There weren’t a ton of upsets this weekend, but there were some impressive performances and statements. Without further ado, let’s detail them.
– I took in an exciting matchup between No. 8 Gig Harbor and Eastlake, as the Wolves pulled out a 24-21 win. First things first, hats off to the Eastlake student section. Big, loud and into the game. Also stomped on the bleachers more than I enjoyed, shaking the press box and reminding me of the old press box at Husky Stadium. At least it’s not hanging high in the sky.
On the field, the Wolves provided the large contingent of fans plenty to cheer about with an exciting ending. I thought Gig Harbor had effectively ended the game with a 68-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with about five minutes remaining. All the momentum left the home side. Eastlake had played a fantastic second half, but at that point had scored just one touchdown after intermission.
To the Wolves’ credit, though, they marched down the field, hit a field goal and then got a defensive stop to set up the game-winning play. A lot of that goes to junior quarterback Mark Whitley, who stepped in for injured starter Blue Thomas, who gave it a go with his injured right hand. Thomas, though, was extremely ineffective and his hand, which he banged up in the opener against Bothell, would not let him get anything behind his throws.
“The idea that we do what we do, just continue to do that, that’s perfect for them,” Eastlake coach Don Bartel said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is, we play a certain way. That’s perfect for them because it doesn’t matter what the score is, we play a certain way and that’s what got us back on the board.”
– An important game in KingCo game between Skyline and Mount Si on Friday, as the conference only gets two playoff berths. With Bothell a 4A state championship favorite, the second playoff team could come down to the Spartans and Wildcats. Skyline got the inside track with a 49-27 win.
Blake Gregory and Rashaad Broddie accounted for 332 of Skyline’s 390 total yards. That’s a lot.
– The Game of the Week lost some star power when No. 2 Marysville-Pilchuck running back/cornerback Austin Joyner was ruled out with a hip injury. No. 3 O’Dea controlled the game and easily won 34-10.
Joyner admitted he wasn’t 100 percent earlier in the week, but thought he would be fine to play. Obviously, the hip pointer he suffered the week prior against Lake Stevens, was bad enough to keep him on the sideline. The Tomahawks have a great balanced rushing attack, but it all depends on the option of handing the ball to Joyner.
Myles Gaskin, on the other hand, had a great day for O’Dea. The Washington commit gained 266 all-purpose yards and scored four times.
– Incredible night for Bothell receiver Dayzell Wilson, who had five touchdowns and 100 yards in the Cougars’ 47-13 win over Newport.
– The News Tribune has this report from Emerald Ridge’s 34-31 overtime upset of No. 7 Graham-Kapowsin.
– Rogers found out yesterday just how good No. 4 Camas is, to the tune of a 68-0 loss.
– R.A. Long finally got back into the win column in the Civil War. Kevin Dowd has the story from The Daily News.
– Over on the east side, No. 6 Shadle Park and No. 8 Mt. Spokane both lost to Idaho teams. NW Preps Now has the stories. Here’s the Mt. Spokane story. Brett Rypien tossed for 487 yards in the loss, but also three interceptions.