The SPSL 4A “North” will determine its five seeds into the preliminary round of the playoffs this next week.
Tahoma (Northeast No. 3) plays Jefferson (Northwest No. 3) Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium for the fifth and final spot. The winner advances to play second-ranked Camas in Week 10. The loser will have a final nonleague game.
Friday, four teams jockey for position, already assured of playoff spots. Fifth-ranked Federal Way (Northwest No. 1) is at home against Kent-Meridian (Northeast No. 2). No. 10 Kentwood (Northeast No. 1) plays Beamer (Northwest No. 2) at French Field in Kent.
To figure out who might get seeded where into the preliminary playoffs from there, go here and see the attachments.
The top three seeds out of the SPSL South are Emerald Ridge (6-2, 5-0), Graham-Kapowsin (7-1, 4-1) and Curtis (4-4, 4-2), in order. Congratulations to ER on its first-ever division title. The Jags have won six straight after an 0-2 start (losses to a pair of ranked teams — Prosser, No. 4 in 2A, and Kentwood).
Spanaway Lake (3-5, 2-3) and Bethel (5-3, 2-3) are tied for the fourth and final seed. If one team wins this week and the other loses, that team advances to play top-ranked Bothell, the KingCo champion.
Spanaway got in position with a huge 21-14 win over Bethel Friday night — the first time the Sentinels have beaten the Braves since 2005.
Bethel has dropped three straight after a 5-0 start and closes out regular-season play Friday against G-K. Spanaway Lake plays ER Thursday.
If both Bethel and Spanaway Lake win this week, the berth goes to Spanaway Lake, based on the win over Bethel. If both lose, and Rogers (2-7, 0-5) beats Puyallup (1-4, 2-6), Spanaway Lake still has the tiebreaker (wins over both Rogers and Bethel).
But if both lose and Puyallup wins, there is a three-way tie for fourth (no one beat the other two) and Bethel wins that tiebreaker based on point differential.