HS Blitz Preview: Week three should separate some teams from pack
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!
Greetings to all of us with a pigskin default condition. The Blitz got off to a solid start last week and we're going to let that momentum build some steam this week, so keep those photos and tweets coming to #K2Blitz. It's a fun way to be a part of the show!
Week 2 of the Blitz offers a sideline view of some of the hot teams in September. Central Catholic, fresh off a big road win over defending champ Sheldon, hosts championship game runner-up Lake Oswego at Hillsboro Stadium. The Lakers are still moving pieces around to find the right fit; only three TDs in two games is weak offense, but defense is where the focus must be for LO. The Rams have 13 TDs in the same span of games, including six for Brennan Scarlett, and are rolling full speed ahead. Scarlett is a highlight machine. You'll want to check out the sideline view we have for you on Friday night.
Clackamas at 2-0 is another surging team with a big play performer. The Cavalier's Dan Sherrell has six TDs scored - runs and runbacks - and is the Aloha Warrior's problem Friday night. Aloha is off to a slow start in the post-Thomas Tyner era. A big loss to Tigard last week was a setback, but maybe those years chasing Tyner in practice translate into corralling Sherrell.
Sunset (2-0), which started off by thumping two squads from the Mt. Hood league, now hosts Grant (0-2) with a good chance of going 3-0. The Generals are not clicking yet and the Apollos 88 points scored says they are. Tigard made another November run into the playoffs last year led by a trio of senior stud running backs. They're gone this year but a savvy line is back, the QB ( Jett Even, great sports name) and the team ethic Coach Ruecker preaches is fully engaged. Case in point: 51 points versus Aloha The Tiger's Lair will be snarling Friday night for Glencoe, as the Tide roll in for a Pacific Conference match.
Our "Game of the Week" features Century vs Hillsboro at Hare Field. The winning team and fans will join Nate Bynum, Tim Hurtt and Justin Gurrad for the excitement that is The Blitz! Hillsboro is on a mission to reclaim their competitive past, bringing in ace wrestling coach Adam Reese to instill some toughness and pride into the Spartans. Century has had a taste of success of late and are hungry to keep their post-season streak alive. Two schools that are only miles apart are RIVALS playing a league game. Check back at 11:30 p.m. Friday to see the winner of the battle for TV Hwy.
Tom Smythe has his Lakeridge Pacers right where he likes them in high gear, off to a 2-0 start and racking up 93 points. The Pacers bring in the visiting North Salem Vikings who stand at 0-2 with 13 points tallied. I think this mismatch is over early in time for you to hit two games.
The surprising mystery team is Jesuit. After pushing Lake O around at home they laid an egg in front of an SRO crowd in Camas's Doc Harris Stadium. Credit to the Papermakers in this game, one of the best teams this writer has seen in the last ten years, but the Crusaders were flat. It's probably the first time a Ken Potter team has been on the short end of mercy rule running clock, a practice Oregon should adopt. Jesuit returns to SW Washington again Friday to meet Union, 1-0, with a 44-0 shutout in their opener. It should be a good test of Crusaders' mettle with great highlights coming your way.
A trio of Mt Hood teams hit the road looking for their first wins of the young season. Centennial's struggling Eagles play at tough Southridge. The Eagle's veer offense will be tested by the Skyhawk's size. Gresham goes south to McNary and Reynolds gets off the bus at McKay; both valley schools have wins over undermanned North Medford. These are coin flip games for calling winners but the early signs point to a down year in the MHC, except for the Rams.
Two PIL matchups make the show this week. All these teams are vying to be the last 5A PIL football champions, at least if the latest proposal the league made to the OSAA for 2014 holds on. It should be a good horse race. Cleveland (1-1) at Roosevelt (1-1) hinges on the Warrior's ability to rein in do-everything QB Kimane Domena for the entire game. Kimane is an impact player for Roughriders and it's Cleveland's job to stop him. Jefferson (1-1) at Madison (1-1) offers the chance to see the Senator's playmaker, Brandon McSweeney. He had 4 consecutive TDs against The Dalles and the Democrat's have to filibuster his production to win Friday.
One of the first stops Friday will be at McKenzie Stadium in east Clark County for an interesting clash between Prairie and Evergreen. The Falcon's impressed with a season opening win over Skyview and the Plainsmen thumped Fort Vancouver This will be a good measure for both teams
That's the agenda for Friday the 13th. Get out and see a game for yourselves and come back home for the best highlight show on TV - the Blitz! And don't forget those tweets and photos you're sending to #K2Blitz. We'll see you from the sidelines.