Up until last season, Lakes coach Dave Miller had never lost a game to a former assistant coach on his staff. But that changed when he lost to Bonney Lake and coach Jason Silbaugh, 24-21. “When you play somebody you are close to, it is hard — kind of a no-win situation,” Miller said. The Lancers host the rematch Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
You can thank reclassification for this — two Friday night games featuring reigning league champions. At Sunset Chev Stadium, 3A SPSL winner Peninsula plays 2A SPSL king Sumner, which moved up this season. And at South Sound Stadium, 4A Narrows champion Bellarmine Prep meets 2013 3A Narrows titleholder Timberline, which also moved up.
Howard Lutton wasn’t sure what to do with himself the past two Friday nights. Serving a two-game suspension for playing an ineligible player, the coach at Franklin Pierce missed his team’s wins over River Ridge and White River. “Very frustrating.” Lutton said. “I was having withdrawals.” He will be back on the sideline for the team’s game at Orting on Friday.
The past two seasons, Mark Morris won the 2A Greater St. Helens League and advanced to the state playoffs — reaching the quarterfinals in 2013. Now the Monarchs are 0-4, and have scored the fewest points (six) of any program in the state. They have gone 12 scoreless quarters, and will try and snap that skid Friday against Prairie.
It has been one of the tougher nonleague slate of games (Capital, Timberline, Lake City, Idaho) Tumwater coach Sid Otton can remember — and it continues for the Thunderbirds on Friday playing at undefeated Columbia River, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A. “We want something to get us ready for what’s in front of us,” Otton said. “We’ve received a lot of different types of tests.”