I thought it was time to weigh in with a South End perspective, football-wise.
What I love about Week 2 of football is it helps us evaluate Week 1. Aren’t we all wondering a bit if this team is really that good or the other just that bad?
Take Kentridge. I wasn’t overly impressed with Saturday’s performance at Qwest, although the Chargers showed some promise. But maybe I was short-changing Inglemoor. They gave Brandon Turner everything he can handle. Turner’s probably still sore from the hits he took.
So, I’m eager to see what Kentridge does this week against Rogers. Again, it was difficult to judge how good Rogers and Federal Way are going to be after their game last week. Suffice it to say they are fairly equal, as the 22-21 score indicates.
Federal Way only had about 32 players suited up in part because of the district’s strict academics policy (anyone with a “D” or “F” last spring had to sit out one game. Expect more players on the sideline this week. The Eagles have some playmakers in Justin Southern, Andre Barrington and Aaron Broussard, to mention a few. It will be interesting to see what they do this week against Graham-Kapowsin, another team I’m wondering about after the loss to Eastside Catholic.
The game I’m really eager to catch is Kentwood vs. Puyallup at Sparks Stadium on Friday night. Hey – come do the Fair, then walk on over to the game. I was left with some questions after Kentwood’s win over South Kitsap. None of them concerned Demetrius Bronson, however. If anyone had any doubts, he is very much the real deal. It will be interesting to see what he does if and when he gets 15 to 20 carries, or more.
The key for Kentwood, in my mind, is getting a more productive pass game. QB Luke Angevine showed some improvement from last season, but I’m waiting to see a break-out game from him.
Oh, here’s a prime example of the “are-they-that-good/bad” dilemma: Kennedy. Now, I’ve been told Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, Nev., is very good. But I didn’t expect 30-0, did you? I heard Kennedy had trouble up front, which doesn’t bode well. And things don’t get any easier this Saturday with Del Oro High School from Loomis, Calif., in town.
Evergreen of White Center, on the other hand, cruised against Nathan Hale. Of course Nathan Hale isn’t Bishop Gorman. And Sumner, Evergreen’s opponent this week, isn’t Del Oro. We just might have to wait until the Kennedy-Evergreen showdown to figure out who is better.
Auburn has me curious, too. If any of you caught the game with Curtis, I’d appreciate your impressions. Curtis is always tough, especially at home, and I know Auburn is super-young on offense (one returning starter). The Trojans need a win this week in the Taylor Trophy game against Kent-Meridian, but don’t expect that to be a piece of cake. K-M is out to earn some respect and got off to a great start last week. Still, Auburn gets the nod, in my book. Then comes a very good Franklin Pierce team to open SPSL 3A play.
We should know a lot more after Week 2, don’t you think?