Football playoff picture for 4A/3A Narrows, 2A EvCo, 1A SWW, 1Bs

mwochnick@theolympian.comOctober 24, 2013 

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Bellarmine Prep defender Daniel Joyce (in white) sacks Tumwater quarterback Jayden Croft during Friday night's football game at Tumwater District Stadium on Oct. 11, 2013.

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There’s two regular-season weeks remaining in the high school football season. Here’s a breakdown at the playoff picture for the 4A and 3A Narrows League, 2A Evergreen Conference, 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division and the independent 1B teams.

4A Narrows League

District playoff berths: Three

Clinched: Bellarmine (4-0 league), Gig Harbor (4-0)

In the mix: Central Kitsap (3-2), Olympia (2-2)

Out: Yelm (1-3), South Kitsap (1-3), Stadium (0-5)

The lowdown: There’s one fewer playoff berth from the 4A Narrows this year, so simply put, Olympia’s playoff fate lies in what happens Friday night. A win Friday over No. 8-ranked Bellarmine on the road keeps the Bears’ playoff hopes alive, while a loss puts Olympia out of playoff contention, in spite the outcome of its regular-season finale against Yelm. Central Kitsap holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with Olympia, so if South Kitsap beats Central Kitsap next week, and Olympia wins its final two games, the Bears will snag the third and final playoff spot. Gig Harbor and Bellarmine have locked up playoff berths, and their Week 9 showdown in Gig Harbor could have league title implications at stake.

3A Narrows League

District playoff berths: Three

Clinched: None

In the mix: Wilson (4-1 league), Lincoln (3-1), Timberline (3-1), Foss (3-2), North
Thurston (2-2)

Out: Mount Tahoma (0-4), Shelton (0-4)

The lowdown: The merry-go-round of who will emerge as playoff teams from the 3A Narrows League continues. Friday’s North Thurston-Timberline has a lot on the line; both teams have been going in different directions in recent weeks. Timberline has won four straight while North Thurston has dropped three of its past four games. A win by Timberline eliminates North Thurston, yet a Rams win could make for a five-way tie for first place with Timberline, Lincoln, Wilson and Foss for three playoff berths, depending on what happens Nov. 1. Surprising Wilson can clinch the league title and the No. 1 seed Friday with a win over Lincoln, which dropped a 14-13 game to Foss last week.

2A Evergreen Conference 

District playoff berths: Three

Clinched: Tumwater (3-0 league)

In the mix: W.F. West (2-1), Capital (2-1), River Ridge (1-2), Black Hills (1-2),
Centralia (0-3)

Out: None

The lowdown: The No. 1-ranked Thunderbirds can clinch the No. 1 seed for the fourth straight year with a win Friday over River Ridge, which means they’ll host a Week 10 District IV crossover game. The last time Tumwater failed to make it past the district playoffs was in 2009. The top three teams from the EvCo and 2A GSHL makeup the Week 10 district games; the top two EvCo teams host the 2A GSHL’s No. 2 and 3 seeds (likely Mark Morris and Hockinson, respectively). Friday’s W.F. West-Capital game likely will make up the EvCo’s Nos. 2 and 3 seeds, yet there’s still an outside chance for the remaining three teams to be playoff bound.

State berths: Three

 

1A SWW Evergreen

 

District playoff berths: Four

 

Clinched: Rochester (4-1 league)

 

In the mix: Tenino (3-1), Elma (3-1), Montesano (2-2), Forks (2-2), Hoquiam (1-3)

 

Out: Rainier (0-5)

 

The lowdown: Few could have predicted how the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division would turn out, as it’s south Thurston County’s turn to reign supreme atop the league standings. The league’s current one-loss teams -- Rochester and Tenino -- will meet in Week 9 in Tenino with perhaps the league title on the line. It’s already been a storied season for the Warriors, who look to clinch their first league title since 1999, the year they went undefeated in the regular season under coach Bob Wollan. The league’s top two teams host Week 10 district crossover games against the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds from the 1A SWW Trico Division.

 

State berths: Four

 

1B independents

 

The lowdown: If Mary M. Knight wants to reach the 1B state quarterfinals for a second year, it will have a tough ride to get there.

 

District IV has been allotted just one Class 1B state berth, and because of the 1B Pacific Coastal League’s disbandment Jan. 1, a special District IV bracket for the 1B independent teams was developed by Rich Frazer, director of District IV, to figure out the district’s four playoff-bound 1B teams.

 

Mary M. Knight (3-1) faces Wishkah Valley Oct. 26 with the winner tabbed as the dNo. 1 seed, said MMK athletic director John Schultz, meaning the Owls will play a crossover game with the No. 3 seed from District 1/2/3 Nov. 15 or 16. The winner of that game advances to the 1B state quarterfinals. The winner of the Nov. 1 Lake Quinault-Oakville game is the district’s No. 4 seed.

 

State berths: One

 

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