Union (4A) and Hockinson (2A) get top seeds by the WIAA
The seeding committees were impressed by Southwest Washington high school football.
Union and Hockinson received the top seeds in their classifications and Mountain View was given the No. 3 seed Sunday as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released results from its new system for the state football playoffs.
After the 16 teams qualified for state in each classification, a seeding committee determined the brackets. That is a first for the WIAA-sanctioned playoffs.
Union, at 10-0, earned the top seed in Class 4A. The Titans will host Skyline, the 16-seed, at 6 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium.
Hockinson, the defending Class 2A state champion, improved to 9-0 this season with a district playoff victory in Week 10. That extended the Hawks’ winning streak to 23 in a row. It also was an easy choice for the committee to put Hockinson No. 1 in that bracket.
Hockinson will “host” No. 16 Washington this week. The game will be Friday at 7 p.m. at District Stadium in Battle Ground.
Mountain View improved to 9-1 with a state preliminary playoff win on Friday. This is the best record through 10 games in the program’s history. The only loss was to Union, the top-seeded 4A team. With that resume, the committee gave Mountain View a No. 3 seed in Class 3A.
Mountain View will host No. 14 Squalicum at 6 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium.
Union and Hockinson, should they keep winning, will be the “home” teams through the semifinals. If Mountain View keeps winning, the Thunder will be home through the quarterfinals but would be the “road” team in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Skyview, at 6-4, also made it to the Class 4A round of 16. The Storm were listed as the 15-seed and will face No. 2 Woodinville at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. If Skyview “upsets” Woodinville, it is our understanding that the Storm would take over the bracket and get a home game in the quarterfinals.
For all the brackets, here is the WIAA’s football tournament central link:
Camas went for the win and came up a few yards short Saturday in its Class 4A state preliminary round playoff game.
Jake Blair scored on a quarterback keeper in the final 30 seconds of the game to pull Camas within a point. The two-point try failed, and Bothell escaped with a 36-35 victory.
Camas went 5-5, but the five losses were by 2, 3, 7, 7, and 1, and in all five games the Papermakers were in position to tie or take the lead in the final minute. Four of the losses came against state-bound teams.
Woodland had another tough-luck out in the playoffs. The Beavers fell to state-power Tumwater on Saturday, 58-38. It was a three-point game going into the fourth quarter. Woodland finished 8-2, with the two losses coming against top-ranked Hockinson and No. 6 Tumwater.