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West Albany High's Eli McSpaden fights off McKay's Raul Solis earlier this year. The Bulldogs close the regular season Friday night against McMinnville at Memorial Stadium. 

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

McMinnville at West Albany

Records: McMinnville 5-3, 4-3 6A Greater Valley Conference; West Albany 4-4, 3-4 GVC

West Albany has dropped three consecutive games entering the final week of the regular season.

The Bulldogs need a victory to secure the GVC’s fourth and final automatic bid to the 6A state playoffs. McMinnville can also clinch a postseason spot by defeating West at Memorial Stadium. 

Even with a loss, the Bulldogs would still be in good position to receive one of eight at-large playoff berths. West enters the week at No. 27 in the OSAA power rankings.

Thirty-two teams qualify for the 6A bracket.

South Albany at Crescent Valley

Records: South Albany 4-4, 4-1 5A Mid-Willamette Conference; Crescent Valley 8-0, 5-0 MWC

Following a 28-21 home loss to Silverton, South Albany bounced back last Friday with a stunning 28-24 victory over visiting Lebanon.

The Rebels trailed 24-13 in the final minutes before rattling off two late touchdowns to complete the comeback. South also overcame a double-digit deficit in a 22-18 win at Dallas on Oct. 6.

Crescent Valley, which clinches the outright MWC title with a win, has scored at least 31 points in seven games this year. South’s 28-point performance against Dallas is its highest offensive output of the season.

Friday’s winner clinches the MWC’s No. 1 seed.

Dallas at Lebanon

Records: Dallas 2-6, 0-5 MWC; Lebanon 5-3, 2-3 MWC

Despite the result at South Albany, Lebanon can punch its ticket to the 5A state playoffs with a victory over last-place Dallas. A loss would end the Warriors’ season.

Lebanon qualified for the round of 16 in 2015 and won the state title last fall.

Dallas has dropped six straight since a 2-0 start.

Crook County at Sweet Home

Records: Crook County 3-5, 2-2 4A Tri-Valley Conference; Sweet Home 7-1, 4-1 4A Sky-Em League

Sweet Home opens the 4A state postseason with a rematch against Crook County.

The Huskies won the first matchup, which was moved from Prineville to Sweet Home due to excessive smoke, 21-0 in Week 2.

Friday’s winner advances to the round of 16.

Santiam Christian at Washougal (Washington)

Records: Santiam Christian 6-2, 4-1 3A West Valley League; Washougal 6-2, 4-2 2A Greater St. Helens League

Santiam Christian wrapped up second place in the West Valley League last week with a 48-27 rout of Amity.

It was the second straight victory for the Eagles, who took down Taft 54-7 in their previous game. SC will host a 3A state round of 16 game next Friday or Saturday.

Washougal, a Vancouver, Washington suburb, is averaging 24.6 points per game on offense while surrendering just 14.8.

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Harrisburg at Glide

Records: Harrisburg 3-5, 2-2 3A Mountain Valley Conference; Glide 5-3, 2-2 MVC

Friday’s winner clinches the Mountain Valley Conference’s third and final bid to the 3A state playoffs.

Harrisburg, the reigning state champion, is coming off consecutive defeats to La Pine (34-15) and Coquille (39-21). Glide also suffered losses to the Hawks (33-12) and Red Devils (34-26).

Glide hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2012.

Jefferson at Taft 

Records: Jefferson 0-8, 0-5 3A PacWest Conference; Taft 1-7, 0-5 WVL

The winless Lions have a realistic chance to end their season on a positive note.

Taft has dropped six in a row since a 48-34 home win over Colton on Sept. 8. The following week, Colton escaped with a 31-27 victory at Jefferson.

Central Linn at Santiam 

Records: Central Linn 3-5, 1-2 2A Tri-River Conference; Santiam 7-1, 2-1 Tri-River

Central Linn can clinch a sport in the 2A state playoffs with a victory and a Kennedy loss at Regis.

The Cobras, who sit at No. 14 in the OSAA 2A power rankings, are also a candidate to receive one of four at-large berths to the postseason.

— Bob Lundeberg, bob.lundeberg@lee.net

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