We’ve arrived at the final week of Pick 6, and we’re all knotted up.
KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams had a perfect week to pull even with yours truly.
We enter our 13th week with four area teams in the semifinals. So Pick 6 is now Pick 4.
I’ve used pen to advance Lind- Ritzville/Sprague into a title game next week.
I’ve used pencil to push along another, and the other two are big underdogs who will likely see their seasons end.
I don’t have to identify those three teams. You have an idea, I’m sure.
Last week: Adams 6-0 (50-22 overall), Lee 4-2 (50-22)
Rosalia vs. Touchet
(Saturday, Pasco, 6)
Lee: Touchet 38-18. The first time around Touchet took it to Rosalia.
Rosalia has improved mightily and that should be measurable in the rematch.
But it won’t be enough.
Adams: Rosalia 44-41. I know, I know. Rosalia lost to Touchet earlier this year, 54-14. Call it a hunch, call it a shot in the dark.
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague vs. Adna
(Saturday, Moses Lake, 4)
Lee: LRS 36-7. The Broncos, frankly, are better than the Pirates. Adna’s strength is defense, but the Pirates will have difficulty keeping up with the Broncos’ weapons.
Adams: LRS 41-21. Both LRS and Adna had competitive games against Reardan, with the Broncos winning by 14, and the Pirates by 7 in last week’s quarterfinals. But LRS has improved dramatically since that Reardan game, pitching two shutouts and outscoring its last eight opponents, 370-73.
Freeman vs. Cashmere
(Saturday, Albi, 4)
Lee: Freeman 27-20. The Scotties’ offensive balance should keep Cashmere’s offense on the sideline. And when the Bulldogs have the ball, they’ll struggle against Freeman’s athletic defense.
Adams: Freeman 34-27. I’m going with the horse that brought me here.
Shadle Park vs. Bellevue
(Saturday, Albi, 1)
Lee: Bellevue 42-20. Shadle’s entertaining ride ends here abruptly against possibly the best team in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Shadle won’t be able to figure out how to defend the Wolverines’ Wing-T – an offense powered by precision and deception.
Adams: Bellevue 42-28. Whoever wins this game, wins the 3A state title. I have no doubt in my mind that Shadle believes it can be the team that beats Bellevue, but the magical run seems destined to end this Saturday. It should make for a great swan song for Brett Rypien’s talented WRs.