DAYTON — Northwest Christian will take Dayton’s place Friday night during the district crossover portion of postseason prep football playoffs.
The Bulldogs, who suffered through an injury-riddled season that left them at 1-7 following last Friday’s 31-0 loss to Mabton, opted not to participate as the Southeast 2B League’s No. 5 seed in a matchup against Lind-Ritzville, the top seed from the Northeast B League.
“They’re done,” District 9 Secretary Bob Kirk said of the Bulldogs. “They are injured, they are low in numbers and they are not playing Friday against the No. 1 team from up north. That is what they have opted to do.”
The decision will not result in a forfeit, Kirk said, thus Dayton’s record will remain at 1-7.
Northwest Christian finished sixth in the Northeast B League — and out of the playoff picture — with a 1-5 league record and a 1-6 mark overall. Now they get a second chance against the undefeated Broncos.
In their regular-season game against Lind-Ritzville Oct. 4 in Colbert, the Crusaders were defeated 56-3.
However, before Lind-Ritzville tackles Northwest Christian for a second time it will have to deal with Colfax in a makeup game. That game will be played Tuesday night in Ritzville.
The game was originally scheduled Oct. 25 but was postponed because game officials failed to show up.
In this weekend’s other crossover games, Liberty-Spangle plays at Waitsburg-Prescott and Davenport visits DeSales in 7 p.m. games, and Asotin travels to Reardan for a 6 p.m. start. Tri-Cities Prep entertains Colfax Saturday night at 8 at Chiawana Stadium in Pasco .