at No. 9 Lincoln (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Lincoln Bowl
About the Vikings: As much faith as coach Gary Jeffers has in CBs Emilio Roberts and Orlando McDaniel, this could be a tough spot for the Puyallup secondary. Lincoln will look to take its shots down the field, so quarterback pressure is a must. QB Nathaniel Holcomb (10-19, 163 yards, three TDs) was solid in his debut, but backbone of offense is three-back formation, getting as many as six tailbacks touches.
About the Abes : Consider coach Jon Kitna’s extensive playbook completely open. His son, QB Jordan Kitna, has the sizable leash to navigate the 420-play opera. The younger Kitna (24-35, 315 yards, four TDs) piled up yardage last week, even with Roosevelt (Oregon) dropping eight defenders back in coverage. And that is what Lincoln should see a lot of this season as opponents defend the deep pass.
TNT pick: Lincoln, 35-21.
No. 10 Bellarmine Prep (1-0)
at No. 8 Gonzaga Prep (1-0)
6 p.m. Friday, Bullpup Stadium, Spokane
About the Lions : Offensive coordinator Brian Jensen know how disruptive Bullpups DT Evan Weaver is. So it is up to him to find creative ways to get RB Nathan Goltermann-Doyle (23 carries, 170 yards, three TDs), Jamal Ervin and Ahmad Lewis running room against a stout and experienced Gonzaga Prep front seven. Bellarmine Prep won here, 32-29, in 2012 to reach the Class 4A state semifinals.
About the Bullpups : Aside from being a little less experienced on the offensive side of the ball, little has changed with this program. The 4A Greater Spokane League favorites run the triple option and have RB Jack Bamis (27 carries, 197 yards, TD) as their featured runner. He is a tall runner with great quickness. Gonzaga Prep rolled up 293 rushing yards in its season opener against Richland.
TNT pick: Gonzaga Prep, 20-17.
No. 2 Cascade Christian (1-0)
at Orting (0-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Orting Stadium
About the Cougars : So how did Cascade Christian open 2014 last week against Sehome? On a 16-play drive that ate up eight minutes, leading to a touchdown. The Cougars used a ground-and-pound blueprint successfully last season, and they appear to be at it again. RB Robert Terhune (23 carries, 104 yards) led the committee last week.
About the Cardinals : For much of the past decade, this used to be the showdown for the Nisqually 1A title. Orting has lost its past five meetings against the Cougars, with its last victory coming in 2006 (24-12). The Cardinals have reinserted the fly sweep package into their offense, and have a good RB in Ronnie Collins (20 carries, 97 yards, three TDs) to break loose.
TNT pick: Cascade Christian, 30-20.
OF THE WEEK
3A No. 4 Marysville-
Pilchuck (1-0) at
4A No. 9 Lake Stevens (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Lake Stevens High School Stadium
The skinny: If it is high-profile stars you like, this Wesco crossover showdown has it. It starts on M-P’s side with tailback Austin Joyner, a Washington State University commit. It appears lingering hamstring issues are behind him. In the season opener, he paced a Tomahawks rushing attack that netted 458 yards. He rushed for 257 yards on 12 carries, with touchdown runs of 53 and 32 yards. Lake Stevens, on the other hand, will ride quarterback Jacob Eason, considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country for 2016. He went 25-for-40 for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ opening victory over Meadowdale. And Eason’s backfield mate, running back Andrew Grimes (218 rushing yards), is a big-time weapon, too.
TNT pick: Lake Stevens, 34-31.