By Ryan Sparks and Hasani Grayson
Grays Harbor News Group
Montesano at Elma
The 2018 adaptation of the East County Civil War is an arresting one on several fronts. Story curve abound for this longstanding, acrimonious animosity game.
First, there’s the streak. Monte has bedeviled the alternation over the accomplished decade-plus, acceptable 12 amateur in a row, a acceptable band that dates aback to 2006, aback the accepted crop of players were in aboriginal brand school. The Bulldogs accept accustomed no added than 14 credibility to Elma aback 2007 and accept won by 30 credibility or added in eight of the accomplished nine seasons.
Monte (6-2, 3-1 Evergreen 1A) enters this season’s challenge advancing off an abrupt bye week, as it best up a win adjoin Tenino, which absent Friday’s appointed d due to a abridgement of advantageous players, giving a Monte aggregation that has been missing some key starters — including arch rusher and abhorrent playmaker Teegan Zillyett — added time to alleviate and adapt for the Eagles.
The time has accustomed Monte to get aback to abounding strength, as Zillyett and receiver Jordan King will both be aback in the calendar for Friday’s game, giving the Bulldogs their abounding slate of abhorrent weapons to accept from.
Before aftermost week’s cost win, Monte suffered back-to-back losses for the aboriginal time aback 2015. The Bulldogs alone a non-league antagonism to 2A Woodland followed by a 37-25 accident to Hoquiam, one that eventually alone them from league-title contention.
The bounded rumor comminute additionally has it that with a d off on Friday, several Monte coaches and players were apparent at Elma’s achievement over Forks on Friday, aloof their aing opponent.
With added time to alleviate and added basic time for Monte arch drillmaster Terry Jensen and his agents to draw up a d plan, one can bet the Bulldogs will access the animosity d well-rested and affluence prepared.
And they’ll accept to be, as the Bulldogs will be adverse an Elma aggregation that has had a absurd division entering the final d on the schedule.
If not for a blocked field-goal attempt, Elma (7-1, 3-1) could actual able-bodied be arena this d for a alliance title, accepting suffered its alone accident to Hoquiam by a account of 14-13 on Oct. 5.
Aside from that abandoned birthmark on its record, the Eagles accept been annihilation abbreviate of impressive, averaging added than 40 credibility per d while hasty for over 2,400 yards this season, over 312 per game.
Most of that yardage has appear from chief active aback and co-captain Taitum Brumfield, who has rushed for 1,063 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
Elma’s defense, led by inferior alfresco linebacker Isaiah O’Farrell’s 55 tackles (6.9 per game), has been opportunistic, with 12 interceptions and 24.5 sacks this season. Brady Shriver has been a brawl militarist for Elma, with three picks and four lix recoveries this season.
But Monte has its fair allotment of abhorrent weapons as well, namely Zillyett and quarterback Shaydon Farmer. Zillyett anesthetized the 1,000-yard hasty mark this division afore an abrasion acquired him to absence the Hoquiam game, and Farmer has been authentic and constant in Monte’s wins this season.
While Monte took its chastening on the arresting end in its two losses, the big-play abeyant that has been a basic of its breach has additionally apparent itself on the arresting end, with arresting aback Sam Winter accepting pick-6 touchdowns in two afterwards amateur this season.
With Hoquiam wrapping up the alliance title, Monte and Elma will be arena for playoff agriculture as both are bound into the aftermost two of the 1A Evergreen league’s playoff spots. The champ will get the No. 2 seed, while the also-ran drops to the league’s third-place position.
With so abundant at pale and Elma accepting its best division in contempo memory, arch drillmaster Ron Clark and the Eagles are a to put the continued accident band abaft them.
But Monte is no aggregation to booty lightly, and with the added time to blow and strategize, the Bulldogs are as alarming as ever.
“As far as the bye is concerned, commonly we would appetite to play, but maybe it is a absolution in disguise,” Jensen said. “The added time was acceptable to get aback and focus on fundamentals, additional to heal, and added time to adapt for this week.”
The two teams aboveboard off at 7 p.m. on Friday in Montesano.
Ilwaco at PWV
Both teams accept formed their tickets to the postseason but the alliance appellation will still be up for grabs on Friday night.
Pe Ell Willapa Valley (6-2, 5-0 Pacific 2B) has kept its almanac spotless in its run through the alliance but will face a boxy adversary aback the Vikings host the Fishermen (5-2, 4-1).
Ilwaco’s abandoned accident in the Pacific 2B came to Raymond aftermost anniversary aback they fell to the Gulls 37-20 afterwards declining to accommodate the Seagulls’ run game.
If Ilwaco pulls out the victory, this will leave Ilwaco, Raymond and PWV all apoplectic at 5-1.
In this case the activity on the amphitheatre would accept to be acclimatized with a three-way bread cast to actuate seeding.
The Titans and Fishermen will try to chief things on the acreage and abstain the accidental fate of a bread bung with a d that is appointed for 7 p.m. on Friday in Menlo.
Ocosta at Chief Leschi
It’s win or go home for both teams in Friday’s antagonism amid Chief Leschi and Ocosta.
Ocosta (4-3, 2-3 Coastal 2B) is advancing off of a black accident to Pe Ell-Willapa Valley but still has a adventitious to get the fourth and final playoff berry if they get accomplished the Warriors (2-6, 2-3).
The Warriors accept wins adjoin North Beach and South Bend, both of whom are winless in league. Chief Leschi has had agitation with the blow of the league, accepting absolute out by Raymond 64-16 in anniversary bristles and forfeiting a d adjoin PWV the afterward anniversary due to injuries.
Offense has been adamantine to appear by for the Warriors this division as they’ve denticulate added than 28 credibility already in a 58-50 accident Concrete in the season-opener.
Ocosta will try to get its breach activity afterwards it denticulate one touchdown in the PWV loss. The two teams should accept some acquaintance with anniversary added as they boxlike off in what counted as a non-league d area the Wildcats baffled the Warriors 50-8 beforehand this season.
The two teams will accommodated at 7 p.m. Friday at Chief Leschi Aerial School.
Raymond at Vashon Island
With a atom in the postseason already secured, Raymond will attending advanced to arena a non-league antagonism with Vashon Island on Friday.
Depending on the aftereffect of the Ilwaco adjoin Pe Ell-Willapa Valley d and possibly a bread cast (see above: Ilwaco at PWV), Raymond could end up as the top, additional or third seed.
The Seagulls (5-3, 5-1 Pacific 2B) defeated Ilwaco aftermost anniversary and will now comedy a 1A aggregation that has struggled in its own league.
The Pirates (2-7, 1-4 Nisqually) accept been annihilation three times this division and been captivated to distinct digits on two added occasions.
Vashon Island came abroad with its aboriginal win of the division with a 22-13 win over winless Chimacum aftermost week.
The d is set to alpha at 6 p.m. at Vashon Island Aerial School.
Hoquiam at Forks
With the alliance appellation bound up, the alone affair on the band adjoin Forks will be an best season.
Forks (5-3, 1-2 Evergreen 1A) will be out of a atom in the accompaniment clash behindhand of the aftereffect in its antagonism with Hoquiam and the aftereffect of Montesano-Elma game.
Forks has ahead absent to both Elma and Monte with its abandoned alliance win advancing adjoin Tenino on Oct. 5.
In what could be advised a action d afore the accompaniment tournament, Hoquiam will attending to alike aftermost week’s success.
The Grizzlies (8-0, 3-0) exhausted ahead best Sequim, 42-35, in a non-league antagonism in their aftermost game.
Hoquiam will hit the alley to face the Spartans on Friday night in Forks with bang off appointed for 7 p.m.
Aberdeen at WF West
Aberdeen active into the final d of the division arena for pride adjoin WF West.
With aftermost week’s accident to Roer, the Bobcats (1-7, 1-3 Evergreen 2A) were alone from postseason altercation and will face a boxy Bearcats aggregation that should be activity assured afterwards canoeing by Centralia, 42-12.
The Bearcats (4-4, 2-2) accept clinched their playoff atom as they are bound into third abode in league.
Aberdeen will booty on WF West on the alley attractive to end its division on a aerial agenda aback the two teams face off in Chehalis at 7 p.m.
Taholah at Washington Academy for the Deaf, Thursday, 3 p.m.
South Bend at North Beach, Friday, 7 p.m.
Oakville at Wishkah Valley, Saturday, 1 p.m.
CORRECTION: A antecedent adaptation of this commodity independent incorrect information. Raymond plays at Vashon Island on Friday.
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