In this edition of TFQ, we’ll look at a new state record-holder, how Meadowdale can learn from its close call, Juanita’s upset win and Kentwood surviving its first test.
As always, rankings and big performances can be found at the bottom of the post.
But first, playoff football is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to start looking at the standings a little closer.
A story worth watching
It’s getting close to playoff time — or close enough to at least take a peak ahead.
I’ve created tables for the standings of all leagues in 3A and 4A. I wanted to give everyone an idea of where their team(s) stand heading down the stretch.
A couple things that jump out:
Nearly all league races are still up for grabs. Even in KingCo 4A, where Skyline has reigned as the league’s consensus best team this year, the Spartans must beat Newport (also 3-0 in league play) to secure the Crown Division title.
Right now, the teams projected to win their leagues based on records and rankings in 4A are: Skyline, Jackson, Federal Way, Bellarmine Prep, Camas and Gonzaga Prep, although all those teams face road blocks along the way.
In 3A, Bellevue, the No. 1 team all year, must get past No. 2 Mount Si on Friday just to win its own league. After a slow start, Lakes is competing for the SPSL 3A title with Peninsula (Both are 2-0 in league play). And Eastside Catholic and O’Dea will decide the Metro League title on Friday in another huge game.
The 4A races are close, but many of the 3A races are neck-and-neck (see O’Dea-Eastside Catholic, Mount Si-Bellevue, Lakes-Peninsula, Shelton-Timberline-North Thurston).
And with that, here are the league standings.
The first link in the set is for the standings. The second link is for the Week 10 bracket, which can be found on page two, so if you really want to look at where your team might end up and who they might play, you can piece together a rough idea.
Class 4A league standings after Week 6.pdf
Class 4A Week 10 football bracket.pdf
Class 3A league standings after Week 6.pdf
Class 3A Week 10 football bracket.pdf
Big games and bits and pieces
Mount Si’s Van Winkle sets state record
In the second quarter of Mount Si’s 51-0 win against Lake Washington on Friday, Cameron Van Winkle jogged onto the field and did what he’s done so many times before: He made a field goal for the Wildcats.
But Van Winkle’s 30-yarder kick did more than just give Mount Si three more points. It also made Van Winkle the new state record holder for most field goals in a career. He’s now made 34 field goals in 39 games, passing the 33 field goals made by Burlington-Edison’s Andrew Furney (2006-2009).
Van Winkle made 18 of 21 field goals last year, including a long of 49 yards. He has made five field goals this season with a long of 40 yards. We’ll have more on Van Winkle’s accomplishment in Thursday’s paper, but I wanted to mention it.
Also, here’s the list of most field goals in a career, according to Dave Maley. Notice that Central Valley’s Austin Rehkow, who made a 56-yarder earlier this season, is also climbing up the list.
Cameron VanWinkle, Mount Si (2009-2012) 34 FG 39 gms.
Andrew Furney, Burlington-Edison (2006-2009) 33 FG 38 gms.
Kevan Welsch, Richland (1987-1989) 24 FG 32 gms.
Austin Rehkow, Central Valley (2010-2012) 24 FG 28 gms.
Steve Gilbert, Kamiakin (2005-2007) 22 FG 29 gms.
Steve Robbins, Wenatchee (1971-1973) 21 FG 32 gms.
Dan Clemensen, Curtis (1985-1987) 20 FG 30 gms.
Shane Volkmann, Lake Stevens (1986-1987) 20 FG 23 gms.
Mike Hollis, Central Valley (1987-1989) 20 FG 26 gms.
Meadowdale’s close call
The way Meadowdale coach Mark Stewart sees it, the Mavericks could take away an important lesson from their 17-14 last-second win against Mountlake Terrace.
Until Friday, No. 5 Meadowdale hadn’t played a game decided by less than 10 points. But after taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against the Hawks, Meadowdale had to scratch and claw to remain undefeated at 6-0.
It took a 63-yard pass from hobbling quarterback Brian Marty and a 20-yard field goal at the end of the game from sophomore Brett Schafer to grind this one out.
“Sometimes you just got to find a way to win,” Stewart said. “We started to call one play, but we knew Brian couldn’t roll out. Then it became, let’s just get the ball up and see if one of our guys can make a play. It bodes well that we can get that done.
“Hopefully in the playoffs and in a few games we have coming up that will payoff.”
Playing without playmaker Giavani Shepard, the Mavericks didn’t miss a beat in the first quarter. They put up 14 points behind a 21-yard run from Chace Diemond and a 45-yard run from Morgan Masanda.
But then Mountlake Terrace answered, scoring 14 points to tie the game at the half. Neither team scored in the second half until Schafer’s kick.
Late in the game, in need of a big play, Stewart used a timeout and called a play designed to have Marty rollout. Only one problem: After suffering an ankle injury earlier in the quarter – Stewart said Marty was “hobbling pretty good” – the quarterback looked back at his coach and said, “Coach, I can’t move.”
So Stewart simplified the play call.
“A lot of times as coaches you’re drawing up some special play,” he said. “But it was like, ‘Alright, stand back there and you two guys run deep.'”
Marty stood in the pocket and hit Ryan White for a 63-yard gain. That prompted Schafer to attempt a 20-yard field goal. Schafer is left-footed and was kicking from the right hash, “which is not the greatest angle for a left-footed kicker,” Stewart said.
But the sophomore didn’t flinch and booted it threw to keep his team unbeaten.
“He doesn’t rattle in those big moments,” Stewart said.
Neither did the Mavericks, whose defense hasn’t allowed more than 18 points in a game this season.
Juanita upsets Mercer Island
Juanita coach Shaun Tarantola toned down the physical nature of his team’s practices leading up to the Mercer Island game. He also simplified what his team worked on and tried to avoid adding many new wrinkles.
The hope? To get his team playing fresher and faster. The result? It worked.
After losing 49-0 against No. 1 Bellevue the week before, the Rebels bounced back for a 41-29 win against No. 8 Mercer Island on Friday.
“We really focused on the mental aspect of the game and getting healthy so we could play full speed on Friday,” Tarantola said. “And I think that really paid off. It looked like we were fresher than we’ve been the last few weeks.”
Trayon McNairy had his biggest game of the season, rushing for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Tarantola said he expected a lot from McNairy heading into the year, and McNairy stepped up big against Mercer Island.
He scored on touchdown runs of 11 and 92 yards.
“He just played with a chip on his shoulder all game,” Tarantola said. “He played faster than he has all year.”
He also had help from Tavin Montgomery, a freshman quarterback making his third start. Montgomery tossed two touchdowns, including a 30-yarder to Kendrick Murphy after Mercer Island rushed out to an 8-0 lead. The pass came on 4th-and-2 after Montgomery faked a handoff.
Montgomery, who ran for 50 yards in the game, also passed for a touchdown in his first start – a 28-21 win against Liberty two weeks ago.
“The biggest thing with him is protecting the football,” Tarantola said. “He hasn’t had bad turnovers. That was something that plagued us early in the year.”
The win against Mercer Island moved Juanita to 2-2 in conference play and 3-3 overall.
“We feel like if we play well — protect the football and stuff — we feel like we have a great opportunity to make the playoffs,” Tarantola said.
Kentwood tested for first time this season
Kentwood, the No. 7 team in 4A, had yet to hit much of a speed bump during the first five games of the season. But in Week 6, against Rogers, the Conquerors experienced their first real test.
And they passed, hanging on for a 31-23 win and remaining perfect at 6-0.
Rogers actually took a 3-0 lead to start the game and then took a 10-8 lead in the second quarter. Behind a 6-yard run from Ryan Dozier and a 35-yard field goal from Mitchell Cox, Kentwood clung to an 11-10 lead at the half.
But Kentwood, which received contributions from a number of different playmakers, held off Rogers (3-3) in the second half. Cox kicked three field goals for Kentwood, which also got a 58-yard punt return from Jackson Huerta in the second half.
Kentwood’s closest call before that? A 31-7 win against Auburn in the season opener.
Juanita’s Trayon McNairy rushed for a season-high 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Seattle Prep’s Tere Calloway rushed for 238 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns after missing two games with an injury.
Auburn’s Harold Lee had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and recorded an interception.
Rainier Beach’s Keiwuan Miller returned a kickoff 70 yards, his third kickoff return for a touchdown of the season.
Mount Si’s Nick Mitchell passed for 272 yards and three touchdowns.
Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner rushed for190 yards and three touchdowns.
Kentwood’s Mitchell Cox made three field goals (35, 28, 18).
West Seattle’s Diandre Jackson rushed for 245 yards and one touchdown.
Lakeside’s Kyle Lee rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
Bellevue’s Myles Jack scored on a 7-yard fumble return and a 41-yard pass.
Kennedy Catholic’s Conner Richardson passed for four touchdowns.
King’s Ben Welch caught two touchdowns, ran for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Woodinville’s Alec Kacmarcik scored two rushing touchdowns and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Eastside Catholic’s Trey Reynolds accounted for six total touchdowns.
1. Skyline (Sammamish) (6-0)
2. Federal Way (6-0)
3. Camas (6-0)
4. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (6-0)
5. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (5-1)
6. Mead (Spokane) (5-1)
7. Kentwood (Covington) (6-0)
8. Skyview (Vancouver) (4-2)
9. Ferris (Spokane) (5-1)
10. Newport (Bellevue) (4-2)
Dropped out: None
1. Bellevue (6-0)
2. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) (6-0)
3. O’Dea (Seattle) (5-1)
4. Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) (6-0)
5. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (6-0)
6. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (4-1)
7. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (5-1)
8. Shelton (6-0)
9. Ferndale (6-0)
10. Timberline (5-1)
Dropped out: Mercer Island (4-2), Kamiakin (4-2)
1. Othello (5-0)
2. Capital (Olympia) (4-2)
3. Lynden (5-1)
4. Prosser (5-1)
5. Lakewood (6-0)
6. Tumwater (5-1)
7. Mark Morris (Longview) (5-1)
8. W.F. West (4-2)
9. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (3-2)
10. East Valley (Spokane) (5-1)
Dropped out: Ellensburg (4-2)