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October 29, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Playoff watch: week nine.

This is the last week of football before next week’s district crossover games, and though a few leagues have already been decided, many of the playoff spots are still there for the taking. The most interesting race? WesCo 3A, where any of four teams could either win the league or miss the playoffs. There are several interesting scenarios in the Seamount and SPSL 3A, too.

We’ve again tried to predict who will come out of each league. The updated state tournament brackets are here: 4A and 3A.

Records are league records only. Teams we’ve picked to move on in bold.

Class 4A

KingCo 4A

Playoff spots: six.

In: Skyline (5-0), Bothell (5-0), Woodinville (4-1), Issaquah (4-1)

In the mix: Eastlake (3-2), Inglemoor (3-2), Roosevelt (2-3), Newport (2-3)

Key games this week: Eastlake at Roosevelt; Inglemoor at Newport.

The skinny: Only two KingCo 4A games will determine actual playoff teams, the other two will determine only seeding. If both three seeds were to win — or both four seeds — the KingCo Crown team gets the fifth seed. There’s a playoff home game on the line for Woodinville and Issaquah.

All other area leagues after the jump.

WesCo North

Playoff spots: three.

In: Marysville-Pilchuck (5-0), Lake Stevens (4-1).

In the mix: Snohomish (3-2), Arlington (2-3), Stanwood (2-3), Oak Harbor (2-3).

Key games this week: Marysville-Pilchuck at Oak Harbor; Lake Stevens at Snohomish; Arlington at Stanwood.

The skinny: Snohomish simplifies everything with a win, but Lake Stevens has a lot to gain with a win as well. The 2nd seed gets a home game; the 3rd seed does not. Should Snohomish lose and Arlington win, Arlington would get the third seed based on its head-to-head UNLESS Oak Harbor upsets Marysville-Pilchuck. That would set up a three-way tie that would have to be broken by a Kansas City tiebreaker. As you can tell, it gets complicated. The guess here is Lake Stevens wins, Arlington wins, and M-P wins, and Arlington joins the playoff party.

WesCo South

Playoff spots: three.

In: Jackson (5-0), Edmonds-Woodway (4-1), Mariner (4-2).

The skinny: Edmonds-Woodway clinched spots for itself and Mariner last week with a win against Cascade. Both Edmonds-Woodway and Mariner have beaten Cascade, giving them both the advantage should Cascade beat Jackson this week and finish 4-2. Jackson willl host a playoff game will Edmonds-Woodway and Mariner head out on the road.

SPSL North

Playoff spots: four.

In: Auburn (7-0), Federal Way (5-2), Tahoma (5-3).

In the mix: Kentwood (5-2), Kentlake (4-3).

Key game this week: Kentlake at Kentwood.

The skinny: There are several complicated tie-breaker scenarios, but they boil down to this: the winner of Kentlake-Kentwood is in, and the loser is out. Tahoma makes the top four in every scenario.

SPSL South

Playoff spots: three, plus pigtail with the Narrows League.

In: Curtis, Rogers, Bethel, Graham-Kapowsin.

The skinny: Assuming all four teams win this weekend, this is the order they’ll be placed in, with Graham-Kapowsin playing in the pigtail game. And, based on tiebreakers, it stays that way even if Rogers loses its annual cross-town game with Puyallup.

Class 3A

KingCo 3A

Playoff spots: three.

In: Bellevue (5-0), Liberty (4-1), Mount Si (4-1).

The skinny: Bellevue has the top seed clinched. Liberty and Mount Si will decide the second seed Friday night.

Metro Mountain

Playoff spots: three.

In: Eastside Catholic (5-0), O’Dea (4-1), Bishop Blanchet (3-2).

The skinny: Eastside Catholic plays this week for the Metro championship. O’Dea is playing for a playoff home game.

Metro Sound

Playoff spots: three

In: West Seattle (6-0), Rainier Beach (4-2), Nathan Hale (4-2).

The skinny: West Seattle plays this week for the Metro championship. Rainier beach, which won the three-way tie-breaker on Monday, won the second seed and is playing for a playoff home game against O’Dea.

WesCo 3A

Playoff spots: two, plus pigtail with the Northwest League.

In the mix: Glacier Peak (2-1), Shorecrest (2-1), Everett (2-1), Meadowdale (2-1).

Key games this week: Everett at Meadowdale; Glacier Peak at Shorecrest.

The skinny: What an interesting last week we have here. Four teams that have all lost once to one of the other four, all with a shot to move on. The two winners will move on to state. Of the two losers, whoever has the head-to-head win will move on to the pigtail game.

Seamount

Playoff spots: four.

In: Kennedy (7-0), Lindbergh (6-1).

In the mix: Renton (4-3), Mt. Rainier (4-3), Hazen (4-4), Highline (3-4).

Key game this week: Renton at Highline.

The skinny: Provided Renton wins, the Indians would take the third seed and Mt. Rainier, even with a loss to Kennedy, would take the fourth spot based on its win against Hazen this season. But if Highline wins, it gets complicated with a four-team tie.

SPSL 3A

Playoff spots: four

In: Lakes (7-0), Peninsula (6-1), Enumclaw (4-3).

In the mix: Auburn Mountainview (4-4), Bonney Lake (3-4), Franklin Pierce (3-4).

Key games this week: Enumclaw at White River; Sumner at Bonney Lake.

The skinny: Enumclaw can really clean things up with a win against 0-7 White River, but the Hornest don’t need the win to advance. Fourth place gets tricky. Only three teams can finish 4-4 if Enumclaw wins, and that would require Franklin Pierce to upset 10th-ranked Peninsula. Provided Peninsula wins — and remember, Franklin Pierce is playing better — and Enumclaw does as well, the fourth seed would come down to Auburn Mountainview and the winner of Bonney Lake and Sumner. In that case, Bonney Lake owns the tiebreaker over Auburn Mountainview, and Mountainview owns the tiebreaker over Sumner. Unfortunately for Sumner, every tie-breaker leaves them on the outside.

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