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Rematches are always fun. Rematches of playoff games are even more fun. Rematches of semifinals are some of the best.

That’s what’s on deck this week when Kalama visits Toledo: rekindling of a brewing rivalry that saw the Chinooks take home a 20-point win last year en route to its second consecutive state championship.

But these are two different teams, both led by different quarterbacks.

Toledo has Duke Schaplow, who slid under center after playing most of his career as a running back, though he did play in the semifinal game as quarterback for Toledo two years ago.

Kalama has Jackson Esary, who has burst onto the scene this year with big performances on the ground and through the air, but not together. At least not yet.

But the quarterbacks won’t be the end of everything.

Toledo has a number of capable backs. Trey Rego has had good games. So has Carlo Arceo-Hansen. Jacob Marley is a regular contributor. All hands will be needed against Kalama.

Because the Chinooks have athletes everywhere. Brennon Vance. Max Cox. Bradey O’Neill. And those are just the outside guys.

Kalama is coming off a 59-0 beatdown of Winlock, a confidence-builder for sure and a much-needed one. Toledo is coming off a comfortable win over Toutle Lake after an encouraging loss to Adna two weeks ago.

Like last year, two teams will meet with confidence and on upward trajectories. It’ll be a fun one.

KALAMA AT TOLEDOTime/location: 7 p.m. at Ted Hippi Field

Last meeting: 47-27, Kalama in last year’s 2B semifinals

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke Schaplow, QB, Toledo: The center of the Toledo offense, Schaplow takes his running back mentality under center with the ability to complete a few passes. He crossed the century mark last week, and a couple other Indians were close, too.

Brennon Vance, WR, Kalama: Vance hasn’t produced the way he normally does lately, and he might be due for a big game. Teams have been really focused on him, which opens up other opportunities for other guys, but Kalama still needs to him make plays when needed.)

EVERGREEN AT KELSO7 p.m. at Schroeder Field

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Conner Noah, RB, Kelso: Normally is space is reserved for Josh Bell when it comes to the Hilanders, but Noah needs a little run. He’s got 310 yards on just 22 carries and six scores. Oh, and he’s just a freshman. The other side of the two-headed monster will be around awhile.

Carter Monda, QB, Evergreen: His 958 passing yards is fourth in the region, and his 14 touchdown passes are tied for second with Prairie’s AJ Dixson. He is slightly inefficient, though, completing just 50of-103 passes, which is under 50 percent.

Evergreen Outlook: The Plainsmen didn’t exactly play a world-beating schedule with games against Centraila (2A), Lakewood (2A) Rochester (1A), and Bellingham (2A). Evergreen went 3-1 in those games, but its game against 4A Heritage went the way of the Wolves by a score. This is Evergreen’s first league game and its first test since Week 1, which seems like so long ago now.

Kelso Outlook: Kelso didn’t pass its Prairie test. We all know that. Now we are all curious to see how the Hilanders handle that adversity. The running game struggle a bit last week, with Josh Webb only going for 82 and Conner Noah only getting 16. You can bet Kelso will focus on pounding it this week and getting back on track.

HOCKINSON AT MARK MORRIS7 p.m. at Longview Memorial

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Levi Crum, QB, Hockinson: The Hawks senior has thrown four touchdown passes in four of his five games this season, the lone holdout was a two-score game in the Hawks’ Week 2 loss to Archbishop Murphy. He’s still been fantastic, though, even without UW-bound Sawyer Racanelli.

Timur Berishev, LB, Mark Morris: Against the pass-happy Hawks, Berishev has a chance to grab yet another interception. He’s picked off passes in consecutive weeks, both coming in close games where the Monarchs just came up short.

Hockinson Outlook: It doesn’t appear Hockinson has an equal in the 2A GSHL. In the Hawks’ three league games — all wins — Hockinson has outscored opponents 159-23 with a shutout. Hockinson is overwhelming. This is clear.

Mark Morris Outlook: Ah, the football gods sometimes smile and sometimes laugh. Mark Morris plays its best game of the year, comes within 22 seconds of forcing overtime at Columbia River, feels good about itself…then has to play Hockinson. Oh well. At least all the Monarchs’ remaining games are in Longview.

R.A. LONG AT RIDGEFIELD

7 p.m. in Ridgefield

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Gage Kotera, WR, R.A. Long: The junior has tossed up two games of 10 receptions this year, providing a bright spot for the Lumberjacks in a dismal season. He and Julian Manchic-Sheldon have another year after this, so the numbers could get better.

Hunter Abrams, RB, Ridgefield: Abrams has been one of the best backs of the area this year. He’s got four straight games of 100-plus yards, has scored in all five games this year and has accrued 366 yards and four scores, the second (188 yards) coming on 39 carries.

R.A. Long Outlook: At this point, R.A. Long just wants to play well. Since R.A. Long has scored fewer points in its last four games than in its 43-16 season-opening win. It’s given up 62 three times and 55 once. A win may be too much to ask, but a decent performance would be a nice confidence builder.

Ridgefield Outlook: The Spudders seem pretty good. They’ve eked out wins over Mark Morris and Washougal, came close to beating La Center, hammered King’s Way and oddly got doubled up by Columbia River. Abrams is a dude and Ridgefield can throw it a little.

MONTESANO AT WOODLAND

7 p.m. at Beaver Stadium

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Trace Ridgway, QB, Montesano: The junior accounting 173 yards on the ground and through the air last week in Monte’s 41-6 win over Forks. He’s going to be a problem for the Beavers, whose only win this season is over R.A. Long.

Isaiah Flanagan, QB, Woodland: The senior has accounted for nine total touchdowns (five passing, four rushing) as the main cog of the Beavers offense.

Montesano Outlook: The Vikings have one of the most explosive offenses around. Monte is yet to score fewer than 40 points with three 50-pluses and a 70 on the board already. They also didn’t allow a point for two weeks and have only given up 32 in five games.

Woodland Outlook: The Garrett Lutgen era has gotten off to a rocky start. Things seemed okay when the Beavers played a very good Kalama team tight, but it’s been downhill from there. Now is a perfect time for a bounce back against the Vikings, who come absolutely rolling into Beaver stadium.

TOUTLE LAKE AT WAHKIAKUM

7 p.m. in Cathlamet

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chase Hadaller, QB, Toutle Lake: The senior rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown last week in the Ducks’ loss to Toledo, and he’s been pretty good for them this year. He also connected with his brother Hunter for a 20-yard score.

Braxton Johns, RB, Wahkiakum: The junior rushed for 90 yards last week as the Mules scored 20 unanswered points to down Mossyrock. He’s part of an offense that had its best week recently, scoring 34 points in the season’s first win.

Toutle Lake Outlook: First-year Toutle Lake coach Austin Carey talked before the season about a season of growth, about building foundations, about having fun. Losing isn’t fun, obviously, but there has been improvement from the Ducks. Nothing against Wahkiakum, but this is a winnable game for the Ducks, and one they would really like.

Wahkiakum Outlook: The Mules are flying high after its second half domination of Mossyrock last week. The first win of the year is always nice, and it coming in the league opener is even better. The Mules get Toutle Lake at home, but’s not a super long trip for the Ducks. It feels like a toss-up.

MOSSYROCK AT WINLOCK

7 p.m. in Winlock

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Evan Gootgeld, RB, Mossyrock: The senior rushed for 186 yards last week in the Vikings’ first loss of the season. He gets to face a Winlock defense that gave up nearly 400 yards of offense to the Chinooks last week.

Bryce Cline, QB, Winlock: It’s the most unexpected thing that Cline had a down night passing last week against Kalama. The Chinooks are geared to play the pass and have athletes everywhere. So be it. Cline, though, has still had a great season thus far, and it’s a safe bet he’ll rebound from his four-interception night a week ago.

Mossyrock Outlook: The Vikings are an interesting story, one that’s been told here. Two forfeits. Two subsequent wins. Then a loss at Wahkiakum. A wild five weeks. Problem is, they run into an angry Winlock team that ran into a buzzsaw last week against Kalama. Tough way to rebound.

Winlock Outlook: Winlock hit its first real hurdle of the season last week by getting throttled by Kalama. That’s not the end of the world. Kalama hammers a bunch of people. The trick, though, will be how Winlock responds? Is it “here we go again?” or is it “Shake it off and regroup?” No way to know until Mossyrock leaves town.

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN AT CASTLE ROCK

7 p.m. in Castle Rock

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kemper Shrock, QB, King’s Way: He’s 6-foot-5. He can run a little bit...he hasn’t played much in the Knights’ last two games. It’s interesting. He’s thrown for eight touchdowns — including four in a 21- point win over Bellevue Christian.

Wyatt Partridge, RB, Castle Rock: If memory serves, Partridge is the only guy to appear in this space every week. And for good reason. He crossed the 1,000 yard mark already (in just 101 carries!) with nine touchdowns. He’s nearly 350 yards ahead of second-leading rusher in the region. All he does is produce.

King’s Way Outlook: The Knights are looking for a signature win, but it’ll be a tall task against the Rockets. King’s Way, though, did play La Center rather tough (38-21), giving the Wildcats their closest game of the year since Week 1 (35-28 win over Ridgefield), so Castle Rock can’t take the Knights lightly.

Castle Rock Outlook: Castle Rock didn’t play super well last week but still managed to win. That’s what good teams do. Things lighten up this week a bit when King’s Way comes to town, and Castle Rock is on its mission to make the playoffs, which it appears set to do.

OCOSTA AT ILWACO

7 p.m. at Peterson Field

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Parker Kaech, WR, Ilwaco: The senior catches passes, throws passes and takes handoffs. That kind of versatility has been a boon for Ilwaco all year. The Fishermen will need it against an Ocosta defense that’s given up a season-high of just 22 points.

Cole Hatton, QB, Ocosta: The senior leads a Wildcat offense that has been nothing short of explosive. Ocosta has averaged an even 42 points per game over its first five contests, all wins, with no win coming by fewer than 26 points.

Ocosta Outlook: Ocosta rolls down the coast on a tear, looking to keep its undefeated record just that. The Wildcats look to be the glass of the Pacific 2B Coastal Division, and can prove it with a win over 2-0 Ilwaco and, later, a win over also 2-0 Willapa Valley in two weeks.

Ilwaco Outlook: The Fishermen rebounded nicely from a tough one-point loss to Mossyrock with a convincing win over North Beach, and now the trick is to take that momentum into a tough home affair with the very good Ocosta Wildcats. The one will have top-of-the-division implications, and you can bet Ilwaco knows that.

CLATSKANIE AT TAFT

7 p.m. in Lincoln City

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cedrix Moses, RB, Clatskanie: This guy played through illness and minor injury to power the Tigers past Rainier last week in a knockdown, drag-out affair, and the Tigers needed it. He rushed for 132 yards and both Clatskanie’s touchdowns, the second coming with less than a minute left to effectively win the game.

Antonio Suarez, QB, Taft: The junior leads a Taft offense that is big and athletic and largely pretty young. It also got shutout last week and has only scored six points in its last two games, so it’s looking to breakthrough against the tough and physical Clatskanie defense.

Clatskanie Outlook: The first four weeks of the season were frustrating for the Tigers, which failed to live up to expectations and its potential and got out to a 2-2 start. Then it beat Rainier in a fantastic ballgame that changed the season. Clatskanie has to avoid a letdown against a Taft team that is capable and absolutely huge.

Taft Outlook: The Tigers, confusing, I know, have two 300-plus-pounders, another guy at 290, two 200-pound running backs and a load of guys 180-plus. Just massive kids. Clatskanie isn’t small, mind you, but they don’t bring that kind of size to the table. Something’s gotta give.

DAYTON AT RAINIER

7 p.m. at Chris Corl Memorial Field

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kenney Tripp, QB, Rainier: How does the sophomore respond? He played his worst game as a varsity starter last week with virtually no passing game and minus-27 yards rushing and several fumbled snaps, though some weren’t his fault. Bounce back time.

Payton Garrison, WR, Dayton: The senior is tall and is a good basketball player for the Pirates, so he can jump and high point the ball and use his body effectively.

Dayton Outlook: The Pirates’ 2-3 record is interesting. They have guys. They have size. They have athletes. The school is good at athletics overall. So the football team struggling is curious. And, as usual, you win by 21 points and feel good, then you have to get on a bus and play a good team. Those football gods.

Rainier Outlook: It’s important for Rainier to not find Friday night’s loss to Clatskanie catastrophic, because it’s not. It hurts, of course, to lose to a rival, but the season is long and there’s lots of time left. The important thing is to take care of business against Dayton, which, for the most part, has struggled this season.

NASELLE AT CRESCENT

3 p.m. on Saturday in Crescent

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Fa’aoso Tutu’u, RB, Naselle: Normally this would be Ethan Lindstrom, but it’s Tutu’u this week because he’s back and he’s good and it’ll make Naselle even more dangerous. He scored a touchdown on his first game back and picked up a sack, as well.

Eric Emery, QB, Crescent: Information is scarce about the Loggers, but Emery appears to be a large part of Crescent’s plans, as he also plays outside linebacker and wide receiver.

Naselle Outlook: The comets have to make four-plus-hour drive to the peninsula to take on Crescent, and they’ll do it on Saturday. Naselle has been absolutely crushing people, and the 3-2 Loggers look to be next on the list. With Tutu’u back, Naselle has a ton of weapons in the 8-man game and are more dangerous now than ever.

Crescent Outlook: The Loggers didn’t actually play last week, but got a win when Taholah elected to stay home. That, technically, gives Crescent three straight wins after starting the season 0-2, with losses coming to Neah Bay (54-14) and Quilcene (18-12). Getting Naselle at home will help, but the Loggers will need a ton of breaks.

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