Thursday – Decatur Golden Gators @ Kentlake Falcons 7pm (French Field)
Friday – King’s Knights @ Lakesde Lions 4pm
Friday – Mountlake Terrace Hawks @ Meadowdale Mavericks 8pm (Edmonds Stadium)
Saturday – Bainbridge Spartans @ Cleveland Eagles 12pm (Seattle Memorial Stadium)
Saturday – Roosevelt Roughriders @ Ballard Beavers 3pm (Seattle Memorial Stadium)
Saturday – Evergreen Plainsmen @ Todd Beamer Titans 6pm (Federal Way Memorial Stadium)
Thursday’s Top Games
There aren’t many games on Thursday nights, and typically you wont find many BIG games either. This week features a couple of solid games matching up teams who won their opening game.
The biggest Thursday game this week is a non-league contest in Lacey where the host Timberline Blazers (1-0) welcome the 2A#2 ranked Tumwater Thunderbirds. This is the third year in a row these two teams have played, Tumwater winning the first two, including a 44-0 drubbing last season.
The Tahoma Bears (1-0), who on the legs of QB Amandre Williams blasted Mount Rainier, travel to Sparks Stadium in Puyallup to take on the Rogers Rams (1-0), who beat Todd Beamer 28-21 last week. This is a non-league contest.
Root Sports is broadcasting from Pop Keeney Stadium tonight where the Eastlake Wolves (0-1) take on the Inglemoor Vikings (0-1). This is Inglemoor’s first Kingco 4A game, Eastlake lost to Bothell last week in their first conference game.
Slow night in Eastern Washington on Thursday, Eisenhower (0-1) travels to Kennewick (1-0), and Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls (1-0) is at Joe Albi to play Rogers (0-1). Both games are non-league, with none of the 4 being ranked teams.
The only game in SW Washington takes place at Longview Memorial Stadium, when the Mark Morris Monarchs (0-1) take on the Columbia River Chieftains (1-0). The Chieftains look to be the favorite in the GSHL 3A conference, while many people thought highly of Mark Morris heading into the season, but a week one loss to Kelso may have changed opinions.
Friday’s Top Games
The Memorial Football Classic kicks off Friday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Seattle Prep Panthers (1-0) host the Kennedy Catholic Lancers (0-0) at 5:00pm, followed by the Mariner Marauders (0-1) travelling to take on the O’Dea Fighting Irish (1-0) in the night cap. All the information you need can be found by following the link.
The biggest game on Friday looks to be 3A #5 Marysville Pilchuck (1-0) at 4A #4 Lake Stevens (1-0). Two of the state’s top recruits, Austin Joyner (Washington State Commit) of MP and Jacob Eason (Georgia Commit) of LS. Both athletes will be focal points of what could end up being a shootout.
For the second week in a row, the 4A #2 ranked Union Titans (1-0) will make a couple hour drive up I-5. The opponent this time are the Curtis Vikings (0-1). Union came back from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat a good Federal Way team 34-27, while the Vikings are still looking to get on the board, after being shutout by Kentwood.
The #3 ranked Federal Way Eagles (0-1) will be looking to bounce back this week when they travel south to take on the Camas Papermakers (1-0). The Eagles should be healthier this week, with only Jared Pulu expected to miss the game. With a win, Camas should find their way into the top 10 rankings.
A big Kingco 4A matchup this week as the Newport Knights (1-0) travel to the Sammamish Plateau to battle the #6 ranked Skyline Spartans (1-0). This is a game that could cause a shakeup in the rankings, as the Knights are capable to topping the Spartans, but Skyline is ranked for a reason and won’t just roll over. Could be a great game.
Top game in Eastern Washington is Friday night when the Bellarmine Prep Lions (1-0) make the long trip to Spokane to take on the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups (1-0). This is a rematch of a 2012 quarterfinal game which Bellarmine Prep won 32-29 on a last second Matt Philichi 25 yard FG. If you are a Bellarmine fan making the trip, keep an eye on Gonzaga Prep RB Jack Bamis, who ran for 200 yards in a week one win over a good Richland Bombers squad.
2A #1 ranked Lynden Lions (1-0) hit the road this week to take on the Lakewood Cougars (0-1). Lynden is coming off a big win over King’s in week one, while the Cougars are looking to rebound after losing to Liberty. This should be a good QB battler, Lynden goes with both Sterling Somers and Clark Hazlett, while Lakewood counters with Blake Watts.
The 2014 Spaghetti Bowl between the Olympia Bears (1-0) and Capital Cougars (0-1) takes place at Ingersoll Stadium on Friday night. Gail Wood of Thurston Talk has a good look at the game Right Here.
Edmonds Stadium will play host to a good Wesco 3A matchup this week when the Mountlake Terrace Hawks (1-0) take on the Meadowdale Mavericks (0-1). Meadowdale lost week one to a good Lake Stevens team and will be looking to rebound. Watch for RB Malik Braxton (Idaho, Air Force offers) to have a big game.
Montesano (0-1) gave up a ton of passing yards last week to Black Hills, this week they travel up to Nooksack Valley (1-0), who is one of the best passing teams in small school football. Look for NV QB Tanner Myhre to have a huge all-around game.
Two of the better teams in Eastern Washington meet up Friday night, when the 1A #1 Freeman Scotties (1-0) head south to take on the Pullman Greyhounds (1-0). Freeman is a tough running team led by Markus Goldbach, while Pullman likes to throw with QB Mason Petrino. This could be a very good game.
Saturday’s Top Games
The Memorial Football Classic continues at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Bainbridge (0-1) vs Cleveland (0-1) at noon, followed by Roosevelt (1-0) vs Ballard, with Garfield (0-1) vs Franklin (0-0) in the night cap.
For the second straight week, the Bellevue Wolverines (1-0) will play an out-of-state opponent, this time at home when the Alta Hawks (0-3) of Sandy, Utah come to town. It is a 7:00pm start at Bellevue High School.
If you are a fan of recruiting and live in the Seattle area, you may want to get out to Federal Way Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as the Evergreen Plainsmen (1-0) of Vancouver invade to take on the Todd Beamer Titans (0-1). Evergreen is one of the top teams in 4A, with multiple D1 athletes. Here is a preview of the Plainsmen.
The Taylor Trophy will be on the line at French Field Saturday night when the Kent-Meridian Royals (1-0) play host to the Auburn Trojans (1-0). This rivalry goes back to 1908, with the Taylor Trophy being presented since 1929.