Kent-Meridian (5-1) at Kentwood (5-1)
7 p.m. Friday, French Field, Kent
About the Royals: WR Emmanuel Daigbe (33 catches, 588 yards, 10 TDs) turned what should have been a jump-ball interception into a big completion after ripping the ball out of a Battle Ground defender’s hands Week 1. He says that wasn’t even his best catch (he likes his three one-handed receptions). Add WRs Marc Dennis (17 catches, 467 yards, seven TDs) and Armani Reese (18 catches, 311 yards, one TD) this might be the best group in the state. QB Ben Woods (78 of 127, 1,301 yards, 15 TDs; 440 yards, 5 TDs last week) likes that.
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About the Conquerors: Kentwood’s defense got hit for more than 200 rushing yards last week against Federal Way, but that wasn’t what beat the Conquerors. Their offense didn’t come through when they needed and coach Rex Norris said it will need to chew up clock and keep Kent-Meridian’s high-powered offense on the sideline this week. RBs Isaiah Williams (100 carries, 555 yards, 5 TDs) and Chavez Kalua-Fuimaono (59 carries, 514 yards, 7 TDs) should figure highly into that plan.
TNT pick: Kentwood, 28-21.
Olympia (4-2) at No. 8 Gig Harbor (5-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Roy Anderson Field, Purdy
About the Bears: They have a tall task trying to contain the Tides’ high-powered passing attack, and coach Bill Beattie knows his defense has to bring pressure from all angles, especially off the edge with LBs Matt Anthony and Kristjann Hisole, and FS Derek Buehler and SS Logan Pine. They also need to keep quarterback runs in check. With RB Isiah Brooks out (team violation), more will be expected from QB Kaden Wilson (60 of 110, 832 yards, five TDs).
About the Tides: Coach Aaron Chantler is watching QB Davis Alexander (82 of 123, 1,284 yards, 12 TDs; 548 rushing yards) grow right before his eyes. And at the end of the season, he very well could be the league player of the year. Expect Alexander to test the Bears’ secondary often, especially on the deep ball, which is one of his strengths. Starting receiving corps, led by Santana Johnson (24 catches, 425 yards, six TD) has caught 11 of his 12 scores.
TNT pick: Gig Harbor, 35-24.
No. 5 Peninsula (5-1) at No. 8 Auburn Mountainview (6-0)
7 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Auburn
About the Seahawks: In search of their third consecutive league title Friday, this one would come under different circumstances. Peninsula has been ravaged by injuries, yet still finds ways to win ballgames. It will welcome back RB Major Ali (70 carries, 413 yards, three TDs) not only to pace the rushing attack, but anchor a defensive line with NG Zach Dobosh, DT Hayden Smith and DE Komisi Siolo. The Seahawks will rotate eight guys on the line to rush the passer.
About the Lions: Congratulations if you picked a Peninsula-Auburn Mountainview league title game before the season. Not many did, but very few teams have a dual threat like QB Gresch Jensen (78 of 142, 1,038 yards, 11 TDs; 393 rushing yards). If gets time against the Seahawks’ zone defense, he should be able to throw to spots and complete passes. Expect the Lions to try and hit WR Ki’jan Weisinger with quick stuff on the perimeter in search of a big play or two.
TNT pick: Peninsula, 23-21.
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 3 Camas (6-0) at No. 2 Union (6-0)
7 p.m. Friday, McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver
Skinny: In a week of heavy-hitter matchups — Bothell-Skyline, Eastside Catholic-O’Dea, Ellensburg-Prosser and Neah Bay-Lummi — this one gets the nod. Why? The strength of the 4A Greater St. Helens League, which has sent three schools (Camas, Union, Skyview) to a state title game since 2008. Many figured once Camas graduated its core nucleus off last season’s Class 4A state runner-up squad, it was Union’s turn. And it still might be since the Titans are so senior-dominated, led by RB Caleb Browning (99 rushes, 767 yards, 13 TDs) and four three-years starters along the offensive line. But Camas, which played a lot of underclassmen during regular-season blowouts in 2013, and got an extra five weeks of practice during the postseason, has retooled nicely. Coach Jon Eagle thinks QB Liam Fitzgerald (86 of 135, 1,488 yards, 15 TDs), a junior, can be a special. One thing is for sure, no rivalry game going on this weekend is this much-anticipated as the battle for Clark County supremacy.
TNT pick: Camas, 38-30.