As we get things all set for the quarterfinals this weekend, here are the updated times and matchups. Scroll through to the bottom for recaps of all the game so far in these tournaments!

3A Quarterfinals

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Saturday, November 19th

#11 Stanwood @ #3 O’Dea- 1pm @ Seattle Memorial Stadium
#9 Kennewick @ #1 Yelm- 1pm @ Yelm HS
#5 Bellevue @ #4 Lincoln- 2pm @ Lincoln Bowl (Tacoma)
#7 Ferndale @ #2 Eastside Catholic- 4pm @ Seattle Memorial Stadium

2A Quarterfinals

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Friday, November 18th

#9 Highline @ #1 Lynden- 6pm @ Civic Stadium (Bellingham)
#6 Anacortes @ #3 North Kitsap- 6:30pm @ North Kitsap HS

Saturday, November 19th

#10 Sedro-Woolley @ #2 WF West- 1pm @ Tiger Stadium (Centralia)
#5 Othello @ #4 Enumclaw- 3pm @ Enumclaw Expo Center

Here are the first round matchups for both the 3A and 2A state football tournaments. We will add scores and recaps for any games covered by ESN after the games are played.

3A First Round

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The 3A opening match-ups saw a pair of mild upsets as #11 Stanwood traveled across the state and beat #6 Mount Spokane and #9 Kennewick slipped past #8 Rainier Beach 9-7. Their reward will be to travel to #1 Yelm this week. The rest of the higher seeds were winners. Here are the scores, some re-cap ands some stories, links to others and some video highlights.

O’Dea 42, Peninsula 28
(Seattle, WA) The O’Dea Irish jumped out to the early lead and then seemed to just keep Peninsula off like a good stiff arm. Early on a key play was a blocked punt by the Irish defense and scored a touchdown to take a 21-7 lead. The Seahawks had a couple of good opportunities but had to settle for a pair of field goals and it was 21-13 at the half.

The Irish struck 1st in the 2nd half busting off a 50-yard TD run to extend their lead to 28-13. The Seahawks pulled back within 7 on a 65-yard bomb and 2 point conversion and it was 28-21 with about 7 minutes to play in the 3rd.

Later in the 4th it appeared maybe O’Dea had clinched it with a pass interception on their own 35 but the Seahawks defense answered on the next play with a fumble scoop and score from the 35 yard line. Peninsula then gambling on defense with about 2 minutes to play saw the Irish ice the game with a big touchdown run for the final 42-28 outcome.

The 3rd ranked Irish will host #11 Stanwood in the quarterfinals.

Stanwood 24, Mount Spokane 14
(Spokane, WA) Stanwood had to travel all the way across the state to try and win a play-off football game they hadn’t done since the 90’s and that’s just what they did. They now will cut way back on the travel bill heading  to Seattle to take on O’Dea.

For more on this game check out the story from the Everett Herald.

Ferndale 44, Kelso 14
(Bellingham, WA) The Eagles rolled to a win over Kelso and move on to the state quarters this coming weekend. The 9-2 Eagles came in as the 7 seed and now will head south to face Eastside Catholic.

For more on this game Nathan Schumock for the Lynden Tribune.

Bellevue 41, Mead 10
(Bellevue, WA) The Mead Panthers had a great start on their opening drive, taking a 3-0 lead over the Bellevue Wolverines from a Quentin Pacheco 29-yard field goal after a 63-yard run by Johnny Talarico. That was the last bright spot for the Panthers because it was all Bellevue after that, as the Wolverines scored 41 unanswered points in the first half to take a 41-3 lead at halftime and cruised to a 41-10 win at Bellevue Memorial Stadium.

Bellevue’s Wing T offense was too much for Mead as the Wolverines piled up over 400 rushing yards from 8 different ball carriers. Bellevue set the tone on their opening drive with a 15 play, 80-yard drive that lasted over 8 minutes ending in a 1-yard TD run by Carson Rubin.

Bellevue’s defense forced 4 Mead turnovers and turned them into points, Ishaan Daniels had 2 rushing touchdowns on 6 carries for 124 yards in the 1st half for the Wolverines.

Mead outscored Bellevue 7-0 in the 2nd half but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers season ends at 8-3. Bellevue, winners of 8 straight games will travel south next week to face the undefeated Lincoln Abes at the Lincoln Bowl in the 3A state quarterfinals.

Bellevue adds to a big 1st half lead

Eastside Catholic 29, Spanaway Lake 0
(Seattle, WA) The Crusaders would take a 15-0 lead on the upset minded 15 seeded Sentinels in the 1st half but could not shake Spanaway Lake until E-C QB Brady Mckelheer ran in a score with about 9 minutes to play in the game. They would add another score late to finish with the 29-0 final.

The Crusader defense are the ones to credit for this win in the end as they never allowed the Sentinels to get their offense rolling or more important ever gave up a big play that could create momentum. #2 E-C will host Ferndale in the quarterfinals.

Lincoln 49, Monroe 16
(Tacoma, WA) The 4 seed Abes simply pulled away from a Monroe team that hung with Lincoln for the first quarter of the game and actually led 8-7 on a TD and and a heads up move by the Lincoln punter who pushed the ball out of the back of the endzone when the snap went over his head. But eventually the offensive weapons for Lincoln overwhelmed the Bearcats.

Missouri commit QB Gabarrie Johnson would get things rolling running in one score and then taking advantage of a turnover and hitting his favorite target Drake Grandberry to push the Abes lead to 29-8 at the half. Lincoln then simply added to their lead with 3 2nd half touchdown passes and led 49-8 before Monroe added a late score.

Lincoln now has a very difficult bracket as they will host the 5 seed Bellevue with the winner moving on to face the winner of #9 Kennewich vs #1 Yelm contest in the semi-finals.

Gabarrie Johnson on a keeper

Kennewick 9, Rainier Beach 7
(Seattle, WA) The Kennewick Lions had a long drive to come face a beefy Rainier Beach squad and it turned into a battle of the trenches with Kennewick edging the Vikings by 2. Kennewick the 9 seed will have to come back again over the mountains to take on #1 Yelm in the quarterfinals.

After a 0-0 1st half Rainier Beach struck first on a short run from Scottre Humphrey to make it 7-0 with 6 minutes to go in the 3rd. Kennewick would get on the board when they blasted in from the 4 but the PAT was no good and it was 7-6. The Lions then got another shot late and drove the ball deep into Viking territory and on 4th down booted a 25 yard field goal with less than a minute to play to pull out the win.

Yelm 51, Southridge 7
(Yelm, WA) The #1 seeded Tornados made no bones about why they are top of the chart as they cruised over Southridge. Yelm led at the half 30-0 and Kyler Ronquillo ran in one score and caught another one. QB Damian Aalona was also very productive with a 60 and 45 yard touchdown strikes.

The Tornados would cap their scoring at 50-7 after Southridge scored they kicked off to Aden Schaler who returned it 70 yards for the final 51-7 score. Yelm will host Kennewick on Saturday with a 1pm kick-off time.

Tornados strike with a big pass play

2A First Round

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The only surprise of the 1st round was 10 seeded Sedro-Woolley knocking off perennial favorite Tumwater on the T-Birds home field. #2 seeded WF West did escape with a 1 point win against #15 Ephrata and #8 Highline held off #9 Washougal by 3. The rest held sway with solid wins. Here are the scores, some re-cap ands some stories, links to others and some video highlights.

Lynden 54, Black Hills 7
The #1 seeded Lions had little trouble with the surprising 16 seeded Black Hills Wolves rolling into the quarterfinals where they will host #8 Highline at Civic Stadium in Bellingham on Friday, November 18 at 6pm.

For more on this game here is a link to a story by Nathan Schumock in the Lynden Tribune.

WF West 29, Ephrata 28
(Centralia, WA) The Bearcats survived a staunch Ephrata squad who led 28-21 early in the 4th quarter when the Bearcats found the endzone. Coach Dan Hill then decided to go for 2 and was successful to take the lead 29-28. The Bearcats defense then stiffened and denied the Tigers a chance to re-take the lead and held on to a hard fought win.

WF West will now host Sedro-Woolley in the quarterfinals. The #10 Cubs advanced with an eye-catching win at Tumwater.

More on this game here’s a link to a story by Alex Dietz in the Chronicle.

Bearcats score and go for 2 for the win

Anacortes 28, West Valley (Spo) 14
(Anacortes, WA) The Seahawks resurrected football program continues their magical season back to prominence with a solid 2 touchdown win over West Valley of Spokane. Brock Beaner rushed or more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Brady Beaner also racked up big yards on the ground and grabbed a couple of interceptions to keep West Valley at bay. 9-1
Anacortes now hits the road as the 6 seed and travels to North Kitsap on Friday for a 6:30 kick-off.

Enumclaw 55, Olympic 0
(Enumclaw, WA) The Hornets came in as the #4 seed and had little trouble with Olympic advancing to the quarterfinal round. Enumclaw pounded out a 28-0 halftime lead and then put the game away with a 20 point 3rd quarter. The 11-0 Hornets will now host Othello in the quarterfinals.

North Kitsap 31, Fife 7
(Paulsbo, WA) The 3rd seeded North Kitsap Vikings relied on their shut down defense to limit the Fife Trojans to a single 2nd quarter touchdown. NK’s offense did the rest scoring 21 in the 1st half and adding 10 in the 3rd to close out the game. North Kitsap improves to 10-1 and will host 6 seeded Anacortes on Friday at 6:30.

Sedro Woolley 30, Tumwater 22
(Tumwater, WA) The Sedro-Woolley Cubs came onto Sid Otton field in Tumwater ready to compete but the T-Birds were not as ready and quickly found themselves in a big hole. Cubs QB Carston Reynolds and mixed up the play calling with run and pass and quickly struck with a 7-0 lead. Reynolds would then throw a touchdown to go up 14-0.

Tumwater would respond with a big Alex Overbay TD strike to make it 14-7 but the Cubs were not done and came back with another 16 unanswered points capped off with a magnificent 40-yard run by Reynolds. S-W would go to the break with a massive 30-7 win.

It was then hold on time for the Cubs as the Tumwater defense pitched a shut out in the 2nd half and the T-Bird offense came back scoring 2 running touchdowns to make it a 1 score game but ran out of chances and the Cubs advanced to the quarterfinals while the T-Birds will make their earliest exit from the play-offs since 2011.

Carston Reynolds caps off a huge 1st half for the Cubs

Highline 30, Washougal 27
(Burien, WA) The Pirates won their 1st ever state football play-off game and did so behind the offense which continued to pile up points as they have all season. Highline was led by their running attack led by Rico Jerez-Sosa who ran the ball 18 times for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

Washougal surged to the lead in the 3rd quarter on a short TD pass from Panthers QB Holden Bea to William Cooper. Highline would answer early in the 4th quarter when QB Ronan Rassmussen hit his 2nd 40+ touchdown bomb to la’Marcus Williams and they took the 30-27 lead they would never relinquish.

Highline now has the challenge to travel to Bellingham and face top ranked and defending Champion Lynden next Friday at Civic Stadium at 6pm.

Othello 49, Washington 12
There is a rich tradition in football in the Othello Huskies trophy case and most of that done when they were at the 1A classification. Recently Othello has been making some gains to get back to their glory years and they are off to a great start winning their first football play-off game since 2013.

The Huskies were facing the Washington Patriots and with 5 minutes to go in the 1st quarter Othello led by just 1 7-6. But then the dam broke and Othello piled up a 35-6 halftime lead. Husky QB Maddox Martinez would finish off the 1st half with a pair of touchdowns the first one a 7 yard strike with about a minute left to play. The Husky defense picked up a big turnover on the kick-off and Martinez struck again tossing a 29-yard scoring strike and Othello had put the game away 35-6 at the break.

5 seeded Othello now 9-1 will travel to #4 Enumclaw for the quarterfinal tussle.



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