High School Sports

Week 7: Five things to watch in prep football

Bethel High School quarterback Bryce Missey could be out for a month with a shoulder injury.
Bethel High School quarterback Bryce Missey could be out for a month with a shoulder injury. Staff photographer

Get your quarterback back

Bethel quarterback Bryce Missey (117-194, 1,740 yards, 24 TDs) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after separating his throwing shoulder. Bethel’s not the only 4A SPSL team starting a backup. Puyallup QB Nathaniel Holcomb and Rogers QB Jordan Bishop are all expected to sit out this week. Curtis’s Gage Ferguson played through an ankle sprain last week, but is now healthy.

Top heavy SPSL

The 4A SPSL Northeast and 3A SPSL might need to hire crowd control after this week. Each league could have a crowded top seed if Kent-Meridian beats Kentwood (Kentwood beat Tahoma and Tahoma beat K-M) and Lakes beats Sumner (Sumner beat Auburn Mountainview and AMV beat Lakes). The tiebreaker scenarios would get complicated, so brace yourself.

Offense or defense?

Cascade Christian (4-1) allows 14.2 points per game. Charles Wright (1-4) has scored 35.2, including a school-record 76 in last week’s win over Vashon. Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis said Charles Wright QB Henry Cheney is the real deal, but Davis doesn’t plan to play a Cover 0 defense like Vashon did, and he returns Kyle Milton (dislocated elbow) at linebacker this week.

Life Christian rolling

With a senior quarterback in Jack Hohimer (65-105, 989 yards, 13 TDs), senior running back in Wyatt Dunlap (66 carries, 537 yards, 11 TDs) and senior receiver in Reid Roelofs (20 catches, 372 yards, 7 TDS), Life Christian is about as balanced as it comes in the 2B Pacific League. It’s why the Eagles have shaken off a season-opening 26-25 loss to Raymond and are riding a four-game winning streak.

Wilson’s turnaround

Alex Motonaga was benched in Wilson’s season-opening loss to Olympic. But the quarterback (56-122, 807 yards, 3 TD; 35 carries, 308 yards, 2 TDs) has been key to the Rams’ three-game winning streak after an 0-3 start. His interception sealed a 17-16 victory over Capital last week. Three of Wilson’s past four games have been decided by one point (two wins, one loss).