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No. 10 Roseburg (2-1) at No. 5 Ashland (5-0) — Tonight, 7:30 at Walter A. Phillips Field Radio broadcasts, KCMX (580 AM)

Ashland could virtually assure itself a Class 4A playoff spot for the 14th straight year and could move a giant step closer to winning its fifth SOC crown in eight years. But this game will no doubt amount to a crusade for the Indians, whose 32-game winning streak was snapped by the Grizzlies, 27-17, last year. Roseburg's strength going into the season was its stash of quality linemen. But Ashland has developed both depth and quality in its line. Plus Grizz QB Jimmy Werbin has been plain awesome at times and has thrown 10 TD passes. The Indians got good news Friday when FB Paul Bodenhamer's suspension was overturned. Bodenhamer was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct against Klamath Union and would've missed tonight's game had the suspension not been overturned by the Douglas County officials association commissioner. Ashland by 6.

North Medford (3-1) at Crater (2-2) Tonight, 7:30 at Dutch Meyer Stadium Radio broadcasts at 6:30 p.m. on KRTA (610 AM)

Crater has stumbled after getting off to a quick start under first-year coach Randy Heath. The Comets biggest problem against No. 9 Churchill last week was holding on to the ball. Crater can ill afford a repeat of its five-turnover performance against the Tornado. North possesses the most potent offense in the SOC in terms of yards (374 per outing) and points (32.6). Toss in the fact that North's junior QB Nate Mayben is the most efficient passer in the conference and Crater could be in trouble. North Medford by 13.

Eagle Point at (1-3) at South Medford (0-4) Tonight, 7:30, at Spiegelberg Stadium

No one said it would be easy to turn around South Medford's football fortunes. Even with his wealth of collegiate experience, first-year coach Bill Singler has had to learn patience. Improvement has been measured play to play, rather than in wins. The Panthers have been outscored 122-7. Eagle Point's lone win came in overtime against Klamath Union and the Eagles are nowhere near the team that reeled off three straight playoff appearances. Statistically, there's not a great deal of separation. The Eagles, however, still remember what it's like to win. Eagle Point by 12.

Klamath Union (1-3) at Redmond (3-1) Tonight, 7:30, at Don Rich Stadium

Redmond handed Crook County and its first-year coach, Steve Turner, its first loss of the season, 6-0, last week. Crater handed Redmond its lone defeat, 47-26. That should bode well for Klamath, despite the fact it's coming off a 49-0 loss at Roseburg. TB Danny King, the SOC's leading rusher (607 yards) and scorer (44 points) should give the Pels a solid edge, if the defense can hold up its end. Klamath Union by 2.

No. 9 Hidden Valley (3-1) vs. North Valley (1-3) Tonight, 7 o'clock at Josephine County Fairgrounds

After a disappointing detour against Brookings three weeks ago, the Mustangs are back on track. RB Tim Orr is healthy once again, and that's not good news for the Knights, who were victimized by Ryan Juhl's 241-yard performance last week at Henley. Hidden Valley by 15.

Mazama (2-2) at Illinois Valley (4-0) Tonight, 7 o'clock

At 4-0, Illinois Valley is off to its best-ever start. It's time for the Cougars to pinch themselves. Mazama is 2-0 in the Skyline, but its wins are against Phoenix and Rogue River (a combined 1-7). The Vikings ran for 338 yards against winless Phoenix and 272 yards against Rogue River. Another big night on the ground could spell disaster for IV. But then again, this might be the Cougars' dream season, and a win would clinch IV's first winning season since 1965. Illinois Valley by 2.

Henley (3-1) at Rogue River (1-3) Tonight, 7 o'clock at Beck Field

Two of the Skyline's best athletes -- Henley HB Ryan Juhl and Rogue River TE Ron Wessels -- will be on the field. But Juhl's supporting cast is far superior. Look for Henley to warm up for its neighborhood rivalry contest against Mazama with a decisive triumph. Henley by 32.

Lakeview (1-3) at Phoenix (0-4) Tonight, 7 at Jack Woodward Stadium

This is Phoenix's best shot for a win until November. Senior RB Chris Valavala has given the Pirates some short-yardage punch, scoring twice last Friday. If the defense rises to the occasion, Phoenix will get its first win. Phoenix by 3.

Lost River (3-1) at Cascade Christian (0-4) Tonight, 7 o'clock at V.A. Domiciliary, White City

This the Southern Cascade League opener for both squads and the first-ever SCL game for the Challengers. The good news is that Lost River is no longer invincible. The Raiders were beaten by Etna in their season opener after running the table and going 13-0 en route to winning last year's Class 2A state title. The bad news is that Lost River had a bye last week and has had two weeks to prepare for the Challengers, whose offense remains AWOL. Lost River by 28.

Gilchrist (0-4) at St. Mary's (2-2) Saturday — p.m. at Spiegelberg Stadium

After one-sided run-ins against two tough Big Fir League clubs, the Crusaders embark on their first trip through the Southern Cascade League. Gilchrist made the state playoffs five of six years, from 1987 through 1992, finishing second in 1989. In recent years, Gilchrist has languished at the bottom of the SCL. Suspensions and injuries have reduced the Grizzlies to 15 available players. The most recent casualty was defensive end/offensive guard Tim Atkins, who broke his collarbone in practice this week. Freshman Matt DeYoung rushed for 218 yards two weeks ago in a 42-0 loss to Riddle. St. Mary's by 12.

ELSEWHERE IN SOUTHERN CASCADE LEAGUE -- Chiloquin (3-1) by 18 over Bonanza (1-3) at Chiloquin.

Butte Falls (0-3) at Powers (0-4) Today, 4 o'clock at Powers

Two-time defending state champion Powers has few peers in 8-man ball and this one figures to be called at halftime. Powers by 45.

Prospect (1-2) at Paisley (1-3)

Paisley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Mapleton last week but got little else. The Cougars have a chance if they avoid giving up the big play too often. Prospect by 6.

ELSEWHERE IN SKYLINE A LEAGUE -- Days Creek by 8 over Mapleton at Days Creek.

Oregon State (3-2) at Stanford (1-4) Saturday, — p.m., at Stanford Stadium. Radio broadcast at 12 p.m. on KTMT (880-AM)

Beavers registered their third win in five games last Saturday with a win over Utah State. Three wins in one season for OSU is normally grounds for celebration. But OSU coach Mike Riley is still looking for his first Pac-10 win in two years. Here, he gets perhaps his best chance this season. OSU snapped its 18-game road losing streak last week. To make it two in a row, it must limit mistakes -- running back Ken Simonton has fumbled six times and there have been two punt-return fumbles. Stanford has proven it can throw the ball and score. With back-to-back losses to Oregon and Notre Dame, the Cardinal will be hungry to win at home. Big. Stanford by 14.

Oregon (4-0) at Washington State (3-2) Saturday, 2 p.m., at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. — Radio broadcast at — p.m. on KCMX (580-AM)

Ducks have lost two straight to Washington State. Oregon had a bye last week, which should help it. Tailback Reuben Droughns is healthy and ready to go, and several other Ducks have healed during the week off. Ducks need a quick start and can't afford early turnovers from being rusty from the week off. Cougars got physically beaten up last week in a big loss to UCLA. That softened them up for the Ducks. Oregon by 17.

ELSEWHERE IN THE PAC-10 --UCLA by 10 over Arizona, USC by 20 over California, Arizona State by 10 over Notre Dame, Washington by 28 over Utah State.

Southern Oregon (2-2) at Western Oregon (2-1) Saturday, 5 p.m. at Western Oregon Radio broadcast 4:30 p.m. on KOPE (103.5-FM)

Anything can happen when these two rivals meet. The teams have staged back-to-back exciting battles during the last two seasons, with each team winning on its home field. SOU will match its strong running game against a Western Oregon rushing defense that ranks second in the Columbia Football Association, giving up 94.7 yards per game and 2.4 yards per carry. Despite only netting 62 yards against Linfield last week, SOU tailback Griff Yates continues to lead the CFA and the nation in rushing yards per game (198.0). Southern Oregon has yet to win on the road, having lost two road games by a total of six points. Western Oregon by 7.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CFA -- Eastern Washington by 7 over Western Washington, Humboldt State by 7 over Simon Fraser, UC-Davis by 14 over Central Washington, Pacific Lutheran by — over Eastern Oregon.