Rochester (6-2 overall, 4-1 1A SWW Evergreen) at Tenino (4-4, 4-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Tenino Stadium
Who would’ve predicted the league title would come down to this game? Never before has the 1A SWW Evergreen title come down to two south Thurston County teams, and it’s been years since either team won a league title -- 1999 (Rochester) and 1986 (Tenino). Both teams have clinched Week 10 playoff games, but whether they’ll host a playoff game or be on the road depends on the outcome. Rochester RB Tyler Yarber is the region’s leading rusher (1,664 yards, 18 TDs) and is coming off career highs in yards (369), carries (43) and touchdowns (five) after last week’s 49-27 nonleague win over Stevenson. Thanks to Thomas Pier’s 154 yards on five catches and three touchdowns -- all in fourth quarter of last week’s 39-32 win over Hoquiam -- Tenino won its fourth straight league game, but a loss could mean the Beavers get the third-place spot, and a potential rematch with LaCenter, which topped Tenino, 46-17, on Oct. 11.
Capital (3-5 overall, 2-2 2A Evergreen Conference) at River Ridge (4-4, 1-3), 7 p.m. Friday, South Sound Stadium
A win for Capital clinches the third and final playoff berth -- and a road trip to Longview in the Week 10 district crossover game -- which would be the program’s seventh straight playoff appearance since J.D. Johnson arrived in 2007. Last week’s 42-28 loss to W.F. West after a 28-all tie, snapped the Cougars’ three-game winning streak, in spite Conner Kennedy’s 128 yards rushing on 22 carries and Ryan Rieta’s 107 yards rushing. The pair have combined for 1,441 rushing yards in eight games. What the Hawks can hope for is an upset to force a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with Capital and Black Hills. Last week’s 59-0 loss to top-ranked Tumwater was the team’s third loss in four games, as the Hawks were held to 92 net yards of total offense.
Tumwater (8-0 overall, 5-0 2A Evergreen Conference) at Black Hills (4-4, 2-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
The top-ranked Thunderbirds can cap off an undefeated regular-season, having already clinched the league title, the No. 1 seed, and a Week 10 home playoff game, but there’s more at stake in this game for the Wolves. Black Hills can win the third and final playoff spot outright with a win and Capital loss over River Ridge, or else force a three-way tie with Black Hills, Capital and River Ridge. Black Hills’ last Pioneer Bowl win was in 2009, the year it advanced to the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Tumwater racked up 441 yards of offense in last week’s 59-0 win over River Ridge, behind RB Christian Cummings’ 143 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Black Hills QB Jayden Troy threw for a career-high 303 yards on 16 of 28 completions in the Wolves’ 45-20 win over Centralia last week to snap a two-game losing skid.
WEEK 9 FOOTBALL GAMES
North Thurston 41, Mount Tahoma 8
Friday’s games. All games at 7 p.m.
Yelm (3-5) at Olympia (5-3)
Timberline (5-3) at Shelton (1-7)
2A Evergreen Conference
Capital (3-5) at River Ridge (4-4)
W.F. West (7-1) at Centralia (2-6)
Tumwater (8-0) at Black Hills (4-4)
1A SWW Evergreen
Rochester (6-2) at Tenino (4-4)
Elma (5-3) at Montesano (4-4)
Rainier (1-7) at Seton Catholic (1-7)
Lake Quinault (2-4) at Oakville (0-6)