Auburn Mountainview enjoyed its best football season in school history, reaching the opening round of the 3A state playoffs before losing last Saturday to Shadle Park.
The Lions lost junior QB Gresch Jensen to a knee injury early in that game. Coach Jared Gervais provided an update today (Thursday), saying that Jensen suffered a torn MCL, but no tear to the ACL — which is good news in that he won’t require surgery. But Jensen will miss the basketball season.
I asked Gervais how he sees the rest of the 3A playoffs panning out, and this is his e-mail reply:
I haven’t seen all eight remaining teams in person but from what I have seen on film they are all very good. We have played both Peninsula and Shadle Park, so I have first-hand knowledge of those teams. I feel that Peninsula has a good chance to knock-off Bellevue, they are very well coached and extremely physical on the offensive and defensive lines. They also have a good group of skill players and one of the best receivers in the area with Kyle Olson-Urbon.
As for Shadle Park, it all starts with (Brett) Rypien and he is the real deal – gets rid of the ball quickly and accurately to his receivers. I think that Shadle Park’s offensive line and defensive front-seven are very underrated as obviously and for good reason most of the attention goes to Rypien. I know they lost to Mount Spokane earlier in the season – so whoever wins the Shadle Park-Mount Spokane game is going to be a very tough challenge for the team that has to travel over to Joe Albi.
Like I said it is tough to predict because of the fact that all the teams left are so talented, but just off of past history and what they have done this season – you would have to say that the favorites are Bellevue and Eastside Catholic.