Just like the 4A In Review, this will become a weekly post on the site. It will have personal analysis from myself, as well as links/information to keep you up-to-date on the 3A classification.
Week one in the 3A conference is in the books, and the top 10 team rankings remain relatively intact. A few teams have moved around, but the same 10 teams are back after the opening weekend.
This week I attended the Juanita victory over Inglemoor. Now, since Inglemoor is a 4A team, you may be asking why it is a 3A post. When doing a preview of a game, we use the home team to determine which classification to use. Had this been a preview, it would be 4A, but a game recap goes to the victor, in this case Juanita, so it in the 3A post.
Make sense? I hope so.
The Juanita Rebels came in ranked in the top 10, while the Inglemoor Vikings are going through one of the toughest stretches in the history of their program.
Currently the two schools play a yearly Non-League contest, the Rebels having won the last two meetings.
This year started off differently than previous years as the Vikings easily drove the field to take a 6-0 lead on a 30 yard pass from Bryce Larson to Sam Savage.
That is all the scoring the Vikings offense could muster, and the Rebels would score 44 unanswered points to run away with the victory.
What looked like a good game heading into the half at 14-6, quickly got out of hand in the third quarter when the Vikings had some problems in the punting department.
It started when Juanita DE Maximum Millett blocked a punt, recovered by teammate Austin Cole, who then fumbled into the endzone, where Millett recovered. Inglemoor punted on the next drive, which only netted 9 yards, with no return. After an Austin Cole TD, Inglemoor would punt again, and Millett would spring free and block his second punt of the game.
What was already bad went to much worse in the fourth quarter, as Millett decided he wasn’t done when picked up a fumble and took it 80 yards for the final score of the game.
All-around the Rebels were simply too much for the Vikings to handle.
– I want to start by recognizing the Inglemoor students and band. Inglemoor may have the best student section in the state, and their band is not only huge, but they literally play until everyone leaves. I was trying to conduct post-game interviews, and couldn’t get more than a question in before they were playing again.
– I would also like to recognize Public Address Announcer, Rob Simpson. He is as good as it gets in High School Football. Simpson is knowledgeable, clear and just about always correct.
– The Vikings were without two of their top athletes, as seniors Tyren Holt (6’2″ 230, OL/DL) and Isaiah Lewis (5’11 165, RB/DB) missed the game due to suspension. Both athletes are slated to return this week.
– Juanita’s Austin Cole (1 and 4 yards) and Salvon Ahmed (35 and 17 yards) each had two touchdowns in the game. Kicker Jackson Clemensen was good on his only FG attempt, hitting from 20 yards out early in the fourth quarter.
– There is a lot to like about Inglemoor RB/LB Jalen Woodley. He is just a sophomore, and already stands 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. The first name that came to mind when I saw him run was former Eastlake star, now at the University of Washington, Drew Lewis. He is definitely a name to keep an eye on.
– Outside of a bad INT in the third quarter, Juanita QB Tavin Montgomery was just about flawless finishing 16 of 18 for 250 and a TD. He and his receivers were in tune all night, and he even got a chance to run the ball more than normal.
– Two standout athletes for Juanita were LB Pierce Belleman and WR/DB Dean Sise. As a senior, Belleman is the unquestioned leader of the defense and was around the ball all night. Sise is just a sophomore and did a little bit of everything, including returning punts.
– This week the Rebels travel south to Vancouver to take on the Mountain View Thunder (0-1) in a non-league contest. Inglemoor opens Kingco 4A League play this week when they play host to the Eastlake Wolves (0-1), in a game that can be seen on ROOT Sports.
– I will probably do this on just about every post. If you are looking for scores, the best place to go is WaPrepZone. I have zero affiliation with that site, I just really love the work they do. For up-to-date standings, follow This Link… For scores from week one, follow This Link.
– The Bellevue Wolverines are at it again. They travelled out of state to start the season, and beat Serra (Gardena, Calif.) High School at the Honor Bowl in Oceanside, California. Two links for you, both from the Seattle Times. First are Video Highlights, second being the Game Recap.
– Eastside Catholic was not as fortunate with their out-of-state opponent, as Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) ran away with a 31-14 victory. Matt Massey of the Seattle Times has the game recap Right Here.
– A big congrats goes out to new Lake Washington head coach AJ Parnell on his the first victory of his career. It comes in his first game, a 32-12 win over the Hazen Highlanders. The Kangaroos were down 12-0 at halftime, but came out in the second half with more “spring in their step.” See what I did there?
– The Lincoln Abes went out of state this weekend to play the Roosevelt (Portland, Ore.) Roughriders, and came away with a 48-9 victory. The game was broadcast online, so here are a few links to video highlights… Jusstis Warren 20 yard TD Run, Jusstis Warren 7 yard TD Run, Dehonta Hayes 45 yard TD Catch, Dehonta Hayes 20 yard TD Catch, Alvin Johnson 36 yard TD Catch and Dionte Simon TD Run.
– Congratulations to the Interlake Saints who got a 20-12 win over the Foster Bulldogs. Interlake went winless last season, and look like they might have the players to make a solid turnaround. We know the big names in De’Jhion Parrish, David Jones and Ahman Edwards, but an under the radar name I am being told be keep an eye on is sophomore Naoki Harmer, who finished the night with 6 receptions for 108 yards.
– The name Brett Rypien is no secret around football in this state, as he has been breaking passing records left and right the last few years. With essentially his entire group of receivers gone from last year, does he have the weapons to continue throwing for all those yards? Greg Lee from NW Preps Now has the week one story Right Here.
– This week I will be attending six games. If you see me, please stop me and say hello. Here is the schedule for week two…
Thursday – Decatur Golden Gators @ Kentlake Falcons 7pm
Friday – King’s Knights @ Lakesde Lions 4pm
Friday – Mountlake Terrace Hawks @ Meadowdale Mavericks 8pm
Saturday – Bainbridge Spartans @ Cleveland Eagles 12pm
Saturday – Roosevelt Roughriders @ Ballard Beavers 3pm
Saturday – Evergreen Plainsmen @ Todd Beamer Titans 6pm
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