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October 23, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Friday night breakdown and picks

Liberty at Bellevue, 7 p.m. As I wrote in Thursday’s paper, there’s a lot on the line for both teams. Bellevue can clinch the KingCo 3A/2A title and a pretty good playoff position with a win. Liberty has a shot to beat Bellevue for the first time since 1997, and in doing so take a step toward its first KingCo 3A title (the Pats still have Mount Si next week). We know both teams will run it and run it well; they’re both near averaging 300 yards. But lately, the Patriots have not come up with any way to stop Bellevue’s offense. Liberty has allowed 43, 49, 35, 47, 42, 49 and 51 points in its last seven meetings with Bellevue. The Patriots have so far shown they deserve to be in the conversation about winning this game, but they will have to make the stops to do it.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Bellevue 27, Liberty 20.

Tahoma at Auburn, 7 p.m. Auburn has already beaten Kentwood and Federal Way. And with a win against Tahoma, the Trojans can clinch the SPSL North for good. And with the way the Trojans are running the ball, it’s hard to believe they won’t win at home. Auburn is averaging more than 400 yards per game, impressive considering the Trojans have played some decent teams. For Tahoma, it can assure itself of a playoff berth with a win. But the Bears have scored just 12 points in their last three games.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Auburn 32, Tahoma 15

Edmonds Woodway at Cascade, 7 p.m. Through four weeks, Cascade’s Aaron Frye ran for 141 yards. In the last three, he has run for 271, 280 and 247 yards. Kid is on an absolute roll, averaging about 10 yards per carry. He might just run Cascade into the playoffs. But in the way is Edmonds-Woodway’s defense, which not only has allowed just 55 rushing yards per game but also has three straight shutouts. And the Warriors have a pretty good rusher themselves in Tony Heard. We’re betting Frye breaks loose for one or two big ones, but it’s hard to see Edmonds-Woodway giving up too much, even on the road.

THE TIMES’ PICK: E-W 21, Cascade 13.

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