Teams in charge
Too many to count.
Kennedy is still the clear favorite, and I didn’t think much about it when the Lancers lost their opener to 4A Puyallup – but the Vikings are 0-3 since. Still, they’re the team to beat, in my book.
Mount Rainier is young, young, young with a bright future. But the Rams have their sights on right now.
Hazen and Lindbergh have stayed in position by beating Renton (1-2, 2-2), a team many thought would emerge as No. 2 in the league. Now the Indians will really have to battle for a playoff spot.
Teams in the playoff hunt (4 berths)
Really, it appears to be a five-team race for four spots, but Evergreen (1-3, 1-3) will be no pushover the rest of the way now that player numbers are up following some eligibility issues. And Highline (0-4, 0-4) is better than its record might indicate. Remember, the Pirates lost by only three to Lindbergh and one to Mount Rainier (and by 25 to Kennedy).
L.J. Jennings of Kennedy has had a hot start, rushing for 430 yards on just 32 carries (13.4 yards a pop) in three games. Remember, one of JFK’s wins was a forfeit from Tyee.
Just about every game the rest of the way for the top five teams will be important, but here’s a few I’ll have my eye on:
Lindbergh @ Hazen, Friday, Oct. 2
Hazen @ Mount Rainier, Oct. 16
Mount Rainier @ Kennedy, Oct. 29
This time, I think I’ll pick ’em out of a hat, but here’s a stab at how the top half of the league might look when all is said and done, in order: Kennedy, Mount Rainier, Lindbergh, Hazen. Renton could sneak in there, but those losses the last two weeks really hurt.