1 Bounce back
If it wasn’t for a last-second Peninsula comeback last week, Auburn Mountainview would be in the driver’s seat for a 3A SPSL title. Now, the Lions have to recover and defeat Auburn to clinch the No. 2 seed that will afford them a home district playoff game. “Our guys are really excited for this,” coach Jared Gervais said. “Some of these seniors, when they were first-graders, they were thinking ... about being Auburn Trojans.”
2 Five-year career?
Tacoma Baptist had only nine players to start the season. It combined with Covenant High School and added four more. And it welcomed eighth-grader Logan Kitselman to the team. “He’s played some running back, some linebacker and on all of our special teams,” TBS coach Tim Rasmussen said. The Crusaders have forfeited three games this season but are ready to go against Chief Leschi in a matchup of winless teams.
3 Falcons rally
Even at 2-5, Foss still controls its future in the 3A Narrows League to reach the postseason. The Falcons have to win two games on the road — first at Central Kitsap on Friday, and next week at No. 6 Lincoln. “We have gotten better every week since the North Thurston loss,” coach Patrick Johnson said. “It is a two-game season, and I want the to be in this fight until the end.”
4 Don’t mind no. 4
Even if Orting wins its final two games, the Cardinals still need a Steilacoom loss to nab the final playoff berth from the 2A SPSL. That’s perfectly OK with the Cardinals, who were the No. 4 team in 2012 (after Clover Park forfeited two games), winning a district playoff game before losing to Burlington-Edison in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
5 Game of life
Jess Nelson has never been in position to win a league title as a coach. But if Life Christian can upset North Beach on Friday, the Eagles would force a three-way tie atop the 2B Pacific League standings. That is big considering the No. 1 team earns an automatic bid to the state playoffs. “At any level, it is hard to win football games,” Nelson said. “So we are enjoying the process.”