Some thoughts on Friday night:
-I had a debate this week with a co-worker about which game would be better: Lake Stevens-Jackson or Marysville-Pilchuck-Arlington. I argued the latter because it was a league game, at least, and it carried more meaning.
Yeah, I was wrong. Lake Stevens and Jackson played what might be the game of the year last night, with Jackson taking away a 50-49 overtime win, thanks to a 2-point conversion run by Riley Carr (This blog will always be a supporter of coaches who go for two to win at the end of a game).
Some crazy numbers in this one. Lake Stevens QB Nick Baker threw for 369 more yards and five more touchdowns — he has 18 in five games — and ran for one more TD. Jackson RB Taylor Cox ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns. And Carr had 95 rushing yards and two more touchdowns.
Those Tommies from Marysville-Pilchuck — who, by the way, took care of Arlington — play Lake Stevens next week in a game that should settle the WesCo North.
-Issaquah impresses more each week. When every opposing coach remarks about how his team had never been pushed around like they did against the Eagles, it shows just how much Issaquah’s front line matters.
“They were relentless up front,” Eastlake coach Gene Dales said.
That’s the key for Issaquah: winning up front. Once they do that, the Eagles have very capable skill players to do the rest. They didn’t have to do much Friday night, but they controlled a very good Eastlake team, which broke free for only one big play, a 62-yard pass that ended up on the Issaquah 9. But the Wolves settled for a field goal, and then Issaquah drove down on two impressive drives that made it 14-3.
“On their first two drives, I don’t think they made a mistake,” Dales said.
-Federal Way might not win the SPSL North — its week one loss to Auburn gave the Trojans the upper hand — but it’s looking like a team no one will want to face in November. The Eagles rolled over undefeated Tahoma 35-3, and Andre Barrington had 258 all-purpose yards and two TDs.
1. Naji Moore-Taylor, Meadowdale. Ran for 263 yards and five touchdowns in a win against Glacier Peak.
2. Brett Kirschner, Interlake. Took 34 carries for 235 yards and four touchdowns.
3. Aaron Frye, Cascade: Former QB had 271 rushing yards in first week as FB.
4. Carlo Lavoie, Auburn. Also the QB, Lavoie had three interceptions against Kentridge on Thursday night, something I should have mentioned yesterday.
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