Devils battle Bears in finale on Friday


Area prep standings

Mid-Columbia Conference

League Overall

Chiawana (4A) 7-0 8-1

Richland (4A) 6-1 8-1

Kamiakin (3A) 5-2 7-2

Walla Walla (4A) 4-3 5-4

Southridge (3A) 3-4 5-4

Kennewick (3A) 2-5 3-6

Hanford (3A) 1-6 2-7

Pasco (4A) 0-7 0-9

Friday, Nov. 8

Gonzaga Prep at Chiawana, 7 p.m.

Richland at Ferris, 7 p.m. at Joe Albi Stadium

Pasco vs. Lewis-Clark (at Central Valley), 7 p.m.

Central Valley at Wa-Hi, 7 p.m.

University at Kamiakin, 7 p.m. at Lampson Stadium

Kennewick at Shadle Park, 7 p.m. at Joe Albi Stadium

Mt. Spokane at Southridge, 7 p.m. at Lampson Stadium

Hanford at Mead, 7 p.m.

Big Nine Conference

League Overall

Wenatchee (4A) 7-1 7-2

Moses Lake (4A) 5-3 6-3

Eisenhower (4A) 5-3 6-3

Davis (4A) 4-4 4-5

Eastmont (4A) 1-7 1-8

Sunnyside (3A) 0-4 0-9

Friday, Nov. 8

Eastmont at Moses Lake, 7 p.m.

Sunnyside at Wenatchee, 7 p.m.

Davis at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.

Southeast 2B League

League Overall

Waitsburg-Prescott 3-1 6-2

DeSales 3-1 5-3

Tri-Cities Prep 2-2 5-3

Asotin 2-2 5-3

Dayton 0-4 1-7

Mabton N/A 2-5

Friday, Nov. 8

Davenport at DeSales, 7 p.m.

Liberty-Spangle at Waitsburg-Prescott, 7 p.m.

Asotin at Reardon, 7 p.m.

Colfax at Tri-Cities Prep, 7 p.m.

Southeast 1B League

League Overall

Touchet 5-1 8-1

Liberty Christian 5-1 8-1

Colton 5-1 7-2

Sunnyside Christian 3-3 6-3

Garfield-Palouse 3-3 3-5

Pomeroy 2-4 3-6

St. John-Endicott 1-5 2-7

Lacrosse-Washtucna 0-6 0-8

Thursday, Nov. 7

Sunnyside Christian at Touchet, 2 p.m.

Colton at Pomeroy, 7 p.m.

Garfield-Palouse at Lacrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m.

St. John-Endicott at Liberty Christian, 7 p.m.

Greater Oregon League

League Overall

Ontario 3-0 4-4

Baker 2-1 4-6

La Grande 1-2 2-6

Mac-Hi 0-3 2-6

Friday, Nov. 8

Ontario at Philomath, TBA

Blue Mountain Conference

League Overall

Heppner 7-0 9-0

Grant Union 6-1 8-1

Weston-McEwen 5-2 5-4

Stanfield 4-3 6-3

Irrigon 2-5 5-5

Union 2-5 3-5

Enterprise 2-5 3-6

Pilot Rock 0-7 0-9

Friday, Nov. 8

Nestucca at Grant Union, 7 p.m.

Reedsport at Heppner, 7 p.m.

Stanfield at Regis, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Weston-McEwen at Knappa, 1 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of upper-division football teams — one from the Mid-Columbia Conference and one from the Greater Spokane League — meet on Friday at Borleske Stadium with aspirations of finishing the 2013 season with a victory that would result in a winning season instead of a .500 record.

Both the Wa-Hi Blue Devils and Central Valley Bears bring 5-4 overall marks into the 7 p.m. contest.

Wa-Hi ended up fourth in the eight-team MCC and Central Valley placed fifth among 10 GSL schools.

The Blue Devils and Bears are coming off lopsided losses last week. Wa-Hi lost to MCC champion Chiawana, 47-16, while Central Valley suffered a 49-27 loss to Gonzaga Prep.

If there are those that think that Friday’s game is not a big deal, they have not spoken to Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw.

“This is a huge game,” Hisaw said. “We can’t wait to play on Friday night. We’re excited about being at home.”

Friday’s game will represent the last time that 10 Wa-Hi seniors will suit up in Blue Devil uniforms. They are Zach Zehner (quarterback/linebacker), Darnell Handcox (wide receiver/defensive back), Ruben Avalos (defensive lineman/kicker), Forrest Swant (wide receiver/linebacker), Stuart Gillin (running back/linebacker), Kurtis Crump (running back/linebacker), Nate Sumerlin (lineman), Thomas Ashley (offensive lineman/linebacker), Manuel Marin (lineman), and Nick Fuller (lineman).

“It will be bitter sweet,” Hisaw said. “Anybody who has played the game knows and will tell you what their last game was like. It will be a neat evening for us.

“The seniors’ goal was to reach the playoffs,” he said. “We knocked on the door and gave it a heck of a run.

“There are so many great things that these kids have accomplished,” Hisaw said of the team in general. “This group cares a lot about each other. That’s what this team has become.”

This year’s Blue Devils have positioned themselves for a winning record despite a lack of depth on the roster, Hisaw said.

“There were times when we’d look around for kids to play on the scout team,” he said. “We have fought through a lot of obstacles. It makes the season more gratifying.”

Wa-Hi will be at full strength for Friday’s game with one possible exception, Hisaw said. Running back Noah Porter is questionable with a strained knee.

“We’ve healed up as much as we can,” Hisaw said. “We are as healthy as we can be.”

Wa-Hi ended up fifth in both offense and defense in the Mid-Columbia.

Zehner ended up fourth in the league in both passing yards (1,501) and total offense (1,696 yards), Handcox and Mitch Huffman were two of three receivers that tied for third in the MCC with 30 receptions apiece, and Porter ranked seventh in rushing (510 yards).

Handcox paced Mid-Columbia defensive backs with six interceptions.

Two of Central Valley’s offensive stars are quarterback Adam Chamberlain and Hayden Wolrehammer.

In last week’s game with G-Prep, Chamberlain completed 14-of-29 passes for 133 yards and gained 78 yards on 20 carries.

Wolrehammer rushed 17 times for 69 yards and reeled in five receptions for 40 yards versus G-P.

“We’ve got to do a good job playing in the box,” Hisaw said. “It will be a challenge for us, but the kids are looking forward to it with anticipation.

“They play a physical, attacking style of defense,” he said. “They play the 3-4 a lot. You don’t get the same look twice in a row.”

Hisaw said his team will treat Friday’s cross-over game as a postseason affair.

“There is a lot of pride involved,” Hisaw said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re hoping for a standing-room-only crowd. The more people, the better.”


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