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High School Sports Blog

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

September 28, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Rushing roulette

Another dominant game last night by Kentwood’s Demitrius Bronson brought me to this realization: there are an awful lot of good running backs in the area this fall.

And the numbers back me up: Score-It’s leaderboard lists 30 kids averaging at least 100 yards rushing per game. So if you’re heading out to a game tonight, there’s a good chance you’ll see a 100-yard rusher.

And if you’re heading to a game featuring one of these guys, the area’s top five rushers, you’re likely going to see even better:

Player Team Yards/game
Marcel Smith Graham-Kapowsin 240.5
Tony Heard Edmonds-Woodway 220
Demitrius Bronson Kentwood 207
Derek Jones Snohomish 186.5
Johri Fogerson O’Dea 165.8

In our question of the week for Thursday’s prep page, we asked readers to name the state’s top football player — of all time — and guess what? They were all running backs. And in the spirit of Corey Dillon and Joe Steele, today’s players have kept it up (which we writers certainly don’t mind; more running means quicker games).

If you didn’t get the chance to chime in on our question of the week, you can do so here — who’s the best high-school player you’ve ever seen in Washington? And who’s the guy you like to watch these days?

Morning stars

1. Kate Deines, Issaquah, girls soccer. Scored a hat trick in 4-1 victory against Mount Si.

2. Zack Gagnon, Auburn Riverside, football. Caught touchdown passes of 44, 31 and 36 yards in 27-12 win against White River.

3. Demitrius Bronson, Kentwood, football. String of 200-yard games comes to an end; string of wins for Kentwood doesn’t after his 178-yard performance.

Tonight’s top games

1. Bainbridge at O’Dea, football, 7 p.m. at West Seattle Stadium. Bainbridge could throw a huge wrench in Metro with O’Dea-Eastside Catholic’s showdown next week.

2. Snohomish at Mariner, football, 7 p.m. at Goddard Stadium. Should be interesting to see how Snohomish rebounds after last week’s loss to Oak Harbor.

3. Mount Si at Issaquah, football, 7:30 p.m. It might not seem like a big game, but this one could go a long way in determining who plays in the postseason.

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