This Friday at Hillsboro Stadium, the OSAA 6A Semifinals between Jesuit vs. Lake Oswego and Barlow vs. Central Catholic will kickoff.
First, at noon, No. 9 Barlow (10-2) will get a re-match with No. 4 Central Catholic (10-2). Their previous game ended with the Rams winning 53-14, the 14th victory in a row for the Rams over the Bruins. The last time Barlow made the state semifinals was in 1991, but an upset to No. 1 Tigard in the round of 16 paved the way for their surprise appearance. The Bruins have won their three playoff games by a combined 11 points.
The Rams should roll Barlow given their talent advantage. Their senior class is headlined by three-star wide receiver and future Stanford Cardinal Silas Starr. In addition, the Rams’ senior class has three other three-star recruits in Kalvin Sounders, Elijah Elliot and Miles Jackson. After winning back-to-back state championships in 2013 and 2014, Central Catholic has been up and down. They do have a championship appearance since then but also underperformed given their talent level last season. Their seniors look to end their playing careers on a high note.
Then, at 5pm, the other match-up kicks off of No. 2 Jesuit (10-2) versus No. 3 Lake Oswego (10-2), another re-match of a regular season game, but this one was a 44-41 thriller where Lake Oswego came out victorious. But, Jesuit was without their star linebacker Andy Alfieri. Jesuit recently returned arguably the state’s best player in Andy Alfieri who committed to California. He was thought to be out for the season with a cracked vertebra, but has played in the last two games.
However, the Lakers will field Casey Filkins who also has a case to be the state’s best player. Filkins not only led the Lakers to a state championship last season but he has committed to play for Stanford. Then, this season with the Lakers’ inability to pass the ball, Filkins has amassed an even larger workloud. In their round of 16 victory over West Salem, Lake Oswego ended the game running their offense from the wildcat formation. Filkins even threw a touchdown pass.