Cassius McGinty

Cassius McGinty and the West Albany High football team will try to bounce back from last week's loss Friday night against visiting McKay. 

Jesse Skoubo, for Mid-Valley Media

Here is a look at Friday’s prep football action. All games begin at 7 p.m.  

McKay at West Albany

Records: McKay 1-3, 1-3 6A Greater Valley Conference; West Albany 3-1, 2-1 GVC

West Albany allowed a touchdown and two-point conversion with no time remaining last week in a heartbreaking 22-21 loss at North Salem.

It was the Vikings’ first win of the season and the Bulldogs’ first defeat.

McKay has put up just 17.8 points per game on offense during its 1-3 start while West has allowed a GVC-low 8.6 per contest.

Glencoe at South Albany

Records: Glencoe 3-1 (6A independent); South Albany 2-2, 2-0 5A Mid-Willamette Conference

South Albany, which sits atop the MWC standings with Silverton and Crescent Valley, takes a break from league play Friday night.

Glencoe is 1-1 against MWC foes this season. The Crimson Tide suffered a 7-6 loss at Central in Week 3 before taking down visiting Dallas 40-35 last Friday.

The Rebels cruised to a 44-19 victory over Glencoe a season ago in Hillsboro.

Lebanon at Corvallis

Records: Lebanon 2-2, 0-2 5A Mid-Willamette Conference; Corvallis 1-3, 0-2 MWC

Both teams are desperate to avoid a debilitating 0-3 start in conference play.

Lebanon, the reigning MWC and 5A state champion, is coming off consecutive one-point home losses to Crescent Valley (25-24) and Silverton (31-30). The Warriors squandered fourth-quarter leads in both contests.

Corvallis has dropped three consecutive games, including a 45-44 overtime loss at rival Crescent Valley last week. The Raiders converted a two-point conversion on the game’s final play.

Sweet Home at Cottage Grove

Records: Sweet Home 4-0, 1-0 4A Sky-Em League; Cottage Grove 4-0, 1-0 Sky-Em

A pair of unbeatens will meet Friday night in Cottage Grove.

The Huskies, who haven’t been 5-0 in more than a decade, possess the Sky-Em’s top scoring defense at five points per contest. Sweet Home has allowed no more than eight points in a game this season.

Cottage Grove, the league’s defending champion, is averaging a Sky-Em-high 45.3 points per game on offense.

Pleasant Hill at Harrisburg

Records: Pleasant Hill 2-2, 0-0 3A Mountain Valley Conference; Harrisburg 1-3, 0-0 MVC

First-year Pleasant Hill coach Scott Phelps, who led the Eagles to the 2016 3A state title, returns to Harrisburg for Friday’s night’s conference opener.

The Billies are off to a 2-2 start under Phelps with losses to Dayton and 2A power Santiam.

Harrisburg is looking to avoid its first three-game skid since 2012.

Jefferson at Scio

Records: Jefferson 0-4, 0-2 3A PacWest Conference; Scio 3-1, 2-0 PacWest

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Scio collected its second straight blowout win last week with a 58-13 dismantling of Salem Academy, the state runner-up in 2016.

The Loggers have the PacWest’s top scoring offense at 38 points per game while the Lions are surrendering a conference-worst 41 per game.

After failing to score the first two weeks, Jefferson’s offense has shown signs of life in recent losses to Colton (31-27) and Blanchet (54-26).

Santiam Christian at Dayton

Records: Santiam Christian 4-0, 2-0 3A West Valley League; Dayton 3-1, 1-0 WVL

Santiam Christian, rated No. 1 in the OSAA 3A power rankings, is looking to dethrone the Pirates.

Dayton routed the Eagles 41-14 last fall en route to the WVL title. Both programs made it to the 3A state quarterfinals.

SC has outscored the opposition 66-9 in league play. The Pirates, who opened their WVL slate with a 64-19 thrashing of Taft, dropped a 49-25 decision at Rainier a week ago.

Kennedy at Central Linn

Records: Kennedy 0-4, 0-0 2A Tri-River Conference; Central Linn 2-2, 0-0 Tri-River

Friday’s matchup will be the Tri-River opener for both teams.

A 28-21 loss at Colton last Friday snapped Central Linn’s two-game winning streak.

Kennedy, a 2A semifinalist a season ago, has scored just 27 total points through its first four games.

— Bob Lundeberg, bob.lundeberg@lee.net

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