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Tyler Seiber

Tyler Seiber, carrying the ball, and South Albany play Crescent Valley at Corvallis High School on Friday night.

All games at 7 p.m. unless noted; OSAA coaches poll rankings in parentheses

THURSDAY'S GAMES

North Salem at (2) West Albany

Records: North Salem 1-4, 1-4 5A Special District 3; West Albany 5-0, 5-0 SD 3

The Bulldog defense has a shot at its fourth shutout of the season against a team that’s scored 26 combined points in its last three games.

North Salem, which lost 19-14 to McKay last week, got its lone win against Corvallis.

Corvallis at McKay

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Records: Corvallis 1-4, 1-4 5A Special District 3; McKay 2-3, 2-3 SD 3

This is a must-win for the Spartans if they hope to claim a top-five-spot in the Mid-Willamette and a state playoff berth.

But it won’t be easy against the Royal Scots, who have some momentum and now playoff dreams of their own with wins against Lebanon and North Salem.

Philomath at Sweet Home

Records: Philomath 1-4, 0-2 4A Special District 3; Sweet Home 1-4, 0-2 SD 3

Both teams will try to turn their seasons around and make a run at one of three state playoff berths for the six-team Special District 3.

Sweet Home has played a strong schedule that includes three top-six 4A teams, including No. 1 and defending state champion Banks. The Huskies have been outscored 89-21 in league.

Philomath has opened league with losses of 23 and 21 points after playing three games decided by nine points for fewer.

Sutherlin at Harrisburg

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Sutherlin 4-1, 1-0 3A Special District 2 North; Harrisburg 2-3, 0-1 SD 2 North

Harrisburg will try to rebound from a 64-8 loss at Siuslaw to open league play. The Eagles have alternated wins and losses this season.

Sutherlin has four straight wins, including last week’s 29-28 victory at La Pine.

Central Linn at Creswell

Records: Central Linn 1-4, 0-1 2A Special District 3; Creswell 1-4, 0-1 SD 3

The Cobras go back on the road after a 34-0 loss at Regis.

Creswell has been outscored 93-20 the past two weeks.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

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Lebanon at Central

Records: Lebanon 2-3, 2-3 5A Special District 3; Central 1-4, 1-4 SD 3

The Warriors are at a crossroads after three straight losses, though two of those came against top-10 5A teams in Silverton and West Albany.

It’s a good opportunity to get back on track, as Central’s offense has scored 35 total points in five games.

South Albany vs. Crescent Valley

Location: Corvallis HS

Records: South Albany 2-3, 2-3 5A Special District 3; Crescent Valley 2-3, 2-3 SD 3

The winner here increases their chances of making the state playoffs significantly. That’s especially true if it’s South, which has the easier remaining schedule.

The RedHawks try to continue their momentum after beating Central 24-7. The Raiders defeated Central 33-14 two weeks ago before a 32-7 loss at Dallas.

Siuslaw at (2) Santiam Christian

Records: Siuslaw 4-1, 1-0 3A Special District 2 North; Santiam Christian 5-0, 1-0 SD 2 North

The Eagles, who have outscored their opponents 238-35, will likely get their best test of the season to date.

Siuslaw, a 4A school playing 3A football, has scored 154 points the past three weeks.

(9) Yamhill-Carlton at Scio

Records: Yamhill-Carlton 5-0, 1-0 3A Special District 1 East; Scio 3-2, 1-0 SD 1 East

The Loggers carry a two-game win streak to face an opponent that’s given up 21 total points in its last three games.

Y-C, in its second year in 3A after dropping from 4A, has already reached its 2018 win total. The Tigers had five combined wins in their last four years in 4A.

Jefferson at (5) Monroe

Records: Jefferson 0-5, 0-1 2A Special District 3; Monroe 4-1, 1-0 SD 3

Monroe’s offensive machine is averaging 44 points per game and has scored 49 or more in its last three contests.

Jefferson has struggled to score, averaging less than 12.

Alsea at McKenzie

Records: Alsea 2-3, 2-3 1A Special District 4 (6-man); McKenzie 2-3, 1-3 SD 4

Trailing 33-21, the Wolverines had to forfeit last week’s game against Gilchrist at halftime because they didn’t have enough healthy players to finish.

McKenzie defeated Prairie City 39-29 in a nonleague game last week.

— Compiled by Jesse Sowa, jesse.sowa@lee.net

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