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Sandy (4-5) at Ashland (9-0)

Tonight, 7:30, at Walter A. Phillips Field

Radio Broadcast: KCMX (580-AM)

Ashland is a little banged up as it heads into the playoffs but shouldhave little problem handling the No. — seed from the Mount Hood Conference.The Grizzlies' balanced offensive attack, with FB Ben Ross, QB Erik Nageland explosive receivers Cy Aleman and Brian Luman, is bound to take a tollon the Pioneers. Either Aleman or Luman has broken big plays in every gamethis season. Sandy has a fine back in Adam Hayes, who has 1,324 yards rushingand 17 TDs. But Hayes could find the going tough against a Grizzly defensethat allows only 78 yards per game rushing.

Ashland by 21.

Eagle Point (7-2) at McNary (9-0)

Tonight, 7:30, at Salem

Radio Broadcast: KOPE (103.5-FM)

This game matches two ranked teams and it should be a dandy for the fansas a high-scoring contest seems imminent. McNary's wide-open offense featuresall-state wide receiver Shawn Kintner and running back Nick Calaycay, whohas scored 28 touchdowns. The Eagles counter with QB Dan Shopp, RB SeanJohnston and WR Luke Scott. Shopp has engineered come-from-behind victoriesthree times in the past four weeks. The difference could be on defense,where Eagle Point has been vulnerable to the run.

McNary by 7.

Roseburg (7-2) at Dallas (6-3)

Tonight, 7:30, at Dallas

This game matches two power teams that prefer to run the ball down opponents'throats. It's tough to beat the big, physical Indians in this sort of blood-and-gutsbattle. Roseburg RB Mike Cory, who suffered a badly sprained ankle Oct.10 against South Medford, has reached 90 percent efficiency and that couldspell trouble for the Dragons.

Roseburg by 7.

Clackamas (5-4) at Grants Pass (7-2)

Tonight, 7:30, at Modoc Field

Grants Pass has won seven of its last eight games and blasted Roseburg35-7 two weeks ago, an indication that the Cavemen are peaking at just theright time. The Cavers have been able to overcome a lack of speed at theskill positions thanks to punishing offensive and defensive lines alongwith running back Brian Howard, the SOC's leading rusher with 1,036 yardsand 15 touchdowns. Clackamas had to win tiebreaker just to get into theplayoffs.

Grants Pass by 14.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS -- Beaverton by 28 over David Douglasat Beaverton, Grant by 7 over Churchill at Portland, West Albany by 6 overTualatin at Albany, Gresham by 13 over Westview at Gresham, Lake Oswegoby 12 over Crook County at Prineville, Marshfield by 17 over South Salemat Coos Bay, Bend by — over Sprague at Salem, West Linn by 7 over Willametteat West Linn, Tigard by 14 over Wilson at Tigard, Canby by 23 over MountainView at Canby, Reynolds by — over Benson at Portland, Jesuit by — over Thurstonat Springfield.

Henley (5-3) at Elmira (7-2)

Tonight, 7:30, at Elmira

Elmira played some of its best football in the stretch run, includinga 56-20 victory over playoff-bound Marist. Henley looked very impressivethe past two weeks, outscoring Rogue River and South Umpqua by a combined90-6 count. However, the Hornets are 0-3 against playoff teams, includinga 26-21 loss to Burns to start the season.

Running back Jake Humble has rambled for big gains and Tim Burke is anaccurate passer for the Falcons.

Elmira by 6.

Taft (6-3) at North Valley (8-1)

Saturday — p.m. at Josephine County Fairgrounds

North Valley was a PAT conversion from an unbeaten season. But the Knightssnapped back after a disappointing loss to Skyline Conference champion HiddenValley to rout Rogue River last week. Taft is making just its second stateplayoff appearance in the past 50 years. Chances are it won't last muchlonger than the one-and-out showings in 1945 and 1994. The Tigers were 0-3against playoff competition, while picking up a nonleague win against Class2A Salem Academy. Taft will be out of its league in this one.

North Valley by 20.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS: Burns by 7 over Central at Monmouth,Scappoose by 19 over Wilsonville at Wilsonville, Siuslaw by 2 at Toledoat Toledo, Reedsport by 6 over Marist at Reedsport, Clatskanie by 10 overSweet Home at Clatskanie, Vale by 24 over Madras at Vale.

Bonanza (5-4) at Glendale ((8-1)

Saturday, — p.m. at Glendale

This is the fifth straight postseason appearance for the Bonanza, whichbeat Yoncalla, 38-25, to start the season. Yoncalla dealt Glendale its loneloss this season. Nonetheless, Bonanza will have difficulty slowing Glendale'shard-charging Todd Maurer.

Glendale by 12.

Oakland (7-2) at Lost River (9-0)

Saturday, — p.m. at Merrill

Oakland has run up some pretty amazing scores this season, but the Oakershaven't seen the likes of Lost River. The Raiders played for the Class 2Atitle two years ago and have owned every field they've stepped on this season.

Lost River by 8.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS: Regis by 6 over Central Linn at Halsey,Knappa by 2 over Dayton at Dayton, Heppner by 12 over Enterprise at Heppner,Scio by 28 over Crow at Scio, Warrenton by 21 over Amity at Warrenton, Weston-McEwenby 6 over Nyssa at Nyssa.

CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS: Crane by 12 over South Wasco County at Crane, Powersby 32 over Alsea at Powers, Culver by 16 over Cove at Culver, St. Paul by12 over Days Creek at St. Paul.

Oregon State at Arizona

Saturday, 7:07 p.m., at Tucson, Ariz.

Radio Broadcast: KRTA (610-AM)

Beavers had their best chance to get a Pac-10 win last week at Cal. Theygot pounded, 34-14. Arizona is about as desperate for wins as OSU, and theWildcats' embattled coach, Dick Tomey, won't survive if he loses to theBeavers. He may not survive, anyway. Arizona has had two weeks to preparefor the Beavers.

Arizona by 21.

Oregon at Washington

Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Husky Stadium

Radio Broadcast: KCMX (580-AM)

The Ducks (4-4) could be headed for their first losing season since 1994.The Huskies haven't forgotten Oregon's last visit to Seattle, when Oregonwon. Not this time.

Washington by 21.

ELSEWHERE IN THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE -- USC by 7 over Stanford at Los Angeles,Washington State by 17 over Southwest Louisiana at Pullman, Wash, ArizonaState by 21 over California at Berkeley, Calif.

Humboldt State at Southern Oregon

Saturday, — p.m., at Raider Stadium

Radio Broadcast: KOPE (103.5 FM)

Southern Oregon (4-3) can clinch its first winning season in five yearswith a win over the Lumberjacks (1-7). Humboldt State has fine offensiveminds in head coach Fred Whitmire and offensive coordinator Mike Mitchell,the former Hidden Valley High head coach. But Whitmire and Mitchell don'thave the horses. Southern Oregon has the horses for offensive coordinatorBill Singler in running backs Griff Yates and Casey Jackson and a toughoffensive line.

Southern Oregon by 13.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CFA -- Western Washington by 7 over Central Washingtonat Ellensburg, Wash, Western Oregon by 20 over Simon Fraser at Burnaby,B.C.

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