Records: South Albany 7-2, 5-1 5A Mid-Willamette Conference;
Corvallis 5-4, 5-1 Mid-Willamette
South Albany plays one its biggest games in program history for the second straight week.This game decides the Mid-Willamette’s second and third seeds in the 5A state playoffs.
The winner has a bye in next week’s first round and travels to the Intermountain Conference’s No. 2 — likely Hermiston — in week two.The loser hosts the Portland Interscholastic League’s No. 3 next week.
The Rebels are in the playoffs for the first time since 2001 after missing out by one game each of the last two years.“I think we haven’t gotten a lot of respect in the last few years, and we’ve been building, but we’ve gotten better every year,” South Albany coach Tony Matta said after the West Albany game.
Corvallis lost 52-0 to top-ranked West Albany two weeks ago, while South gave the Bulldogs their best Mid-Willamette challenge this season in a 49-22 defeat last Friday.