HS Blitz Preview: Sink or swim in the fun final week of Blitz
As we enter the final week of our Blitz 2013 season, on behalf of the KATU Blitz crew, I want to thank you for joining in on the fun. We had many great moments and teases, not to mention the tweets, photos and videos from the fans. It was a heady brew for us all.
This is my favorite week because the win or go home games bring out the best performances and we will be at all the area games this Friday to show you the results. Our "Game of the Week" is Beaverton at Canby, the two most evenly matched teams in this round. The Beavers have been survivors, getting to this round by making a late comeback last week and are the lowest rated team still alive at No. 28. The Cougars are No. 12, and the match of two running offenses will make the crowd hum. I think the last team with the ball wins.
Next in interest is Lake Oswego at Jesuit, a rematch of a game in September that the Crusaders dominated with Joey Alfieri running against a green Laker defense. Well, Joey is down and out and LO is no longer green, so this time it's a contest of the big uglies in the trenches and whether the home field between two teams that know each other well is an advantage.
Also high in entertainment value is Glencoe at Clackamas. Two top running backs in the Tide's Kainoa Hatchett and the Cavalier's Dan Sherrell will amaze you as they break tackles and run away from defenders all night long. Great fun. The Cavs have outscored Glencoe by 110 points so that could tip the outcome here.
Lakeridge at Southridge also qualifies as an even match on paper. The Skyhawks game is built around a stout line and swift backs moving the chains where the Pacers are led by one of this year's top all-around athletes in junior Eric Dungey, who could be the deal breaker late in this game.
The second and third seeds look to have easier times in this round. No. 2 Tigard hosts Grants Pass, a 15 seed. The Tigers are the top scoring 6A squad with 200 more points than the Cavemen in 10 weeks of play. The Tigers have a formidable home field and should run away with a win.
Central Catholic plays McNary at Hillsboro stadium. The Rams should overpower the Celtics, if they hold the form they have shown this year. I expect the Rams and Tigers to roll into the semi-finals undefeated and it's a shame this won't be the championship game.
5A' s defending champ, No. 1 Sherwood, the highest scoring team at all levels, will overwhelm Crescent Valley on the Bowmen's home turf and appear to be on a straight path back to the finals.
The pretenders meet in West Albany and North Portland. West hosts Dallas in an evenly matched pairing and the Bulldogs will be motivated to meet Sherwood for a rematch a of a loss in September. The Roughriders get a visit from unbeaten Ashland, two high scoring teams with an eye on the prize themselves. It's going to be an uphill task to knock off Sherwood.
The one 4A playoff we can reach is North Bend at Scappoose. North Bend has the edge in numbers but the Indians have the home field and survived a much tougher league opposition, like the orange and black at home.
There is the menu for the night - add your flavors by reaching out to us at #K2Blitz with messages, photos and videos. We enjoy them all and hope to use them all. Thanks again for making the fall season a memorable one. We enjoyed the ride and hope you did too!