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!
Alright, back in the saddle again for week three of The Blitz, America's best high school highlight source, thanks to all you #K2Blitz fans! Keep those tweets and pictures coming - we love how fun they make the show.
Our "Game of the Week" certainly deserves top billing. A 3-0 Lakeridge squad drops into Old Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City for a Three Rivers league opener with O.C., also 3-0. The stadium is a great venue, lots of cover in case of rain showers and what should be a barn burner of a game. The Pioneers return with a similar formula of big bodies on the line and a flash at running back, Conner Mitchell, looking to repeat last year's one sided win over the Pacers. Lakeridge coach Tom Smythe, in his fourth decade of fast paced offensive innovations, has the type of team he likes. His best athlete is at QB. Tony Dungey is a D-1 talent and a force with good receivers, but the difference for the Pacers is defense, giving up just 46 points while the offense has scored 141. Nate Bynum and his superb road team will go live during The Blitz with the winner as we get a good look at what may be the best overall league this season.
The other TRL teams make the show as well. Lake Oswego(1-2) hosts Southridge (2-1). The Lakers face another stiff test from the Skyhawks as they scramble to put players in the right places against a solid line team with a strong running game and a top flight receiver, Josh Morgan. Steve Coury has a rebuilding challenge with the Lakers but the will have them ready for league play next week.
South Salem (2-1) is fresh off a big road win at Beaverton and buses into the Lion's Den in West Linn (1-2). The Lions also won last week as they unleashed Louie Germaine on Barlow. Louie will need another big night against the Saxons, who look to be a Central Valley contender. Another high-scoring game should unfold at Mt Hood CC as Reynolds, who rang up 75 points last week, meets Clackamas (3-0). The Cavaliers have averaged 35 points a game so far. The stat to watch is the Raider's defense giving up 131 points - 43 a game. The Cav's Dan Sherrell might get that number all by himself.
The Holy War resumes at Jesuit as they host Central Catholic. The Rams are No. 1 for good reason. They are loaded with big play guys, seem to have overcome their penchant to self-destruct and have an average of 50 points a game through three weeks. The Crusaders are 2-1, their one loss coming to Washington's best team, Camas. A group that resembles the Rams, Jesuit has some studs but not much of a passing game yet as Ken Potter works his magic. CC is red hot and rolling and the 'Saders have their hands full stopping Brennan Scarlett.
Mt Hood league needs to raise the profile of the rest of the teams. They don't want to be Ram fodder. Barlow (1-2) meets Grant (0-3) in the newly resurfaced Grant Bowl and both need this win to jumpstart the season. The General's seek their first win on home turf to get ready for league play and the Bruins are trying to get their offense out of neutral to have a chance against some of the high scoring teams down the road. Grant must find a defense as they are outscored 60 to 126. Not good.
Gresham (1-2) hopes to keep racking up the score, 48 points versus McNary last week, and improve their defense against Westview (2-1), who put up 42 over Lincoln. I'm thinking this could be a fun game to watch and will go down to who has ball last.
Speaking of Lincoln (1-2), they host Canby (1-2) in a matchup of even teams on paper. Both defenses have surrendered 100 points and offenses near 60. The Cougar's losses are to Camas and Tigard and they will be hungry and mean and more than the Cardinals can handle
Metro League opening action brings up the rear in today's wrap. Sunset (3-0) plays at Aloha (1-2) as the Warrior's look to move past the Tyner era. Unfortunately the Apollos are gelling with a 40 point-per-game average and Aloha's "D" gives up 40 per - a sad formula for the home team Friday night.
So there it is. Get out yourself to see a game then come back for The Blitz, where we bring you the best highlights package around! And remember to tweet us at #K2Blitz.