Three teams gunning for state football playoffs; Panthers travel for Week 10 game

With the regular football season in the record books, playoff games loom for teams from Enumclaw, Sumner and White River high schools. Each will be in action Friday night, looking to keep their campaigns alive in the state playoffs.

With the regular football season in the record books, playoff games loom for teams from Enumclaw, Sumner and White River high schools. Each will be in action Friday night, looking to keep their campaigns alive in the state playoffs.

ENUMCLAW

Touting an impressive 8-1 record, the Enumclaw Hornets open postseason play by taking on Skyline High. The Spartans finished 5-3 in the Kingco Conference and went 6-3 overall.

The winner of the contest, slated for 7 p.m. Friday at the Enumclaw Expo Center, advances the winner as the district’s No. 2 seed into the state Class 4A playoffs.

Enumclaw wrapped up the regular season with a Thursday night game and did so in fine fashion, smashing Auburn Mountainview 42-3.

Skyline finished its regular season with a 42-28 victory over lowly Issaquah.

WHITE RIVER

The Hornets head into the playoffs by taking on the River Ridge Hawks. Game time is 5 p.m. Friday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey, the opener of a prep football doubleheader.

The winner advances to the Class 2A state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from the district.

White River enters the game following a dominating Oct. 28 performance in which the Hornets clobbered Eatonville 34-6.

The offensive line provided plenty of running room and Hornet backs took full advantage. White River’s first TD came through the air, as TJ Stroschein connected with Michael Pedreira for a 29-yard score. But the rest of the Hornet touchdowns came on the ground, two by Luke Northam and one each by Jack Ervien and Joel Seferian.

SUMNER

The Spartans, a playoff-savvy crew following recent seasons of success, take on the Hazen Highlanders Friday night. The 7 p.m. game will be played at Renton Memorial Stadium.

The winner advances to the state Class 4A tournament as the No. 4 seed from the district.

The Spartans finished the regular season Oct. 27 with a 56-13 smackdown of Emerald Ridge. The win was the fourth in a row for Sumner.

The Spartans, 6-2 in South Puget Sound League 4A play, again relied heavily on Tre Weed. The senior rushed for a pair of touchdowns and added a third TD on a pass reception from quarterback Luke Ross, all in the first quarter. Ross also had a pair of TD tosses to Garrett Green and one each to Alex Frazer and Brian Falk. Falk also had a short touchdown run.

BONNEY LAKE

The playoffs are not part of the Panthers’ future, but the team has one more opportunity to crack the win column.

Week 10 games are scheduled at the conclusion of the regular season, matching non-playoff squads. In this case, Bonney Lake will be on the road Friday night, taking on Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

The Panthers put an exclamation point on the regular season with a 48-34 victory over Spanaway Lake, taking immediate control with three first-quarter touchdowns.

In that opening period, Kaiden Hammond ran for a TD and had scoring tosses to Adam Fahsel and Tyson Lawes. Hammond added a scoring pass to Cody Coffey before halftime as the Panthers built a 27-19 lead. The second half featured a touchdown run by Fahsel and two more by Hammond.

The Panthers finished with a final record of 3-4 in Pierce County League play are were 3-6 overall, heading into the Central Kitsap contest.

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