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5 things to watch in high school football, Week 9

1 Unblemished Abes

All that stands in the way of sixth-ranked Lincoln’s unbeaten run through the 3A Narrows League is fast-and-furious Foss. If the Abes can win at home Friday, they will complete their first perfect league record since 1963 when they went 5-0 under former coach Norm Mayer in the old Capital League.

2 See you soon

Playoff-bound Charles Wright Academy finishes the regular season Friday against Olympic League winner Port Townsend — the same opponent it will meet a week later in the postseason. “A vanilla (game plan)?” coach Mike Finch said. “Yes, but we need to compete, play physical football and get better.”

3 Going for 5

Top-ranked Tumwater is vying for its fifth consecutive 2A Evergreen title at W.F. West on Friday. It is a big game, too, because the winner would be in line to go into the upper half of the state playoff bracket — opposite of defending 2A champion Lynden, second-ranked Ellensburg and perennial powerhouse Prosser.

4 My new best friend

Rogers coach Gene Bowen has always respected SPSL South counterpart John Robak, even in Spanaway Lake’s lean years. Robak needs Bethel to lose, and Bowen’s Rams to defeat Puyallup for the Sentinels to get into the playoffs. “John is a great guy,” Bowen said. “He’s always got a smile … and a handshake to offer.”

5 Crossover kings

During the regular season, SPSL Northwest and SPSL Northeast squads split 12 crossover games. Now it means something with Class 4A district playoff seeding on the line. If Federal Way beats Kent-Meridian, the Eagles would be the division’s No. 1 seed — with the Kentwood-Beamer winner earning the No. 2 seed.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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