Curtis (1-0) at No. 8 Graham-Kapowsin (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Art Crate Field, Spanaway
About the Vikings: If Curtis wants to gain itsfirst divisional title since 2010, this is a must-win situation on the road. The Vikings’ chances improve dramatically if they can get on the perimeter on offense with RB Donnell Diego and WRs Carter McKay and Jayson Williams.
About the Eagles: For some reason, they seem to handle the Curtis pressure, winning five of the past seven meetings, including a 28-12 win last season. RB Teague James should get steady work, but to better block the Vikings’ stout defensive line, Graham-Kapowsin has moved DLs Duke Steenmeyer and Braxton Bennett to the offensive side.
TNT pick: Graham-Kapowsin, 27-19.
Kentwood (1-0) at Jefferson (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Federal Way
About the Conquerors: Even though Kentwood won its 12th consecutive divisional game last week in a 29-19 comeback win over Auburn, the Conquerors still are not sure what they’ve got. They lost 14 starters from last year’s SPSL North-winning squad. It helps to have reliable RB Brandon Sytsma (127 rushing yards, two TDs last week).
About the Raiders: Was Jefferson’s 32-7 opening-week victory over Kentlake a warning to the rest of the division? After the way the Raiders dominated with a physical style of two-back rushing behind blocking fullback Shane Seumae and tailback Zach Grayson (145 rushing yards, TD last week), it very well could be.
TNT pick: Kentwood, 21-14.
No. 3 Cascade Christian (1-0) at No. 4 Montesano (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Stewart Field, Aberdeen
About the Cougars: They have beaten the Southwest District’s top program four times in the past five seasons, including a 28-25 win last year in Sumner. And they will continue to test Montesano with a physical rushing attack, led by RB Hunter Austin (154 rushing yards, two TDs last week against Cashmere) and a stout defensive line.
About the Bulldogs: Montesano might have lost this battle, but eventually won the war – a state 1A title over Royal. Now the reloading begins with inevitable growing pains. The Bulldogs rotate QBs Noah Ewing and Anthony Louthan behind a good offensive line, but they might be in over their heads against the more seasoned Cougars.
TNT pick: Cascade Christian, 28-17.
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 4A Eastlake (1-0) at No. 2 3A Eastside Catholic (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Acosta Field, Sammamish
The skinny: A few weeks ago, this match-up might not have held much luster up on “The Plateau.” But after Eastlake walloped Lakes, 41-7, in the opening week, suddenly it takes on a different meaning. Wolves coach Don Bartel, long an advocate of the spread offense, has great athletes to get out in space in quarterback Blue Thomas, and brothers Drew and Troy Lewis, who had 238 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in last week’s victory. What gets lost is that Eastlake can rely on power, too, on both sides – and will need it facing a very physical, driven Eastside Catholic group, which many consider the best threat in 3A to topple five-time defending champion Bellevue. The Crusaders crushed Liberty, 62-9, rolling up 543 total yards on the road last week.
TNT pick: Eastside Catholic, 35-24.