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November 6, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Weekend football hotspots

Reason No. 1 to keep a close eye on the first week of the playoffs: Glacier Peak at O’Dea.

The gap in tradition could hardly be greater than when first-year school Glacier Peak faces year-in, year-out power O’Dea on Saturday night at 5 p.m. at Seattle Memorial. But this has been a crazy year for both teams.

The Irish began the year with as high hopes as anyone in the state this season. O’Dea had a Boise State recruit at linebacker, a Husky recruit at running back and, as always, a bohemoth line. But the linebacker, Allen Mooney, and the running back, Zach Fogerson, have been hurt for most of the season. And that line’s been beat up.

So don’t count those kids from Snohomish — the school has no seniors this year — out. The Grizzlies finished among the top two teams in WesCo, beating Everett and Shorecrest in the final weeks to clinch their spot. And look at their schedule this season, and you’ll see Glacier Peak gave Marysville-Pilchuck the best game the Tommies saw this season.

So Glacier Peak-O’Dea is my pick for the best game of the weekend. But anywhere you go this weekend, you’ll likely find a good one. Here are a few more reasons this week should be a good one:

FRIDAY

Edmonds-Woodway at Kentwood, 7:30 p.m. at French Field. Probably the closest matchup of the week. This could come down to whether or not the Warriors have Tony Heard, who’s running for 163 yards per game when he’s in, but he has been questionable almost every week with injuries. Kentwood knows it will have 1,000-yard rusher Darrius Coleman, who will definitely have E-W’s attention.

Bethel at Bothell, 7:30 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium. How will the Cougars rebound from their near-upset of Skyline last week? The body of Tom Bainter’s work as coach says Bothell comes back strong. The past seven weeks suggest a Bothell team capable of a deep run into the playoffs. The biggest difference is on defense, where the line put pressure on Skyline almost every play, and the secondary held its own.

Federal Way at Gig Harbor, 7:30 p.m. at Roy Anderson Field. The Tides have been one of the state’s best teams the past eight weeks, but Federal Way has the athletes to give them a game.

Rainier Beach at Union (Vancouver), 7 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium. I’m not saying Rainier Beach is better than Union, or that I think the Vikings will upset the No. 4 Titans. Union has withstood everything the Vancouver teams have thrown its way, and its ranking reflects that. I’m only saying that with one team making its postseason debut, and another team with plenty of great athletes playing with nothing to lose, it could happen.

SATURDAY

Issaquah at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7 p.m. at Everett Memorial. The 400-plus yards Issaquah gave up to Woodinville last week doesn’t bode well for the Eagles this week against the Tommies, who run for more than 360 yards per game. So which Issaquah team shows up? The one that bowled over Bothell, Inglemoor and Eastlake on the road, or the one that fell flat at home against Skyline and Woodinville? Regardless, Marysville-Pilchuck will be keeping the ball on the ground. Issaquah knows what it has to stop.

Lake Stevens at Rogers (Puyallup), 7 p.m. at Sparks Stadium. Lake Stevens might believe the football gods are angry at them after losing 50-49 and 49-48 this season. It’s the defense gods they might want to pray to. In five games against playoff teams, the purple and gold have allowed 36.4 points per game. If the Vikings are going to get past a very good Rogers team — led by an experienced quarterback — they’ll need to do more than score with that very good spread offense. They’ll need to make a stop or two.

Mount Si at Peninsula, 7 p.m. at Roy Anderson Field. Mount Si will be the third-best team Peninsula has faced this season, and that should worry the Seahawks only because they lost to the first two (Lakes and Gig Harbor). Even though Mount Si has given several good teams a game this season — they played Bellevue as close as any Washington team this season — the Wildcats have yet to beat a playoff team. Should be a pretty even matchup between a pair of teams with good run games and quarterbacks capable of big plays.

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