Black Hills (1-6 overall, 1-4 EvCo) at Tumwater (7-0, 5-0), 7 p.m. today
About the game: At first glance, this doesn't look like much of a contest - a one-win team versus an undefeated team. But it's a crosstown rivalry game, and anything can happen.
About Black Hills: The Wolves just might be the best one-win team in the state. The Wolves gave second-place Chehalis all it could handle last week, scoring twice in the fourth quarter in a 35-21 defeat. There's nothing subtle about the Wolves' offense. It's Cody Peterson right, left and up the middle. Against Chehalis, he scored three touchdowns on runs of 2, 48 and 12 yards and finished with 225 yards on 30 carries.
About Tumwater: Tumwater isn't just winning, it's winning big. The Thunderbirds are averaging 36.7 points and giving up just 12.1 points, a 24.6-point winning margin. Tumwater is averaging 369 yards per game, 6.78 yards per play. Hank Bryant leads the team in rushing, averaging 104.4 yards per game and 7.9 yards per carry. Tumwater is averaging 288.1 yards rushing and 80.9 yards passing. But quarterback Jordan Dowers has made the most of his passing opportunities, completing 27 of 68 passes for 566 yards and six touchdowns.
Pick: Tumwater, 42-21
Timberline (3-4 overall, 2-2 WCC) at North Thurston (4-3, 2-3), 7 p.m. today
About the game: Timberline and North Thurston are in a three-way tie for third place in the WCC with Capital. This game is crucial for both teams' playoff hopes.
About Timberline: The Blazers are coming off a 39-0 loss to Lakes, in which the team was shut out for the third time in seven games this season. Timberline is mire in a three-game losing streak, during which they've been shut out two of the three games. Timberline's last win came Sept. 21 against Clover Park.
About North Thurston: Like Timberline, North Thurston is riding a three-game losing streak and hasn't won since Sept. 21 in a 40-7 win over Yelm. North Thurston is coming off a 42-28 loss to Capital, in which the Rams gave up 28 points in the final two quarters. The Rams' offense is still productive, averaging 28 points in their past three games.
Online video: Highlights and postgame interviews will be posted Saturday at videos.theolympian.com.
Pick: North Thurston, 31-17
Centralia (4-3 overall, 3-2 EvCo) at Chehalis (6-1, 4-1), 2 p.m. Saturday
About the game: It's being marked as the 100th Anniversary Game, celebrating 100 years since the teams played their first matchup in 1907.
About Centralia: The Tigers are coming off a heartbreak 26-20 loss to Tumwater, in which they gave up the final 13 points of the game. Quarterback Mark McHugh had one of his best games of the season against Tumwater, throwing for 196 yards, completing 12-of-28 passes. Centralia sits tied for third place in the Evergreen Conference with River Ridge and a win over Chehalis would move them into a tie for second.
About Chehalis: The Bearcats defeated Black Hills last week, 35-21 and haven't lost a game since dropping a 42-21 decision to Tumwater in late September. A win over their Lewis County rival would nearly clinch second place in the Evergreen Conference with one game remaining. In two of the past three games, quarterback Griffin Squires has led the Bearcats in all-purpose yards, showing he's dangerous not only through the air but on the ground, too.
Pick: Chehalis, 24-21
With playoffs right around the corner, it's time to breakdown the playoff format. The Western Cascade Conference will send three teams to playoffs, Evergreen Conference will have three, and the Narrows League will have five. ... Black Hills remains one of the state's top rushing teams in Class 2A, accumulating 1,361 total rushing yards.