High School Sports

Week 2: High school football predictions, games to watch

NONLEAGUE

CURTIS (1-0) at NO. 5 UNION (1-0)

4:30 p.m. Friday, at McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver, Wash.

About the Vikings: Curtis twice played Union last season and lost twice, including 42-14 in a state play-in game. Chris Paulson is new to Curtis, but not to Union. His Kentlake squad lost to the Titans, 31-7, in the first round of state in 2011. Key this time will be Curtis’ Elijah Piper and Trevor Morrow handling Union’s stout front like they did in a win against Kentwood last week.

About the Titans: Jordan Lawson threw for 269 yards and six touchdowns against Federal Way last week, and Union will balance that with a rotation of four running backs, led by Rey Green. He’s an NCAA Division I recruit who transferred from Evergreen of Vancouver and had met with Camas football coaches in the spring to inquire about eligibility — leading to Camas coach Jon Eagle receiving a four-game suspension that was rescinded.

TNT pick: Union, 28-21

NO. 2 CAMAS (1-0) AT FEDERAL WAY (0-1)

2 p.m. Saturday, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium

About the Papermakers: Just imagine what Camas’ junior varsity looked like two years ago. That was when now-senior quarterback Liam Fitzgerald was a backup to Reilly Hennessey, who led Camas to the Class 4A state title game and is now at Eastern Washington University. Fitzgerald reminds Federal Way coach John Meagher of a taller version of Gig Harbor’s Davis Alexander, with maybe a touch less arm strength and accuracy.

About the Eagles: Meagher knew about D’Jimon Jones’ running ability, but last week he got to see the new-and-improved passer. Jones, a Washington State University commit, played the most complete game of his career, with 253 passing yards to go with some big runs. But Meagher expects better execution from the rest of the team Saturday than what he saw in the Eagles’ 46-35 loss to Union.

TNT pick: Camas, 56-42

NO. 7 GONZAGA PREP (1-0) AT BELLARMINE PREP (1-0)

7 p.m. Friday, at Memorial Field, Tacoma

About the Bullpups: Evan Weaver terrorized Bellarmine Prep last season. Among Weaver’s efforts that game, the defensive end and Cal commit blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Gonzaga Prep’s 17-0 win. He, along with the rest of Gonzaga Prep’s front seven, are back for another season. Mason Plese ran for 105 yards in the Bullpups’ 13-10 win against Richland last week.

About the Lions: When the opportunities come, which should be few and far between with both of these defenses on the same field, Lions coach Brian Jensen said his team has to take advantage. These teams might as well be league members. The two Jesuit schools are separated by almost 300 miles, but this will be the third time they’ve played since 2012 (first on this side of the mountains).

TNT pick: Gonzaga Prep, 14-10

STATE GAME OF THE WEEK

BISHOP GORMAN (NEV.) (2-0) at NO. 2 BELLEVUE (0-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Bellevue High School

The skinny: Bellevue’s ugly offseason started after it lost in the Class 3A state title game, ending the Wolverines’ run at a state-record six consecutive titles and their nation-best win streak at 67 games. A few months later, coach Butch Goncharoff received a two-game suspension related to illegal recruiting and out-of-season coaching activities, then The Seattle Times published a story about a nearby private school — labeled a “diploma mill” — that at least 17 Bellevue football players attended over the past seven years. The WIAA is investigating whether Bellevue violated multiple state rules. All that, and no time for distractions. Not with the top-ranked team in the country in Bishop Gorman and its five-star quarterback Tate Martell, a Texas A&M commit, coming to town.

TNT pick: Bishop Gorman, 35-28

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