Plenty is at stake Friday night when Bend High and Mountain View square off for the 40th anniversary edition of Bend’s high school football Civil War.
Bend (2-1 Special District 6, 4-4 overall) travels across town to Mountain View (1-2, 3-5) with both teams still in contention for berths in the 32-team Class 6A playoff bracket. The Lava Bears, with a No. 27 OSAA ranking, would appear to be safely in with a win over the Cougars. But Bend has won only once in the last nine Civil Wars.
Mountain View needs to win and get some help. The top three teams from SD6 advance to the playoffs, and the Cougars are currently in fifth place. An at-large berth based on OSAA ranking is possible for Mountain View, which will need the Civil War win to improve upon its current No. 39 position.
In other local 6A action on the final weekend of the regular season, Summit (1-3 SD6, 2-6) closes out with a nonleague home game against Mountainside (5-3) of Beaverton.
In 5A, Redmond (3-1 SD2-North, 5-3) looks to bolster its playoff position with a road game against Springfield (0-4, 2-6), while Ridgeview (1-3 SD2-North, 2-6) plays at home against top-ranked Thurston (4-0, 8-0).
The Class 4A play-in round includes Crook County (4-4 overall and the No. 5 team from SD2) at North Valley (5-3, SD5 No. 3) of Grants Pass.
Elsewhere Friday, Madras looks to secure its spot in the Class 3A postseason when the White Buffaloes (3-1 SD1-East) play at Salem Academy (0-4, 0-8), while La Pine (0-4 3A SD2-North, 3-5 overall) tries to cap its season with an upset at home against No. 2-ranked Santiam Christian (4-0, 8-0).
At Culver, the 2A No. 9-ranked Bulldogs (2-2 SD2, 5-2) entertain No. 6 Sheridan (3-1, 5-2).
Friday’s games are all 7 p.m. kickoffs.
On Saturday, Gilchrist (5-3) has a 10 a.m. start against Echo (3-3) in a Class 1A six-man crossover game at Madras.
— Bulletin staff report