Bend High School and Summit High School are each one win away from playing in the 5A state championship football game.
Two football teams from the same city. And if they both win, they;ll play each other for the title.
Summit is ranked No.1 in the state (5A) with a 10-1 record.
“We’ve been on a roll this year. We’ve done a lot of good things you know,” said Summit QB Hogan Carmichael. “We can run the ball, we can pass the ball, we can beat you in many ways. That’s kind of what I think makes us special this year.”
Across town, Bend is ranked No. 3 in the state. They’re also 10-1 with their only loss coming to the Storm.
“We’re very hard-nosed like to hit, and we are not afraid of competition,” said senior running back Malakai Nutter. “We’ll do whatever it takes to win.”
Summit is taking on Thurston, a team they beat 48-10 early in the season, but the Storm know playoff football is different.
“You know it’s always hard to beat a team the second time, and we just have to keep the same energy and just build on what we have done before,” said Storm Defensive End Chip Allers. “We have had some tough match-ups in the past, and we just need to play our game and play within ourselves.”
The Lava Bears are up against Wilsonville.
“They are a good squad, but I think we are bigger and stronger, and we are going to get the best of them tomorrow,” said Lava Bear QB and linebacker Logan Malinowski.
November football means cold weather football and playoff football, and it’s been very cold this year.
“You know coach Graz told us earlier, in our first week of the players, that it’s an honor to play in this weather. Not everyone can play in this freezing cold and the snow,” Carmichael said. “So, we have kind of taken it as we are one of only four teams that get to play in the snow. It’s a pretty cool deal.”
And if both teams win, it sets up the ultimate rematch aginst two cross-town rivals.
“I think it would be pretty cool, but like I said, right now just focused on Thurston,” said Carmichael.
“It would be pretty fun to get some revenge,” said Malinowski.
Summit takes on Thurston Friday at Willamette University at 7 p.m.
Bend Plays Wilsonville at Barlow High School, also at 7 p.m.