Teams feeling it right now
Skyline. Incredible. Hard to believe that final score. I have seen Woodinville make two good offenses, Bothell and Eastlake, look pretty ordinary so far the season. But Skyline wins 41-7? I never saw that one coming. Undoubtedly, the Spartans are one of the state’s elite teams.
Snohomish. Just put a no-doubter on Lake Stevens, 45-21, to get into the playoffs. Derek Jones was great as always. Remember, this team’s only loss was to defending 4A champ Oak Harbor. Would you want to see this team in the postseason?
Bellevue. Speaking of teams no one wants to see in the playoffs. For the first half Friday night, Bellevue brought the wing-T in the way I’ve heard so much about. The defending champs haven’t even played a close game since week one, when they were 5 yards away from beating Skyline. By halftime Friday night, the disparity between the Wolverines and their cross-town rival Newport was obvious. Now Bellevue has an outside shot of getting back running back Ladell Carroll, their leading rusher last season, for next week or the playoffs.
West Seattle. The Wildcats needed to win against Chief Sealth. Needed it bad. If not, they’d be facing a three-team mini-playoff next week. But the Wildcats left no doubt about it with a 48-13 victory that put them second in the Metro Sound division. They play the winner of today’s Bainbridge/Bishop Blanchet game next week for a spot in the playoffs
Auburn Riverside. Looking at the standings, I’m not convinced Auburn Riverside is in the playoffs just yet. It seems there’s a potential for a three-way tie for third in the SPSL 3A with Bonney Lake and Enumclaw. But I’m convinced, after a 51-14 victory against Auburn Mountainview last night, that the Ravens are a team capable of winning in the postseason. They might just have to beat Auburn — something they’ve never done — to get in, though.
Teams taking a long, deep breath of relief
Bothell. Whew! Inglemoor gave second-ranked Bothell fits on Friday night. Bothell actually trailed 13-10 at the half before winning 16-13. For the third consecutive week, Bothell’s offense didn’t score more than two touchdowns. But when quarterback Johnny Hekker can’t throw it in the end zone, he’s been dependable kicking it through the uprights. He has made six field goals in the last three weeks.
Newport. They won’t feel good about the Friday night’s 19-3 loss to Bellevue, even while playing without top rusher Blake Gibbs, but the Knights clinched a playoff spot — for real this time — when Mount Si beat Liberty. So Newport’s game next week against Issaquah won’t be a must-win. The winner of that game, which one reader already noted, gets the third seed in KingCo 3A, and as a prize, gets top-ranked Lakes in the first round.
Edmonds-Woodway. Perhaps I’m so used to them blowing teams out, but it looks like the Warriors had themselves a little scare against Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday night. M-P cut the lead to 14-10 and then recovered an onside kick, but Antoinne Wafer intercepted the Tomahawks on the next two drives, taking the second one back for a touchdown. This was a tough situation for the Warriors to go into, particulalry because it was E-W’s first game on grass in a long time. And I’m sure that field was soggy. Good teams survive the way the Warriors did.
Rainier Beach. If West Seattle had lost Friday night, Beach would have had to play in the same three-team mini-playoff. Now, despite a 3-4 record, Rainier Beach is only one win away from getting into the playoffs. The bad part? That one win will have to be against 10th-ranked Eastside Catholic.
Kamiak. When you’re in the running for one of the top seed in Wesco 4A, you don’t want a 3A team leading you with 5 minutes, 44 seconds left. But that’s where Kamiak found itself when Meadowdale — which could be a dangerous 3A playoff team — went ahead 35-31. But U-W recruit Justin Glenn made sure the deficit didn’t last long. He scored on a 58-yard run 40 seconds later, keeping Kamiak in a tie for second with Mariner heading into Friday night’s showdown at Goddard Stadium.
1. Julian Gamache, Granite Falls, football. Ran for 305 yards and three touchdowns in victory against Sultan.
2. Jillian Altizer, Newport, cross-country. Repeated as KingCo 3A champion, leading the Knights to the conference championship.
3. Drew Monroe, Sumner, boys tennis. Won the SPSL 3A championship with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory against Auburn Mountainview’s Nick Allen.
4. D.J. Williams, Puyallup, football. Ran for 248 yards on 29 carries and scored on a fumble recovery in victory against Curtis.
5. Justin Gunn, Renton, football. After throwing for two touchdowns, he took his third interception of the night back for a touchdown.