High School Sports

Week 9: Five things to watch in high school football

Cruising Kentlake

The Falcons started the season 2-4 following a loss to Kentridge, and it looked as if first-year coach Brett Thompson’s spread offense was going to take a season of getting used to. Kentlake then stunned Tahoma, 37-34 — handing the Bears one of their two losses this season — and followed by handing 4A SPSL Northeast champion Kentwood its second loss of the season last week to earn an automatic berth to the 4A district playoffs.

Undefeated vs. underdog

No, there’s nothing left for Foss (0-8) and Auburn Riverside (0-8) to play for other than their final game of the regular season. But what do their unbeaten opponents have to play for with their playoff lives already sealed? Foss faces 3A Narrows champ Lincoln (8-0), and AR hosts 3A SPSL champ Sumner (8-0), with both winless teams hoping they can catch their unbeaten foes resting on their laurels. Though Lincoln can finish its league season unbeaten for the second season in a row.

To the wire

Five South Sound teams will be playing for their respective league titles in the final regular-season game: Graham-Kapowsin and Bethel will meet for the 4A SPSL South title at Art Crate Field in Spanaway, Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor will play for the 4A Narrows title at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy, and Cascade Christian will head up to Bellevue Christian to play for the 1A Nisqually crown.

Happy and healthy

Federal Way has won two of its eight games in an injury-plagued season. The Eagles have turned to their third quarterback, Ben Koler, following injuries to Washington State commit D’Jimon Jones and Gabe Togia. But Jones said he will start at defensive back and QB on Friday against Tahoma and its UW quarterback commit Amandre Williams in a loser-out, winner-to-districts SPSL North crossover game.

Hoisington’s hurrah

Vashon running back Bryce Hoisington is on pace to become the first running back in Washington 11-man football to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a season … if he were to play the same number of games as current record holder Austin Urlacher of Chiawana, who ran for 2,877 yards in 14 games after his team reached the 4A state final last season. But Vashon (3-5) was eliminated from playoff contention and Hoisington enters Week 9 needing 14 more yards to reach 2,000 for the season.