Here are some quick thoughts and predictions for this weekend’s 3A football games:
Ferndale (9-1) at Bellevue (10-), 7 p.m.
Bellevue’s only close game this year came in the season-opener against Trinity from Euless, Texas. Since then, the Wolverines have been simply dominant, and many in the area think this is the school’s best team ever. Myles Jack had six sacks last week – in the first half. Jack Meggs is an undervalued quarterback because he doesn’t have to throw much, but he gets the ball to his playmakers on time and accurately when he does air it out. Ferndale has had a good season, but this one won’t be close.
Prediction: Bellevue 49, Ferndale 7
Mount Si (9-1) vs. Glacier Peak (9-1) at Veterans Memorial Stadium (Snohomish), 7:30 p.m.
This is possibly the best game this weekend (you could make an argument for undefeated King’s and Hoquiam as well). Mount Si’s defense is ferocious, and receiver Trent Riley was named KingCo 3A’s offensive player of the year while junior quarterback Nick Mitchell was named to the first-team. Glacier Peak’s offense isn’t bad either behind quarterback Chris Becerra, running back Michael Palmer and receiver Sean Elledge, a three-headed monster that has helped the Grizzlies go undefeated against 3A teams this year.
Prediction: Mount Si 28, Glacier Peak 14
Nathan Hale (8-2) vs. Peninsula (8-2) at Roy Anderson Field (Gig Harbor), 7:30 p.m.
If Roosevelt isn’t the best story this season, then surely Nathan Hale is. The Raiders are small and aren’t particularly fast. But last week they shut down one of the state’s leading rushers in Shelton RB Ralph Kinne. This week, they’ll have another monster task against a Peninsula team that has cruised for most of the year. Hale relies on a team effort, a cliché that is 100 percent true for this team. The Raiders will need their best game this season to win this one.
Prediction: Peninsula 42, Nathan Hale 20
O’Dea (8-2) at University (6-4), 3 p.m.
O’Dea escaped a close one against a talented Lakes team in the round of 32. QB Pierre LeDorze shouldered much of the offensive load while Tatum Taylor helped ease the burden. The good news for the Irish is they should get RB Myles Gaskin back for this one. University has won four straight games but still had four losses this year.
Prediction: O’Dea 35, University 14
Kennedy Catholic (8-1) vs. Columbia River (7-3) at Kiggins Bowl (Vancouver), 4 p.m.
Kennedy has rattled off eight straight wins since a Week 1 shutout against Mount Si. The Lancers grinded out a win last week against Mountlake Terrace led by three touchdowns from Drew Thompson. Colin Cossette is another threat to watch.
Prediction: Kennedy 28, Columbia River 24
Kelso (9-1) vs. Eastside Catholic (10-0) at Memorial Stadium (Seattle), 7 p.m.
Eastside Catholic is led by QB Trey Reynolds, a calm and cool leader who is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the area. Peter Kimble is a solid safety, and he returned a kickoff for a touchdown in last week’s win against Meadowdale. Reynolds is the Crusaders’ best player, but Eastside Catholic is another team built with a bunch of solid guys instead of a few stars.
Prediction: Eastside Catholic 28, Kelso 14
Marysville-Pilchuck (8-2) vs. Timberline (9-1) at South Sound Stadium (Lacey), 7 p.m.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s two-headed monster of running backs Austin Joyner and Kacey Walker is one of the area’s best. The two have combined for more than 2,500 yards, including more than 1,600 from Joyner. QB Jake Luton is a capable passer who keeps defenses honest. Timberline’s only loss came against Tumwater in Week 2.
Prediction: Marysville-Pilchuck 35, Timberline 34