Aloha vs. Thurston
Aloha limped to a.500 record this season due in large part to injuries to junior RB Thomas Tyner. They will begin their title defense without him as well. Tyner will sit out tonight's contest with a leg injury. "It gets me heated (missing this game) because I haven't played too much this year," Tyner said. "This is such a big part of my life, and it kind of just slipped away this season. I'll come back with a vengeance for sure." In his absence, look for coach Chris Casey to rely more on QB Cory Sinner (3 TDs last week) and the play up front of Brayden Kearsley and Co.
Jefferson vs. Mountain View
This Class 5A matchup pits surprising Jefferson against Mountain View's high-octane attack. Jefferson won five of its final six games to turn a disappointing start to a league crown and a playoff berth. The offense was the main catalyst behind the team's rejuvenation, as the Democrats averaged 31.3 points a contest during the stretch. Mountain View's offense regularly frustrates opposing defensive coordinators. The Cougars closed the year on a six game win streak and scored 402 points in their nine contests. IMC Offensive Player of the Year Jacob Hollister spreads the ball to his receivers and has found a good connection with his brother, Cody, and TE Nick Gentry.
Gresham vs. Lincoln
Only Sunset and Central Catholic were able to slow down Gresham's attack this fall. QB Devon Shields marshaled an offense that exploded for nearly 40 points a contest. They look to put away a feisty Lincoln team that won four out of five down the stretch.
Hermiston vs. Sherwood
Hermiston is back in the playoffs and their reward is a matchup against a Sherwood squad that has claimed victories in 34 of its last 36 outings. The defending state champs and their powerful offense could make it a short playoff trip for Hermiston.
Newport vs. Klamouth Union
Sure, Newport will have the best player on the field in Oregon commit Oshay Dunmore, but don't count out the Pelicans who have won seven straight after dropping their first two contests.
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