I asked you yesterday morning a question: who would we be talking about tomorrow morning?
This is who I’m talking about today after Friday’s matchups across the area didn’t disappoint:
1. Nathan Hale stops Rainier Beach’s Metro run. Our Score-it database list results dating back all the way to 2001, but if you’re looking for the last time Rainier Beach lost a game in the Metro League’s Sound Division, don’t even bother. It’s not in there.
Rainier Beach hasn’t lost a Sound game since Oct. 16, 1999, when the Vikings lost 17-14 to West Seattle on a touchdown in the last three minutes. The headline was all about the opponent, though: “Believe it! West Seattle goes to 6-0 in football.” Since then, it’s been all Ws for Rainier Beach, until Hale ended that streak last night with a 24-6 victory.
Nathan Hale itself is an interesting story, having gone 0-10 in just 2004 but then rebounded quickly to make the 3A playoffs last season. As freshmen, Hale’s seniors watched Rainier Beach beat the varsity team 59-0. Now those seniors are part of the team to end one of the state’s most impressive winning streaks.
2. Oak Harbor makes sure there’s no doubt about it. The defending Class 4A champs made their 11th straight win an impressive one, beating previously undefeated Snohomish 38-10.
3. Eastside Catholic nips Bainbridge. I wouldn’t have been surprised if this one, featuring the ninth- and tenth-ranked teams in 3A, was a shootout or a defensive struggle. It ended up somewhere in between. Eastside Catholic remained undefeated with a 22-16 victory on a touchdown with about three minutes left. Bainbridge had a 16-14 lead in the fourth, but it’s the Crusaders who remained undefeated. No doubt, the guys at O’Dea (which coasted 48-8 over Seattle Prep) had their eyes on this one.
4. Kentwood upsets Kentridge. Or was this an upset? Kentridge was in our top 10 to begin the season, but that spread offense designed for quarterback Brandon Turner hasn’t worked out too well so far. Meanwhile, Demitrius Bronson doesn’t seem to care who he’s going against. With 215 yards and two touchdowns, Bronson showed by the University of Washington wants him.
So who else are you talking about this morning?
I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of undefeated teams remaining in the area, and maybe you can chime in with which teams you think will finish the regular season that way.
1. Tony Heard, Edmonds-Woodway, football. Ran for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. Not sure what team is going to stop him.
2. Demitrius Bronson, Kentwood, football. Had 215 yards in a rivalry game. Now that’s big-game running.
3. Alex Devereux, Hazen, girls soccer. Scored four goals in 8-1 win against Evergreen.
4. Nuve Kongaiaka, Evergreen, football. Anytime you score five touchdowns, that’s a night worth remembering.
5. Marcel Smith, Graham-Kapowsin, football. Ran 30 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Somewhat of a slow day today in high-school sports, but there is one game I’d like to note. Lakeside plays at Bishop Blanchet in just a little more than in hour in a Metro-League game. It’s both teams’ league opener.