Thursday Night Lights Game
Centennial at Arbor View — If the Bulldogs want to prove last year was a blip on the radar and that they belong among the best in the Sunset Region, a strong performance on television in this game is important.
Arbor View hasn’t lost to a Northwest League rival since 2013, and no one came within three touchdowns of doing so last year in the regular season. Centennial was one of the closer games at 28-7.
As an added bonus, this will be the first game between the two schools since fans got into fight at a northwest valley Raising Cane’s and In-N-Out after the game.
Games of the Week
Basic at Silverado — If you’re willing to concede the Southeast League title to Liberty, this game could determine second place and guarantee a home playoff game.
Both won eight games and went 3-2 in league play, and both will presumably need to change their game plan. Basic threw the ball a ton, and lost its quarterback and top two receivers. Silverado ran a ton, and lost its back that carried the ball 212 times.
Either way, getting at least one home game in the postseason and avoiding Liberty until the Sunrise Region title game could be on the line. Basic won last year’s game 27-17.
Faith Lutheran at Legacy — In a mirror image of the Basic-Silverado game across town, the Crusaders and Longhorns may be playing for a home playoff game.
Arbor View has been the best in the Sunset Region (Bishop Gorman excluded) for years now, and the Northwest League title goes through the Aggies. The Crusaders were the No. 2 seed last year and the Longhorns were the No. 3 seed.
Faith Lutheran edged Legacy 22-19 last year, and that determined who got the home game in the first round. It may come down to that again, and this time the Longhorns get to host.