Each week during high school football season KATU sports photographer Mike "Rossy" Rosborough previews the upcoming action on High School Blitz, which airs Friday nights at 11:35 p.m. Here's Rossy's look ahead at Week 10:
Now we’re talking playoffs, it’s cold and November, an exciting time for football and it’s fans. Certainly gets our sideline lensmen feeling in the mood for action, and we have 11 games to feed their need.
Our Game of the Week gets it started. Glencoe (6-4) buses to Aloha (7-2) for what appears, on paper, to be an evenly matched contest. Both teams feature strong running games and capable defenses, but the Warriors have an amazing home field vibe fueled by incredible community support. You throw in Thomas Tyner as he finishes off what may be an historic record season and it's a recipe for a great game. Watch us live at the winners' home gym with Nate Bynum and Tim “the Big” Hurtt to see if Tyner, who excelled in the 2010 playoffs, continues his assault of the record books or begins his trip to Duckville. The Blitz is your resource for scores and highlights every Friday night at 11:30 p.m.
Not all these games offer such balanced opponents. Lakeridge (3-7) wins a play-in game and draws Central Catholic (7-2), which will be the end of the Pacers season and it won’t be pretty unless you’re a Ram.
McNary (4-6) wins last week and gets to be pounded by defending champ Lake Oswego (9-0), same for Centennial (2-8) as they go to Jesuit (7-2) for what will be a one sided outcome.
But a few of these games offer competitive contests that should hold your interest until the clock winds down. Southridge (6-3), Metro champion, draws West Linn (4-6) just as the Lions are getting healthy and looking tough on the line of scrimmage. The Skyhawks blitzed through their league season without a loss and should roll on but West Linn has played spoiler and will be looking to continue that habit.
Crater (4-5) jumps on a bus for a five hour ride to Hillsboro Stadium for a shot at Century (7-2) and their top notch air game led by Sam Riddle. The Comets have to take the air out of the ball to have a chance but consider this: the Jaguars have scored 418 points and Crater has surrendered 211. Something has got to give for the Comets to have their shot.
Clackamas (5-5) takes their running game, which has flourished in October , west on I-205 to Tualatin (8-1) where the Timberwolves defense swallows RB’s for lunch but have struggled scoring against possession teams. We will be watching and bringing you the outcomes.
Grant (5-4) has found a QB in Sam Davis to connect with many talented receivers just in time to take on West Salem (8-1) on their all black turf and hope to pull off a second round upset that hinges on the General’s athleticism and grit, catching the Titans off guard right from the start and finishing the deal.
5A offers some good matchups. Well, actually, Lebanon (5-5), a play-in winner, should have no chance against Sherwood (9-0) on their home field. 491 points in nine games is impressive.
Putnam (5-5), also a play-in survivor, will struggle to even score against a Silverton (9-0) squad that has allowed only 68 points all year - a measly one TD per game - and on a collision course with Sherwood.
Crescent Valley (7-3) and Wilson (7-2) offer as even a match as we're likely to see. The Trojans have been solid on both sides of the ball with a reliable running game that should prevail against a strong CV team but this looks like the classic “ WHOEVER HAS IT LAST WINS” feel to it.
Week 10 of the Blitz is a highlight feast for your eyes on the fastest 30 minutes on TV! Tune in at 11:30 p.m. after the news to see the excellent work of our crack staff of shooters as they fire up your home screens with football fun. See you from the sidelines!