Remaining playoff teams get sense of urgency

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Friday, Nov. 18

Sprague at West Linn, 7 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KBZY 1490 AM.

No. 8 seed Sprague (10-1) is in the 6A state semifinals for the first time since 2012. The Olympians have a formidable foe in No. 1 seed and No. 1 ranked West Linn (11-0). West Linn senior quarterback Tim Tawa, who has committed to play baseball at Stanford, has completed 69 percent of his passes this season for 3,105 yards and 45 touchdowns with one interception. These are the top two scoring offenses in Class 6A: West Linn has scored 525 points and Sprague has scored 520.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Central vs. Wilsonville, 11 a.m.

On the air: Radio on KAJC 90.1 FM and osaa.org.

Where: Hillsboro Stadium.

The No. 11 seed Panthers (7-4) are in the state semifinals for the fifth time in the past 12 years, but are still trying to get to the state championship game for the first time since 1998. Central’s defense, which has come up big in the clutch the past few weeks, has a tough task in Wilsonville senior Connor Neville, who has completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,344 yards and 30 touchdowns against eight interceptions and has committed to play football at Washington State. Wilsonville (10-1) is the No. 2 seed.

Dallas vs. Lebanon, 2:15 p.m.

On the air: Radio on KGAL 1580 AM and osaa.org.

Where: Hillsboro Stadium.

Three weeks ago Lebanon defeated Dallas 28-10 for the Mid-Willamette Conference championship. Now No. 8 seed Dallas (9-2) gets another shot at No. 4 seed Lebanon (10-1) in its first state semifinal appearance since 1998. Though Dallas had an impressive 197 yards of passing offense behind the arm of senior quarterback Caedmon Blair the first time the teams played, the Dragons had their lowest rushing total of the year (51 yards) the first time they played the Warriors.

Cascade vs. Cottage Grove, 5:30 p.m.

On the air: Radio on osaa.org.

Where: Hillsboro Stadium.

No. 15 seed Cascade (6-3) has been impressive on its road to its second straight Class 4A state semifinal appearance, defeating the Nos. 2 and 7 seeds and now gets No. 6 seed in Cottage Grove. The Lions (10-0) are one of two remaining undefeated 4A teams left in the state this season.

Salem Academy vs. Blanchet, 11 a.m.

On the air: Radio on osaa.org.

Where: Cottage Grove High School.

The first time these PacWest Conference co-champions played this season, the Crusaders put together a late drive and quarterback Colton Daniels’ four-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds remaining gave Salem Academy a 14-10 win. No. 12 seed Salem Academy (9-2) is in the state semifinals for the first time since 1989; No. 8 seed Blanchet (9-2) is in the state semifinals for the third straight year and is still searching for its first berth in the state championship game.

Heppner vs. Regis, noon

On the air: Radio on osaa.org.

Where: Liberty High School, Hillsboro.

Regis is the No. 1 seed in the 2A state playoffs and is 9-2, but Heppner (8-2) is the defending state champion. This is a rematch of last year’s state semifinal game at the same location, which Heppner won 26-3. But the Rams are much improved from where they were a year ago and have won eight straight, but their one loss is to fellow 2A semifinalist Stanfield.

Kennedy vs. Stanfield, 5 p.m.

On the air: Radio on osaa.org.

Where: Liberty High School, Hillsboro.

No. 3 seed Kennedy (10-1) has taken care of its past six opponents convincingly, but the Trojans have yet to see an opponent like No. 2 seed Stanfield (10-1), which is undefeated against Oregon opponents this season.

Cascade's Gavin Bettelyoun (34) hands the ball off to Marcos Reyes (31) in a game against Yamhill-Carlton on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Cascade High School in Turner. The Cascade Cougars defeated Yamhill-Carlton 60-8.

Cascade’s Gavin Bettelyoun (34) hands the ball off to Marcos Reyes (31) in a game against Yamhill-Carlton on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Cascade High School in Turner. The Cascade Cougars defeated Yamhill-Carlton 60-8.

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