Of the 10 Twin Harbors football teams that possessed postseason hopes entering last week’s games, eight survived to play another week.
Six of those will be in action in district crossover games this weekend. Aberdeen will try to become the seventh when it faces off against Washougal and Hockinson in a Greater St. Helens League Kansas Tiebreaker playoff scheduled for 7 tonight at Kelso High School.
The eighth is Raymond, the lone Twin Harbors team that has actually clinched a direct state berth. The Pacific League champion Seagulls, idle this week, will host the winner of this week’s Wahkiakum-Naselle district contest in a state opener scheduled for Nov. 15.
That contest will be at Raymond, if the field passes an inspection conducted by District IV administrator Rich Frazer this week. Otherwise, the Gulls will play at Aberdeen’s Stewart Field, according to Raymond athletic director Jason Koski.
Other playoff pairings:
Class 2A: An Aberdeen victory tonight would send the Bobcats to Tumwater for a weekend district crossover battle with the T-Birds, the state’s top-ranked Class 2A team.
While the date and time for that contest has yet to be formalized, Aberdeen athletic director Ken Ashlock said the Bobcats would request a 7 p.m., kickoff on Saturday.
Class 1A: Having vaulted from the brink of elimination to the Evergreen 1A League’s second-seeded team by virtue of last Friday’s win over Elma, Montesano will face Kalama (the Trico League’s No. 3 entry) in a district crossover scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Stewart Field.
As the Evergreen’s fourth seed, Elma must journey to Trico League champion La Center for a 7 p.m. Friday contest. The fourth-ranked Wildcats should move up in the state polls this week following their 52-21 thumping of second-rated Woodland last Friday.
Class 2B: While Raymond gets the week off, North Beach and Willapa Valley will be attempting to punch their tickets to state by surviving district crossover games at home.
The Hyaks will be attempting to repeat a season-opening victory when they host Toutle Lake at 7 p.m. Friday at Lt. Jim Davis Field. The winner journeys to third-ranked LaConner for a state opener.
Willapa Valley entertains Adna in its district contest, also at 7 p.m. Friday. The survivor of that contest has the dubious honor of traveling to Eastern Washington to face Waitsburg-Prescott in a state 2B opener.
Class 1B: Wishkah and Taholah will collide at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stewart Field. This will be a seeding contest, with the winner probably returning to Stewart Field to host a state-qualifying game the following weekend. The loser will go on the road for another state qualifier.
Often victimized by big plays in recent years, Aberdeen turned the tables in its 52-7 conquest of Ridgefield on Friday. The Bobcats had 10 plays — including six that resulted in touchdowns — that gained 14 yards or better.
Aberdeen’s defense was equally dominant, at least while the starters were in the contest. The Bobcats had 10 tackles for losses and didn’t allow a completed pass until the final four minutes of the second quarter. They led 38-0 at that stage.
Had Hoquiam maintained a big early lead at Tenino in an Oct. 25 game the Beavers eventually won, 39-32, the Evergreen 1A League football race would have ended in a four-way tie involving Tenino, Montesano, Elma and Rochester.
Oddly enough, the district seeding probably would have been exactly the same as it eventually played out. Tenino, 2-1 against the other three teams and with a win over Montesano, would have No. 1, Montesano (also 2-1) would have been the second seed, Rochester (1-2 and with a win over Elma) third and Elma fourth.
Montesano athletic director Tim Trimble noted, however, that a four-way tie may not be specifically covered in the league policies, which could have resulted in a different playoff scenario.
As previously reported, Tenino’s league championship was its first since 1986. Former Hoquiam and Lake Quinault coach Kevin Ridout (who still lives in Montesano) is Tenino’s offensive coordinator.
One small note from the Montesano-Elma game on Friday was found in a 1950 Elma High School annual, according to Elma athletic director Rick Rakevich. He noted the annual marked the opening of Davis Field and its first game — Montesano at Elma — in 1949. Thus, Friday night’s contest brought the field full circle with the two rivals facing off to end its run. The long-standing grandstands of the Eagles’ football and soccer programs are scheduled to be demolished at the end of the 2013-14 school year.