HS Blitz Preview: League play is in full swing
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 is Rossy's look ahead at the final week of HS Blitz!
If you choose to believe the weather folks, this Friday will be a stark contrast to last week. Dryness will reign, precip will not. That's always good news for the sideline guys.
October is dominated by league play and the race for the post-season is on. Our roster of games is meant to give you a good overview of the contenders and pretenders as they rise and fall on the fields. Our "Game of the Week" reflects that. As rivalry games go, in-district matchups have the brightest intensity, especially annual clashes between playoff caliber teams. Case in point: Tigard at Tualatin, a Pacific Conference game that usually decides where the title resides that year, and this time is no different. Both programs have consistent coaching and strong pools of talent, key measures of success. The Tigers (5-0, 3-0) are roaring, ranked No. 2 and undefeated while outscoring opponents 256 to 53 in 5 games. The Timberwolves (2-1, 3-2) don't have the gaudy stats but they do have the home field and big bodies up front to disrupt Tigard's rolling offense (maybe). Tune in to the Blitz this Friday night at 11:30 to see the winning team celebrate on live television with Nate Bynum and Tim Hurtt for the action-packed live segments of our show.
The "Spotlight Game" visits East Portland as Parkrose hosts Sherwood in a Northwest Oregon Conference clash between the OSAA's top two 5A teams. The No. 1 Bowmen (5-0, 3-0) are defending state champions and have returned to 2013 with a vengeance, scoring 60 points a game while surrendering 10 on average. The Broncos (4-1, 2-1) are new to this stratosphere but hungry for more. Led by QB Charles Vy, Parkrose is making a run for the postseason that's long overdue.
Metro League action is in full bloom as we head out to Westview (4-1, 1-0) versus Jesuit (3-2, 1-0). The Wildcats were off to good start in September and the Crusaders hit some bumps in pre-league play. The bad news for the 'Cats is that Joey Alfieri is a man on a mission and Ken Potter has turned him loose. Clearly Westview must stop #4 to stay atop the standings.
It's a short drive east to Sunset for the Apollos (4-1, 1-1) bout with Southridge. The Skyhawks (4-1, 1-0) have polished up their running game and rolled over 4 consecutive foes and Sunset is reeling from a beatdown at Jesuit. Look for same from Southridge as their match with Jesuit looms large.
The tough Three Rivers league offers Clackamas (5-0, 1-0) at West Linn (3-2, 1-0). The two top RB's in the league - and state - meet in this game. The Cavalier's Dan Sherrell dares you to stop his bowl-you-over-and-run away style and the Lion's Louie Germaine is the Tasmanian devil. It's a great show in the making in a great venue in the hills of West Linn.
Canby (3-2, 1-0) pulled off the win over Oregon City last week after losing team leader Sam Bodine to a broken leg and had a week to prep for a struggling Lake Oswego (1-4, 0-1) that has yet to find an offensive identity. This could be a chance for the Cougars to cash in this opportunity to get the Lakers while they're down.
Central Catholic (5-0, 1-0) rules the Mt. Hood Conference and takes their state No. 1 ranking into Gresham (1-4, 0-1) where the Gophers will try to limit the damage as much as possible and keep the post-season in view. An unlikely match to stay in first place unfolds at MHC tonight. Centennial (2-0, 2-3) brings their veer offense, bolstered by healthy players, into the game with Barlow, another running team coming off a big win. The winner has a clear shot at the #2 seed.
The Salem area has two interesting games to watch. Front running Sprague (3-2, 1-0) warily goes into South Salem's cozy little home field advantage in a return to one of the bitterest rivalries in the Central Valley, the battle for the south end of town and in this case a fight for the top seed. It's always a fight to the finish. Head across the river to West Salem's black turf field for their clash with McKay. The Royal Scot's defense is too porous to stem the Titans.
5A PIL match Roosevelt (4-1, 3-0) at Madison (2-3, 1-0, should be the Roughrider's for the taking as they continue their march to the title. Only Franklin looks to be competition for them thus far, but the Senator's have the athletes to pull off the upset. Last week's rain would have helped the cause this week.
Can't forget the Greater St Helens League as they get serious about playing each other. Heritage(2-2) and Union (3-1) meet at McKenzie stadium in a key matchup of two teams trying to build momentum before they face the No. 1 Camas Papermakers. The Titan's only loss came from a fired up Jesuit squad smarting from a spanking at the hands, and feet, of the aforementioned Papermakers and the Timberwolves must play more defense to have a shot at this game.
That's it for our lineup. Join us at 11:30 Friday night for the best highlight show in America as our crack group of sideline lensmen bring back exciting plays and crucial performers for your edification. Keep those tweets and photos coming in to #K2Blitz. They raise our show to new heights of fun as we smile and laugh along with you.