1. INSTANT WINNER
Sheldon Cross won two games in his final two seasons at quarterback for Stadium (1997-98). But in three seasons as a prep coach, he’s never had a losing season — two years at Interlake (2008-09), and now a 5-1 start at his new school, Kennedy Catholic, in the 4A NPSL. “It has been great to be part of a school with a great tradition and following,” Cross said.
2. ROGER THAT
Heading into this week, there are 30 winless programs around the state. Two of them share the same name — Rogers High School. The Rams of 4A SPSL have scored 64 points in six games, but are coming off their best showing — a 20-17 loss last week at Curtis. Rogers of Spokane has scored 53 points, and has ex-PLU player Ben Cochran as its coach.
3. RECORD SETTER
Quietly, Stadium tailback Jamon Chambers has put together one of the best careers in school history. And last week against Bethel, he set two program records — single-game rushing touchdowns (five) and single-season TDs (20). “He’s definitely had a career you hope a tailback has — durable and consistent,” said Tigers coach Thomas Ford Jr.
4. BACK ON THE SIDELINE
Longtime Puyallup coach Gary Jeffers missed four games to tend to a family matter, but returned to the team before its game against Graham-Kapowsin. He is excited to be back. “It’s good to be home, and be back with the kids, my family and the coaching staff,” Jeffers said. Interim coach Ray Brassard went 2-2.
5. NEXT MAN UP
Bonney Lake suffered a big blow last week, losing star tailback Marcus Hamilton to a season-ending ankle injury. Up next is Jason Day, whom coach Jason Silbaugh says has the ability “to sidestep you, or run you over.” Day rushed for 866 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and has 340 yards and five scores in six games this season.
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