It didn’t look like it would be at the beginning of the season, but Thursday’s North Salem at West Salem game now looks like a battle for state playoff positioning.
North Salem (3-2 Greater Valley Conference) is in fourth place in the conference and West Salem (2-3 overall, 2-2 GVC) is in fifth place.
“I respect the job they’ve done at North,” West Salem coach Shawn Stanley said Friday after a 29-21 loss to Sprague. “After the win against West Albany I actually emailed them and congratulated them on their win.
“They’ve done a great job and I’m sure they would love to beat the Titans. We’re going to try to do the best we can to not let that happen. We just got to keep getting better.”
West Salem’s passing game has been a work in progress this season.
At times the Titans have put up big numbers and at times defenses have found ways to disrupt their timing.
In Friday’s 29-21 loss to Sprague, senior quarterback Brody Wittman was 12 of 27 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
“It’s just growing pains, a little bit, but on the other hand I thought Brody did some good stuff,” Stanley said. “A couple times he threw the ball away when he had to, a good scramble, made some plays with his feet down the sideline when he had to. There’s a lot of positive.”