Pacer's young QB Eric Dungey doesn't have enough help yet to make this a contest as the Lakers lock up another Three Rivers title.
With 2nd place on the line, Clackamas (2-1, 4-3) goes to Oregon City (2-1, 4-3) with scoring on their minds. Both offenses have had some dings of late so the team with the best young depth will prevail.
The Mt. Hood could lock up the top spot and scramble the rest this week, or business as usual out east. Central Catholic (3-0, 5-2) is at MHCC to meet Barlow (2-1, 2-5). The Rams, if they can hold onto the ball for a while, will clinch the title when they win and push the Bruins into what could be a four-way tie for second if Reynolds (1-2, 4-3) plays the road Raiders and knock off Gresham (2-1, 6-1) on the Gopher's home turf. Reynold's Josh Schleining, number four in state with 1,939 yards and 19 TDs will test Gresham's defense to the limit. We're looking at a big logjam with one week to go!
You're catching me thinking ahead, but if Southridge (3-0, 4-3) beats Westview (0-3, 2-5) on the road, and they should, it sets up a great Metro showdown next week with Aloha. Wouldn't that be sweet? I'm trying to get that one on my schedule.
A couple of intriguing games in the city as Wilson (4-0, 6-1) crosses over to Madison (3-1, 4-3) for a 5A PIL match that could give the Trojans the top seed for the playoffs or the Senators could throw the league into a three way tie with one week to play. More good times ahead there.
And the surprise score-fest of the night, Centennial (0-4, 1-6) is at Lincoln (1-6). Sure, look at the records and think I'm crazy but hear me out: the Card's John Williams is the leading 6A passer in the state, so don't be surprised when they come out of the locker room throwing againt the Eagle's veer, which Lincoln will see for the only time this week. It's tough to prepare for the mud, blood and veer of Centennial as the young team gets some injured players back. I'm calling 42 to 40 in this one.
You can tune in to the BLITZ! We're on Friday night at 11:30 p.m. Stop by and see if I can pick 'em!