Here are some quick thoughts and predictions on this weekend’s games for the 4A ranks:
Rogers (6-4) vs. Federal Way (10-0) at Federal Way Stadium, 7 p.m.
The simple: These two teams played in the season-opener, and Federal Way ran away with that one 41-14. Rogers has won three of its last four games, but Federal Way gets back Chico McClatcher, Mike Tate and Rod Jones Jr.
Prediction: Federal Way 42, Rogers 14
Lake Stevens (8-2) at Skyline (10-0), 7 p.m.
Lake Stevens put up 67 points in its last game, and running back Austin Otis has put up huge numbers recently. The Vikings lost their season-opener to ranked Glacier Peak, beat a now-ranked Marysville-Pilchuck team and then dropped a surprising game to Monroe. Skyline quarterback Max Browne has passed for more than 700 yards and accounted for 12 total touchdowns in his last two games. The Spartans’ are just too good and too experienced.
Prediction: Skyline 49, Lake Stevens 17
Roosevelt (7-3) vs. Jackson (9-1) at Everett Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Roosevelt’s run has been one of the best stories this season. The Roughriders hadn’t made the playoffs since 1995 and haven’t made it this far in even longer. They rely on a disciplined and tough senior class, led by grinding running back Taku Shiozaki and a group that is more the sum than any individual parts. Jackson’s only loss came to a ranked Glacier Peak team. Last week, quarterback Conor Plaisance passed for more than 500 yards as the explosive Jackson offense kept rolling.
Prediction: Roosevelt 20, Jackson 17
Auburn (8-2) at Eastmont (8-2), 7 p.m.
Auburn is making its longest road trip of the year, but the Trojans should be well-equipped to handle it. Five of the Trojans’ six touchdowns came from different players in their 41-38 win against Olympia. Eastmont’s losses have come against Eisenhower and Wenatchee.
Prediction: Auburn 35, Eastmont 28
Bothell (6-4) vs. Bellarmine Prep (9-1) at Mount Tahoma Stadium, 1 p.m.
Bellarmine Prep can be explosive, and the Lions can beat you on the ground and in the air. Bothell, too, has an explosive tendency, primarily led by running back Danny Wilson, who can beat you on the ground, on defense (he’s a cornerback) or on a kickoff return. Quarterback Ross Bowers has shown signs of being a big-time playmaker, although he’s only a sophomore and will be going against Colorado commit Sefo Liufau.
Prediction: Bothell 35, Bellarmine Prep 34
Newport (7-3) vs. Mead (9-2) at Albi Stadium (Spokane), 1 p.m.
This is one of my favorite matchups this week. Mead contains plenty of weapons, including Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly and running back Davian Barlow. But Newport is no slouch in that department either. The Knights have Nevada commit Isaac Dotson at QB and running back Connor Baumann behind him. Plus, the Knights have an added advantage: They run a tricky triple-option offense.
Prediction: Newport 35, Mead 28
Arlington (5-5) vs. Camas (10-0) at Doc Harris Stadium (Camas), 6 p.m.
Arlington pulled perhaps the biggest shocker of the opening weekend by knocking off previously undefeated and ranked Kentwood. Now the Eagles will be tasked with perhaps a more daunting challenge. Camas has been steady this season, especially on defense.
Prediction: Camas 42, Arlington 7