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- Published on September 2, 2006
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Went 14-6 on the first weekly wild guesses, with 2 misses on 1 pt. games. (I know the boss missed on 1 of those too.)
There are several interesting & significant week 2 games. 10 of the most notable include:
Stayton Eagles (0-1) @ Yamhill-Carlton Tigers (1-0). 2 Playoff teams a year ago are looking to move up the rankings this year. Both are legitimate contenders for their league titles. The Eagle fly vs. the Tigers passing offense, led by one of the state’s best QBs in Zach Anderson could & should be a shoot-out. YC opened with LOTS of O, while the Eagles lost a 1 pt. heartbreaker in Philomath. That spoiled the prospect of this game as the 4A game of the week; now the Eagles face a new sense of urgency. YC did give up a lot of points, half on kickoff returns, but that will get attention in practice. Sorry NC, but the Tigers will set the Eagles’ tail feathers on fire in this one.
Junction City Tigers @ Siuslaw Vikings. The late opener for both teams, as they are 2 of the few teams not playing in week 1. A matchup of 2 old rivals from the Sky-Em. The Vikings won by a touchdown last year. The Tigers should be improved over last year, and the Vikings are probably not quite as good (they were pretty good, and need to replace a real good RB in Kirk Wilson, among others). JC will find out if they are ready to bounce back to their usual form. Sorry jb, I think the Tigers get even.
Half of the Skyline conference is playing up on the road in the Southern Sky. It will tell real quickly how well the playoff teams from the Skyline have reloaded. For 2 of the 3, it will be the opener. All 3 of the opponents were .500 or better last year, and have a tough road game under their belts already.
Phoenix Pirates @ 5A Ashland Grizzlies (0-1). This could be the beginning of a neighborhood rivalry. Phoenix is a quality program, and has tough teams most years. Ashland is used to dealing with the Medfords & Roseburg. Phoenix isn’t on that level. Ashland lost in OT at 6A North Salem, and will be looking for someone to take it out on. The Grizzlies probably won’t maul the Pirates, but they will take a bite out of them.
Hidden Valley Mustangs (1-0) @ 5A Eagle Point Eagles (0-1). (Ever wonder why Eagle Point isn’t the Falcons or Hawks?). The Mustangs enter week 2 of the post Dollarhyde era. Week 1 was a demolition of the Cheese factory. Eagle Point was beaten pretty solidly on the road by 6A South Salem. This game will put both those games in better context. The boss says I have to pick Eagles to win, so I’ll pick Santiam Christian over Clatskanie. HV can establish themselves as one of the powers in a pretty good football neighborhood with a win in this one.
North Valley Knights @ 5A Klamath Pelicans (1-0). The Knights won by 1 pt. last year. This should be about as close. The Pelicans beat Henley in a good one last week. That extra experience and the Klamath basin advantage = a narrow Pelican win.
And there are some interesting games against teams from neighboring states, in addition to those involving the GOL.
Marist Spartans (1-0) vs. Kennedy (WA) Lancers (1-0) Saturday night at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The last game in a 5 game marathon called the Gridiron Tour starting at 9AM, this one starts at or after 9 PM. It is an interesting promotion that brings teams from Oregon (5A Marshfield & 6A Clackamas are also playing), Utah, California, & British Columbia in to play some top teams from Washington.
Kennedy has dominated its league in recent times, and features RB/DB Nate Williams, considered one of the top recruits in the state of Washington this year. Marist has an already recruited top recruit in Brandon Jackson. Sports Illustrated rated Kennedy #48 in the nation, and the best in Washington. Given they are a Washington 3A (WA goes up to 4A), that seems a tad high.
It’s the 2nd. Washington opponent for Marist in 2 weeks. Last week,
Marist won without Jackson, and despite having to move the game to Sheldon high in mid-game when the power went out. The Spartans have that familiar look again; I think they will rise to this occasion.
Brooking Bruins @ Del Norte (CA) Warriors. The opener for both teams, and the debut of new Bruin head coach Jim Keys, comes in a border rivalry. Both teams were playoff teams last year. This won’t get much notice outside of Curry & Del Norte counties, but it could be a significant indicator of how the Bruins will stack up in the FarWest race. The Warriors won last year, are coming off a 10-1 season, and are at home. The Bruins have a lot of “new” to sort out. Expect a Warrior win, but if the Bruins show well, they establish themselves as a contender in the FarWest.
Several key tune-ups involve some serious North-South travel.
Cottage Grove Lions (0-1) @ Scappoose Indians (1-0). The Lions have a brutal September schedule. They took 5A Sherwood to 2 OTs in one of the best games in the state before loosing by 1 last week. This week, the going is just as tough. The Indians are looking for a title shot, and took a lot of practice shots at Estacada. The Lions get scalped in this one, but it could be the in-state 4A game of the week.
Newport Cubs @ North Bend Bulldogs (0-1). Cubs opener, and a lot of Cubs fans are looking forward to finding out if this is the year for a run at a League title or not. The Cubs have a mix of talent returning, but have to replace a lot on the line. The Bulldogs got shook down by Marshfield. The extra week’s game experience makes the difference. I think the Bulldogs rebound.
Tillamook Cheesemakers (0-1) @ Central Panthers. Panther opener will get a lot of attention to see how they replace Joe Pratt & some other talent that has made them a top 8 or better team for the last 2 years. One of the better talent pools in 4A gives Coach Hedrick the tools to work with. Tillamook got demolished at home by HV; this won’t turn out much better.
Bonus in the high desert: 3A Burns Highlanders (1-0) @ Sisters Outlaws (1-0). Burns gave Sisters a game last year, and got off to a great start vs. LaPine. But the Outlaws have run defense, and McCaffrey ran wild on the Huskies (242 yds., 4 tds). Outlaws roll again.
Then there is the GOL. Where it is hard to predict the games, and will be even harder to determine what the outcome really means, at least for a few weeks.
Baker Bulldogs (1-0) @ DeSales (WA) Irish (0-1). Baker’s win was a good start, though Weiser probably isn’t close to what Baker will see this week. Baker’s annual get-together with DeSales has become a real rivalry, and produced close games. Expect the same again, but how good is DeSales this year? Probably pretty good, but maybe not as good as recently, given their loss to LaSalle, WA, a team with a winning record a year ago, but one the Irish beat big last year. How much have the younger Bullpups improved? Maybe just enough to win in Walla Walla, but there isn’t much room for error.
Ontario Tigers (1-0) @ Middleton (ID) Vikings (1-0). The Tigers continue their out of state travels. Both teams were below .500 last year, and this is a key step on the road back for both. Only time will tell about Lowry, but the size of the 45 pt. shutout Tiger win can’t be comforting to the rest of the GOL. I smell the return of the Tigers, and they should be undefeated when they come home for their rivals from Vale.
Fruitland (ID) Grizzlies (2-0) @ LaGrande Tigers. The Tigers opener is late, but with their 1st. meaningful game 6 weeks away, its not a
problem. The Grizzlies come off a 9-2 season, and already have 2 games in the books. The Tigers have the returning tools to be a top 4 team. They look to start to prove that, but this will be a stern test.
2A Heppner Mustangs (0-1) @ McLoughlin Pioneers (0-1). The Mustangs are typically a strong program, though at a lower level, and MacHi hasn’t necessarily been. They lost to 2A Athena Weston-McEwen last week by 1. Heppner couldn’t get the offense going against Grant Union in their opener, but the Mustangs stampeded the Pioneers last year, and probably will again.
The rest of the Capital Conference will be guessed about in the Capital Conference weekly rundown.