Week 10 playoff football preview: Mountain View vs. Auburn Mountainview
When, where: 7 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium (Class 3A state preliminary round). Radio: none.
Last meeting: First meeting.
AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW (6-3)
Last week: beat Decatur 29-12.
Players to watch: QB Domenic Rockey 158-285, 1932 yards, 14 TDs; RB Victor Korchemniy 177-1072, 13 TDs; WR Skyler White 62-705, 7 TDs; WR Devin Bryant 33-490, 3 TDs
Notes: The Lions beat Decatur last week to clinch their first postseason berth in the seven-year school history. … Lions had lost back-to-back games to ranked teams, No. 2 Lakes (62-7) and No. 7 Peninsula (36-10). … Korchemniy has had six 100-yard rushing games. … Junior QB Rockey had a rough game against Decatur, completing 8 of 25 passes for 89 yards. … Rockey has thrown for 1932 yards this season, but 1,435 came in the first five games.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (7-2)
Last week: beat Columbia River 34-28.
Players to watch: QB Riley O’Dell 26-58, 653 yards, 6 TDs; RB Michael Rivers 71-585, 9 TDs; RB Eddie Richardson 55-313; WR Sterling Reynolds 8-214, 3 TDs.
Notes: The Thunder like to mix it up on the rushing game, handing the ball off to a variety of backs. But Rivers has received the bulk of the carries during the season half of the season which has seen Mountain View win its final four games. … The Thunder are seeking their first postseason victory since 2004. … The Thunder are 5-0 this season in their home blue uniforms.
Bottom line: Look for both teams to run the ball first. But the QBs may end up deciding this one.
Columbian’s pick: Mountain View.
Fans’ pick: Mountain View (83 percent).