NO. 8 (3A) LAKES (0-1) AT
NO. 9 (4A) BELLARMINE PREP (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Field, Tacoma
About the Lancers: Coach Dave Miller said this new cast would have its ups and downs throughout September. And the Lancers did by turning it over four times in their opening-week loss to Eastlake. The good news is RB Melvin Miller (11 carries, 76 yards, TD; 90-yard kickoff return) is showing good burst on fresh legs after missing most of 2015.
About the Lions: These two schools had memorable nonleague thrillers (2011-12) – including Lakes’ 42-38 victory in last trip to Tacoma four years ago. The Lions controlled the line of scrimmage in last week’s big win over Rogers, totaling 305 rushing yards, led by RBs Czarshay Thomas (14 carries, 134 yards, TD) and Matt Money (120 yards, three TDs).
TNT pick: Lakes, 35-31.
NO. 7 BOTHELL (1-0)
AT KENTWOOD (0-1)
7 p.m. Friday, French Field, Kent
About the Cougars: And the “Jacob Sirmon Tour” comes down the I-5 corridor this week. The University of Washington quarterback passed for 421 yards and four touchdowns in Bothell’s opening win over Glacier Peak. And if RB Alex Indelicato (15 carries, 158 yards, TD) continues that kind of production, how do you stop the 2014 state champions?
About the Conquerors: Coach Mike Bush knows this program well after being an assistant under Tom Bainter for five seasons, including the state title winning squad. To defend Sirmon, “you’ve got to get him to the ground,” Bush said. Kentwood offense (194 yards last week) has to come from somewhere else with RB Chavez Kalua-Fuimaono (shoulder) out another week.
TNT pick: Bothell, 41-30.
2A SPSL SOUND
AT NO. 6 RIVER RIDGE (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, South Sound Stadium, Lacey
About the Sentinels: It is never a good thing to give up 614 yards in a game like Steilacoom did to Stadium last week. That is a reason why coach Rich Lane wants standout LB/SS Anthony Lieato to focus his effort on that side of the ball. Lane said offense is so deep, RB Anthony Garcia, and WRs Marques Hampton and LaJon Ellis-Carter limited to 15 touches per game.
About the Hawks: In 2014, River Ridge lost its first game ever in the 2A SPSL (Franklin Pierce). And the Lacey school has ripped off 13 consecutive league wins since then. Expect the Hawks to run RB Trey Dorfner (23 carries, 124 yards, two TDs) a lot to set up big play-action passes downfield to WR Josh Braverman.
TNT pick: River Ridge, 40-27.
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 6 SKYLINE (0-1)
AT NO. 3 GONZAGA PREP (0-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Bullpup Stadium, Spokane
The skinny: Yes, everyone knows there were the two schools in the Class 4A championship game nine months – a Bullpups’ 34-16 victory to cap an undefeated season. Nearly a year later, how is Gonzaga Prep coach David McKenna playing this with his own team? “They’re a different team. We’re a different team. That is the beauty of high school football,” McKenna said. Initially, a home game with Bellarmine Prep was scheduled for this date, but the Lions cancelled. Left in a lurch, McKenna advertised his team had a second-week opening. Oddly enough, Skyline coach Mat Taylor called to make this showdown happen. Both teams lost their openers on the road – Gonzaga Prep was beaten by 3A champion Eastside Catholic, 21-7; the Spartans were upended by top-ranked 4A squad Richland, 38-27. Neither of these programs want to start 0-2 after Friday.
TNT pick: Gonzaga Prep, 28-19.
Todd Milles: email@example.com