HS Blitz Preview: Lots on the line for final week of regular season
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!
As we count our blessings for the sunny and dry October that makes Friday night football so enjoyable, I look up and it's the last week of the regular season in Oregon. It's clich yet true, time flies when you're having fun. And there's more in store.
As league play winds up, not all playoff positions are locked down, lending some nice drama to this week's schedule. Our Game of the Week is a perfect example. It's a great combination of rivalry and Metro league showdown between Westview and Sunset. The Wildcats have the edge for second at 3-1 in the standings and a win clinches that for them. The Apollos at 2-2 can spoil the whole plan with a win at home and forge a tie for 2nd with Westview and Southridge. Insert coin flip moment here. Fans can expect a lot of points on the board as both teams ran up over 40 last week and have topped that mark frequently so far. Our GOW crew led by Nate Bynum and Tim Hurtt will be live with the winners after the game on the High School Blitz. #K2Blitz is the place to be as the victors claim the Cornell Road clash crown on live TV.
We take a look at the rest of the Metro as well. Southridge (2-2, 5-3) meets Aloha (0-4, 2-6) hoping to roll the Warriors and scramble the standings for their benefit. We also feel the need to check in on the Joey Alfieri-less Jesuit Crusaders (4-0, 6-2) as they host Beaverton (1-3, 4-4). The Crusaders lock up the top seed with a win but the Beavers have playmakers on defense and would need to get real lucky to get an upset, but that's why they play the games.
The Mt. Hood Conference title will be decided in Hillsboro, sounds odd doesn't it? The front running Central Catholic Rams (4-0,8-0) meet the on-fire Centennial Eagles (4-0, 5-3) at Hillsboro stadium. The Eagles were 0 for in September but got healthy for league play and have run their veer all over their MHC opponents. The Rams will be another story as they have the big boys up front to disrupt and destroy any running game. You have to pass to beat CC and hope they revert to their self-inflicted wound habits of the past. Not this time: I think Rams win this one.
5A has a few great matches to attend this week, starting with Corvallis (5-1, 7-1) meeting West Albany (6-0, 7-1) for the Mid-Willamette Conference crown. West has been strong in October with a potent run game, but a Spartans win could force a three way tie for the top with Silverton (5-1, 7-1) if they win their game versus South Albany (2-4, 3-5). Look for the Silver Foxes to pitch a shutout; they give up less than a TD a game. Also look for the Bulldogs to pull out a close one to stifle the drama chat, although I'm rooting for a coin flip finish to keep it interesting.
No. 1 Sherwood (6-0, 8-0) looks to complete another undefeated run through the Northwest Oregon Conference, their last in 5A, at the expense of Rex Putnam (3-3, 3-5) and move on to a second title in a row. I would love to see these guys against Camas.
Tigard owns the top seed in the Pacific Conference, but the second spot is open and Glencoe (4-2, 5-3) playing at Tualatin (4-2, 5-3) should decide the issue. These are two teams that like to run the ball behind strong O-lines, a good formula for success in the post season.
As Roosevelt embraces their first PIL football title in an age, Lincoln (1-7) and Grant (2-6) play their one game league season for the Special District 2-2 title. This will hopefully be the last time these two have to be vagabond teams traveling the state to get games, as they will transition to the all-inclusive PIL next year. The challenge for the Roughriders is keeping it going against the Generals and Cardinals, who will benefit greatly from this change. Benson (1-4, 1-7) and Jefferson (3-2, 4-4) wrap up their 5A PIL history with the Democrats, improving their playoff possibilities and the Techmen needing an infusion of bodies to survive at the next level.
A top 3A Greater St Helens League matchup kicks off at McKenzie Stadium as Kelso (2-5, 2-1) buses down I-5 to meet Mt View (5-2, 3-0). The Highlanders need a win to force a tie for the lead with the Thunder with one more week to go. Mt View has a good offensive game and will test Kelso's defensive front. I like the Thunder to pull this out and make a run at Battleground for the title.
Eleven games on a dry Friday night make for a great highlight environment when we go live with The Blitz! Don't forget to join the fun by sending us your tweets and pictures to include in the show. Just use #K2Blitz. W squeezed in an awesome end of game clip from a Lakeridge dad last week that MADE the show sing! Let this be your week to be on TV with #K2Blitz. See you from the sidelines.