Clatsop County will have four football teams in action Saturday, the first weekend of the OSAA U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state playoffs.

Two teams (Warrenton and Jewell) will head east to open the postseason, while the other two are making their first appearance in the state playoffs since 2000.

ASTORIA (4-5, 3-2)AHS Opp.

6 Central 15

31 at Philomath 13

14 Toledo 20

0 at Wilsonville 44

10 at Tillamook 35

31 Seaside 13

24 Banks 21

14 at Scappoose 34

39 Rainier 16Astoria and Knappa will both host games Saturday, with the Loggers kicking off the action at 1 p.m. against Nyssa.

The No. 3 seed out of the Wapiti League, the Bulldogs will make their third trip to the coast in the last four years. Nyssa beat Warrenton (37-23) in a first-round contest last year, and lost to the Warriors (27-7) in 2001.

The second half of Saturday's doubleheader will take place at John Warren Field, where the Fishermen will host Newport at 7 p.m.

The game will air on 1230 ESPN Radio, pregame beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Astoria and Newport have faced five common opponents this year:

• Central (defeated the Fishermen 15-6; defeated Newport 56-20);

• Philomath (lost to Astoria 31-13; lost to Newport 21-20);

• Toledo (defeated Astoria 20-14; defeated Newport 28-13);

• Tillamook (defeated Astoria 35-10; defeated Newport 20-7);

• Seaside (lost to Astoria 31-13; lost to Newport 18-16).

The Cubs are coming off a 56-20 loss at Central last Saturday, dropping Newport into the third-place spot in the Valco League.

Astoria, meanwhile, won three of its final four games, including a 39-16 victory over Rainier last week.

Players to watch: Andrew MacLean, Astoria; Brandon Doyle, Newport (led the Cubs with two touchdowns and 115 yards on 19 carries in last week's loss).

Pick: Astoria has the all-important home pasture advantage, Andrew MacLean runs wild and Chad Geertz racks up over 100 yards in receiving in a Fishermen win. Astoria 34, Newport 12

Nyssa at KnappaKNAPPA (7-2, 6-1)KHS Opp.

34 at Morton 7

18 Waldport 20

3 Vernonia 28

10 at Warrenton 6

29 Portland Christian 14

21 at Clatskanie 18

33 at Corbett 0

29 Riverdale 6

27 Neah-Kah-Nie 6The Loggers are on a six-game win streak entering the playoffs, while Nyssa has lost three of its last four games.

After opening the season with five straight wins, the Bulldogs dropped a 24-6 decision at Vale, beat Enterprise (44-0), then lost road games at Grant Union (45-0) and Elgin (59-22) to close out the season.

Players to watch: Nick Hartley, Nyssa (leading rusher, scored three touchdowns - all in the second quarter - in a recent win over Enterprise), Brandon Wing, Knappa (1,363 yards rushing, 151.4 per game);

Pick: Loggers win on a Dana Barendse field goal. Knappa 22, Nyssa 19.

Warrenton at ShermanWARRENTON (7-2, 5-2)WHS Opp.

30 at Nestucca 6

25 Adna, Wash. 14

26 Corbett 0

6 Knappa 10

35 at Neah-Kah-Nie 6

41 Riverdale 7

22 at Vernonia 30

34 at Clatskanie 7

39 Portland Christian 14The Warriors open the state playoffs on the road for the first time since 1991, when they lost a first-round contest at Dayton.

Despite the home-field advantage and the higher seed, the Huskies (No. 2 out of the Columbia Basin Conference) will come in as the underdog, having been outscored this year 175-156. Sherman lost to Vernonia 32-12 to open the season.

Pick: Warriors ground it out against the Huskies. Warrenton 28, Sherman 6

Jewell at WallowaJEWELL (3-6, 3-2)JHS Opp.

24 at Ione 42

6 Cove 22

8 Mapleton 44

14 at South Wasco 36

82 at OSD 32

58 at Falls City 42

8 Perrydale 58

8 at St. Paul 14

64 Country Christian 38Jewell will have the toughest first-round task - on the road against the state's second-ranked team at the 1A level. Undefeated Wallowa (8-0) is averaging 53.1 points per game, including a 76-40 win over Powder Valley - the team that knocked the Jays out of the playoffs last year by a 57-0 count.

Pick: Jewell holds the Cougars under their season average in points, but it could be a long day for the Jays. Wallowa 51, Jewell 14


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