Eli Nafziger

Colby Romviel blocks for Eli Nafziger during South Albany High's win over Crescent Valley. The Rebels have a quarterfinal matchup with Hermiston on Friday night. 

Andy Cripe, Mid-Valley Media

Here is a look at this weekend’s prep football state quarterfinal matchups. All games start at 7 p.m. Friday unless listed.


No. 6 South Albany at No. 3 Hermiston

Records: South Albany 6-4, 5-1 Mid-Willamette Conference (tied first); Hermiston 8-2, 6-1 Special District 1 (second)

South Albany enters Friday’s quarterfinal matchup on a three-game winning streak, including a 23-16 come-from-behind victory over No. 11 Crater in the round of 16.

The Rebels are in the quarters for the first time in program history.

Hermiston, which routed No. 14 La Salle 47-21 last week, has won seven in a row since a 1-2 start. The Bulldogs were the Special District 1 runners-up behind top-seeded Mountain View.

The winner advances to play Lebanon or Wilsonville in the state semifinals.

No. 10 Lebanon at No. 2 Wilsonville

Records: Lebanon 7-3, 3-3 MWC (tied third); Wilsonville 9-1, 7-0 Northwest Oregon Conference

In a rematch of last year’s state championship game, Wilsonville will try to get revenge against the visiting Warriors.

Lebanon outscored the Wildcats 27-7 after halftime to pull away for a 34-17 win. It was the first football state title in school history.

Wilsonville has 5A’s third-best scoring offense at 43.4 points per game. The Wildcats give up just 12.5 per game, the classification’s second-lowest mark.

The Warriors have won five of their last six since a 2-2 start.


No. 9 Coquille at No. 1 Scio

Records: Coquille 9-1, 4-1 Mountain Valley Conference (second); Scio 8-1, 5-0 PacWest Conference (first)

Two of 3A’s top offenses are set to meet Friday night in Scio.

The Loggers own the classification’s second-highest scoring attack at 45.6 points per game. Coquille, which finished second behind No. 6 La Pine in the Mountain Valley Conference, is third at 45.4 per game.

Scio is coming off a 68-31 first-round thumping of No. 16 Lakeview. The Red Devils snuck past eighth-seeded Dayton 40-35 last week.

Cascade Christian or Harrisburg will meet Friday’s winner in the semifinals.

No. 12 Harrisburg at No. 4 Cascade Christian 

Records: Harrisburg 5-5, 3-2 MVC (third); Cascade Christian 9-1, 3-0 Southern Cascade League (first)

Harrisburg, the defending 3A state champion, is back in the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season as it takes on Cascacde Christian in Medford.

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The Eagles scored 16 fourth-quarter points last week to earn a 42-34 victory at No. 5 Amity.

Cascade Christian, champion of the Southern Cascade League, has surrendered just 23 total points the last five games with two shutouts.

The Challengers have won seven in a row since a 42-20 loss to 4A Mazama. The streak began with a 50-26 win at Harrisburg in Week 4.


No. 10 Vale at No. 2 Santiam Christian

Records: Vale 7-3, 4-1 Eastern Oregon League (second); Santiam Christian 8-2, 4-1 West Valley League (tied first)

Time: 1 p.m.

Santiam Christian extended its winning streak to four games last week with a 42-6 dismantling of No. 15 Colton.

The Eagles are in the state quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive season.

Vale, which finished second behind third-seeded Nyssa in the Eastern Oregon League, squeaked by No. 7 Clatskanie 19-14 in the round of 16. The Vikings have won five consecutive games entering Friday’s matchup.

Vale captured back-to-back state titles in 2014-15, including a 27-20 championship game victory over SC two years ago.

The winner will face Nyssa or No. 11 Rainier in the semifinals.

— Bob Lundeberg, bob.lundeberg@lee.net


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