HS Blitz Preview: We're back on Fridays for some great conference action
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!
It's a welcome return to Friday night football as we approach the seventh edition of The Blitz for 2013. It's also a welcome revisit to Camas High's Doc Edwards stadium to get a look at the force that has a towel dispenser as a mascot.
The Papermakers have been the top ranked 4A football team in Washington since August and show no sign of slowing down. This week they host their last real threat to the GSHL (Greater St. Helens League) crown, the Union Titans. This game has evolved into the showpiece game for Clark County's big schools and the Titans relish the chance to take down Camas and appear live with Nate Bynum and Tim Hurtt on The Blitz to tell you all about it. Of course Camas has grown fond of TV time themselves the last few seasons and won't surrender the limelight easily. Check out the winners as they loudly proclaim victory on Friday night at 11:30 on The Blitz.
The race for GSHL post season berths continues at McKenzie stadium where the Battle Ground Tigers meet the Heritage Timberwolves. The Tigers have been terrific at home but the road is another story. Still, the T-Wolves have been up and down with turnovers. It's easy to say this is a tossup game.
The race in the Metro league is tightening up. Jesuit looks like a lock for the top, but the door is open for Westview and Southridge to grab No. 2. And look at that, they meet at Southridge to debate that very subject, in a gridiron sort of way. The Skyhawks were steamrolled by Jesuit's Alfieri train last week and need to rebound against the hard-charging Wildcats, who thrashed Beaverton. Both teams are similar here: decent running game and capable QBs mean that the trenches decide the winner. Give Skyhawks the edge at home.
Last place is a play in game for the Metro and no one wants to land there. Beaverton is peering over the standings nervously as they host Sunset with a chance to jump up the list. But the Apollos look like a team that has found some offense just in time. Bad news for the Beavers.
Lake Oswego has the chance this week to take a stranglehold on something that looked unthinkable in September, the Three Rivers league title. It would be their ninth in a row. Steve Coury takes the Lakers onto his old high school turf, against his old coach, Tom Smythe. They can get a win if they can shut down the Pacers' Tony Dungey, an excellent mobile QB, the kind that has been troublesome for the LO defense earlier. Laker tradition has kicked in and rolling over Lakeridge is part of the plan.
If you want high scoring running backs that fly down sidelines and ornery defenses - I love those myself - then get yourself to Clackamas for their game against Oregon City. The Cavaliers have Dan Sherrell, good luck tackling him, and the Pioneers have Connor Mitchell, good luck catching him. A rough game for safeties and linebackers but a lot of fun to watch. Get out there while it's still dry.
There is a little Hillsboro two-step for us this week. We'll keeping tabs on No. 1 Central Catholic as they play Barlow at Hillsboro stadium. It's a mismatch at this point for the Rams with their experienced squad that is loaded with seniors. The Bruins have little of either this season.
A short hop away is Hare Field for a Pacific Conference showdown between McMinnville and Glencoe. After both teams lost last week, the top three spots look like Tigard, Tualatin and Century, leaving a tight game between the Grizzlies and the Crimson Tide for a shot at fourth place and out of the losers pool. A couple of good offenses here will mean a game goes down to the wire.
The Central Valley conference is shaking itself out as well. Sprague is the front runner at this point and won't be slowed down by struggling North Salem much. The Vikings score points but give up more, and the Olympians have a strong home field edge.
The key game is at South Salem's cozy little backyard field as West Salem arrives to put their stamp on the second place position at the Saxon's expense. This rivalry was created when West opened and many South families followed the bridge to the new place. Many hard feelings still exist, making the game very interesting each season. It's a great game for the Salem folks to see.
Last but far from least is a 5A PIL game at Jefferson between the Democrats and the Roughriders of Roosevelt. The 'Riders have won six in a row in impressive fashion after opening with a loss to Scappoose. They can lock up the PIL title against the Demos, who have surprised a few teams so far but they won't this time as Roosevelt looks really strong and poised for a playoff run.
A pretty strong lineup for your viewing pleasure, our usual recipe de jour. Feel free to join in on the fun when you send in your tweets and pictures to #K2Blitz each and every night of our show. For our intrepid sideline lensmen, we will be looking at you in the stands. Cheering fans make great shots after touchdowns - trust me.