West Albany at South Salem, 7:15 p.m.
On the air: Radio on KSHO 920 AM
It’s a surprise that West Albany is 2-0, but it’s not a surprise that South Salem (1-1 GVC) came back strong with a 34-29 win against McNary in week two. Quarterback Harrison Broadus was 12 for 21 passing for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the win and showed great improvement in his second game since transferring from Dallas.
McNary at Sprague, 7 p.m.
On the air: Radio on KBZY 1490 AM; Television on CCTV2 at 4 p.m. Saturday.
This is Sprague’s chance to answer after a difficult 36-29 loss to West Salem last week. Look for Sprague (1-1 GVC) running back Dane McKinney to have a big game as he rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns last week and fellow running back Noah Mellen was injured and didn’t carry the ball again in the game.
Forest Grove at McKay, 7 p.m.
The Royal Scots (0-2 GVC) have had solid efforts in each of the past two games, but have come up short each time, including last week’s 41-14 defeat against McMinnville. McKay needs a win and a 0-2 Forest Grove team is its best opportunity yet.
McMinnville at North Salem, 7 p.m.
On the air: Radio on http://www.KYLC.us
The Grizzlies (1-0 GVC) are 2-0 to start the season, but it’s not surprising. Senior quarterback Wyatt Smith has played well for McMinnville so far and will give the Vikings (1-1 GVC) a difficult defensive task.
No. 3 Sheldon at West Salem, 7 p.m.
On the air: Television on CCTV2 at 11:59 p.m.
West Salem (2-0 GVC) is coming off a huge 36-29 win that gave it sole possession of first place in the conference, but playing a Sheldon (2-0) team that is annually one of the best in the state will give the Titans a gauge of how they truly stack up among the state’s elite.
No. 8 Silverton at Dallas, 7 p.m.
It’s a surprise that both of these rivals come into this Mid-Willamette Conference game 2-0 on the season. But the Dragons have been formidable behind the rushing attack, especially from senior Tanner Earhart, who rushed for 426 yards and seven touchdown on 26 carries in last week’s 63-35 win against North Eugene.
Central at Glencoe, 7 p.m.
Where: Hare Field, Hillsboro
On the air: Radio on KAJO 90.1 FM
The tough preseason road of Central (0-2) has not been kind to a team that had state championship aspirations coming into the season, but will have an easier time with a 6A Glencoe (1-1) team that is playing an independent schedule.
Woodburn vs. Benson, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jefferson High School
The Bulldogs (1-1) came back down to earth last week with a 41-12 loss to Milwaukie, but now play a 6A Benson (0-2) team that is similarly playing an independent schedule this season.
No. 7 Cascade at No. 3 North Bend, 7 p.m.
Remember how the Cougars (1-1) are playing a difficult preseason? It doesn’t get any easier this week as they play a 1-0 North Bend team that had a bye last week as their game against Philomath was cancelled.
Sweet Home at Stayton, 7 p.m.
The Eagles (0-2) have had a rough start – including last Friday’s 62-16 loss to No. 1 Banks – but new starting quarterback Jacob Jungwirth has showed promise in going 25 for 43 passing for 376 yards and a touchdown.
Gladstone at North Marion, 7 p.m.
North Marion (1-1) was humbled last week by rival Molalla and will look to take out their frustrations on a Gladstone team that is reeling from last week’s 49-42 loss to Astoria.
Dayton at Taft, 7 p.m.
The Pirates (2-0) were expected to be good, but not this good. Dayton has quality wins against Pleasant Hill and 2A Regis, including holding the Rams to 90 yards of offense in last week’s 16-13 win.
Willamina at Amity, 7 p.m.
This West Valley League opener will be a good chance to see if the Bulldogs (1-1) made progress in last week’s 51-20 win against Nestucca or if Amity (2-0) is for real after Friday’s 18-6 win against Reedsport in which the Warriors gained 358 yards of offense.
Sheridan at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Any doubts that the Eagles (2-0) wouldn’t reload after last year’s second place finish in Class 3A have been erased by now, and Sheridan (1-1) has a tough task in this game.
Scio at Gervais, 7 p.m.
The Cougars’ 20-14 win last week was the program’s first win since 2014, but Scio (2-0) has proven it still belongs among the state’s 3A elite after last week’s 26-14 win against Estacada.
Blanchet Catholic at Salem Academy, 7 p.m.
On the air: Radio on KYKN 1430 AM
Salem’s two private schools are both 1-1 entering into the first PacWest Conference game of the season. But both teams put up impressive results in different ways last week. Blanchet beat Taft 41-0 Friday while Salem Academy defeated 4A Klamath Union 39-20 Saturday.
Colton at Jefferson, 7 p.m.
The Lions’ first win of the season, a 42-8 defeat of Sheridan last week was a good sign of a possible turnaround, but the conference opener against a 2-0 Colton team will be a greater challenge.
Gaston at Chemawa, 7 p.m.
This is the first game of the season for the Braves. Gaston (0-2) won’t be a great test, but it at least gives Chemawa a tune up before the PacWest Conference season starts next week.
Harrisburg at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
The Trojans (2-0) have gotten strong performances by Bishop Mitchell (21 carries, 331 yards, four TDs vs. Knappa) to start the season against good competition and have another tough test against Harrisburg.
Toledo at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Toledo senior quarterback Kyle Otis (473 yards, 8 TDs passing, 170 yards, 3 TDs) has been prolific this season, but a much improved St. Paul (1-1) team wants to prove that last week’s 53-30 win against Monroe wasn’t a fluke.
Regis at Knappa, 7 p.m.
The Rams (1-1) are playing great on defense this year with an athletic group and should do well against a Knappa (1-1) team that was held to 14 points last week.
Culver at Santiam, 7 p.m.
The Wolverines (2-0) are off to a promising start, including a 42-0 shutout of Waldport Friday and look to continue that against a Culver team that lost 30-24 last Friday to La Pine in its only game this season.
Mapleton at Falls City, 7 p.m.
This is the 1A Special District 3 west division opener for both the Mountaineers (0-2) and Sailors (1-1). Falls City was brought back to earth in a 54-12 defeat at the hands of defending state champion Dufur.
Mitchell at Perrydale, 7 p.m.
This is the 1A Special District 4 opener for defending league champion Perrydale (1-1) and will be a good indication for the Pirates after giving up 36 first quarter points in a 66-22 loss to Lowell.