Mount Vernon Bulldogs (8-2) at Mount Si Wildcats (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The Bulldogs will face a high-profile quarterback in the first-round Class 4A state playoff game.
Cale Millen, the son of former University of Washington and NFL quarterback Hugh Millen, is a University of Oregon commit.
He has thrown 42 touchdown passes and has surpassed 3,000 yards passing this season.
“Their quarterback throws the ball at a high-college level. He throws the ball hard and accurate,” Bulldogs coach Nic Vasilchek said. “Sometimes he throws it so hard his own guys don’t catch it. He has a heck of an arm.”
Mount Si is hardly a one-player team, however.
“They’re big on the offensive line, and their defensive line is great,” Vasilchek said.
Despite Mount Si’s talent, Vasilchek saw something he liked: the Wildcats’ lone loss, which came last week against Woodinville.
“The one they lost against Woodinville was physical, and we’re a physical team,” he said. “I want to see us play our game and make them beat us. We’re not going to get caught up in the underdog thing. Our kids feel like they belong there.”
The winner will advance to play the winner of Eastmont-Puyallup winner.
Burlington-Edison Tigers (4-5) at Black Hills Wolves (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The Tigers will test themselves against an undefeated Black Hills team in a first-round Class 2A state playoff clash at Tumwater Stadium.
“They’re a team that’s come into their own the last couple of years. They play in a league with Tumwater and have been getting some athletes out. They have a great coaching staff and are a really, really, really physical football team,” Tigers coach Herb Lehman said.
The Wolves feature a rotating cast of running backs, and have proven themselves against the likes of Tumwater, a program that has appeared in five of the past eight Class 2A state title games.
Black Hills beat Tumwater this season 22-17.
“We have to get positive yards on every play,” Lehman said. “If we get negative yards, we put our offense in a bad position. If we can get the time of possession, that’ll help.”
Concrete Lions (4-6) at Adna Pirates (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The Lions earned the Class 2B State Tournament berth after squeaking by Friday Harbor 7-6 on Tuesday in a Northwest 2B League tiebreaker.
They won’t have much time to rest on their laurels as they head south to face the top-seeded team in a first-round contest of the Class 2B tournament.
Adna’s most recent game was a shutout win, 49-0 over Ocosta. The Pirates won the Pacific 2B Mountain Division with a 6-0 league record.
“They’re ranked No. 1 for a reason. They’ve played against top-10 teams and dominated them all,” Lions coach Arthur Sanchez said.
Adna has averaged 41.9 points per game this season and has given up a total of 59 points.