SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Thurston Colts will face state powerhouse Jesuit on Friday night, as the second round of the high school football playoffs get underway.
The Colts squeaked past Oregon City 30-28 in the first round. They will get a much tougher test this week with the No. 1 seeded Crusaders.
Jesuit has only lost two games this season, but tough competition isn't anything new for the Colts.
"After facing Thomas Tyner, who is probably the most explosive player in the state, and after facing Sheldon High School, which I think, top to bottom, is one of the better teams in the state, we know what to expect," says head coach Justin Starck.
Thurston lost 45-0 to Aloha in the first game of the season and also lost to Sheldon 49-8 on October 19th, but the Colts say it was valuable experience.
"It's definitely going to help us out a little bit," says senior quarterback Cory Weick. "We know how to prepare for a better team. We know they are going to come out and want to knock us off."
The Colts have been playing well of late, winning four of their last five games, their only loss coming against the Irish.
Kickoff against the Crusaders is 7:00 PM Friday at Jesuit High School.