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September 26, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Friday night primer

Woodinville at Roosevelt, 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium (Seattle). If the first three games are any indication, Roosevelt might be heading to its first playoff berth since 1984. The defense is made entirely of seniors, and the new spread offense has made a dramatic change. But the measuring stick for the ‘Riders will be how they perform against the Eastside teams they have so rarely beaten since joining KingCo in 1997. Woodinville’s defense is for real — just ask Eastlake. And the Falcons’ run game won’t be easy to stop — especially quarterback Tim Ip and running backs Jordan Todesco and Matt Brumfield.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Woodinville 24, Roosevelt 17.

Federal Way at Kentlake, 7 p.m. at French Field (Kent). With running back Andre Barrington, a WSU recruit, back the past two weeks, the Eagles have won by an average of 22 points. Barrington has 163 total yards and two touchdowns last week, but now he has to face a Kentlake defense that has allowed only nine points per game. But Kentlake hasn’t seen an offense like this.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Federal Way 31, Kentlake 21

Mount Si at Bellevue, 7 p.m. Mount Si got off to an incredibly difficult start, losing to Eastlake and Issaquah in the next two weeks, but the Wildcats showed a lot of life last week with a 37-8 win against Interlake. And with Sean Snead back in the lineup — 228 yards on 22 carries last week — Mount Si could pose a challenge. But the Wolverines run game has been so unstoppable to start the year, Mount Si will have to find a way to stop the wing-T if it has any hope. Only Bellevue’s side, the Wolverines need to find a way to stop hurting themselves with penalties.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Bellevue 34, Mount Si 24

Lake Stevens at Arlington, 7 p.m. There are three undefeated teams in WesCo 4A North this morning, and by Saturday, there were be at most two (and at least one). Arlington, picked to finish next-to-last in the division, has been the most surprising of the three, especially after knocking off Jackson 28-22 last week. QB Jake Parduhn was on fire last week, and he’ll go against a Lake Stevens secondary missing Bo Dickinson, who’s out for at least the next six weeks. The Vikings can attack the Arlington spread well with senior DT Dylan Youngblood. Dickinson is a terrific offensive player, too, but Lake Stevens has more talented skill players, starting with QB Nick Baker, who’s has rolled through the first three weeks.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Lake Stevens 21, Arlington 17

Jackson at Edmonds-Woodway, 8 p.m. at Everett Memorial (fixed) Stadium. It’s been an interesting season so far for Edmonds-Woodway, which lost in week one to Meadowdale because it missed a shot to take a field goal and played last week without RB Tony Heard for undisclosed reasons. He is “questionable” this week, according to our report yesterday, though it’s important to remember Jimmy Spears ran for 241 yards and four TDs as a replacement. Jackson, of course, has RB Taylor Cox, another one of the area’s best running backs. This could be one of the most pivotal games in the WesCo 4A South.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Jackson 27, Edmonds-Woodway 20

Morning stars

1. Kevin Penner, Eastlake, golf. Penner won with a par 36 at Sahalee East, a win that gave him his sixth top finish in a match this season. Penner won the Class 4A championship in 2006.

2. Chief Sealth soccer. With a 3-0 win against Franklin, the Seahawks won their first Metro game since 2003.

3. Rachel Godfred, Mercer Island, swimming. In a meet with Inglemoor, Godfred won the 50 free and 100 back in state-qualifying times. She was also a part of two winning relays, which also posted state qualifying times.

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