Lakes was absolutely as good as advertised.
This first game at Qwest Field on Saturday night was supposed to be a test, putting Lakes against one of the state’s top teams, Gig Harbor. But after a scoreless first, the Lancers got clicking and didn’t lose their rhythm until the end of a 28-0 win on Saturday.
As good as O’Dea looked on Thursday, this was by far the best of the seven Class 3A teams, four of them ranked, that I saw this weekend. The most impressive thing was how they were able to put it all together in just the season’s first week. I think with Skyline and Bellevue, we saw a lot of first-week kinks that need to be worked out, particularly with the 11 combined fumbles. But with Lakes, I agree with Gig Harbor coach Darren McKay, who said he didn’t see too many weaknesses out there.
“I think every single one of those guys made a play,” McKay said.
What’s incredible is that this team even makes 6-foot-7 Kavario Middleton, the state’s top college prospect, blend in. There were some questions about how quarterback Calvin Schmidtke, a transfer from Life Christian, would transition from Class 2B to much more competitive games. Well, those weren’t 150-pounders chasing him down on Saturday, they were some big boys from Gig Harbor knocking him to the ground. But on two key plays, they couldn’t put him down for good. On a one-yard score on a sneak in the second quarter, Gig Harbor broke through the line and put a helmet on him, but he stayed on his feet and scored on the second effort. Later, he evaded pretty much the whole Gig Harbor defensive line before throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jimenez.
“He took some shots, and he came back,” McKay said. “I was just impressed with his escapability.”
So count me impressed with the state’s top-ranked team in the first week. Our rankings were ravaged this week, but at least I can say for sure there will be no change at the top in Class 3A.
So what are your thoughts about the season’s first week? Are there any stories I missed? Please share them below, if you’d like.
1. Chase King, Decatur, footall. Ran 25 times for 196 yards in 28-13 win against White River.
2. Cameron Stephan, Roosevelt, football. Ran for 178 yards on 16 carries, and the second of his two touchdowns gave Roosevelt a KingCo 4A Conference win against Garfield.
3. Patrick Ottorbech, Bothell, football. In Bothell’s 45-7 steamrolling of one of Alaska’s top teams in 2006, Ottorbech started it with a 95-yard kick return and later scored on a 17-yard run.
About morning stars: most times, I’m going off our results in the morning’s newspaper. If I missed a noteworthy performance, you’re more than welcome to let everyone know about it in the comments section. Everything here at the blog is up for discussion.