They really count now. Most teams begin league play this week, and for some that means the first game in their league — ever. Except Capital. The Cougars open 3A Narrows play against No. 9 Lincoln after coming from the 2A Evergreen Conference. But the last time they played in this league, they won it (2011). And the year before that? They won it then, too.
So Auburn Riverside, Central Kitsap, Curtis, Federal Way, Franklin Pierce, Jefferson and Orting haven’t got off to such good starts. These teams all reached the postseason last year, but all have started 0-2 this year. Federal Way is the most glaring. The Eagles were a game away from the 4A state title last year. But give them some slack; two losses were to No. 2 Union and No. 4 Camas.
No punts on fourth down? Onside kick every time? What is this, the Madden video game? Nope, it’s Decatur football under first-year coach Levi Suianoa. The Gators (0-2) have punted just twice this season, and that was only because they were pinned deep in their territory on 4th-and-long. And the one time they decided to kick it deep on a kickoff, it was returned for more than 70 yards. Forget that.
Chiawana junior Mac Graff had emergency surgery after injuring his back in a fall while hunting last weekend with his father and coach Steve Graff. It’s reportedly unclear if he will be able to walk again. As of mid-Thursday, more than $9,800 had been donated online to help with medical bills. Those who want to give can go to www.gofundme.com/elnfr4.
Fife’s finally got a field. A good field, that is. The Trojans will wear in their new turf field at Fife Memorial Stadium for the first time when they host White River in their 2A SPSL opener Friday. Those who had played on the notoriously mud-stricken grass field there … let’s just say their memories aren’t all that fond.