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October 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Midseason Roundup: Wesco 3A football

Team to beat — Meadowdale

Yes, Glacier Peak has been ranked all year. But through four games, it’s clear who the favorite is tomorrow night in the Game of the Year. Meadowdale’s resume could hardly be gaudier: wins over four 4A teams, including by 42 points over a squad (Mountlake Terrace) that Glacier Peak just lost to. Long-time coach Mark Stewart wasn’t kidding before the season when he described his skill-position players as the best he’s ever had. With running back Naji Moore-Taylor, wide receiver Sam Werner, tight end Connor Hamlett, and the surprising Danny McDonald (a gifted dual-threat quarterback), the Mavericks have been nearly unstoppable.

Team with a sense of urgency — Everett

Since starting 2-0, the Seagulls have scored one touchdown the past two weeks in narrow losses to 4A opponents Oak Harbor and Cascade. The offense (11.5 ppg) needs to catch up with the defense (9.3 ppg) in a hurry.

Breakout star — Tommy Rollins (Glacier Peak)

With teams keying on Tanner Southard and Jack Bonner, Rollins (32 receptions, 353 yards, four touchdowns) has been the beneficiary of single-coverage. He’s capitalized by catching short passes from all-league quarterback Zach Richter and turning them into big gains.

Must-see attraction — No. 10 Glacier Peak @ No. 6 Meadowdale

The most anticipated league game of the year kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday at Edmonds District Stadium, and also serves as the league opener for both squads. The Grizzlies’ defense still concerns me, as they yielded 51 points to Arlington in the opener and 24 in their aforementioned loss last week. Moreover, Glacier Peak’s scoring margin over in-state teams is only plus-5.

Throwin’ some picks

I see the Grizzlies losing Friday but running the table to finish second behind the Mavericks, whose biggest stumbling block to an undefeated overall record could come in two weeks when they host Mount Vernon (one of our on-the-radar teams).

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