High School Sports

High school football: Five things to watch

1 Sweet victory

Eight new South Sound coaches debuted last weekend, with three of them picking up victories in their first games — Bethel’s Mark Iddins (29-10 over Kentridge), Mount Tahoma’s Ricky Daley (20-13 over Stadium) and Tenino’s Randy Swilley (50-8 over Charles Wright).

2 Wolverine power

The Bellevue High freight train keeps truckin’. The Wolverines earned their 55th consecutive victory last weekend — 31-14 over nationally ranked Serra High (Gardena, California) — and now host another out-of-state opponent (Alta High of Sandy, Utah) Saturday.

3 Feeling comfy

River Ridge coach Steve Schultz felt very encouraged switching from the 2A Evergreen to the 2A SPSL this season. And why not? The four remaining EvCo teams won last week while the entire 2A SPSL other than the Hawks lost.

4 No hangover?

Even though Peninsula coach Ross Filkins spent 12 hours reviewing film from his team’s Fish Bowl loss, he knows this week’s opponent — South Kitsap — is another tough test. “We are turning our focus away from our neighbor to the south, and to our neighbor to the north,” Filkins said.

5 Royal gain

No Quincy Carter? No problem for Kent-Meridian. Without their graduated star quarterback, the Royals won their first season opener in four years by defeating Battle Ground, 42-28, last week on the road. They host Auburn on Saturday night.