Get prepared for a "mudder" Friday night at John Warren Stadium.

The Pleasant Hill Billies (7-4) and the Astoria Fishermen (9-1) are set to do battle at 7 p.m. in a Sweet 16 postseason contest, and if the weather report stays true, the Billies and the Fish will be slipping, sliding and sloshing their way through their Class 4A state playoff game.

A trip to the quarterfinals awaits the winner, who will play the winner of Baker at Stayton.

Elsewhere, Knappa (10-0) travels to Bonanza (4-4) for a state quarterfinal game at the 2A level.

Conditions in Bonanza will be a little cooler (20 percent chance of snow, high near 37 degrees), but at least drier and a little less windy than it will be Friday night at Warren Field.

"The field is a little soft, but it's in pretty good shape, considering the amount of rain we've had," said Astoria coach Howard Rub. "It's going to be important offensively to keep the chains moving, hang on to the ball, and play well on special teams."

Pleasant Hill is coming off a 26-13 win over Newport in a first-round playoff game last week. It was the first state playoff contest for the Billies since 2001.

Pleasant Hill quarterback Derek Smith ran the show for the Billies, as he ran for 127 yards on 32 carries, and completed 17-of-19 passes for 128 yards.

Smith, a junior, accounted for three touchdowns and nearly 95 percent of the Pleasant Hill offense.

The Billies finished third in the Sky-Em League with a 3-3 record, tied with Sisters and Cottage Grove.

The only common opponent between Pleasant Hill and Astoria was Cottage Grove. The Billies lost to the Lions, 42-28, while the Fishermen defeated Cottage Grove 49-0 in Week 2.

Astoria coach Howard Rub and several assistants attended last week's playoff between Newport and Pleasant Hill.

"They've got a decent quarterback," Rub said of Smith and the Billies. "He's a big kid, 6-3, 195, and he runs and throws pretty good. They had a pretty balanced attack, although I think they would prefer to run it, especially given the conditions that we're expecting Friday night."

Meanwhile, Astoria has had two weeks off, having not played since winning at Seaside, 41-8, to wrap up the regular season.

The Fishermen clinched the Cowapa League title the week before against Tillamook, 42-0.

Astoria staged an intrasquad scrimmage last week, just to keep their physical and mental edge.

"We had a good scrimmage last Thursday in Seaside," Rub said. "They were kind enough to let us use Broadway Field and play under the lights down there, so we're grateful to Seaside for that.

"It was a good scrimmage. We held Jacob (Davis) out, so (Conor) Harber and (Ian) Erickson got a lot of reps at quarterback, and it was good to get the younger guys involved."

Senior running back Dane Lund, the co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Cowapa League, also played, after fully recovering from a sprained ankle suffered earlier in the season.

Lund "is 100 percent, he's fine," Rub said, while every Astoria player is focused mentally on the task at hand.

"It's loser-go-home from here on out, and if that doesn't get their attention, I don't know what will," he said. "There's only one other game this week that has our attention, and that one will only be important if we can take care of business in ours.

"It's the same thing we talked about after the Seaside game - this group is determined to be the best team in 4A."

Meanwhile, the Loggers will be huge favorites in their Saturday afternoon contest at Bonanza, which advanced with a 7-0 win over North Douglas last week.

Bonanza's Edan Madera scored on a 27-yard run to help the Antlers to the upset win. Bonanza had 170 yards rushing and no yards passing. Bonanza averages just over 11 points per game.

The Loggers, meanwhile, average over 45 points per game, while holding the opposition to seven points per contest.

Knappa crushed Santiam last week, 42-10, as quarterback Cody Strickland threw for two touchdowns and 273 yards.

The winner secures a spot in the semifinals against either Kennedy or Heppner.


9/4 Sutherlin W, 53-38

9/11 at Illinois Valley W, 38-17

9/18 at Philomath W, 26-25 (OT)

9/25 at Sisters W, 34-20

10/2 at Douglas L, 8-57

10/8 Elmira L, 22-23

10/16 at Cottage Grove L, 28-42

10/23 Junction City W, 27-24

10/30 at Marist L, 0-62

11/6 La Pine W, 53-32

State Playoffs

11/13 Newport W, 26-13


9/4 Cascade W, 38-13

9/11 at Cottage Grove W, 49-0

9/18 at R.A. Long (WA) W, 34-22

9/25 Estacada W, 47-30

10/2 Central L, 28-32

10/9 at Banks W, 30-3

10/16 Scappoose W, 7-6

10/23 at Yamhill-Carlton W, 30-7

10/30 Tillamook W, 42-0

11/6 at Seaside W, 41-8


9/11 Oakridge W, 17-14

9/18 Etna (CA) L, 6-14

10/2 at Burns L, 0-50

10/16 Chiloquin W, 22-14

10/24 at St. Mary's W, 31-0

10/30 at Lakeview L, 7-13

11/6 Lost River L, 3-34

State Playoffs

11/13 at North Douglas W, 7-0

KNAPPA (10-0)

9/11 at Kennedy W, 56-18

9/18 at Vernonia W, 49-0

9/25 Clatskanie W, 30-0

10/2 Warrenton W, 46-6

10/9 Gaston W, 52-0

10/16 at Riverdale W, 70-0

10/23 Corbett W, 49-0

10/30 at Nestucca W, 28-18

11/6 at Portland Christian W, 35-18

State Playoffs

11/14 Santiam W, 42-10


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