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Week 3: High school football games to watch, predictions

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Week 3 highlighted by Fish Bowl, Bellevue-Tumwater and the battle of unbeatens in 1A.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

4A NPSL CASCADE

Kennedy Catholic Lancers (2-0) at Kentwood Conquerors (1-1)

6 p.m. Saturday at French Field (Kent)

About the Lancers: Kennedy Catholic found a stiff challenge from Juanita last week, but the offense was humming in a 41-31 win. Freshman quarterback Sam Huard has been dominant, including a 359 yard passing day in his first high school start.

About the Conks: Kentwood will seek a rebound performance after giving up 38 points in a loss to Edmonds-Woodway in Week 2. The Conks need senior quarterback Justin Seiber and their offense to outscore opponents. Seiber has thrown 11 TDS in two games.

TNT pick: Kennedy Catholic, 35-28

3A SOUTH SOUND CONFERENCE

Peninsula Seahawks (1-1) vs. Gig Harbor Tides (1-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Roy Anderson Field (Purdy)

About the Seahawks: Peninsula’s biggest challenge in the Fish Bowl? Staying focused after an absolutely wild finish in Week 2, where they held off a late Stadium rally to win 41-38. Watch for Braeden Potter, who scored three touchdowns and made the game-sealing interception, to have a big role.

About the Tides: After losing their opener, the Tides rebounded with a tight 34-33 win over Spanaway Lake. They held off the Sentinels, who took the ball with 40 seconds left and scored a touchdown, but failed to score on a two-point conversion. Who will start under center is still a question mark, after Nick Yockey was injured and replaced with Ben Hollenback.

TNT pick: Peninsula 28-17

NONLEAGUE

Bellevue Wolverines (1-1) vs. No. 2 (2A) Tumwater Thunderbirds (2-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Tumwater District Stadium

About the Wolverines: Bellevue rebounded from an opening day loss to topple Garfield 34-16 behind a power running attack. Running backs Isaiah Ifanse and Quinn Sullivan combined to rush for 278 yards, while Sullivan had four touchdowns.

About the T-Birds: Tumwater has enjoyed a strong start under head coach Bill Beattie, going 2-0 and outscoring opponents 107-24. The competition will be tougher this week, moving up a class against 3A Bellevue. That didn’t stop them from pulling a jaw-dropping win last year against the Wolverines, on a last-second desperation heave to the end zone.

TNT pick: Bellevue 35-24

STATE GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 4 Cascade Christian Cougars (2-0) vs. No. 8 Meridian Trojans (2-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Meridian (Bellingham)

The skinny: Unsurprisingly, the 1A powerhouse Cougars have rolled teams so far. They have outscored their opponents 76-20 in two wins. The opposing Meridian Trojans have also won their first two games, but by slimmer margins. Each victory was by a single possession. There will also be a bit of pride on the line. Cascade Christian took down Meridian in their regular season matchup last year, but the Trojans tamed the Cougars in the 1A quarterfinals.

TNT pick: Cascade Christian 28-27

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