NO. 9 BELLARMINE PREP (2-0) VS. OLYMPIA (2-0)
7 p.m., Friday, at Ingersoll Stadium, Olympia
About the Lions: Bryce Bendixen will need to keep his foot warm. Coach Brian Jensen fully expects Bellarmine to endure the same kind of drag-it-out slog against Olympia as last year, when Bendixen’s 34-yard field goal gave the Lions a 16-13 overtime victory. RB Matt Money (40 carries, 211 yards, 6 TDs) has scored three TDs in each of the first two games.
About the Bears: RB Scott Gunther (50 carries, 453 yards, 10 TDs) missed this game last year with a shoulder injury. Coach Bill Beattie said his top running back has been looking forward to facing the Lions this time. Beattie is just looking forward to some familiarity with Bellarmine from the 4A Narrows League. He had never faced Week 1 opponent Emerald Ridge and only once before faced Week 2 opponent Rogers.
TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep, 31-28
GIG HARBOR (1-1) VS. NO. 8 PENINSULA (2-0)
7 p.m., Friday, at Roy Anderson Field, Purdy
About the Tides: Ryan Baerg and Nick Yockey might be splitting time at QB, but it doesn’t matter who is in there as long as both keep looking for WR Kellen Gregory (24 catches, 294 yards, 3 TDs). He’s caught all but two of the passes in his vicinity so far. Gig Harbor is seeking its fourth consecutive Fish Bowl victory, which it hasn’t done since winning five straight from 1997-2001.
About the Seahawks: Without RB Cameron Lewis this week, the Seahawks still have two formidable options: Kenny Easton (22 carries, 167 yards, TD last week) and Blake Cantu (game-sealing interception last week). QB Ryder Johnson is back, but that doesn’t mean he’s the full-time starter after being out for the first two games. In his absence, Burke Griffin performed well.
TNT pick: Peninsula, 27-21.
NO. 2 TUMWATER (2-0) AT NO. 2 BELLEVUE (0-0)
7 p.m., Friday, at Bellevue High School
About the Thunderbirds: How’s this for a start? During the first two weeks, Tumwater has outscored its opponents, 126-42, including a shutout win over Columbia River last Friday. The most recent meeting between Tumwater and Bellevue was in 1993 — the T-Birds won, 41-6, in a Class 4A state tournament game, and eventually won the state title. These two programs have 17 state titles between them.
About the Wolverines: Just like Tumwater, Bellevue is coming off a loss in the state title game. Only Bellevue won’t have a chance to get back. This is the season opener for Bellevue after multiple sanctions were placed on the program during the offseason, including a two-year postseason ban. Longtime coach Butch Goncharoff was placed on nondisciplinary leave, and was replaced by Mark Landes.
TNT pick: Tumwater, 38-28.
STATE GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 4 O’DEA (2-0) VS. NO. 8 SKYVIEW (1-1)
5 p.m., Friday, at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver, Washington
The skinny: The Storm took on 3A Metro power Eastside Catholic in Seattle last week. Skyview will try another one this week, but not one coming off back-to-back 3A state titles. Running back Hayden Froeber had 305 rushing yards in the first two weeks for Skyview. He helped keep the Storm in the game against Eastside Catholic until the fourth quarter. O’Dea, meanwhile, continues its southern tour after running past a pair of South Sound schools in consecutive weeks, first a 31-14 win over Lincoln, then a 45-6 romp against Shelton. The Irish will rotate perhaps seven different ball carriers through their backfield.
TNT pick: Skyview, 21-17.
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