It never ceases to amaze me how many different playoff scenarios we wind up with in the SPSL after eight regular-season football games – especially in 4A and 2A, which is especially messy again.
Bonney Lake helped clear up the possibilities in the SPSL 3A with that victory over Lakes last week – the Panthers’ first-ever win over the Lancers, who previously had lost only one league game since joining the SPSL in 2008 (that to Peninsula last year). So we know who is in (Peninsula, Bonney Lake and Lakes), but the seeding is still in question.
Only the Seamount League is keeping it simple at this point. Kennedy has the lone 3A berth, while Lindbergh will be the No. 1 2A seed with Renton No. 2.
Before I breakdown the SPSL, a reminder where you can find the week-10 playoff brackets (and pairings for the official first-round of the state playoffs the following week): For 4A go here. For 3A go here.
There are so many possibilities in the SPSL 4A, I’m going to embed the information supplied by Dave Lutes, the Kent School District athletic director who is the football commissioner.
But here’s a little background first:
SPSL 4A North – 4 berths
Kentwood (6-1, 6-2) and Auburn Riverside (6-1, 6-2) are in. Jefferson (5-2, 5-3), Auburn (5-2, 5-3) and Tahoma (4-3, 5-3) are in contention for the two remaining berths. All play Friday at 7 p.m. – Kentwood vs. Kentlake (3-4, 3-5), Auburn vs. Auburn Riverside, and Jefferson vs. Tahoma at Tahoma. Remember, Auburn beat Tahoma but lost to Jefferson.
SPSL 4A South – 4 berths
Graham-Kapowsin (7-0, 8-0), Federal Way (6-1, 7-1) and Curtis (6-1, 7-1) are in. Puyallup (4-3, 5-3) plays Rogers (3-4, 5-3) Friday for the final berth. Other games of note Friday — Curtis at Federal Way, Graham-Kapowsin at Spanaway Lake (1-6, 1-7).
For the seeding scenarios, click here (and scroll down — might need a magnifying glass, but it’s the best I can do).
SPSL 3A – 3 berths
As noted above, Peninsula (4-0, 5-3), Bonney Lake (3-1, 3-5) and Lakes (3-1, 3-5) have locked up the berths. Peninsula has beaten Bonney Lake, which plays Auburn Mountainview (1-3, 2-6) Thursday, and faces Lakes Friday at Harry Lang Stadium.
Here is how 3A commissioner Scott Nordi explained it in an e-mail:
If Peninsula beats Lakes, Peninsula is SPSL 3A #1 (5-0 record). Bonney Lake is #2 with victory over Lakes. Lakes is #3.
If Lakes beats Peninsula and Bonney Lake loses to Auburn Mountainview then Lakes is #1 (4-1 record), Peninsula is #2 (4-1 record with loss to Lakes) and Bonney Lake is #3 (3-2 record).
If Lakes beats Peninsula Friday night and Bonney Lake beats Auburn Mountainview Thursday night we have a three way tie with tie breaker issues as all three will have 4-1 records. First tie breaker criteria is head to head which does not break the tie. Next is power points and all beat the same teams and so this still does not break the tie. We would then use a point differential between the three teams and we won’t know what that is until after the Lakes/Peninsula game on Friday night.
We know that Peninsula beat Bonney Lake 56-28 giving Peninsula a +14 and Bonney Lake a -14. Bonney Lake beat Lakes 24-21 giving Bonney Lake a +3 and Lakes a -3. Bonney Lake therefore has a -11 overall and we will need the Lakes/Peninsula score to sort out the rest.
SPSL 2A – 4 berths
Sumner (6-0, 8-0) and White River (5-1, 6-2) are in and play for the league title Friday at Sunset Chev in Sumner (a WR win makes them official co-champs, but WR would get the No. 1 seed and Sumner would be No. 2; Sumner is No. 1 with a win, putting WR at No. 2).
Currently, there is a four-way tie for third at 3-3 between Fife (5-3), Franklin Pierce (5-3, Orting (5-3) and Steilacoom (5-3), which stayed in contention with a 34-33 upset at White River last week. Fife nearly knocked off Sumner, leading 31-7 at half before the Spartans rallied for a 37-31 victory.
Friday’s other games: Orting at Fife, Clover Park (1-5, 3-5) at Steilacoom and Franklin Pierce at Washington (0-6, 0-8).
A mini-tiebreaker next Tuesday is possible between Fife, Franklin Pierce and Steilacoom if all three win Friday.
Other seeding possibilities:
Fife – Would be No. 3 with if they beat Orting and CP beats Steilacoom; would be No. 4 if Fife, Washington and Steilacoom win.
Franklin Pierce – Would be No. 3 if they win and Orting beats Fife; would be No. 4 with wins by FP, Fife and CP.
Orting – Would be at least No. 4 with a win and move to No. 3 with a win and losses by Steilacoom and FP; looks like the Cardinals would be out with a loss.
Steilacoom – Would be No. 3 with a win coupled with wins by Fife and Washington; would be No. 4 with a win coupled with wins by Orting and Washington.
I sure hope I got that right, based on the information I got from Nordi and other sources.