This just feels like a big game for both teams.
Sprague is 3-3 coming off a win, and North Salem is 4-2 coming off a loss.
The Olympians host the Vikings at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, and this is the Statesman Journal Game of the Week.
“This week we’re expecting a tough game. Coming into this, we know we gotta be all in and focused,” North Salem senior Josiah Davis said. “Only three days of practice, then a game on Thursday. Every practice snap matters.”
North Salem is coming off an 18-14 loss Friday to Grants Pass.
The Vikings are 2-2 in Special District 1, with wins against Roseburg and McNary, and losses to North Medford and Grants Pass.
North Salem is scoring 25.8 points per game, and allowing 9.1 points per game.
As of this week, the Vikings are No. 25 in the OSAA rankings.
Sprague also is 2-2 in the league, with wins against Roseburg and West Salem, and losses to South Medford and Sheldon.
The Olys are scoring 29.5 points per game, and allowing 24.5 points per game.
Sprague is No. 30 in the OSAA rankings.
“A win against North would give us a lot of momentum to finish the regular season strong,” Sprague senior Drew Rodriguez said. “North is a tough team this year and we are ready for a four-quarter battle.”
The winner of the game will have a winning league record heading into the final two weeks.
Sprague’s last two regular-season games are at South Salem and home against McNary.
North Salem’s last two regular-season games are at home against West Salem and South Salem.
“A win would be huge for our team not only for rankings but for team morale,” Davis said. “This past week put a lot into perspective for us if we want to be one of the best teams in the state and make a deep playoff run, regardless of if we’re top 16 or not.”
North Salem at Sprague, 7:15 p.m.
Parkrose at Woodburn, 7 p.m.
Gervais at Willamina, 7 p.m.
Santiam at Colton, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Mohawk, 7 p.m.
Alsea at Perrydale, 7 p.m.
McNary at West Salem, 7:15 p.m.
South Salem at Roseburg, 7 p.m.
Silverton at McKay, 7 p.m.
Central at Lebanon, 7 p.m.
South Albany at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Cascade at Junction City, 7 p.m.
Stayton at Cottage Grove, 7 p.m.
Salem Academy at Jefferson, 7 p.m.
Kennedy at Amity, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Newport at Scio, 7 p.m.
Blanchet at Regis, 7 p.m.
Nestucca at Sheridan, 7 p.m.