High School Sports

State football 1st round: 5 things to watch

1 ALL BUSINESS

Bellarmine Prep coach Tom Larsen has a nickname for RB Nathan Goltermann-Doyle – “Mr. Business.” The senior rushed for 214 yards in the Lions’ 17-6 win at Kentwood last week. Up next — defending 4A runner-up Camas, which beat Bellarmine Prep in last year’s state semifinals. “I am going back to my old track-and-field days to tell you we are peaking at the right time,” Larsen said. “The kids’ confidence is up.”

2 LASTING KARMA?

A few days after the horrific shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School (Oct. 24), the Oak Harbor football team decided to forfeit its next game against the Tomahawks to hand them the Wesco North title — and give them more time to grieve. That landed the Wildcats in this part of the bracket — with a first-round game Friday at Peninsula. Betting coach Jay Turner and company won’t be so benevolent against the Seahawks.

3 COMING HOME

Nick Lucey was a quarterback for his father at Curtis High School until 1999. Since then, he has bounced around as a coordinator on high school and college staffs — and landed his first head-coaching job last May at Squalicum High School. And he returns to Pierce County for the first time as his Storm take on Orting in a 2A first-round game. “My dad is coming, and … family is coming,” Lucey said. “It is going to be a lot of fun.”

4 WARMING UP SPOKANE

Everyone knows about Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien, a Boise State commit who has passed for 3,753 yards and 43 TDs. The guy on the other side — Auburn Mountainview’s Gresch Jensen (1,814 yards, 19 TDs; 602 rushing yards) — ain’t bad, either. This 3A first-round matchup should be high scoring, but the Lions’ secondary has also been stout with 14 interceptions this season.

5 MY WIFE BELIEVES

Sumner has gotten a taste of this at the 2A level playing Lynden in the state playoffs the past two seasons. On Friday, the Spartans travel to six-time defending 3A champion Bellevue — and coach Keith Ross knows his team is a heavy underdog. “I’ve never been in a situation where the only person (outside the team) who thinks we can win is my wife,” Ross said. “We are not playing the David-vs-Goliath card. We are Sumner.”

t odd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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