Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 2B quarterfinal matchups:
NO. 6 LAKE ROOSEVELT RAIDERS (9-1) at NO. 3 KALAMA CHINOOKS (8-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Chinook Stadium, Kalama
What to look for: The Chinooks’ passing attack has quickly picked up steam behind first-year starting QB Jackson Esary (1,862 passing yards, 28 TDs), who has thrown for 15 scores in his past three games. With RB Bradley O’Neil sidelined, WR Brennon Vance has produced all over the field for the two-time defending 2B champions. The Raiders are in just their second state quarterfinal game ever, but leading rusher Cameron St. Pierre (ejected in last game) might not play.
Pick: Kalama, 31-21.
NO. 10 TOLEDO INDIANS (8-3) at NO. 2 NAPAVINE TIGERS (9-1)
4 p.m. Saturday, at Tiger Stadium, Centralia
What to look for: A model of high-level consistency, the Tigers are trying to reach the state semifinals for the sixth consecutive season, and will ride dual-threat QB Laythan Demarest (1,153 passing yards, 1,233 rushing yards, 34 total TDs) and RB Gavin Parker (906 rushing yards, 15 TDs). Toledo’s run defense will need a repeat effort from last week (held Colfax to 29 yards), and a big day from QB Duke Schaplow to have a chance to avenge earlier loss to Napavine (41-7).
Pick: Napavine 35-17.
NO. 6 ADNA PIRATES (7-3) at NO. 4 CHEWELAH COUGARS (7-4)
1 p.m. Saturday, Bullpup Stadium, Spokane
What to look for: A true close call, this should be the weekend’s most intriguing matchup. And both teams like to utilize lots of screen passes to running backs, which means a ton of work RB Kaden Krouse (681 rushing yards, seven total TDs), of the Cougars, and RB Cole Fay, of the Pirates. Krouse is a hard inside runner as well. Chewelah is trying to reach the state semifinals for the first time since 1995.
Pick: Chewelah, 28-27.
NO. 9 TRI-CITIIES PREP JAGUARS (10-1) at NO. 1 ONALASKA LOGGERS (10-0)
1 p.m. Saturday, at Tiger Stadium, Centralia
What to look for: Nobody said it would be easy for the top-ranked Loggers, who are in search of their first state title in 33 years. TCP will let QB Dante Maiuri (3,211 passing yards, 34 TDs), 2B’s leading passer, does most of his damage in intermediate areas. That should give Onalaska’s secondary, led by CB Cade Lawrence (nine INT), a few opportunities for turnovers. The Loggers rolled up 390 rushing yards in last week’s win over Brewster, led by RB Ashton Haight (1,914 rushing yards, 26 TDs).
Pick: Onalaska, 39-29.