Breaking down prep football postseason picture



All of the football playoff spots for the 4A Greater St. Helens League are secured, and so are all four in the 2A GSHL.

The top seed from the 3A GSHL is secured, and two of the three playoffs spots in the 1A Trico League are locked up.

But there are still spots open and the possibility of two tiebreaker scenarios remain as the regular season moves into its final week.


Camas and Union have locked up the league’s two berths to the Week 10 playoffs. Camas hosts Union on Friday with the winner getting the league championship and No. 1 seed and the loser going to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.


Mountain View has secured the No. 1 seed to the playoffs and at least a share of the league title. The Thunder can win that title outright with a win over Evergreen or a Kelso loss to Hudson’s Bay.

Kelso can grab the No. 2 seed with a win over Bay. Hudson’s Bay can get the No. 2 seed with a win over Kelso and an Evergreen loss to Mountain View. Evergreen can lock up the No. 3 seed with a win over Mountain View and a Kelso win over Bay.

However, if Bay and Evergreen both win, there will be a three-way tie for second place, and a tiebreaker would be needed to determine which teams receive the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds to the playoffs and which team is out of the running.

Another tiebreaker scenario remains possible if Evergreen and Bay both lose, and Prairie beats Fort Vancouver. Then Bay, Evergreen and Prairie would have a three-team tiebreaker to decide the No. 3 seed to the playoffs.

If Evergreen, Bay and Prairie all lose next week, Evergreen is the No. 3 seed.


Hockinson is the league champion and the No. 1 seed to the district playoffs.

Washougal, Columbia River and Woodland have clinched the other three playoffs spots but seeding remains up in the air.

Washougal is done with league play. The Panthers would get the No. 2 seed if Woodland loses to Mark Morris next week. In that scenario, River would be No. 3 and Woodland No. 4.

Woodland would be the No. 2 seed with a win and a Columbia River loss to Ridgefield. In that case, Washougal would be No.3 and River No. 4.

But if River and Woodland both win, there would be a three-way tie for second place and a tiebreaker would need to be played off to determine seeding, as the No. 2 team hosts a Week 10 playoff.

1A Trico

La Center and Castle Rock have clinched playoff berths. The two teams meet Friday in Castle Rock with the winner being the No. 1 seed to the playoffs.

Columbia-White Salmon hosts Stevenson with the winner receiving the final playoff berth. If Columbia wins and Castle Rock loses, the Bruins would be the No. 2 seed. Otherwise, Columbia would be the No. 3 seed.

Stevenson can only advance to the playoffs as the league’s No. 3 seed.