I’ll be the first to admit it — I don’t like predicting scores for high-school football games (or any high-school events, for that matter). But we do it as a staff and this year we’re trying to have a little more fun with it.
I’m not so sure the teams we pick “against” think it’s all that funny. But they love rubbing it in when we’re wrong, and why not? For instance, last week we predicted Federal Way would fall back to Earth with a “thud” and lose to Kentwood. Instead, the Eagles continued to soar, posting a 17-13 victory that puts them in position to win their first division title since 1976.
As I was walking toward their locker room, an assistant coach yelled, “That was no thud!” And I had to agree. This is a fun team to watch, when you’re never sure if running back Andre Barrington is going to head up field or stop and throw a pass, like he did twice against Kentwood (once to quarterback Justin Southern for a touchdown.
One thing I love about high-school sports is that its so unpredictable. There are few sure bets. Most people undoubtedly picked Evergreen of White Center to coast past Renton and into this week’s showdown with Kennedy. The Wolverines had walloped everyone they’d played. Problem is, their schedule was light and Renton plays some heavy defense.
So, why don’t you get in the act this week? Let’s hear some predictions from you. How do you call the Kennedy-Evergreen game? Or, better yet, Bothell-Eastlake? Take some games you are looking forward to this week, make a stand and have some fun with it.
By the way, for you volleyball fans out there, the big Spokane Crossover Tournament is this weekend with 64 teams coming together in one of the most exciting events of the year The field includes Mead of Spokane and Bishop Blanchet, the defending 4A and 3A champions, respectively, currently ranked No. 1 in their class.
The teams are divided into 16 pools of four. I’ve got to feel for Auburn Riverside, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The Ravens’ pool includes Mead and Kamiakin, rated No. 4 in 3A, along with Pullman (No. 8 in 2A). Blanchet won’t have it easy, either, with Lewis and Clark of Spokane (No. 10 in 4A) in its pool.
Kentwood, ranked No. 2 in 4A, won’t be there. Instead, the Conquerors are playing in a 12-team tournament at Monroe. The host Bearcats, ranked No. 6) are in the same pool with Kentwood along with Issaquah and Camas. Kamiak, the No. 3 team in Class 4A, is in a separate pool along with Bainbridge, Lake Stevens and Central Kitsap. The third pool features Marysville-Pilchuck, Enumclaw, Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma and Everett.
It should be some great volleyball on both sides of the state and perhaps give us a bit of a preview of next month’s state tournaments.