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Bracket Breakdown: Game-by-game analysis, picks in WIAA Class 2B state football semifinals

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Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s 2019 WIAA Class 2B semifinal matchups:

NO. 3 KALAMA CHINOOKS (9-2) at NO. 2 NAPAVINE TIGERS (10-1)

1 p.m. Saturday, at Tiger Stadium, Centralia

What to look for: Make no mistake, these two intra-district schools are not the best of friends. A large part of that intense rivalry stems from the fact they’ve played six times since 2016, including in last year’s state title game (35-26 Kalama win). The Tigers won the Week 2 regular-season matchup - 33-27. And this game very well could come down to whichever first-year starting dual-threat signal caller - Kalama’s Jackson Esary (2,092 passing yards, 33 TDs) and Napavine’s Laythan Demarest (1,316 passing yards, 1,299 rushing yards, 37 total TDs) - makes the most amount of big plays. Both have speedy top perimeter targets in receivers Brennon Vance (720 receiving yards, 17 TDs for Kalama) and Lucas Dahl (520 receiving yards, seven TDs for Napavine), who are utilized often in the run game as well.

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Pick: Napavine, 34-21.

NO. 4 ADNA PIRATES (8-3) at NO. 1 ONALASKA LOGGERS (11-0)

4 p.m. Saturday, at Tiger Stadium, Centralia

What to look for: This is another rematch from a few weeks ago when the Loggers clinched the 2B Mountain title and top seed throughout the playoffs (22-14 win). Onalaska’s grinding run-based offense runs through RB Ashton Haight (2,234 rushing yards, 31 TDs), who carried it 53 times for 278 yards in the earlier game. He is the type of power running back who wears defenses down. The Adna offense needs to find ways to move the ball against a physical Onalaska front, led by DL Alex Frazier. QB Braden Thomas (885 passing yards, 12 TDs; 481 rushing yards, 14 TDs) is fully recovered from an early-season shoulder injury, and will likely target RB Cole Fay (792 rushing yards, 14 TDs), especially in the pass game.

Pick: Onalaska, 20-14.