Here is a look at this week’s prep football state round of 16 matchups. All games start at 7 p.m. Friday unless listed.
No. 30 West Albany at No. 3 West Linn
Records: West Albany 4-5, 3-5 Greater Valley Conference (sixth); West Linn 7-2, 5-2 Three Rivers League (third)
West Albany, which has dropped four straight games entering the postseason, will have its hands full Friday night.
West Linn, the defending state champion, shook off consecutive losses to Tigard (9-0) and Lake Oswego (21-20) to finish third in the brutal Three Rivers Conference. The Lakers earned 6A’s top seed while the Tigers are No. 6.
The Bulldogs received one of eight at-large bids to the playoffs.
Friday’s winner advances to face No. 14 McNary or No. 19 Grants Pass in the second round.
No. 11 Crater at No. 6 South Albany
Records: Crater 5-4, 4-3 Midwestern League (fourth); South Albany 5-4, 5-1 Mid-Willamette Conference (tied first)
In a rematch from Week 2, South Albany will battle Crater in the round of 16 at Rebel Stadium.
The Comets earned a 34-21 road victory in early September as the Rebels, who went on to win a share of the Mid-Willamette Conference crown, fell to 0-2.
Crater was originally scheduled to host the first meeting in Central Point, but excessive smoke from adjacent wildfires forced the game to be moved north.
No. 3 Hermiston or No. 14 La Salle will await the winner in next week’s quarterfinals.
No. 10 Lebanon at No. 7 Sandy
Records: Lebanon 6-3, 3-3 MWC (tied third); Sandy 7-2, 6-1 Northwest Oregon Conference (second)
Lebanon punched its ticket to the postseason last Friday with a 44-7 rout of Dallas.
The defending state champions finished in a three-way tie with Silverton and Central for third in the conference. The MWC’s tiebreaker system put the Foxes and Warriors in the playoffs.
Sandy has won three straight games since a 48-14 thrashing at No. 2 Wilsonville. The Pioneers opened the season with a 23-17 loss at Silverton, which is seeded eighth.
The winner will face Wilsonville or No. 15 Bend in the next round.
No. 9 Sweet Home at No. 8 Gladstone
Records: Sweet Home 8-1, 4-1 Sky-Em League (second); Gladstone 5-3, 3-1 Tri-Valley Conference (tied first)
Despite a weak OSAA power ranking of 15, Gladstone gets to stay home after clinching the Tri-Valley Conference’s top seed.
Sweet Home, ranked seventh, finished second in the Sky-Em League and is forced to hit the road.
Friday’s matchup should be a low scoring affair as Sweet Home (9.7 points allowed per game) and Gladstone (10.4) have two of 4A’s best defenses.
Top-seeded Cottage Grove, which opens the playoffs against No. 16 North Marion, will likely be the winner’s quarterfinal opponent.
No. 16 Lakeview at No. 1 Scio
Records: Lakeview 4-4, 2-1 Southern Cascade League (second); Scio 7-1, 5-0 PacWest Conference (first)
Coming off a bye week, Scio is rested as the postseason kicks off.
The Loggers cruised to the PacWest Conference title and have won six straight games entering Friday’s matchup. Scio’s only loss was a 21-20 decision at 4A Estacada in Week 2.
Lakeview, which finished second behind No. 4 Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade League, hasn’t faced a team from the Willamette Valley all season.
The winner receives a matchup with No. 9 Coquille or No. 8 Dayton in the quarterfinals.
No. 15 Colton at No. 2 Santiam Christian
Records: Colton 5-4, 3-2 PacWest (third); Santiam Christian 7-2, 4-1 West Valley League (tied first)
Santiam Christian, which shared the West Valley League title with Dayton, enters the postseason on a three-game winning streak.
The Eagles closed WVL play with a 48-27 home rout of Amity and ended the regular season with a 28-18 win at Washougal (Washington).
Amity helped SC clinch a piece of the league title by defeating Dayton 42-34 last Friday. The Pirates took down SC 37-19 in Week 5.
Colton finished PacWest play with a pair of wins to land a playoff bid.
Friday’s winner advances to meet No. 7 Clatskanie or No. 10 Vale in the quarterfinals.
No. 12 Harrisburg at No. 5 Amity
Records: Harrisburg 4-5, 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference (third); Amity 7-2, 3-2 WVL (tied third)
Harrisburg reached the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season by earning a 22-15 victory at Glide last week.
The Eagles, who had dropped their previous two games, are the defending state champions.
Amity finished in a tie with Willamina for third in the WVL. With the head-to-head tiebreaker favoring Willamina, the Warriors received 3A’s only at-large postseason berth.
The winner moves on to play No. 4 Cascade Christian or No. 13 Willamina.
No. 13 Central Linn at No. 4 Grant Union
Records: Central Linn 3-6, 1-3 Tri-River Conference (fourth); Grant Union 7-1, 3-0 Wapiti League (first)
Time: 1 p.m.
Despite a fourth-place finish in the Tri-River Conference, the Cobras earned one of four at-large bids to the 2A round of 16.
Central Linn also received an at-large berth last year before falling to Stanfield, the eventual state runner-up. The Cobras were the No. 1 overall seed in 2015 and made it to the quarterfinals.
Grant Union, champion of the Wapiti League, is averaging 47.3 points per game offensively. The Cobras allow a Tri-River worst 37.7 per game.
No. 5 Santiam or No. 12 Reedsport will play the winner in next week’s quarters.
— Bob Lundeberg, firstname.lastname@example.org