4A SPSL NORTHWEST
Federal Way (5-2) at Beamer (6-1)
7 p.m. Friday, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium
About the Eagles: When you think of Federal Way and its high-scoring offense, you think (as you should) RB Chico McClatcher (SPSL-best 1,772 all-purpose yards, 21 TDs). But QB D’jimon Jones (25 of 61, 483 yards, seven TDs; 45 carries, 397 yards, four TDs) has improved with every game, rushing for more than 100 yards against Mount Rainier last week. Also, coach John Meagher said his team is finally at full strength (it started the season with six LBs out with injuries).
About the Titans: In a word: Dominant. That’s what Beamer’s defense has been since allowing four touchdowns in a Week 1 loss to Rogers. It has allowed only two since, ranks No. 1 in all of 4A in scoring defense (6.1 points per game) and No. 1 in the SPSL in total defense (164.3 yards per game). The Titans like to force turnovers, with CBs Chaz McKenzie (four INTs), Christian Stafford (three INTs) and Coby Martineau (three INTs) wreaking havoc in the secondary.
TNT pick: Federal Way, 24-14
Lincoln (7-0) at Wilson (6-1)
7 p.m. Friday, at Stadium Bowl
About the Abes: The big question this week — how healthy is QB Jordan Kitna (132 of 205, 2,352 yards, 37 TDs), the state’s leader in touchdown passes? He rolled up his ankle last week against Central Kitsap. His coach/dad Jon Kitna declared the junior “day to day.” If the teenager plays, expect him to take shots down the field to WR Jayson Williams (36 catches, 638 yards, eight TDs). LB Jermey Lukosh (131/2 sacks) will miss one game after an ejection last week.
About the Rams: They know their defense will give up yards. So they need to get sacks and turnovers — something Wilson has done much of this season. Because DE AJ Ruffin (leg) is out the rest of the regular season with multiple fractures, the pass-rushing onus falls on DE Billy Greer and OLB David Shin. On the other side, QB Julius Yates-Brown (48 of 106, 839 yards; 567 rushing yards, 11 total TDs) has been nothing short of steady.
TNT pick: Lincoln, 37-27.
River Ridge (6-1) at Fife (5-2)
7 p.m. Friday, at Fife Memorial Field
About the Hawks: Since being held to 14 points in a loss to Franklin Pierce, River Ridge has gone bonkers offensively, averaging 49 points per game its past four. RB Michael Key (107 carries, 1,016 yards, 18 TDs) has led that effort with brother, and QB, Kobe Key (45 of 77, 761 yards, nine TDs, 0 INTs) being efficient from under center. But coach Steve Schultz is throwing the Hawks’ recent success out the window considering the oohs and ahhs he’s heard watching film on Fife this week.
About the Trojans: Though they’ve been without one of last year’s most prolific running backs in the SPSL in Austin Woods (bruised knee, probable for Friday) since he ran for more than 131 yards on four carries in the first quarter in a Week 1 loss against 3A Shadle Park, the Trojans have been able to rely on bruising RB Tanner Knapp (92 carries, 649 yards, four TDs). Knapp is rarely tackled by one defender and Fife’s wing-T offense appears to be gaining steam as the season wears on.
TNT pick: River Ridge, 40-28
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
Lynden (6-1) at Sedro-Woolley (7-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Sedro-Woolley High School
The skinny: Lynden’s run came to a surprising halt in last week’s loss to Ferndale. The Lions’ win streak of 33 games might have been overshadowed by Bellevue’s ongoing state-record streak of 61 straight, but the loss had interesting ramifications. Undefeated Sedro-Woolley moved ahead of Lynden in the Northwest Conference standings. Cubs coach Dave Ward said he’s enjoying the turn of the tables, but only wishes it was his team that could have ended the streak. He still has an opportunity to hand the three-time defending state champs their first back-to-back losses since losing to Prosser in the 2007 state semifinals and opening the 2008 season with a loss to Archbishop Murphy. ATM’s coach that year: Dave Ward.
TNT pick: Sedro-Woolley, 31-28