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Five things to watch in the state high school football quarterfinals

1 Big man crossing

Very rarely does Graham-Kapowsin’s Foster Sarell (6-6, 310) look across the line of scrimmage and see a mountain of a lineman as big as him. He will Friday night — University of Washington-bound Trey Adams (6-7, 285) comes to town with Wenatchee for a 4A quarterfinal game. “He is a little taller,” Eagles coach Eric Kurle said. “Foster is a little stronger and thicker.”

2 Longtime allies

Eatonville and Mount Baker are not in the same league or district — but their coaches are good friends. The Cruisers’ George Fairhart and the Mountaineers’ Ron Lepper coached a couple East-West all-star games together, and stay in contact weekly. “We run our programs pretty similar in how we treat kids,” Fairhart said. They meet Saturday in the 1A quarterfinals in Bellingham.

3 I know you

Team Lucey leads Team Otton, 2-0, in career matchups. In fact, the last time a Lucey faced a No. 1 Tumwater squad was in the first round of the 1995 state playoffs. Ex-Curtis coach Bob Lucey’s team won, 19-14. Now Lucey’s son, Nick, gets the same opportunity with Squalicum at Tumwater Stadium on Friday. “It is a good chance for him to get after a good football team,” Bob Lucey said.

4 Leading men

By now everyone should know what Federal Way’s Chico McClatcher has done as the 4A SPSL’s leading rusher (2,236 yards, 31 touchdowns) in leading the Eagles back to the 4A quarterfinals. The guy on the other side Saturday — Newport’s Paul Wells — ain’t bad either. KingCo 4A’s leading rusher has 1,636 yards, 21 TDs and eight consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts.

5 Final Four fever

It’s no surprise that of all the remaining 2014 state-playoff participants, six-time 3A champion Bellevue has the longest streak of semifinal appearances with eight. Next in line? It is Cascade Christian at the 1A level with six. “We seem to be doing something right,” coach Randy Davis said. The Cougars’ last loss before the final round was 24-21 to Castle Rock in the first round in 2006.

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