1 Big for Beamer
Todd Beamer has bigger aspirations — winning an SPSL Northwest title — but it also knows it can match its school record for wins in a season Friday. If the Titans beat Jefferson, they will tie the 2005 squad with five victories. “They do know,” coach Darren McKay said. “We just keep telling them this is the start of the money games.”
2 A week out
Folks in Clark County now do want to see this dream matchup ruined — No. 2 Union hosting No. 3 Camas. Those schools will go into next week’s matchup at McKenzie Stadium undefeated if the Titans can beat Heritage on Friday. Camas defeated Battle Ground on Thursday.
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3 Royal momentum
The last time Kent-Meridian High School made a serious run at a divisional title, it was 1995 with quarterback Chris Samms and linebacker Ryan Sawyer leading the way to a runner-up finish in the SPSL North behind Enumclaw. The Royals will be in a similar position if they can beat Tahoma on Friday.
4 Shutting the door
What a debut in the 1A Evergreen Conference for fifth-ranked Eatonville. The Cruisers have already beaten Montesano and Hoquiam, and if they win at Rochester on Friday, they will essentially hold a two-game lead with three games to play. “Rochester is not exactly a step down,” Eatonville coach George Fairhart said.
5 Future playoff matchup?
Graham-Kapowsin is still fighting to defend its SPSL South title. But the No. 8 Eagles will take a break from that Friday when they travel to fifth-ranked Skyline for a nonconference game between state playoff contenders. The Spartans won the teams’ only other meeting — 30-7 in a 2008 district playoff game.