1 NEW NO. 1
Cascade Christian had last week off — and moved into the No. 1 spot in Class 1A. The Cougars went 5-0 in nonleague play, averaging 40.4 points against mostly bigger schools. “We feel good about (5-0),” coach Randy Davis said. The Cougars open 1A Nisqually play against Charles Wright on Saturday.
2 BATTLE LIKE A VIKING
After being shut out for its first seven quarters of the season, Curtis — the reigning SPSL South champion — won three of its past four games to climb back into playoff contention. RB Donnell Diego has rushed for 520 yards and nine TDs in those three wins.
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3 TOUGH TO SWALLOW
Sumner has lost its past three games to Auburn Mountainview, Peninsula and Auburn in the final seconds. The last one — a 31-30 loss to the Trojans — came on the final play. “Tragic? Yes. And it’s hard on the heart,” coach Keith Ross said. “But they will still fight.”
4 OFFENSE IN BLOOM
A ninth grader paces the rushing attack. A sophomore leads the passing attack. But at the end of the day, when 2A SPSL-leading Franklin Pierce needs a big play, it turns to senior receiver Tanner Bloom (two long TD catches last week). “He is our clutch guy,” coach Howard Lutton said.
5 PRECISE PASSER
Lincoln’s Jordan Kitna is third in the state in passing yards (1,985), but is No. 1 in passing touchdowns (32). His nine TD passes last week against North Thurston tied the state’s single-game mark, set by DeSales’ Brian Lindgren in 1998. Just how will Central Kitsap stop him?