Week eight is in the books, the week ten matchups are becoming clearer by the minute it seems, Bellevue won again and there are three teams left unbeaten. For an updated look at the standings from around the state, head on over to WaPrepZone.com.
This week I attended six games, involving ten 3A teams, including Shadle Park, North Central, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Cleveland, Chief Sealth, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Glacier Peak and Edmonds-Woodway. The last game was rescheduled to Monday, after the tragic events at Marysville Pilchuck postponed the original game.
The Glasgow (Mont.) Scotties moved to 9-0 on the season with a 34-12 win over the Conrad Cowboys. The Scotties now play host to the Eureka Lions in a round of 16 matchup at 1pm this Saturday at Scottie Field.
On my way to the Sumner/Bonney Lake game I started to wonder, ‘Is there a name for this rivalry?’
I honestly did not know what I was about to see. The Sunset Bowl is a seriously rivalry.
Both stands were packed full of rowdy fans, they even brought in some extra stands to help with overflow. Each team’s band even took the field for a combined national anthem.
Bonney Lake got the ball to start, and were moving right along until Sumner’s Josh Riley stepped in front of a pass from Isaiah Weed to give Sumner possession at their own 15.
Before the game Sumner coach Keith Ross told me they wanted to limit the big play.
Well, the first big play of the game would come from the Spartans, when senior QB Chase Torgison hit freshman WR Emmanuel Fidecaro on what looked to be a harmless quick pass to the outside, but Fidecaro made a move, got down the sideline and was gone. Just like that, the Spartans had an early 7-0 lead, that would stand through the end of the first quarter.
Triston Wedington made the next big play for the Spartans, as he took a quick pass, made a few moves and bolted down the sideline for a 57 yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
From that point on, it was tough going for Bonney Lake, as the Sumner defense stood tough and forced the Panthers to punt, time and time again.
Sumner is known for a running the football, and for the most part, that is what from there on out.
The Spartans would widen the game to 28-0 before the half, when Chase Torgison (27 yards) and Connor Wedington (12 yards) both scored rushing touchdowns.
Torgison would finish the night with 288 yards of total offense, 254 yards passing and 44 rushing, and would be a part of four total touchdowns, two passing and two rushing. His final TD of the night would come in the third quarter, this time on a one yard QB sneak.
Connor Wedington would cap the score at 42 for Sunmer when he powered in from two yards out in the fourth quarter. The Sophomore back would finish with 16 carries for 76 yards and the two touchdowns.
Before all was said and done, the Panthers would get on the board with a late drive, finished off by a 2 yard run from senior Ethan McElderry. On the night, McElderry would carry 22 times for 100 yards.
My Game Notes/Links
We got to see a couple of exciting freshmen in this game. Emmanuel Fidecaro (Sumner) and Trae Weed (Bonney Lake) look to be early leaders at wide receiver for the 2018 rankings. There is still a long ways to go obviously, but these two are names you will want to keep an eye on.
If you would like to watch a replay of the NFHS Network broadcast, you can do so Right Here. You will have to have an account, but can create one for free.
I was sent a great link to a highlight video from the game, take a look Right Here. It is well worth the time.
Only one other game recap I found of the game, Click Here to have a look.
With Enumclaw’s shocking win over Lakes, Sumner has somehow managed to sneak back into a playoff scenario. On the broadcast we talked about the playoffs being gone, but should Auburn beat Lakes, Auburn Mountainview beats Enumclaw, and Sumner beats Auburn Riverside, we will have a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot in the round of 32 between Sumner, Lakes and Enumclaw.
Next week: Sumner Spartans (4-4, 2-4 League) @ vs Auburn Riverside Ravens (0-8, 0-6); Bonney Lake Panthers (2-6, 1-5) @ Peninsula Seahawks (7-1, 6-0).
3A Week Ten Matchups
So what I am going to do is shoot down the possible week ten matchups.
The winner of Seattle Prep (3-5) vs Cleveland (5-3) will travel to Edmonds District Stadium to take on the winner of the Wesco Championship game between Marysville Pilchuck (7-1) and Meadowdale (7-1). The Loser of the Seattle Prep/Cleveland game is eliminated, while the loser of the MP/Meadowdale game will play host to the winner of the Auburn (5-3) and Lakes (5-3) game.
Wesco’s #3 will be determined this week when Mountlake Terrace (7-1) plays Oak Harbor (5-2). That winner will play host to Kennedy Catholic (6-0), who won the Seamount League title.
The Bellevue Wolverines have won the Kingco 3A/2A, and will get a home game vs Metro’s #5. That berth will be the winner of Bishop Blanchet (6-2) vs Garfield (6-2). The loser of that game will travel to play the GSHL Champion, Columbia River (6-2) travels to Kelso (4-4), to determine that matchup.
GSHL’s #2 will have to travel to Metro #3, a berth that will be decided Thursday night when O’Dea (7-1) plays Ballard (5-3), with the loser hosting the winner of Central Kitsap (4-4) vs Wilson (6-2).
Staying in the Metro League, their champion, winner of Eastside Catholic (7-1) vs Roosevelt (7-1), will play host to Wesco #6, the loser of Glacier Peak (5-3) vs Arlington (5-3). Metro’s #2, the loser of the EC/Roosevelt game will get a home game vs Narrows #4, which is the CK/Wilson Matchup.
The Peninsula Seahawks are the SPSL champion, and will get a home game against the winner of the Lakeside (5-3) vs Nathan Hale (3-5) game, with the loser travelling to play the Narrows League champion Lincoln (8-0).
Juanita is Kingco’s #2 team, and will host one of three teams, Lakes, Enumclaw or Sumner… Which I talked about above.
So the Metro League somehow gets 9 teams into the round of 32, with the top 4 getting home games, but the final 5 teams all have to travel to play League Champions.
Looking at the eastern side of the state…
Shadle Park (6-2) will meet Mount Spokane (6-2) this week to determine the GSL’s champion. Both teams will move on, but the loser will have to go to the Tri Cities to play the MCC’s #1 team Kamiakin (6-2). The winner will get a week 10 home game against one of two teams. If Kennewick (3-5) beats Hanford (0-8) they move on, but if they lose and Southridge (2-6) finds a way to beat Richland (3-5), the Suns will go to Spokane.
Hope that all makes sense, if not, feel free to send me an email Ringerland@gmail.com and I will answer questions.