1. A KRALIK-SUMNER REUNION
Gavin Kralik graduated from Sumner 20 years ago as a two-time, All-Area selection. But this weekend he’ll face his alma mater for the first time as the coach at South Kitsap. He credited his former coach, Mike Hagadone, as one of the main reasons he got into coaching. “Anytime I need anything I can call him and he’s there for me, even long after I’m done playing for him. People aren’t always like that as coaches.” The last time SK played Sumner? 1929.
2. PICK YOUR PATRIOT POISON
Tariq Ellis who? Washington graduated its All-Area running back from last year, but it seems coach Mike Von Rueden has found a winning recipe: Keep getting 183 rushing yards a game from Raja Drah and 168 from Josh Camacho. That’s what each back got in a win over Chief Sealth last week. They’re short, quick tailbacks (Drah is 5-foot-9, Camacho 5-6) who can lose defenders behind their big offensive line. But doing that against Fife this week will be a much tougher task.
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3. QB VS. QB
Puyallup quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb waited a long time to get back on the football field. After missing half of each of the past two seasons with injuries (MCL as a sophomore, concussion as a junior), Holcomb opened his senior year with 427 passing yards and six touchdowns in a win against Curtis. He’ll have a chance to do more of the same in what should be an air raid against Emerald Ridge. ER quarterback Gage Hansen threw for 356 yards and five TDs last week.
4. COUGARS LOSE TOBECK
It first appeared that Cascade Christian’s Madden Tobeck sprained his ankle last week, but it later was discovered that he broke his ankle. Tobeck, the son of former WSU and Seattle Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck, is out for the next four to six weeks, Cougars coach Randy Davis said. Madden Tobeck was checked by a Seahawks team doctor (helps to have connections). Evan Patrick will start at running back and expect Zach Bartolome to get more carries. But how will the Cougars replace Tobeck at linebacker?
5. PCL OR SSC?
Bonney Lake, Lakes and Lincoln all entered the season ranked in the 3A classification. All lost their season openers. The 3A Pierce County League as a whole struggled, with three of the eight schools starting 1-0. Meanwhile, in what was presumed to be a weaker 3A South Sound Conference, six of the eight schools are 1-0, including Yelm. This week’s PCL-SSC matchups: Gig Harbor-Spanaway Lake, Stadium-Peninsula, Timberline-Bonney Lake.