Going into the season, I knew there was a chance both Skyline and Bothell would lose Week 1. However, I still felt like both programs deserved to be at the top of the Class 4A rankings.
After watching the development of Spartans quarterback Max Browne in a close loss to Liberty and the way the Cougars played in the first quarter against California powerhouse Mission Viejo, I’m still confident both teams will be in contention for a state title.
However, it’s tough to lose early and stay at the top in the rankings, especially in a year considered to be wide-open by most people who follow high-school football in Washington.
So, after looking around the state, I dropped both teams slightly.
Auburn jumps to No. 1 this week. The Trojans didn’t cruise in their opener against Kentridge, but they were able to hold on. They get the top spot, for now.
Skyline falls to No. 2 and faces another tough test in a rivalry game against Bellevue on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Bothell is now No. 5 and another KingCo 4A school, Issaquah, jumps to No. 6.
Skyview (Vancouver) stays at No. 7 after losing to Sherwood High School, a very good team in Oregon.
The only other question in 4A is: What should happen with Union? The Titans are going to be good. In the second half, Bellevue had the ball for so long Union didn’t really get a chance to do anything on offense.
This week, though, Richland takes over at No. 10 after blanking Pasco.
There were only a few changes in 3A this week. In addition to watching three of the top 10 4A teams, I caught six of the top 10 3A teams in their openers.
I was impressed with most of them.
Liberty played as well as any team in the state this weekend, knocking off Skyline. The Patriots don’t get much rest, playing Issaquah in Week 2. It should be another game with big-time passing stats.
Bellevue played well in the second half of its win against Union and it looks like the Wing-T is as difficult to slow down as ever.
Camas played a really fast Timberline squad and the Papermakers proved they belong with the top teams in the state.
Capital jumps all the way to No. 5. The Cougars dominated O’Dea. They are physical and never let the Irish into the game. O’Dea drops to 10. I still think the Irish will be fine by the end of the season.
1. Auburn (1-0) – Beat Kentridge, 28-14
2. Skyline (Sammamish) (0-1) – Lost to Liberty, 39-34
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (1-0) – Beat Shadle Park, 45-21
4. Curtis (University Place) (1-0) – Beat Rogers (Puyallup), 34-13
5. Bothell (0-1) – Lost to Mission Viejo (Calif), 49-13
6. Issaquah (1-0) – Beat Heritage (Vancouver), 41-13
7. Skyview (Vancouver) (0-1) – Lost to Sherwood, Ore., 42-28
8. Ferris (Spokane) (1-0) – Beat University, 34-7
9. Gig Harbor (1-0) – Beat Peninsula, 31-7
10. Richland (1-0) – Beat Pasco, 21-0
Keep an eye on: Davis (1-0), Eisenhower (1-0), Graham-Kapowsin (1-0), Kentridge (0-1), Kentwood (1-0), Lake Stevens (1-0), Mead (1-0), Olympia (1-0), Rogers (0-1), South Kitsap (1-0), Union (0-1).
1. Bellevue (1-0) – Beat Union, 20-6
2. Liberty (Issaquah) (1-0) – Beat Skyline, 39-34
3. Camas (1-0) – Beat Timberline, 29-15
4. Lakes (Lakewood) – Beat Clover Park, 63-12
5. Capital (Olympia) (1-0) – Beat O’Dea, 28-0
6. Enumclaw (1-0) – Beat Yelm, 40-14
7. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (1-0) – Beat Prosser, 28-0
8. Timberline (Lacey) (0-1) – Lost to Camas, 29-15
9. Ferndale (1-0) – Beat Squalicum, 32-7
10. O’Dea (0-1) – Lost to Capital, 28-0
Keep an eye on: Bonney Lake (1-0), Glacier Peak (1-0), Juanita (1-0), Kennedy Catholic (1-0), Meadowdale (1-0), Mount Si (1-0), Mount Spokane (1-0).