This is going to be a very brief version of TFQ this week for two reasons. First, we covered or had write ups on most of the games involving area teams this weekend. Second, I want to save most of my preview stuff for later in the week, both on the blog and in the paper.
With that said, I didn’t want to forgo TFQ this week, so I put together a quick-hitting list of players to watch on each team this week. And I also reposted the 4A and 3A matchups, in case you didn’t see them on the blog.
There are no new rankings this week; I won’t do those until after the state championship games. But there are big performances at the bottom of the blog.
First, though, let’s jump into the matchups and players to watch…
Players to watch this weekend
– Chico McClatcher, all-purpose: McClatcher can do it all, scoring on big runs and big passes. But he perhaps makes the biggest impact on special teams as a deadly return man. He scored on a 61-yard punt return against Rogers on Friday.
– Zeek McNeal, running back: With three offensive starters out against Issaquah in the round-of-32, McNeal rushed for 291 yards. He’s a speedster who pulls away from most defenders in the open field.
– Max Browne, quarterback: Browne started just 3 of 10 passing against Lake Stevens, and the Spartans were held scoreless in the first quarter. But Browne responded with three touchdown passes, including one for 80 yards.
– Matt Sinatro, all-purpose: Sinatro is one of Browne’s favorite receiving targets, and he hauled in that 80-yard touchdown pass in Friday’s game. He is also a very good defensive back.
– Taku Shiozaki, running back: Shiozaki is an absolutely work horse and rushed for more than 800 yards during the regular season. Oh yeah: He also scored five touchdowns in Roosevelt’s win against Jackson on Friday.
– Mitchell Bouldin, receiver: Bouldin is another one of Roosevelt’s senior leaders. He also has big-play potential, hauling in a 61-yard touchdown pass against Newport earlier this year.
– Harold Lee, all-purpose: When you say all-purpose, you really mean Harold Lee. He’s scored in just about every way imaginable this season and is one of the area’ most electric players.
– Brier Atkinson, quarterback: Atkinson is a tough runner. In fact, he scored all three of Auburn’s touchdowns in Friday’s win against Eastmont on the ground.
– Danny Mattingly, tight end: Mattingly is a Notre Dame commit and one of the state’s finest players.
– Davian Barlow, running back: He scored three rushing touchdowns against a talented Newport team and is one of the eastside’s best backs.
– Sefo Liufau is going to Colorado to play quarterback and with good reason: He can make all the throws and is poised in the pocket. Liufau made all the plays when they mattered in Saturday’s win against Bothell.
– Lou Millie, running back: After every big run by Millie, Bellarmine fans yell, “Loooooooouuuu.” With the way Millie’s been playing of late, that happens quite often.
– Reilly Hennessey, quarterback: Many in the state think Hennessey is one of Washington’s best underclassmen quarterbacks and with good reason: He completed 12 of 14 passes for 141 yards in a blowout win against Arlington, according to the Columbian.
– Nate Beasley, running back: He rushed for more than 100 yards and showed some burst on 63-yard TD run against Arlington.
– Griffin Hare, running back: Hare rushed for more than 100 yards in Prep’s win against Union, according to the Columbian. He also scored three touchdowns.
– Zach Bonneau, quarterback: A threat with his legs, he topped 100 yards against Union.
– Collin Cossette, running back: Cossette rushed for 127 yards in Saturday’s win against Columbia River, according to the Columbian. He also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.
– Conner Richardson, quarter: Richardson is a capable runner and passer. He passed for 107 yards, according to the Columbian, and also rushed for a touchdown in last week’s win against Mountlake Terrace.
– Trent Riley, wide receiver: Riley was one of KingCo 3A’s most explosive players this season. He then went out and showed why by hauling in three touchdown passes against Glacier Peak.
– Nick Mitchell, quarter: At one point, Mitchell, a first-year starter as a junior, was a great unknown for Mount Si. Not anymore. Instead, he’s a dual-threat weapon that can beat teams with both his arm and legs.
– Trey Reynolds, quarterback: Calm and collected, Reynolds just has a knack for making big plays. He’s not the biggest quarterback, but he can burn teams on the ground and has plenty of big-time receivers to throw downfield to.
– Peter Kimball, all-purpose: Kimball intercepted a pass against Kelso and also returned a kickoff 87 yards. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Meadowdale in the round-of-32. He’s dangerous all over the field.
– Austin Joyner, running back: Joyner rushed for more than 1,600 yards entering Saturday’s game while averaging more than 14 yards per carry. And he’s also a gifted safety. To top it off: He’s just a sophomore.
– Kacey Walker, running back: Walker is the second part of Pilchuck’s backfield tandem. He’s rushed for more than 1,000 yards this year.
– Myles Jack, linebacker: No defensive player has dominated like Jack this season. And he’s not a bad weapon out of the backfield either, usually chipping in a big run or reception every game.
– Budda Baker, defensive back: He returned two interceptions for touchdowns against No. 2 Mount Si. Similar to Jack, he also makes his presence known out of the backfield on offense.
– Austin Filkins, quarterback: Filkins can do it all, and he passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead Peninsula past Nathan Hale on Friday, according to the Peninsula Gateway.
– Jimmy Price, running back: He has five touchdowns in his last two games.
– Mo Manning, running back: Scored two touchdowns in North Thurston’s win against Kennewick.
– Adrian Bonner, running back: Rushed for 195 yards in a win against O’Dea on Saturday, according to the Spokesman-Review.
– Jeff Beaty, quarterback: Accounted for more than 200 yards on Saturday, according to the Spokesman-Review.
Games this weekend
No. 4 Kennedy Catholic vs. No. 2 Mount Si.
Two teams met in Week 1 with Mount Si winning 30-0. Mount Si scored 42 points in second quarter against No. 6 Glacier Peak.
No. 9 Peninsula vs. No. 1 Bellevue
Bellevue hasn’t been in a close game since Week 1. Peninsula’s only loss came in Week 1 against 4A Bellarmine Prep.
No. 3 Eastside Catholic vs. No. 10 Marysville-Pilchuck
Crusaders possess one of the state’s best defenses; Tomahawks possess one of the state’s most productive backfields.
North Thurston vs. University
North Thurston knocked off Kennewick while University surprised many by rolling O’Dea.
No. 3 Camas vs. No. 2 Federal Way
Two unbeaten teams. Camas has a great junior class while Federal Way has as many playmakers as any team in the state.
No. 1 Skyline vs. No. 10 Roosevelt
Two teams met earlier this season with Skyline winning 57-14. Roosevelt’s dream season continued with a win against Jackson. Skyline’s offense wasn’t great against Lake Stevens and still put up 42 points.
Auburn vs. No. 5 Mead
Mead crushed Newport on Saturday while Auburn handled a long road trip and snuck by Eastmont.
No. 4 Bellarmine Prep vs. No. 6 Gonzaga Prep
Bellarmine Prep hung on to beat Bothell behind the calm and collected play of QB Sefo Liufau while Gonzaga Prep pushed aside Union.
Some stats from the Columbian, the Everett Herald and the Tacoma News Tribune
– Roosevelt’s Taku Shiozaki carried 37 times for 235 yards and five touchdowns.
– Skyline’s Sean McDonald made two field goals, including a 47-yarder.
– Eastside Catholic’s Trey Reynolds passed for 219 yards and four touchdowns.
– King’s Billy Green passed for 232 yards and had four total touchdowns.
– Lake Stevens’ Conor Plaisance passed for 355 yards and two touchdowns.
– Federal Way’s Zeek McNeal rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.
– Bothell’s Danny Wilson rushed for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns.
– Eastside Catholic’s Justin Musser had two catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
– Mount Si’s Nick Mitchell completed 11 of 15 passes for 144 yards and four touchdowns.
– Skyline’s Max Browne passed for three touchdowns.
– O’Dea’s Myles Gaskin rushed for 114 yards.
– Mount Si’s Trent Riley had six catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns.
– Marysville-Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner rushed for 222 yards and had three total touchdowns.
– Auburn’s Brier Atkinson scored three rushing touchdowns.