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At this point, it’s a rivalry game. For the sixth time in the past 26 months, the Toledo Indians will take on the Ilwaco Fishermen.

Toledo has won each of the past five meetings, including a 35-7 win in Week 2 at Ilwaco. The site will be same this week as the Fishermen and Indians square off for a state berth.

“It’s become our nemesis,” Ilwaco coach Kevin McNulty said earlier this year. “They’ve had the upper-hand on us.”

It’s also the third straight year the two will meet in an elimination scenario. Toledo eliminated Ilwaco in the crossover game two years ago, and in the first round of state last season.

Both teams also share one fundamental trait: a desire to run the ball. Toledo frequently tallies more than 300 yards on the ground, with Coleby Cherrington, Ethan Buck and Keyton Wallace combining for 2,573 yards and 26 touchdowns this year.

Ilwaco uses more of a one-back philosophy with McMullen running for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. The Fishermen captured the No. 2 seed with a win over North Beach that launched them into a three-way tie for the Coastal Division’s second seed. They won the coin flip to host the game.

Toledo shutout Winlock 47-0 last week to secure the No. 3 seed.


Mercer Island (5-3) vs. Kelso (7-2) 

4 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver

Last Week: Kelso 26, Hudson’s Bay 24; Mercer Island 24, Juanita 19


AJ Hoggatt, QB, Kelso: Hoggatt completed 8-18 passes for 104 yards and two TDs, and ran for a score against Hudson’s Bay.

Nikhil Nayar, QB, Mercer Island: Nayar threw two TDs and ran for one against Juanita.

Outlook: The winner gets the second seed from the Southwest District 3A into the state bracket, and the loser is eliminated. In five games, Hoggatt has completed 40-70 passes for 566 yards and seven TDs. Max McDaniel rushed for 111 yards against Hudson’s Bay, and has amassed 1,270 ground yards and 11 TDs. Emmitt Kinch has snagged 17 passes for 251 yards and five TDs, and has intercepted four passes on defense. Riley Noah leads the Hilanders with 53 tackles.

Mercer Island claimed the second berth from the KingCo into the crossover games. At the end of the regular season, the Islanders, Lake Washington and Redmond had to play a tiebreaker, with MI stopping Lake Washington 10-3 in one half of play. The Islanders outscored their opponents 220-180, which included a 64-14 win over Kingston, and a 40-7 loss to fourth-ranked Bellevue. Nayar has completed 134-250 passes for 1,830 yards and 23 TDs, including 50 passes for 928 yards and eight TDs to Cole Miller. MI’s leading rusher is Devin Tamblyn with 43 carries for 201 yards.

Woodland (5-4) at.W.F. West (7-2)

7 p.m. Friday

Last Week: Woodland 51, Mark Morris 7; Tumwater 44, W.F. West 3


Christian Yager, WR, Woodland: Yager set a school single-game record with four TD catches against Mark Morris.

Nole Wollan, QB, W.F. West: Wollan has completed 70-138 passes for 923 yards and 11 TDs this season.

Outlook: The winner moves into the state bracket, while the loser is eliminated. Woodland finished in a three-way tie with Columbia River and Washougal for second place in the GSHL 2A. After Monday’s tiebreaker in Camas, Columbia River grabbed the league’s second seed into district, Woodland took the third seed and Washougal got the fourth seed. Yager caught five passes for 149 yards, including TD catches of 17, 10, 79, and 20 yards. Wyatt Harsh completed 10-21 passes for 195 yards and five TDs, including a 12-yard scoring strike to Alex Bishop. Defensively, Eli Schultz and Jack Wear each converted a fumble recovery into a score.

In the Bearcats’ setback at Tumwater, they managed 36 rushing and 69 passing yards, while allowing Tumwater to amass 441 total yards. Jaiyden Camoza had seven carries for 17 yards, and Wollan completed 4-11 passes for 69 yards. Despite the loss, WFW has averaged nearly 31 points while allowing about 15 per outing. Former Castle Rock standout Kyle Karnofski is an assistant coach with the Bearcats.

Castle Rock (3-6) at Hoquiam (5-4)

7 p.m. Friday

Last Week: La Center 30, Castle Rock 0; Hoquiam 28, Forks 0


Nathan Halladay, RB/LB, Castle Rock: Halladay has rushed for more than 700 yards and eight TDs, and has 60.5 tackles this season.

Outlook: The winner advances into the state bracket, while the loser goes home. In last week’s loss to La Center, Halladay and Nate Myklebust combined to carry the ball 27 times for 62 yards, and quarterback Seth Werly completed two passes for 33 yards. Myklebust is the team’s second-leading ground gainer, collecting 587 rushing yards and five TDs.

Last week against Forks, Hoquiam forced five turnovers — four interceptions and a fumble recovery — including a pick-six in the fourth quarter. Forks entered Hoquiam territory five times in the first 2 ½ quarters, but was turned away each time. Two weeks ago in a 56-3 nonleague loss to Hockinson, Naz Mazariegos booted a 21-yard field goal.

Onalaska (5-4) at Kalama (9-0)

7 p.m. Friday in Chinook Stadium

Last Week: Kalama 49, Mossyrock 0; Adna 48, Onalaska 6


Tucker Wetmore, WR, Kalama: Wetmore caught three passes for 114 yards including two TD passes in the first quarter, and had a 50-yard pick-six against Mossyrock.

Ashton Haight, RB, Onalaska: Haight had 34 carries for 134 yards in the loss to Adna.

Outlook: The winner moves into the state bracket as the top seed from the Southwest District, while the loser is eliminated. Top-ranked Kalama has held opponents to an average of 7.4 points per outing, including single-digit scoring in seven of its nine games. The Chinooks’ offense, which averages 40 points per game, is hard to contain. In the Mossyrock victory, Alex Dyer completed 15-17 passes for 302 yards and four TDs including one to Brennon Vance. Jacob Herz caught three passes for 71 yards including a TD toss, and Corbyn Byrnes added a pair of scoring gallops.

In last week’s loss to fourth-ranked Adna, Onalaska rushed for 257 of its 282 total yards, while giving up 468 total yards to the Pirates. The Loggers also struggled to get a handle on the ball with seven fumbles, but recovered four. The defense also recovered all five of Adna’s fumbles. Quarterback Lucas Kreger is effective in moving the ball, with 11 carries for 80 yards, and completing 2-5 passes for 25 yards.

Rainier, Wash. (6-2) at Wahkiakum (7-2)

7 p.m. Friday

Last Week: Wahkiakum 36, Toutle Lake 29; Rainier, Wash. BYE


James Anderson, RB, Wahkiakum: Anderson ran 14 times for 129 yards including TD scampers of 7 and 15 yards against Toutle Lake.

Zach Lofgren, QB, Rainier: The play of Lofgren has been key in the Mountaineers’ offensive success this season.

Outlook: The winner moves into the state bracket as the fourth seed from the Southwest District, while the loser is eliminated. Wahkiakum’s victory over Toutle Lake marked the 100th career win for coach Eric Hansen as the Mules’ mentor. Wahkiakum’s successful ground attack of Anderson and Chance Cothren has opened opportunities for quarterback Luke Brown to throw the ball downfield. Against the Ducks, Cothren made the most of his six carries, rushing for 95 yards including TD runs of 34 and 47 yards. Brown was an efficient 7-8 through the air for 100 yards, including a 36-yard scoring strike to Zach Brown. The Mules moved the ball so well they didn’t need to punt, nor did they have a turnover.

Two weeks ago against Napavine, the Mountaineers were held to no first downs and nine yards of offense, while allowing 245 total yards. Rainier boasts plenty of experience, with all of its offensive linemen returning, along with Lofgren and fullback Ian Russell. Russell, along with linemen David Hoover, Easton Holmes and Cam Wagner were all-league picks a season ago. The Mounties’ success stems from having Lofgren and Russell healthy. Lofgren played most of last season with an ankle sprain, and Russell suffered through multiple injuries.

Toutle Lake (3-6) at Pe Ell/Willapa Valley (7-2)

7 p.m. Friday at Crogstad Field in Menlo

Last Week: Wahkiakum 36, Toutle Lake 29; Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 45, Raymond 7


Marshall Coleman, QB, Toutle Lake: Coleman completed 14-20 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns, and had 14 carries for 136 yards and one TD against Wahkiakum.

Peter Hamilton, RB, Pe Ell/Willapa Valley: Hamilton had 24 carries for 228 yards, including TD gallops of 16 and 34 yards against Raymond.

Outlook: The winner advances into the state bracket as the Southwest District 2B third seed, while the loser is eliminated. In last week’s game with Wahkiakum, Logan Grabenhorst led the air attack with seven receptions for 75 yards including TD catches of 19 and 15 yards. Riley Kent caught five passes for 46 yards including a 3-yard scoring toss from Coleman, and Asher VanHoof had 13 carries for 49 yards.

Coastal 2B League champ and sixth-ranked Pe Ell/Willapa Valley rushed for 392 of its 502 total yards against Raymond, while holding the Seagulls to 104 total yards. Max Smith had 16 carries for 126 yards including TD jaunts of 8  and 19 yards, and quarterback Matt Pearson was an efficient 7-9 passing for 110 yards including a 23-yard scoring toss to Cub Bair. Pearson and Tyson Nissell also had short scoring runs.

Rainier (7-2) at La Pine (9-0)

7 p.m. Friday

Last Week: Rainier 60, Portland Christian 0; La Pine 46, Creswell 0


Joey Tripp, QB, Rainier: Tripp completed 5-7 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and ran seven times for 104 yards and two TDs against Portland Christian.

Ben Plant, RB, La Pine: Plant had TD runs of 7, 10 and 5 yards in the shutout over Creswell.

Outlook: Rainier, ranked 11th in the OSAA 3A poll, collected 618 total yards against Portland Christian, while holding the Royals to 58 total yards. Dawson Carr caught four passes for 204 yards and three scores, and amassed 74 rushing yards and a TD. Jacob Bruce ran five times for 117 yards and two TDs, Darian Guerr ran for a score, and Nate Gaines blocked a punt for a safety.

Sixth-ranked La Pine, which held the top spot in the OSAA 3A poll earlier in the season, has outscored its opponents by an average score of 33.1-12.4. The Hawks’ toughest test was an 8-6 victory over eighth-ranked Coquille on Oct. 6. In the victory over Creswell, Angelo Roes and Riley Pinkney completed touchdown tosses to Chandler George and Jordan Daley, respectively. Wyatt DeForest also had a 3-yard TD gallop, and Caleb Walker had a 25-yard pick-six.

Vale (6-3) at Clatskanie (8-1)

1 p.m. Saturday

Last Week: Clatskanie 35, Warrenton 20; Vale 65, Riverside/Ione 14


Cooper Blodgett, QB, Clatskanie: Blodgett had touchdown runs of 35 and 1 yards against Warrenton.

Outlook: The seventh-ranked Tigers enter the game on a five-game winning streak, and have outscored the opposition by an average score of 39.2-14.4. Blodgett has completed 70-119 passes for 1,171 yards and 14 TDs, including 34 passes to J’Kari Combs for 674 yards and 11 scores. James Helmen leads the ground game with 735 yards and eight TDs, with Kees Tjaarda and Cooper Blodgett adding 689 and 580 yards, respectively, with a combined 18 scores. Defensively, Sam Shockley has 57 tackles.

Vale, ranked 10th in the OSAA 3A poll, finished second in the Eastern Oregon League to third-ranked Nyssa. The Vikings lost an 18-12 decision to Nyssa in their league-opener in late September. Through nine games, they’ve averaged 33.4 points while allowing 19.3. Vale, which has nine seniors on its 36-man roster, features six offensive/defensive linemen averaging 252 pounds.


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