High School Sports

Five things to watch in high school football: Week 6

End-zone seeker

On one of his first carries last year, Olympia’s Scott Gunther scored a long touchdown before breaking his collarbone. Now his 18 rushing scores lead the South Sound. “He has got what our other bruisers did not — he can score from anywhere on the field,” Bears coach Bill Beattie said.

Mad scramble

The 2A SPSL might be the craziest league in the area. River Ridge leads by a game, but Fife, Franklin Pierce, Steilacoom, Washington are all one game back. “Oh, I love it. Every single night you’ve got to be ready to go,” Hawks coach Steve Schultz said. “It is a momentum league.”

Captain Comeback

Puyallup turned a three-touchdown halftime deficit into a 40-37 overtime victory last week over Curtis on Zach Munizza’s 29-yard field goal. Now at 2-1, Puyallup is in the hunt for the SPSL South championship. “All you can ask is be in control of your own destiny,” coach Gary Jeffers said.

Chance to win

One winless school — Clover Park-White River, Mount Rainier-Decatur and Foss-Mount Tahoma — will get a first victory this weekend. “The kids look at the schedule and know this is our best chance for a win,” Foss coach Matt Johnson said. “There’s not much for a coach to say.”

Seizing Sea-Tac

Evergreen Lutheran has its sights set on a deep postseason run. But first is taking control of the 1B Sea-Tac League. The Eagles take on fellow unbeaten Quilcene on the road Saturday for the league lead. “It is a have-to-have game,” Evergreen Lutheran coach Steve Lawrence said.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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