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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

September 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Midseason roundup: SPSL 4A North Division football

Team in charge

Auburn

It’s looking like a repeat of last year for the unbeaten Trojans, who are averaging 45 points per game. RB/DB Chris Young, a UW commit, is living up to his preseason hype on both sides of the ball. He has scored nine TDs thus far, but he’s only one part of Auburn’s “three-headed monster.” Junior Alphonse Wade has 10 TDs (three receiving) and junior Austin Embody has five (two receiving) – plus he’s thrown one of the ones to Wade on a halfback pass.

If the Trojans beat Kentridge (3-1, 3-0) tomorrow night, their only roadblock to another unbeaten regular season could be Tahoma (3-1, 3-1) in Week 8.

Teams in the playoff hunt (3.5 berths; No. 4 team pigtails with Narrow’s No. 5)

Kentridge, Tahoma and Kentwood (3-1, 2-1) are in pretty good shape at this point, but are no shoe-ins.

I like Kentwood, which is the only team to date that has threatened Auburn (35-28). The Conquerors have beaten Tahoma, but still have key games against Federal Way (Oct. 15) and Kentridge (Oct. 23).

Don’t rule out Federal Way (2-2, 1-2) by any means. The Eagles have lost to Auburn and Kentridge, but if they can beat Tahoma this Friday they are very much in the thick of things.

Kentlake (2-2, 2-2) could still surprise, but has yet to beat a contender.

Big-numbers guys

I mentioned Wade earlier and his averages are impressive. He has 599 yards rushing on just 33 carries – that’s 18.2 per tote. Throw in 175 yards receiving and six on a kickoff return and he’s already got 780 all-purpose yards.

Kentlake sophomore Latrelle Dukes was mentioned as a “rising star” in our football preview package, and he has lived up to the billing the past three weeks. After a slow start in the opener against Kentridge (14 yards on six carries), he has rushed for 400 yards and six TDs.

Key games

Kentridge @ Tahoma, Oct. 9

Kentwood at Federal Way, Oct. 15

Kentridge at Kentwood, Oct. 23

Prediction

This is honestly one of my very least favorite things to do, but here’s a guess at how the SPSL North will shake out at the top, in order: Auburn, Kentwood, Tahoma, Federal Way. Kentridge winds up on the outside looking in, despite their great start.

Back with the SPSL 4A South in a bit, followed by SPSL 3A and Seamount.

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