High School Sports

Five things to watch in high school football, Week 10

1 Harbor lights

The lights will be on at Roy Anderson Field the entire weekend — first for the Gig Harbor vs. Kent-Meridian district game Friday, followed by the Peninsula-Lakeside game Saturday. If both teams win, they will host a state playoff game on the same weekend for the first time. “Both student sections are talking about going to the other one’s game,” Tides coach Aaron Chantler said.

2 Chico and

his men

Is uber-talented Federal Way tailback Chico McClatcher in a zone? You betcha. He has two 300-yard rushing games this season, including a 353-yard effort last week. And he is closing in on 2,000 yards (144 carries, 1,837 yards, 26 TDs) heading into a district matchup against Mariner on Friday night. Coach John Meagher said he never has seen his senior run better.

3 Knows the drill

Quick, can you name the local football team with the longest winning streak in the district round? Tumwater? Federal Way? Cascade Christian? Nope, it is coach Gordon Elliott’s group at Auburn High School, which carries a seven-game winning streak into its playoff matchup at Meadowdale. Oddly enough, the Trojans’ last district loss was to the Mavericks in 2005 (17-14).

4 Three a charm?

Lincoln coach Jon Kitna said the emphasis the last two seasons was effort. Now, it is all about grooving success. After being eliminated in the district round the past two years, including a 41-21 loss last year to Eastside Catholic, the Abes are intent on reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2003. “If we don’t make a run into the playoffs, we would be disappointed,” Kitna said.

5 Last one in

Sumner became the last local to make the postseason after winning a 3A SPSL mini-tiebreaker Tuesday. The Spartans have held light practices leading up to their district game at Juanita on Saturday. “The main focus is to get ourselves back to where we need to play Saturday,” coach Keith Ross said. They will need their normal legs to try to stop Juanita tailback Salvon Ahmed.

t odd.milles@thenewstribune.com