It’s been a tumultuous season so far for 6A OSAA high school football. This week should turn out to be no different.
KGW’s Nate Hanson joined The Bridge to preview the four quarterfinal matchups in the 6A OSAA bracket this week.
The most surprising matchup of the week has to be #9 Barlow (9-2) hosting #16 Mountainside (8-3). Barlow enters the game with only two losses. One of those losses was to #1 Tigard, who Mountainside shocked last Friday giving the Tigers their lone loss of the season. After Mountainside’s improbable 34-31 victory, no team will finish undefeated this season.
The winner of that matchup will play the winner of #4 Central Catholic (9-2) and #5 West Linn (8-3), a rematch from the first week of the season where the Rams defeated the Lions 35-27. This could be the final game for West Linn coach Chris Miller who will be moving onto the XFL at the season’s end.
On the other side of the bracket, #7 Tualatin (9-2) will travel to #2 Jesuit (9-2). If anyone is underseeded in this tournament, Tualatin would be the pick. They finished with their only two losses being to #1 Tigard and #5 West Linn. They also blew out #3 Lake Oswego. But Oregon State commit John Miller and the Timberwolves will have their hands full against the Crusaders, even if they’ll once again be without four-star recruit Andy Alferi.
The final quarterfinal game is between #3 Lake Oswego (9-2) and #22 Lakeridge (5-6). Defending champion Lake Oswego survived an upset bt by a talented West Salem team by riding Stanford commit Casey Filkins who accounted for six total touchdowns. Lakeridge played in the Three Rivers League which is widely regarded as the cream of the crop in the state. Despite having only three wins going into the playoffs, they have defeated back-to-back higher ranked Metro League opponents by the play of their star running back and Arizona commit, Jalen John. Also, this matchup will be a rivalry game.