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September 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Class 4A and 3A state football rankings — Week 2

From the start of the season I’ve said I expected a crazy year in high-school football. I thought both 4A and 3A would be wide-open.

That has proven to be true so far.

Now, after several teams have suffered early losses or struggled in other games, the question becomes, where do teams fit after two weeks of football?

It’s a question with few easy answers. When I put together this week’s rankings, I based my top 10 in both 4A and 3A on what I’ve seen. People might be surprised I kept Bellevue and Liberty at the top in 3A. But, from my perspective, last year’s finalists remain the teams to beat.

Camas makes a strong case for No. 1 and the Papermakers could end up there soon, but not yet.

Auburn played well in its first week at No. 1 in 4A, while Gonzaga Prep lost after jumping to No. 3, so the Bullpups tumble a bit this week.

I was impressed with Issaquah against Liberty. The Eagles have a few things to tighten up, but the talent is certainly there both on offense and defense, so they jump to No. 4. And No. 2 Skyline did a nice job of bouncing back against Bellevue.

Graham-Kapowsin comes into the top 10 this week at No. 9 after knocking off last week’s No. 9 Gig Harbor. Kentwood, after two lopsided wins, is knocking on the door.

In Class 3A, well, it’s clear the KingCo 3A/2A is very good, and deep this year with three teams in the top 10 – Juanita jumped in this week.

Mount Si played a tight game with Bothell and will be a force throughout the year.

Mount Spokane played its way into the top 10 after knocking off two very good 4A teams in the GSL. Glacier Peak also joins the top 10 in 3A this week.

Class 4A

1. Auburn (2-0) – Beat Mount Rainier, 66-0

2. Skyline (Sammamish) (1-1) – Beat Bellevue, 28-21

3. Curtis (University Place) (2-0) – Beat Spanaway Lake, 60-7

4. Issaquah (2-0) – Beat Liberty, 27-21, OT

5. Bothell (1-1) – Beat Mount Si, 27-20

6. Skyview (Vancouver) (1-1) – Beat Coeur d’Alene (Idaho), 36-34

7. Ferris (Spokane) (2-0) – Beat Shadle Park, 42-14

8. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (1-1) – Lost to Mount Spokane, 33-19

9. Richland (2-0) – Beat Hanford, 38-0

10. Graham-Kapowsin (2-0) – Beat Gig Harbor, 27-13

Keep an eye on: Central Kitsap (2-0), Central Valley (1-1), Davis (2-0), Eisenhower (2-0), Gig Harbor (1-1), Kentwood (2-0), Lake Stevens (2-0), Mead (1-1), Olympia (1-1), Puyallup (2-0), Union (1-1).

Class 3A

1. Bellevue (1-1) – Lost to Skyline, 28-21

2. Liberty (Issaquah) (1-1) – Lost to Issaquah, 27-21, OT

3. Camas (2-0) – Beat Mountain View, 27-14

4. Lakes (Lakewood) (2-0) – Beat Evergreen (Vancouver), 54-15

5. Capital (Olympia) (2-0) – Beat Olympia, 49-28

6. Mount Spokane (2-0) – Beat Gonzaga Prep (Spokane), 33-19

7. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (2-0) – Beat Moses Lake, 34-6

8. Juanita (Kirkland) (2-0) – Beat Inglemoor, 21-17

9. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (2-0) – Beat Oak Harbor, 49-12

10. O’Dea (1-1) – Beat Ferndale, 28-13

Keep an eye on: Enumclaw (1-1), Ferndale (1-1), Kennedy Catholic (1-1), Meadowdale (2-0), Mount Si (1-1), Timberline (0-2).

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