Quarterback Dylan Morris of Graham-Kapowsin in a football game against Sumner High School at Art Crate Field, September 22, 2017. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com
Quarterback Dylan Morris of Graham-Kapowsin in a football game against Sumner High School at Art Crate Field, September 22, 2017. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com

High School Sports

Week 6: High school football games of the week, predictions

By TJ Cotterill

tcotterill@thenewstribune.com

October 05, 2017 8:50 AM

4A SPSL

NO. 2 GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES (5-0) VS. NO. 8 PUYALLUP VIKINGS (5-0)

7 p.m. Thursday at Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

About the Eagles: Remember when Micah Smith ran for 2,028 yards last year? Well, in this new G-K spread offense, Smith (24 carries, 417 yards, 6 TDs) still showed he can carry the load, having a season-high 224 rushing yards last week against Arlington. He and QB Dylan Morris (86-for-120, 1,375 yards, 12 TDs) have helped this offense average 46 points per game, the fourth highest total in the 4A classification so far, so expect a shootout. The Eagles haven’t lost to Puyallup since 2011.

About the Vikings: Well, well well – look at Puyallup. It shocked the South Sound with its 45-24 thumping of Sumner, which is coming off a trip to the 4A semifinals and was ranked No. 2 in the state before back-to-back losses to G-K and Puyallup. The Vikings haven’t been 5-0 in a season since finishing 9-2 in 2006, and this Gary Jeffers-led team has done it with … defense? Last year the Vikings allowed 41.7 points per game, and this year it’s 13.4. Jeffers has credited much of that to senior safety Landon Neff and his leadership. And on offense, just get the ball to WR Darius Morrison (36 catches, 513 yards, 7 TDs).

TNT pick: Graham-Kapowsin, 30-27

4A NPSL CASCADE

KENTLAKE FALCONS (4-1) VS. TAHOMA BEARS (4-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Maple View Middle School, Maple Valley

About the Falcons: They put together their most complete game last week against Kennedy Catholic, building a 35-14 lead and holding on late. Kentlake relied on second-year starting QB Brandon Mortenson last week and he completed 22 of 43 passes for 276 yards and 4 TDs (and a rushing TD). Coach Brett Thompson was an assistant under Tony Davis at Tahoma before taking over at Kentlake. The former linebacker has a standout one on this team with LB Marques Fuala’au.

About the Bears: Win this and Tahoma is in the driver’s seat for the 4A NPSL Cascade title. The Bears have already won more games than all of last year – including a 24-20 comeback win over three-time defending league champion Kentwood two weeks ago. The offense almost 10 more points per game than last year behind QB Conner Lambro (104-151, 1,048 yards, 7 TDs) and dynamic WR Jerrel Chapman (32 catches, 485 yards, 4 TDs).

TNT pick: Tahoma, 27-24

3A PIERCE COUNTY LEAGUE

BETHEL BRAVES (4-1) VS. STADIUM TIGERS (4-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Stadium Bowl, Tacoma

About the Braves: If it weren’t for one second-half gone wrong against Lincoln, we’d be looking at a 5-0 Bethel. But it still has as many wins as all of last year in its inaugural season in the 3A PCL since jumping over from the 4A SPSL. And, of course, former QB-turned-coach Mark Iddins has his offense firing on all cylinders, behind QB Nate Hughes (92-for-127, 1,237 yards, 17 TDs) and former QB-turned-TE Tristyn Gese. Six of Hughes’ 11 completed passes went for touchdowns last week.

About the Tigers: This high-octane offense is starting to prove it might be more than stats and flash. It might also be clutch. Stadium needed that last week against Bonney Lake, trailing 17-14 with less than a minute remaining. QB Hunter Wendling (81-for-127, 1,278 yards, 16 TDs) hit top-target Xavier Mason (34 catches, 594 yards, 9 TDs) for the game-winning 38-yard TD. But also look for the Tigers to get RB Nazje Briscoe (75 carries, 775 yards, 9 TDs) back on track this week.

TNT pick: Stadium, 42-35

STATE GAME OF THE WEEK

Dean J. Koepfler dean.koepfler@thenewstribune.com

NO. 3 O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH (5-0) VS. NO. 1 EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS (5-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Eastside Catholic, Sammamish

The skinny: One of a few big-time matchups around the state, including defending 3A state champion Kamiakin (5-0) vs. 4A runner up Richland (5-0). But this matchup of Metro rivals should be plenty good. Since rallying to beat Lincoln in the opening week, O’Dea has continued to be the best defensive team in 3A, allowing 6.8 points per game, and still getting plenty of offense behind RB Jamyn Patu (57 carries, 670 yards, 9 TDs). Patu is averaging 11.8 yards per carry. Eastside Catholic, like always under coach Jeremy Thielbahr, has the best offense in 3A, averaging 42 ppg. 6-foot-3, 195-pound sophomore WR Gee Scott Jr. (22 catches, 411 yards, 5 TDs), who is the son of 710-ESPN personality Gee Scott, earned a scholarship offer from Notre Dame last week to go with offers from USC, Oregon, UCLA and Colorado.

TNT pick: Eastside Catholic, 30-24

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@TJCotterill

SOUTH SOUND FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 6

All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

4A NPSL CASCADE

Kennedy Catholic (3-2) vs. Kent-Meridian (0-5), at French Field (Kent)

4A NPSL OLYMPIC

Decatur (2-3) vs. Auburn Riverside (5-0), at Auburn Memorial Stadium

Enumclaw (4-1) vs. Federal Way (3-2), at Federal Way Memorial Stadium

4A SPSL

Graham-Kapowsin (5-0) vs. Puyallup (5-0), at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

4A NPSL CASCADE

Kentlake (4-1) vs. Tahoma (4-1), at Maple View Middle School (Maple Valley)

Hazen (3-2) vs. Kentridge (1-4), at French Field (Kent)

4A NPSL OLYMPIC

Auburn Mountainview (1-4) vs. Auburn (4-1), at Auburn Memorial Stadium

Thomas Jefferson (0-5) vs. Todd Beamer (4-1), at Federal way Memorial Stadium

4A SPSL

Sumner (3-2) vs. Olympia (4-1), at Ingersoll Stadium (Olympia)

South Kitsap (0-5) at Bellarmine Prep (4-1)

Curtis (1-4) vs. Rogers (1-4), at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

3A PCL

Bethel (4-1) vs. Stadium (4-1), at Stadium Bowl

Lincoln (4-1) vs. Mount Tahoma (1-4), at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Wilson (0-5) vs. Bonney Lake (1-4), at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

Lakes (3-2) vs. Spanaway Lake (1-4), at Art Crate Field (Spanaway)

3A SSC

North Thurston (0-5) vs. Peninsula (4-1), at Roy Anderson Field (Purdy)

Gig Harbor (2-3) at Shelton (0-4)

Yelm (4-1) vs. Timberline (5-0), at South Sound Stadium (Lacey)

7:15 p.m.: Capital (2-3) vs. Central Kitsap (2-3), at Silverdale Stadium

2A SPSL MOUNTAIN

Foss (2-3) vs. Washington (3-2), at Franklin Pierce Stadium

Franklin Pierce (2-3) vs. Evergreen of Seattle (0-5), at Highline Memorial Stadium

Lindbergh (1-4) at Foster (3-2)

White River (3-2) at Fife (5-0)

2A SPSL SOUND

Highline (0-5) vs. Clover Park (2-3), at Harry Lang Stadium (Lakewood)

Orting (2-3) at Steilacoom (3-2)

River Ridge (3-2) at Eatonville (4-1)

1A NISQUALLY

3:30 p.m.: Coupeville (3-2) at Port Townsend (2-3)

Klahowya (1-4) at Charles Wright Academy (4-1)

Cascade Christian (4-1) at Vashon Island (0-5)

2B PACIFIC MOUNTAIN

Onalaska (3-2) at Chief Leschi (0-5)

Life Christian Academy (1-4) at Napavine (4-1)

NONLEAGUE

Port Angeles vs. Renton, at Renton Memorial Stadium

Emerald Ridge (0-5) vs. Newport of Bellevue (3-2), at Newport HS (Bellevue)

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

4A NPSL CASCADE

6 p.m.: Mount Rainier (1-4) vs. Kentwood (3-2), at French Field

1B SEATAC

1 p.m.: Tacoma Baptist (3-2) at Quilcene (4-0)

5:30 p.m.: Muckleshoot Tribal (1-2) vs. Evergreen Lutheran (0-4), at Franklin Pierce Stadium

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