4A Top Ten: By Scott Enyeart
1. Camas (1-0): The Papermakers won their big time showdown with Oregon’s top team, Jesuit of Portland, and they won big. Eastern Washington-bound QB Reilly Hennessey was impressive going 14 of 17 for 277 yards and four touchdowns, while Nate Beasley added 5 total TD’s on the night. Needless to say Camas solidified its number one ranking.
Next: @ 6A #7 Canby (OR) (1-1)
2. Ferris (1-0): After an impressive 42-14 victory over Veradale (Wash.) Central Valley the Saxons will turn their attention to a marquee matchup with one of 3A’s top ten programs, Shadle Park. Jalen Hicks was an absolutely stud for Ferris on the ground and through the air with 9 carries, 128 yards and three TDs rushing, adding six catches for 153 yards and another TD.
Next: vs. 3A #6 Shadle Park (1-0)
3. Chiawana (1-0): Chiawana took home a 43-7 win over Hanford. The Riverhawks started a little slow but pulled away big time in the 3rd quarter scoring 27 points after only leading 16-7 at halftime, behind Joey Zamora’s 236 yards passing and Clifton Lozano’s 145 yards on the ground.
Next: @ Kennewick (0-1)
4. Graham-Kapowsin (1-0): Went on the road and brought home a 31-21 victory Thursday over Post Falls (ID). Campbell had 11 catches for 164 yards for GK, while RB Teague James added 166 yards rushing, proving that the Eagles have what should be a very balanced attack this fall.
Next: vs. Curtis (1-0)
5. (T) Eastlake (1-0): The Wolves kicked off the Don Bartel era in impressive fashion, with a 41-7 victory over Lakes. Brothers Troy and Drew Lewis had big games, as did QB Richard “Blue” Thomas. Eastlake definitely made a statement that they want to be considered the team to beat in KingCo this season.
Next: @ 3A #2 Eastside Catholic (1-0)
5. (T) Union (1-0): Led by junior QB Nolan Henry, RB Leon Siofele and a stingy defense, the Titans shutout Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View 44-0. Siofele had the best night for Union totaling 187 yards rushing on just 12 carries. The Titans have a big test next week as the travel to Jesuit who is looking to bounce back after falling to #1 Camas.
Next: @ 6A #4 Jesuit (OR) (1-1)
7. Newport (1-0): The Knights got off to a bit of a slow start on Friday night before breaking the game opening in the 2nd half for a 35-7 victory over Capital. Senior RB Conner Baumann had a big night, rushing for touchdowns of 71 and 67 yards.
Next: @ South Kitsap (1-0)
8. Bothell (1-0): The Cougars had an amazing come-from-behind win against Idaho-power Coeur d’Alene, riding the arm of QB Ross Bowers to a 44-43 victory. Bothell is young, breaking in 21 new starters, but the win over CDA made a statement that despite their youth, the Cougars are talented and looking to be a factor in both KingCo and all of 4A this fall.
Next: @ 3A #1 Bellevue (1-0)
9. Bellarmine Prep (1-0): The Lions crack the Top 10 after a respectable 26-14 over Peninsula. QB Lou Millie was impressive as he replaced Sefo Liufau, now at Colorado. Millie threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Garrett McKay five times for 113 yards and a score.
Next: @ Lakes (0-1)
10. Jackson (1-0): Jackson athlete Keynan Foster stole the show scoring a touchdown three different ways – a punt return, yard kickoff return and a he also caught a TD, in a 59-37 over good Monroe squad. The Timberwolves showed the type of offensive firepower that could bring home a Wesco 4A crown.
Next: vs Everett (0-1)
Others receiving votes: Federal Way (1-0)
10. Federal Way
7. Bellarmine Prep
10. Federal Way
8. Federal Way
9. Bellarmine Prep
3A Top Ten: By Ryland Spencer
1. Bellevue Wolverines (1-0) 45-7 W vs Skyline Spartans:
In a game played at Husky Stadium, the Wolverines showed why they are again considered one of the top teams in the entire country. They stiffled the Skyline offense all night, and made things look easy offensively. This week they take on a Bothell team that moves into our top ten rankings after a last minute come from behind win over a very good Coeur d’Alene team.
Next: vs 4A #8 Bothell Cougars (1-0)
2. Eastside Catholic Crusaders (1-0) 62-9 W @ Liberty (Renton) Patriots:
The Crusaders have a ton of offense and showed it Friday night. RBs Henry Jarvis and Brandon Wellington both gave the Patriots fits, and sophomore QB Harley Kirsch was near flawless while throwing for over 150 yards and two touchdowns. The Crusaders have a much tougher task this week when they host their neighbor, the Eastlake Wolves.
Next: vs 4A #5 Eastlake Wolves (1-0)
3. O’Dea Fighting Irish (1-0) 35-7 W vs Gig Harbor Tides:
This game ended at halftime because of lightning in the area, but the Irish played very well. The offense showed some balance for the first time in many years. While RB Myles Gaskin really stole the show with 200+ rushing yards, QB Pierre LeDorze looked good completing a few passes. LB Jack Flor had one of his best nights and is a player we think is on the verge of an offer.
Next: @ Ballard Beavers (0-1)
4. Juanita Rebels (1-0) 50-27 W @ Inglemoor Vikings:
NEI writer Scott Enyeart did a recap of the game that can be found Right Here. the Rebels looked very good. Sophomore QB Tavin Montgomery was on the money most of the night. DT combo of Dee Angelow Viena and Thomas Toki were near impossible to block and spent most of the night in the backfield. Junior safety Pierce Belleman looked at hom in his new position and is a player I expect to be highly ranked.
Next: vs Monroe Bearcats (0-1)
5. Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks (1-0) 42-21 W @ Arlington Eagles:
RB Austin Joyner rushed for 254 yards and three TDs to start what should be a big season for the highly ranked junior. The Tomahawks were down 21-14 just into the second quarter before turning it on and doubling up the Eagles. This week they face a Lake Stevens team that was ranked before losing to Glacier Peak.
Next: vs Lake Stevens (0-1)
6. Shadle Park Highlanders (1-0) 62-14 W vs Rogers (Spokane) Pirates:
The Highlanders are known for putting up big offensive numbers, but giving up 14 points was something new to them. Junior QB Brett Rypien was as usual impressive as he continues to climb the Greater Spokane League’s history books. The next couple of weeks will be very telling as Shadle Park goes through a pretty tough stretch, starting this week with the 4A favorite.
Next: @ 4A #2 Ferris Saxons (1-0)
7. Lincoln Abes (1-0) 25-7 W vs Bonney Lake Panthers:
Sophomore QB Jordan Kitna completed 16 of 28 passes for 241 yards and had TD passes of 31, 40 and 50 in his first appearance for the Abes. Kitna is one of the top signal callers in the 2016 recruiting class, and someone we will be keeping close tabs on this season. The Abes are home this week vs Stadium in a Saturday afternoon game I hope to attend.
Next: vs Stadium Tigers (1-0)
8. Kamiakin Braves (1-0) 42-14 W @ Prosser Mustangs:
Senior QB Kylle Robertson rushed for two TDs and threw for another as the Braves avenged last season’s week one loss to the Mustangs. It took the Braves a little bit to get going, down 6-0 at one point, but once the offense started clicking it was all Kamiakin. This week’s home game will be broadcasted on the Washington Sports Network.
Next: vs Hanford Falcons (0-1)
9. Mount Si Wildcats (1-0) 35-12 W vs Kennedy Catholic Lancers:
Senior QB Nick Mitchell had a big night throwing for 312 yards and four TDs as the Wildcats beat the Lancers for the third time in about a year. They lead 28-0 at halftime, 35-0 not long after, in a game that was never really all that close. This week will be a test for the Wildcats as they hit the road for the first time.
Next: @ Issaquah Eagles (1-0)
10. Timberline Blazers (1-0) 40-0 W @ River Ridge Hawks:
The Blazers used the Hawks as a tune up game for what should be a real tough test this week. The Tumwater Thunderbirds are the #1 ranked team in 2A and are coming off a 41-0 dismantling of Shelton. Timberline is going to lean on QB Gabe Gutierrez and RB Asan Neil-Evergin, who were both on top of their game in week one.
Next: vs 2A #1 Tumwater Thunderbirds (1-0)
Others receiving votes: North Thurston (1-0)
3. Eastside Catholic
6. Shadle Park
9. Mount Si
2. Eastside Catholic
6. Shadle Park
9. Mount Si
10. North Thurston
2. Eastside Catholic
7. Shadle Park
10. Mount Si
2A Top 10: By Ryland Spencer
1. Tumwater Thunderbirds (1-0)
2. Lynden Lions (1-0)
3. W.F. West Bearcats (1-0)
4. Sumner Spartans (1-0)
5. Othello Huskies (1-0)
6. Burlington-Edison Tigers (1-0)
7. East Valley (Spokane) (1-0)
8. Squalicum Storm (1-0)
9. Lakewood Cougars (1-0)
10. R.A. Long Lumberjacks (1-0)
Others: Fife Trojans (1-0), Mark Morris Monarchs (1-0), Lindbergh Eagles (1-0), Bremerton Knights (1-0).
1A Top Ten: By Ryland Spencer
1. Zillah Leopards (1-0)
2. Cascade Christian Cougars (1-0)
3. Montesano Bulldogs (1-0)
4. Royal Knights (1-0)
5. River View Panthers (1-0)
6. Mount Baker Mountaineers (1-0)
7. LaCenter Wildcats (1-0)
8. Woodland Beavers (1-0)
9. Charles Wright Tarriers (1-0)
10. Cashmere Bulldogs (0-1)
Others: Rochester Warriors (1-0), Meridian Trojans (0-1), Blaine Borderites (0-1).