Three questions surrounding South Sound high school football following the seventh week of the season.
1. Will Vashon Island’s Bryce Hoisington break the single-season state rushing record?
If we’re talking 11-man football … there’s a chance.
Chiawana’s Austin Urlacher set the record last year with 2,877 yards in 14 games.
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Hoisington has 1,884 yards through seven games. So he’d be on pace to finish with only 3,768 yards if he were to play 14 games.
Except the Pasco school reached the Class 4A state championship last year, while Vashon was eliminated from playoff contention after falling to 0-2 in 1A Nisqually League play with a 23-6 loss to Bellevue Christian on Friday.
Vashon will play 10 games, and if Hoisington keeps up his pace of 269 yards per game, he’d finish the season with about 2,700 rushing yards.
Hoisington ran for 288 yards and a touchdown on Friday after gaining 380 yards in a loss to Charles Wright.
2. Why hasn’t unbeaten Sumner clinched the outright Class 3A SPSL title?
Because of … Bonney Lake?
No, Bonney Lake hasn’t been one of the four teams in the 3A SPSL to be ranked at some point this season (Sumner, Auburn Mountainview and Lakes have all been in the top 5 and Peninsula began the season in the top 10). But the Panthers (4-3, 3-2) have the best chance of earning the league’s top seed over Sumner (7-0, 5-0).
It’s a longshot, but it’s true. Bonney Lake must win Friday against Sumner at Sunset Chev Stadium, then beat Peninsula the following week and hope Sumner loses its final regular-season game against Auburn Riverside (0-7).
Things would get real interesting if that happened, and both Auburn Mountainview (5-2, 3-2) and Lakes (5-2, 3-2) win out. Each team would be 5-2 in league.
It wouldn’t be a problem for playoff purposes because the SPSL gets four berths to the District 1/2/3/4 playoffs. But who gets the top seed? … Let’s try not to think about that just yet.
3. Which area teams already have league titles?
Sumner will have a share of the 3A SPSL title no matter what.
Thomas Jefferson has at least a share of the 4A SPSL Northwest title — its first league title since 1980 — but has already locked the division’s top seed.
Kentwood clinched its 13th league title in school history — two behind Puyallup for most in the 4A SPSL — with its win over Kent-Meridian on Friday and Tahoma’s loss to Kentlake on Thursday.
Gig Harbor (7-0, 4-0 4A Narrows) is in the driver’s seat in the 4A Narrows with its 27-26 win over Olympia. But despite Bellarmine Prep’s overtime loss to Yelm, the Lions could still clinch a share of the title with a win over Olympia next week and a regular-season finale win over the Tides.
The 4A SPSL South will likely come down to the final weekend when Graham-Kapowsin (7-0, 4-0 4A SPSL South) faces Bethel. The Braves hope to have quarterback Bryce Missey (separated shoulder) back on the field by then.
Lincoln (7-0, 5-0 3A Narrows) hasn’t lost and Wilson (4-3, 4-1) started its season on a three-game losing streak, but the Tacoma rivals play each other next week with 3A Narrows League title implications.
But the bigger question might be who gets the four spots to the district playoffs. As of now it would be Lincoln, Wilson, Central Kitsap and Shelton.
River Ridge (7-0, 5-0 2A SPSL) can clinch the 2A SPSL title with a win over Fife (6-1, 4-1) next week.
Basically, you can count on plenty more madness this football season.
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