North Medford (10-0) at Glencoe (6-4) Tonight, 7:30, at Hare Field, Hillsboro Radio Broadcast, KMED (1440-AM)
North Medford runs into one of the state's hottest teams in Glencoe, which has won five straight games and six out of seven since starting the season 0-3. The Crimson Tide will attempt to control the ball with its power running game and North Medford will have to muscle up along the defensive line in order to contain RB Kyle Kirsch, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior who has rushed for 1,079 yards. Tornado will likely put eight players at or near the line of scrimmage and dare Glencoe to pass. North Medford welcomes back leading rusher Phil Ouellette, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring pull. Glencoe has some weaknesses on defense and North, with QB Kevin Foreman leading the way, is bound to exploit them.
— North Medford by 14.
Tualatin (10-0) at Roseburg (8-2) Tonight, 7 p.m., at Finlay Field
Roseburg had to come from behind to beat a tough South Albany squad in the first round of the playoffs last Friday and things won't get any easier tonight. Tualatin, coached by former Ashland High and Medford High coach Craig Hastin, romped past Century of Beaverton 34-0 in its first-round playoff game last week. Hastin-coached teams invariably attempt to control the ball and the clock with a punishing running attack, and this season is no different. But running against Roseburg is no easy task, and Indians QB Scott Bone is coming off his best game of the season. Roseburg beat Tualatin 37-20 in a 1998 state semifinal matchup. Tonight's contest will be closer, but the result will be the same.
— Roseburg by 6.
Reedsport (9-1) at Henley (9-0) Saturday, — p.m., at Hill-O'Brien Stadium in Klamath Falls
Far West League co-champion Reedsport won its playoff opener over Val-Co runner-up Toledo, 19-6, while No. — Henley drew a first-round bye. The Braves won a series of relatively close games until losing to Douglas, 10-7, on the road. Reedsport went on to blow out its final three regular-season foes. The key offensive cogs are juniors — QB Chad Harrington, WR Nick Borrevik and RB Joey Merrifield. First-team Far West League all-league RB and defensive player of the year Josh Blondell is a senior. Henley pounded Bandon (28-6) and Myrtle Point (42-6) at the start of the season. Reedsport pasted Bandon (40-16) and Myrtle Point (48-21) during its surge to the playoffs. At Reedsport, it would be a toss-up. But given two weeks to prepare and a home-field advantage, the Hornets are on solid footing.
Henley by 12
Oregon (9-1) at Oregon State (9-1) Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Reser Stadium Radio Broadcasts, KCMX (880) and KMED (1440-AM)
The buildup to perhaps the most anticipated Civil War game in history is finally upon us; the faint of heart best stay home and not watch or listen to the game. A win by the Ducks boosts them into the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season, a victory by OSU and a Washington loss to Washington State puts the Beavers into the Rose Bowl for the first time in 36 years. Oregon has won four of the past five Civil War matchups and 20 of the last 25, but that means nothing to this group of Beavers, who have exceeded everyone's expectations under second-year coach Dennis Erickson. Ducks have barely scraped past their last four opponents, needing overtime to win two of the games, while OSU has been crushing its foes over that same span. The winner will likely be the team that can run the ball the best, and right now the Beavers — led by Ken Simonton and Patrick McCall — clearly have an edge in that department.
— OSU by 7.