A look at Friday's state preliminary football games

mwochnick@theolympian.comNovember 8, 2013 

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Tenino's Brayden Hisaw (88) and Jason Davido celebrate a defensive stop of Rochester during Friday night's football game at Tenino High School on Nov. 1, 2013.

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Friday’s Week 10 state preliminary football games

2A District IV

Capital (4-5) at Mark Morris (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Longview Memorial Stadium

The lowdown: An outsider might look at the Cougars’ under-.500 record and think the Monarchs, champions of the 2A GSHL, will have a cakewalk, but don’t sleep on the Cougars. RBs Ryan Rieta and Conner Kennedy have a combine 1,991 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 346 carries. Fact: Capital is the only South Sound team that has made six consecutive trips to the state playoffs. Not even Tumwater, which has played in two state title games in the past three years, can say that. An upset by Capital likely puts the Cougars as a No. 3 seed to state with a possible showdown with No. 4-ranked and undefeated Sumner in the first round. RBs Ryan Rieta and Conner Kennedy have a combine 1,991 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 346 carries.

R.A. Long (8-1) at W.F. West (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Bearcat Stadium

The lowdown: There are two of Class 2A’s top 10-ranked teams, yet one won’t make it out of the district playoffs. The air attack from Bearcats quarterback Tanner Gueller has led to a record-setting season performance, as the senior has 33 touchdown passes and rushed for another six and has and is closing in on 2,000 yards passing (1,908 yards). Another close-to-2,000-yard playmaker on the other side is R.A. Long RB Jacob Yordy, who has 1,905 yards rushing, but left last week’s game against Mark Morris with a head injury.

1A District IV

White Salmon (5-4) at Tenino (5-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Tiger Stadium, Centralia

The lowdown: Can the Beavers ride their late-game heroics into the state playoffs, which would be their first appearance since 2007? In three games this season, second-half and late-game comebacks have helped propelled them to a 5-4 record and their first league title since ‘86. White Salmon is in a tough Trico Division featuring La Center and Woodland, which combined for a 17-1 regular-season record.

Rochester (6-3) at Woodland (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Kalama Stadium

The lowdown: This is the Warriors’ first playoff appearance since the early 2000s, and have a daunting task of a road game against a Woodland team (ranked No. 8 in latest AP Class 1A rankings) that had an undefeated record until last week. Rochester RB Tyler Yarber, the 1A SWW Evergreen offensive MVP, has racked up more than 1,800 yards rushing, but has been held to fewer than 100 yards in each of the team’s three losses.

Elma (5-4) at La Center (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday, La Center Stadium

The lowdown: What is the Eagles’ consolation prize for falling into a three-way tie for third place in league? A date with an unbeaten Wildcats squad ranked third in the Class 1A state rankings. La Center has scored seven touchdowns in every game this fall. No more, no less. Defensive league MVP Ricky Escalante (knee) is a game-time decision.

Saturday’s games

Meadowdale (5-4) at Timberline (6-3), 1 p.m., South Sound Stadium

Aberdeen (4-5) at Tumwater (9-0), 7 p.m., Tumwater District Stadium

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