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 2:
If you want to play in December, you have to rock September. No L’s in the first month is a sure path to the playoffs. At the 6A level, there are 14 teams with a 2-0 record and most of them are the usual suspects. Amongst the 5A schools, 5 in the local area sit at 2-0 and it’s a welcome surprise to see Parkrose at 2-0 – go Broncos!
Friday night’s “Blitz” will have 7 of the 6A’s undefeated teams in our menu of matchups. Our “Game of the Week” is a Pacific Conference opener, and more notably, a fierce rivalry between two schools separated by a few miles and the TV Highway – Hillsboro vs Century. The struggling Spartans (0-2) visit Hillsboro Stadium to meet the red hot Jaguars (2-0). The Jags are deep with athletes and HilHi is trying to turn a down cycle upwards. The winner will be revealed on the Blitz by Nate Bynum and his crack road team at the winning teams’ gym.
The spotlight game takes us to Hare Field and another Pacific Conference opener where Tigard (1-1) meets Glencoe (2-0). Go see this game, people, and don’t be late! The Tigers average 37 points a game, the Tide is at 52. That’s entertainment! At very least check out our highlights; they will be sweet!
Some of the non-league contests make the show this week. Central Catholic (1-1) buses to Lake Oswego (2-0). If the Rams can clean up their act – see penalties, mental errors – they could upset the defending champs at home. It’s a tall order but they have the talent.
Lakeridge (1-1) at Aloha (2-0): Yes, Thomas Tyner is a beast and a joy to watch play for a highlight junkie, but keep in mind that a year ago almost to the day, these two teams had a classic showdown that Tyner left with a concussion and the Aloha season fizzled. A healthy warrior squad should prevail this week.
Canby has a tough pre-season schedule; that’s why they are 0-2 so far and going to Jesuit for their third week of hazardous duty against superior teams. The Crusaders are BIG, FAST and rolling over the Cougars.
We’re down in Salem for two games on Friday night. Clackamas (2-0) gets its first road test at South Salem (0-2) and resurgent Beaverton (2-0) meets overmatched North Salem (0-2).
Rounding out the rest of our Oregon slate are four teams looking for a jumpstart back into the conversation: Barlow (0-2) at West Linn (1-1) and Lincoln (0-2) at Westview (1-1).
Our rivalry match is a geographic one: Portland/ Vancouver versus Seattle. Skyview of Vancouver, the #6 team at 4A, hosts Lakes of Seattle, the #1 3A team. It will be a great tune up for the Skyhawks before they wade into GSHL play against a perennial contender for state titles in Lakes. Here’s hoping that Skyview isn’t looking ahead to a big match with Camas at the end of the month because this is the best game in Clark County. It starts at 5 p.m. in the Kiggins Bowl so get an early start and I’ll see you there!
That’s ten compelling games of highlights on the way for your viewing pleasure on the fastest 30 minutes in sports … The BLITZZZ!!!