High School Sports

High school football: 5 things to watch

1 CRUISIN’ ON DOWN

Eatonville made its first of four trips into the Grays Harbor area last week, picking up a 35-6 win over Aberdeen. Now it is back on the same road, this time to face Hoquiam on Friday in what could be a league title showdown. “I like the route we took last week,” coach George Fairhart said. “It worked for us.”

2 HALFTIME EXCITEMENT

There were certainly a few roars heard around the state when the Bellevue-Mercer Island halftime score came across last week — 21-21. The Wolverines then scored 21 unanswered points to pull away for a 42-21 win to extend its winning streak to 57 games. Don’t expect a close-call repeat Friday against Sammamish.

3 RANK AND FILE

This week has a whole lot of ranked teams facing off: No. 10 Mount Spokane at No. 7 Gonzaga Prep; No. 3 Ellensburg at No. 10 Othello; No. 7 Sedro-Woolley at No. 9 Squalicum; No. 8 Lynden Christian at No. 10 Meridian; No. 3 Royal at No. 7 Cashmere and the TNT’s state game of the week — No. 7 Raymond at No. 10 North Beach.

4 EAGLE EYE

Admittedly coach John Meagher was worried after his Federal Way team got off to an 0-2 start. “Tough to have confidence if you are not having success,” he said. But the Eagles beat Tahoma, 58-17, last week. And they are starting to get healthier, with LB David Tiumalu coming back this week, and LB Jared Pulu expected back in Week 6.

5 CASCADE STRONG

With the 1A Nisqualy League shrinking, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis wanted to schedule a tough nonleague slate of games. He tried for Montesano and Cashmere again, but they were full. But he got 2A Seamount League champion Lindbergh — the opponent Saturday — who was a state-playoff squad in 2013.

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