Postseason play awaits area football programs

Enumclaw, White River and Sumner are moving on, but the Bonney Lake Panthers have ended their season.

ENUMCLAW

Having finished the regular season with a 4-2 mark in NPSL Mountain Division play (7-2 overall), the Enumclaw Hornets are gearing up for Week 10 competition.

Enumclaw will take to the road to face Union High of Camas in a Friday afternoon game. The contest has a 4:30 p.m. kickoff and will be staged at McKenzie Stadium at Vancouver’s Evergreen High School.

The winner keeps its season alive, advancing as one of 16 teams in the state Class 4A playoffs. The loser will pack away the pads until next season.

The Hornets finished their regular season Oct. 26 with a 41-31, home-field loss to the Hazen Highlanders.

WHITE RIVER

The White River Hornets find themselves one victory shy of a trip to the state Class 2A football playoffs.

The opportunity to secure a state berth comes Friday when the Buckley crew squares off against the Washington Patriots. The 7 p.m. game is slated for Arrow Lumber Stadium on the White River High campus.

While the loser will be finished for the season, the winner will move along as one of 16 teams from across the state still alive in the 2A ranks.

Friday’s foe is a familiar one, as White River and Washington are league foes and paired up during the regular season. The outcome of that one went the way of the Hornets, who registered a 10-6 victory

White River enters district play as the No. 4 berth from the South Puget Sound League 2A after last Friday’s 41-7 loss to the Eatonville Cruisers. It was a crossover pairing between the second-place teams from the Mountain and Sound divisions.

SUMNER

The Sumner Spartans finished the regular season in a three-way tie for third place, creating a logjam that required a midweek playoff.

The problem? The South Puget Sound League has five teams in playoff contention but only four berths. Powerful Puyallup and Graham-Kapowsin are in as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. But Sumner, Rogers and Curtis finished with identical 5-3 league records and only two can move forward.

The trio will gather Tuesday evening at Art Crate Field in Spanaway to decide, on the field of play, which two move along and who is done for the season.

The advancing squads will play again Friday or Saturday. Playoff schedules can be found by visiting spsl.org and following the link for Sumner High.

The Spartans had the opportunity last Friday, Oct. 26, to grab the league’s No. 3 berth outright, but faced too great a challenge. Playing at home, Sumner High fell 35-6 to Graham-Kapowsin.

BONNEY LAKE

Having finished the regular season with a Pierce County League mark of 3-4, the Bonney Lake Panthers will not advance to the playoffs.

But the PCL season ended with a bang, as the Panthers walloped winless Mount Tahoma 48-7. The Friday night rout came on the Totems’ home turf.

Bonney Lake’s overall record for the season was 4-5.

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