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October 2, 2009 at 12:21 AM

Midseason Roundup: Wesco 4A South Division football

Team to beat — Jackson

The No. 4 Timberwolves, quite frankly, are better than they were last year when they went undefeated in the South before losing in the first round at Ferris. In fact, this is the best Jackson team since Johnie Kirton’s 2003 outfit. In Andy Gay and Riley Carr, Jackson has the South’s best QB-RB combo since Kyle McCartney and Tony Heard helped lead Edmonds-Woodway to the state semifinals in 2007.

Team with a sense of urgency — Mariner

Granted, the Marauders’ three losses have come against teams with winning records and have all been by a touchdown or less. But this storied program really needs to find an offensive identity outside of sophomore sensation KeiVarae Russell. Wins these next two weeks against Shorewood and Edmonds-Woodway would set up a fairly meaningful game Oct. 16 against Jackson.

Team exceeding expectations — Mountlake Terrace

The Hawks (3-1, 1-0) are hard to figure out, but they’re on the plus side of .500 — and that’s all that matters for a school without a winning season since before any of their players were born. Terrace has already defeated a ranked team (Glacier Peak last week) for the second straight year. But the Hawks’ performance against Meadowdale (49-7 loss) shows that there’s work to be done – starting with Friday’s pivotal tilt at Cascade.

Breakout star — Jake Sortor (Kamiak)

This dual-threat quarterback leads the Knights in rushing and has thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The 5-10, 175-pound senior has rushed for at least 50 yards and thrown for at least 165 yards in all but one game.

Must-see attractions

Jackson, which plays a cross-over game Friday at Lake Stevens, hosts Kamiak next week and faces Cascade in the season finale. There is also an enticing pair of cross-over games in the next two weeks: Cascade at Snohomish (Oct. 9) and Kamiak at Marysville-Pilchuck (Oct. 16).

Throwin’ some picks

Jackson keeps pace with Marysville-Pilchuck by posting its second straight undefeated league record. Cascade, led by senior running back Dominique Moore (370 yards, four touchdowns) and a defense that has allowed just four touchdowns, should snag one of the other two playoff spots. The Bruins’ only loss is by a field goal to Kamiak, the likely other playoff participant. The Knights’ remaining league schedule, however, is daunting after Friday’s home game against E-W: road games against Jackson and Mountlake Terrace, and the annual Mukilteo match-up with Mariner.

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