Prep football playoff: Battle Ground vs. Kentlake
4A state preliminary game
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday; French Field, Kent-Meridian HS, Kent
Last week: Battle Ground beat Prairie 42-0; Kentlake lost to Thomas Jefferson 36-14
Last meeting: First meeting.
Players to watch: Battle Ground QB Gunner Talkington passed for 2,311 yards and 22 TDs; Kentlake QB Cody Faulkner rushed for a TD and passed for another last week. He is a pass/run threat.
Game notes: The winner of this game is District 3 No. 6 on the state bracket and will travel to the eastside of the state to open the state tournament, likely against Gonzaga Prep. Battle Ground tied for second in the 4A Greater St. Helens League at 4-2. The Tigers claimed the No. 2 seed by winning a three-team tiebreaker on Monday. Kentlake finished tied for third in the 4A South Puget Sound League Northeast Division at 2-2. The two teams have one common opponent: Kent-Meridian. Battle Ground beat Kent-Meridian 36-12 in Week 1; Kentlake lost to Kent-Meridian 35-7 three weeks later. Kentlake led 14-9 last week in the fourth quarter before Thomas Jefferson broke the game open.
The Prep Proletariat says: Prepare for a lot of action in this game. The Tigers reap the benefit of winning tiebreaker with a good draw in Week 10. BATTLE GROUND 42, KENTLAKE 20
Score Czar: Battle Ground 30, Kentlake 9