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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

September 9, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Evergreen deserves its props

First things first. It’s tempting to talk about Kennedy’s 0-2 start to the season, and I’ll get to that, but Evergreen of White Center deserves the football headline this morning, in my book.

Now, there’s no confusing Sumner, Evergreen’s opponent last night, with De Oro (Loomis, Calif.), which beat Kennedy 27-7 at Seattle Memorial Stadium. But the Spartans are a decent 0-2 team, and remember that both of their losses are to top-10 teams (Puyallup is No. 5 in 4A). They trailed Puyallup just 10-7 at halftime before losing 30-7 in the season opener.

Last night’s score: Evergreen 66, Sumner 8. Halftime: 34-0, thanks to a 28-point outburst that included two touchdown tosses to quarterback Luther Leonard,

Evergreen certainly seems worthy of its fifth-place spot in the 3A rankings. The Wolverines have outscored their first two opponents 114-25. Leonard already has passed for 464 yards and six TDs.

I don’t expect Evergreen to have any kind of test until the Oct. 12 showdown with Kennedy and right now I’d say the Wolverines have to be clear favorites. That said, don’t give up on Kennedy. I haven’t. This isn’t exactly what coach Bob Bourgette had in mind when he scheduled Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas and Del Oro against a team that graduated a ton of talent. But he things the Lancers will be better for it, and I’m guessing he’s right.

I don’t think I’d want to be Lindbergh, Kennedy’s opponent this week. I’d be surprised if the Lancers don’t dominate their next four opponents (Lindbergh, Hazen, Tyee and Highline), then come into the Evergreen contest with a full head of steam.

Other than some morning stars to follow, that’s it about it for football today. Not a whole lot on the docket yesterday. Archbishop Murphy of Mill Creek deserves mention, though, after the 49-7 romp over Black Hills. That made life easier for coach Terry Ennis, who had to sweat (literally, I’m guessing) through overtime the week before in the sweltering Las Vegas heat.

Oh, I’ll give a shout out to Cedarcrest, too, now 2-0 after a 43-0 victory over Lakeside. That makes two shutouts for the Wolves. Next up is 2-0 Granite Falls, which has poured on the points in two games (112-59). Then comes Archbishop Murphy.

We’ll start to sort out the contenders from the pretenders over the next couple of weeks.

And before I get to morning stars from Saturday’s games, I want to mention a couple more guys who deserved recognition after Friday’s efforts that were overlooked yesterday: Lars Swenson of Shorecrest, who keyed a 28-14 victory over Shorewood by passing for 117 yards and four touchdowns (out of nine completions) and also rushed for 115 yards; and Blake Gibbs of Newport, who amassed 233 yards and scored three times as the 2-0 Knights beat Franklin, 34-21.

That Newport-Skyline game this Friday should be interesting as well as Issaquah-Bellevue, both big KingCo 3A battles. Other games I’m looking forward to this week: Woodinville-Eastlake (Thursday), Auburn-Franklin Pierce (Friday), Kentridge-Tahoma (Friday), Puyallup-Beamer (Friday).

Who’s got your interest in Week Three?

I’m going to blog about volleyball, cross country and girls soccer in a bit.

— Sandy Ringer

Morning Stars

Luther Leonard, Evergreen football. Savvy QB completed 14 of 18 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 66-8 drubbing of Sumner.

Vinnie Papasedero, Bishop Blanchet football. Rushed for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns, two in the first quarter, as the Braves beat West Seattle, 21-12.

Henry Woods, Archbishop Murphy football. Carried 16 times for 165 yards and scored a pair of TDs as the Wildcats raced past Black Hills, 49-7.

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