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 6:
Friends, it’s the midpoint of our Blitz season and that means in-service day for close to half of the schools in our area. In other words, this week we have Thursday night football on the October schedule and the Blitz moves up to follow it. With three weeks left in regular season play, all leagues are wide open in the race for the playoffs. It’s an ideal circumstance from a fan’s point of view when so many games still mean something for some many teams.
Our “Game of the Week” is a good example. Resurgent Clackamas visits No. 2 Lake Oswego, where both teams are 2-0 in Three Rivers play, the only two, and the Cavaliers would like to be the first TRL team in ten years to beat the Lakers home or away. Chances are the defending champs stifle the Cavs and take over sole possession of first place once again. LO’s defense too strong at this point. Check in at 11:30 p.m. and find out from Nate Bynum and Kevin Farmer if the Cavaliers dream comes true or if the Lakers hold serve.
The rest of the TRL hooks up to battle for the automatic qualifying (AQ) playoff spots. Lakeridge (0-2, 2-4), looking for their first league win, travel to the always unfriendly confines of Canby’s Cougars (1-1,2-4). The Pacer’s Tony Dungey has looked dangerous all season and has to shine for Lakeridge to have a chance to outscore Canby.
Oregon City (1-1, 3-3) and West Linn (0-2, 2-4) re-visit one of the oldest rivalries west of the Mississippi at The Lion’s Lair on top of West Linn. Both teams pound the rock, so to speak, and rely on scrimmage control to succeed. We’re talking about a “last team with ball wins” kind of game, which is perfect for fans. Bring a good raincoat and you won’t be there long because the clock will run.
When the top four teams from the Mt. Hood square off with each other, we head east for the highlights. Central Catholic (2-0, 4-2), fresh off a win over Gresham,busses out to David Douglas (2-1, 3-3) so they can hear one of the best bands in the state rally their Scots to give the Rams a good game. History supports that optimism as they have knocked off CC before on the home field, but size wins out in this year of the Ram in the MHC.
Another taut rivalry match unfolds at MHCC as Gresham (1-1, 5-1) meets Barlow (2-0, 2-4) in their annual in-district showdown. The Gophers look to bounce back from a drubbing by CC by rolling over the Bruins with their running game and defense, but the young Barlow squad is coming together when it matters most, in league, and have a similar run and defense look. They have done well on their home grass field, which is a long way from its normal muddy October self.
Pacific Conference action gets us to our spotlight game featuring Century (3-1, 5-1) and Glencoe( 3-1, 5-1) in a scorefest at Hare Field. This battle of the two best Hillsboro schools is also a collision of two of the top offensive teams in 6A football. Expect the final score to be in the 40s or 50s … wow, that should be fun!
Looking around the Pac, Hillsboro (0-4, 0-6) is a sacrificial lamb for the Tigers of Tigard (4-0, 5-1) in a mismatch as the Spartans struggle through a tough year.
The good offense of McMinnville (3-1, 4-2) meets the stout defense of Tualatin (3-1, 5-1) on the Timberwolves home field for your classic pigskin battle in a real competitive season for the Pacific.
Down the valley towards Salem, we’re sending our ace, Gino, to get some West Albany at Dallas highlights and keep tabs on Jake La Coste, one of a handful of outstanding running backs tearing up the turf this season, in a Mid-Willamette Conference match.
Also on his list is a stop at South Salem (1-1, 3-3) where the Saxons host McKay (1-1, 3-3) in a Central Valley game that puts the winner closer to the AQ zone. South plays well at home and look to be favored against the Royal Scots.
It looks as though the good weather ends this week, so if you have no faith in your rain gear and need to ease into the returning gloom, let us do the hard work, pour yourself a hot drink and watch the fastest 30 minutes on television as our sideline wizards bring you all the action on the BLITZ! Look for us at 11:30 p.m. after the award-winning 11 o’clock news. Have a great weekend!