Week 10 football playoff preview: Columbia River vs. Tumwater

Columbia River (3-6) vs. Tumwater (6-2)

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Tumwater Stadium, Tumwater HS, 700 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater

What: 2A District 4 playoff

Broadcast info: Online stream at NFHS Network (subscription required)

Last week: Columbia River lost to Hudson’s Bay 21-14; Tumwater beat Centralia 48-6.

Last meeting: Tumwater 66, Columbia River 13, Nov. 8, 2019

Game notes: Columbia River has been hammered with injuries all season, yet found a way to advance to the postseason for a ninth consecutive season. However, River is 0-4 in these Week 10 district crossover playoffs since moving to Class 2A. The Rapids have leaned on their defense to pave the way to victory. But River had to employ a third-string quarterback, who is actually a receiver, into the game against Hudson’s Bay last week. The defense is in for a huge challenge from the top-ranked Thunderbirds, whose only two losses were narrow setbacks to Central Catholic and Camas. Payton Hoyt is Tumwater’s leading rusher, but the Thunderbirds can move the ball no matter who they handed it to. And the defense is equally talented.

Prediction: Tumwater 48, Columbia River 6

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