Panthers set to host Perrydale
IMBLER — Top-seeded Imbler will try to get one step closer to a state title when it hosts fourth-seeded Perrydale Saturday in a quarterfinal match-up.
Perrydale will be coming in to the game with just two losses — both to teams in the quarterfinals.
The Pirates lost their season opener in the Dufur Classic, falling to the defending state champions from Camas Valley by a 38-6 margin.
The Pirates lost their league finale to undefeated St. Paul by a 50-28 score.
But Perrydale burned Jordan Valley for a 76-20 win last week to open the playoffs.
“They have a great program down there,” Imbler coach Lee Lowe said of Perrydale.
“We’ve met in the playoffs before. They’re well coached and have some great athletes. They come to play every weekend.”
St. Paul (9-0) will be hosting Triad at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Timberwolves earned the trip by outscoring Adrian 62-52 last week.
Camas Valley has its second home game of the playoffs Saturday, taking on Sherman at 1 p.m. The Huskies defeated Elkton 54-40 for the opportunity to play the defending state champions in the Hornets’ Hive.
Camas Valley, undefeated this year and the undefeated state champions a year ago, moved into the quarterfinals by overpowering Cove by a 94-12 score.
Dufur travels to face Lowell Saturday at 1 p.m. for a shot in the 1A semifinals, after handing Crow a 46-8 loss last week.
The winner of the Camas Valley-Sherman contest will play the winner of Imbler-Perrydale Nov. 24.
“We’re gonna have to play well on both sides of the ball to stay with (Perrydale),” Lowe said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I guess that’s what the playoffs are all about.”
At the 2A level, of the final eight teams surviving the first round of playoffs, two hail from the Blue Mountain Conference.
Heppner will host Portland Christian Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, while Grant Union travels to Lost River for a 1 p.m. game.
The Mustangs beat Oakridge by a 55-29 score in the first round of the playoffs, while Portland Christian ousted Stanfield by a 55-21 score. The newest team in the BMC, the Prospectors edged Regis, 29-26 in their playoff opener.
In other action, Central Linn travels to Kennedy for a 1 p.m. games, while Oakland slapped Enterprise (65-12) to move into Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Gold Beach.