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Week 10: Eight Local Teams Begin District Playoffs
November 2, 2018
Eight Whatcom County prep football squads will open up the district playoffs in week 10. Six of those squads will play in five games on Friday other two teams will hit the gridiron on Saturday.
We'll broadcast games on both days on The Doug Lange Network. Sehome at Archbishop Murphy on Friday and Squalicum versus Central Kitsap at Civic Stadium on Saturday. You can hear both games with coverage beginning at 6:45pm both nights.
The Mariners hit the road Friday to take on No. 9 Archbishop Murphy at Terry Ennis Stadium at 7:00pm. Sehome( 6-3/4-1) is riding the momentum of a three game win streak in their return to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
The Wildcats, who made the 2A state semifinals last year and won the state championship in 2016 finished second in the Sky Division of the Northwest Conference. Their only losses this year have come to No. 1 Hopkinson and No. 2 Lynden,
"They present a challenge in every phase of the game, I respect this program immensly and the players they put on the field," said Sehome coach Kevin Beason. "But we've got a chance to compete, we're gonna compete."
On Saturday Squalicum (7-2) welcomes Central Kitsap (6-3) to Civic Stadium in a 3A clash at 7:00pm.
The Storm will look to bounce back from a tough 30-27 loss to Snohomish last week in a match-up of the top Wesco 3A teams. the loss snapped a 5-game Squalicum winning streak.
Central Kitsap is coming off a loss to Gig Harbor last week and hasn't been able to string together back-to-back victories since winning their first three games of the season.
Storm running back Davonte Powell, who was injured and missed much of the loss to the Panthers is expected to be back for the district playoffs.
Powell's return is a big boost for the offense, but Squalicum coach Nick Lucey sounded like he was focused on the defense and their efforts to stop a speedy Cougar team.
"They are fast. They have a tailback and a quarterback that can take it to the house on any given play, " said Lucey. 'They want to run the ball, they run about 80% of the time."
Winners this weekend will punch their ticket into the round of 16 in the state tournament.
One other local squad will wait until next week to begin the post season. Lummi Nation (5-3) has a bye this week. The Blackhawks will play the winner of Saturday's Mary Knight/Crescent game the weekend of November 9th.
Week 10 playoff games:
No. 8 Meridian vs. South Whidbey at Civic Stadium 4:00pm
No. 2 Lynden vs. Blaine at Civic Stadium 7:00pm
Sehome at No. 9 Archbishop Murphy 7:00pm (Listen Live)
No. 7 Lynden Christian at King's 7:00pm
Ferndale at No. 1 Eastside Catholic 7:30pm
Mount Baker vs. Cedar Park Christian at Juanita High School 2:00pm
Squalicum vs. Central Kitsap at Civic Stadium 7:00pm (Listen Live)
- Doug Lange