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Friday's high school football game previews

Sprague at McMinnville, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KYKN 1430 AM and http://www.KLYC.us.

McMinnville is the most surprising 3-0 teams in the state. The Grizzlies started the season 0-5 last year and didn’t make the postseason. But a 2-1 Sprague team, which is No. 9 in the OSAA’s power rankings, is by far the strongest opponent McMinnville has faced as the team’s previous games were against Wilson (No. 31 ranked), McKay (No. 35) and North Salem (No. 41).

West Salem at Forest Grove, 7 p.m.

The Titans (2-0 GVC, 2-1 overall) are coming off their first loss of the season, albeit one against a Sheldon team that is one of the top teams in the state. Senior receiver Cole Rumrill has become the go-to target for senior quarterback Jared Oliver, catching 22 passes for 320 yards and one touchdown.

North Salem at West Albany, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KSHO 920 AM.

If the Vikings (1-2 GVC) are going to make the state playoffs, this is a game they are going to have to win. North Salem’s 35-16 loss last week to McMinnville was tough and the Vikings play a tough schedule of West Salem, South Salem and Sprague in the next three games.

McKay at McNary, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KBZY 1490 AM, television on CCTV2 at 11:59 a.m.

The 43-0 win the Royal Scots posted on Forest Grove a week ago was a big step up, but this will be a real test of if the team is for real. McNary (1-2 GVC) has allowed 119 points this season, most among GVC teams, and McKay’s spread offense should make this a high-scoring affair.

South Salem at South Medford, 7 p.m.

Don’t let No. 6-ranked South Medford’s 1-2 record fool you. The team would have been 2-1 – with the one loss coming to state favorite West Linn – but had to forfeit the first two games for using an ineligible player. The Saxons (2-1 GVC) are playing one of the most storied football program in the state in their one non-league game.

Glencoe at Dallas, 7 p.m.

This is the most respect a Dallas football team has gotten in a decade. The Dragons are 3-0 overall, No. 1 in the OSAA’s power rankings and No. 7 in the oregonlive poll. A non-league game against 6A Glencoe gives the team a chance to add to that record before encountering a tough Mid-Willamette schedule.

Lebanon at Silverton, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KGAL 1580 AM.

The Foxes (2-1 overall, 0-2 Mid-Willamette) slipped in a 20-13 loss to rival Dallas last week and now play one of the top teams in the state in 3-0 Lebanon, which is ranked No. 3 in the Oregonlive poll and is No. 5 in the OSAA power rankings.

South Albany at Central, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KAJC 90.1 FM and WillametteValleySports.com

This is a matchup between two teams that split the conference championship a year ago features highly-regarded teams that started the preseason 0-2 against tough opponents. Central (1-2 overall) still has the pieces necessary to make a league championship run, but must prove itself tonight.

Gladstone at Woodburn, 7 p.m.

The independent 5A Bulldogs have lost two straight, and it doesn’t get easier against a 4A Gladstone team that is 1-2, but has played a tough non-league schedule.

North Marion at Newport, 7 p.m.

The Huskies (1-2) need to get the ball to Tanner Scanlan more often. The senior kicked a field goal and caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 21-17 loss to Gladstone.

Yamhill-Carlton at Cascade, 7 p.m.

The Cougars (1-2 overall) were No. 1 in the preseason Oregonlive poll, but have completely dropped out of it now. Cascade has the talent to win the Oregon West Conference championship, but must prove it in the league opener tonight.

Taft at Sheridan, 7 p.m.

Both of these teams have lost two straight since putting up impressive, but close wins in the first week.

Santiam Christian at Willamina, 7 p.m.

It’s of no surprise that Santiam Christian is 3-0 and has obliterated scoreboards this season. The Eagles (1-0 West Valley) have scored 143 points, second only to Coquille among 3A teams this season.

Dayton at Horizon Christian, 7 p.m.

The Pirates (3-0 overall, 1-0 West Valley) have been impressive on defense this season, including holding high-flying Taft to 13 points last week.

Gervais at Chemawa, 7 p.m.

The Braves’ brief, one-game preseason is over and now the work of the PacWest Conference season starts. Gervais was the only team Chemawa beat last season.

Salem Academy at Scio, 7 p.m.

Yes, Scio has started 3-0 and is again one of the top teams in the state, but now the Loggers get their best test against a Crusader (2-1 overall, 1-0 PacWest) team that is coming off its biggest win of the season.

Jefferson at Blanchet, 7:30 p.m.

Where: McCulloch Stadium.

The teams have identical 0-1 PacWest and 1-2 overall records, but a Cavalier team that suffered a devastating 14-10 loss to Salem Academy last Friday is in need of a win.

St. Paul at Creswell, 7 p.m.

It appears that the tough preseason St. Paul (2-1) is playing is paying off after Friday’s 44-28 win against Toledo and a 1-2 Creswell team should pose a bigger challenge.

Kennedy at Lost River, 7 p.m.

Where: Summit High School, Bend

The Trojans (3-0) have proved they can win in different ways, including Friday’s comeback 32-28 win against Harrisburg. Lost River hasn’t beat an Oregon team yet.

Monroe at Santiam, 7 p.m.

At 3-0, Santiam has exceeded expectations so far, but the preseason comes to a close with this game and the more important Tri-River season begins in a week.

Regis at Stanfield, 6 p.m.

This is one of the top 2A teams in the state tonight. The Rams (2-1) can improve a lot in the power rankings from their current No. 5 spot with a win against the Tigers (3-0).

Regis's Brandon Piete collides with Dayton's Braeden Nowlin (28) in the second half of a game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Regis High School in Stayton. Visiting team Dayton beat the Regis Rams 16-13.

Regis’s Brandon Piete collides with Dayton’s Braeden Nowlin (28) in the second half of a game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Regis High School in Stayton. Visiting team Dayton beat the Regis Rams 16-13.

Falls City at Siletz Valley, 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers (1-2) started their league season strong with a 58-14 win last week against Mapleton, but the Warriors have the capability to keep up offensively.

Perrydale at Dufur, 7 p.m.

This is a rematch of the game that decided the league championship last year – won by Perrydale (2-1) – and the 1A state semifinals – won by Dufur (3-0) – and should decide the league title again.

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