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October 3, 2008 at 12:34 AM

Friday night primer

No. 3 Issaquah at Eastlake, 7 p.m. Issaquah can run with the team of Grant Gellatly and Kyle Hansen, it can throw behind QB Joey Bradley and WR Ross Zuhl, and it has one of the top front lines in the state. And so far, that has meant it could win a couple difficult road games against Bothell and Inglemoor. But as it’s always been under Gene Dales, Eastlake’s a tough game, especially on the plateau. The Wolves have the huge downfield passing game they had last season, but it’s still awfully good (ask Redmond, which gave up 55 to the Wolves last week). And that defense doesn’t give up much ground. The winner of this game could have the best shot to take on Skyline for the KingCo Crest championship.

THE TIMES PICK: Issaquah 24, Eastlake 21

Jackson at No. 8 Lake Stevens, 7 p.m. These could be the top two teams in WesCo (with an acknowledgment to Marysville-Pilchuck, which has a significant game with Arlington tonight). Jackson will be again without RB Taylor Cox and three other starters, but the T’Wolves were able to beat Edmonds-Woodway last weekend, so don’t count them out. Lake Stevens showed a lot against Arlington last week, and Nick Baker has been putting up the best QB numbers in the area, with 1,216 yards and 13 TDs.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Lake Stevens 20, Jackson 7

Federal Way at Tahoma, 7 p.m. These Tahoma Bears are playing like your older brother’s Bears, the ones who won three SPSL North titles before missing the postseason last year. Tahoma has been quick starters, outscoring teams 38-0 in the first quarter, so Federal Way needs to make sure it holds off the Bears early. Tahoma’s going up against one of the more complete teams in the area, and Federal Way proved that with a 48-6 win against Kentlake last week. The Eagles forced seven turnovers, took a punt back for a TD and ran all over Kentlake. So Tahoma has its hands full.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Federal Way 28, Tahoma 21

No. 6 Woodinville at Inglemoor, 7 p.m. Huge game for both teams. With a win for either, they can go against Bothell for the chance to win the KingCo Crown division. Inglemoor rebounded from a loss to Issaquah with a shutout of Ballard last week, and just before that game, Woodinville wiped out Roosevelt 42-13. You might have read the score was 21-13 going into the fourth quarter, but the final score really does reflect how well Woodinville played. The Falcon defense is disciplined and tackles well, and outside of one bad read in coverage, it never let Roosevelt’s spread offense make a big play. Big matchup to watch here is between Woodinville’s running backs and Inglemoor LB Paul Ena.

THE TIMES’ PICK: Woodinville 24, Inglemoor 14

Morning stars

1. Kevin Penner, Eastlake, boys golf. This kid is having a ridiculously good season. After shooting a 4-under 32 at Bear Creek on Tuesday, Penner has shot par or better in all eight of Eastlake’s matches. He’s been a medalist in all of them.

2. Ronnielle Battles, Renton, football. Carried 14 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in Renton’s 35-21 win against Mt. Rainier.

3. Alyssa Schultz, Issaquah, volleyball. Had the chance to see this junior in person last night against Lake Washington, and her 14 kills in a 3-0 win don’t tell the whole story. When she’s on the court, she controls it. I’ve seen two Division I colleges recruiting her this season, and she’s only a junior. Plenty of young talent on Issaquah, and not too many spikes get past senior Stephanie Jones up front.

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