Washington Week Eight Elite Performers

**This list is a way to showcase the weeks top performances. I am sure I missed a few and would like to know the ones I did. You can either comment on here or send me an email at Ringerland@gmail.com, and I will be sure to add them.**


Sterling Somers
Sterling Somers


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Chase Resch, ’15 ATH, Wenatchee – Resch is a tremendous all-around athlete, and can hurt his opponent in a variety of ways. This week he rushed for 203 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown, in a 20-3 win over Moses Lake, crowning them Big Nine champions. Resch also had three interceptions, bringing his career total to 17, which ties him for a Wenatchee school record.

Gabe Evenson, ’15 QB, Columbia River – The senior QB completed 22 of 33 passing for 316 yards and five touchdowns, as the Chieftains hammered Prairie 43-14. Columbia River moved to 6-2 on the season, and is currently ranked 9th in our 3A Classification top ten.

Chico McClatcher, ’15 ATH, Federal Way – You could pretty much have McClatcher on this list every week. In a 35-7 win over rival Todd Beamer, McClatcher carried 13 times for 293 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the night with 326 total yards, and the Eagles earned a SPSL Northwest Division Championship.

Sterling Somers, ’16 QB / Scooter Hastings, ’15 WR / Jordan Wittenberg, ’16 WR, Lynden – The Lions got back on track with a 33-30 win over previously unbeaten Sedro Woolley. Somers completed 19 of 30 passing, for 360 yards and three touchdowns, all three to Hastings, who finished with six catches and 111 yards. Wittenberg led the Lions receivers with seven catches for 166 yards, and is one of the top wide outs in the 2016 recruiting class.

Elliot Phillips, ’15 RB, Lake Washington – The senior back rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns, as the Kangaroos scored a 47-26 win over the Sammamish Totems in Kingco 3A/2A League play. Phillips is one of the more underrated backs in the state.

Chase Torgison, ’15 QB, Sumner – Torgison finished 12 of 17 for 264 yards and had four total touchdowns. The Spartans blasted Bonney Lake 42-7 and won for a second straight time over their rival in the Sunset Bowl.

Paul Wells, ’15 RB, Newport – The senior back rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns, as the Knights locked up one a round-of-32 berth with a in 54-27 win over the Mount Si Wildcats. Wells is one of the state’s more underrated athletes, excelling on both sides of the ball.

Cole Cirillo, ’16 DB, Bellevue – The Wolverines rolled over Interlake 56-12 on Friday night. The junior DB had two INTs in the first quarter, and the Wolverines pulled their started at the beginning of the second quarter.

Gabe Caskey, ’15 RB, Ellensburg – Caskey carried 11 times for 198 yards and four touchdowns, as the Bulldogs hammered East Valley (Yakima) 82-12. The senior back scored on runs of 48, 8, 20 and 35 yards.

Griffin Meyers, ’15 QB, Emerald Ridge – The senior quarterback threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns, as the Jaguars beat Curtis 36-24. Meyers completed passes of 55, 63, 4 and 12 yards for touchdowns, and Emerald Ridge clinched the South Puget Sound League South Division Title.

Andrew Grimes, ’16 RB, Lake Stevens – Grimes carried 18 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns, as the Vikings scored a 37-34 win over the Kamiak Knights. The win wrapped up the Wesco 4A title for Lake Stevens, who will open the Round of 32 against the #4 team from the Narrows League, which will be determined when South Kitsap and Timberline play on Friday night.

Brett Rypien, ’15 QB / Darius Savick-Batters, ’16 RB, Shadle Park – The Highlanders hammered North Central 56-6 on Thursday night. Rypien finished with 322 yards passing and four touchdowns, all in the first half. Savick-Batters carried 12 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

Adrian Valona, ’16 RB, Gig Harbor – The junior back carried 34 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns, as the Tides shut out Yelm 34-0. The win moves Gig Harbor to 7-1 on the season, 5-0 in Narrows League play. Valona is one of the top backs in the 2016 recruiting class.

Aaron Nichols, ’15 QB, Sehome – Nichols did it all for the Mariners, as he finished 10 of 17 passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored three rushing touchdowns as the Mariners doubled-up Ferndale this week with a 42-21 win.

Austin Urlacher, ’15 RB, Chiawana – Urlacher did it again this week, rushing for 202 yards on 38 carries and score three touchdowns. The senior back scored on runs of 6, 1 and 14 yards, as the Riverhawks remained unbeaten in Mid-Columbia Conference play with a 21-7 win over Kennewick.

Blake Watts, ’15 ATH, Lakewood – Watts is a do-it-all athlete who can hurt you in variety of ways. This week he went 10 of 10 passing for 176 and a touchdown as the Cougars topped South Whidbey 53-22. The senior also carried 17 times for 130 and two more touchdowns.

D’Angelo Faust, ’15 ATH, Lindbergh – The Eagles moved to 5-3 on the year with a 56-12 win over the Hazen Highlanders. Faust ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Eagles. The senior back is one of the more under-the-radar athletes in the 2015 recruiting class.

Jordan Misensol, ’16 WR, Enumclaw – The junior wide out caught four passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, as the Hornets shocked Lakes with a 14-7 win on the road. While the playoffs are not in the picture this year for Enumclaw, it is great to see the Hornets still fighting.

Junior Ngauamo, ’15 RB, Kennedy – The senior back rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns. Ngauamo scored on runs 9, 10 and 25 yards, as the Lancers remained unbeaten with a 49-0 win over the Foster Bulldogs.

Chris Leiba, ’15 ATH, River Ridge – Leiba can do just about everything offensively. This week he finished with 138 yards receiving and 112 yards rushing, with two touchdowns, as the Hawks beat Fife 38-21. The win puts River Ridge in a tie atop the league with a 5-1 record in SPSL 2A play.

Gerardo Gomez, ’15 TE, Walla Walla – The Blue Devils are in the playoffs for the first time in nine years following a 48-14 win over Hanford. Gomez only had three catches for 73 yards, but two went for touchdowns, and he returned a INT 34 yards for another score.

Talent Hesse, ’16 RB, O’Dea – Hesse finished with 203 yards and three touchdowns, to help pace the Fighting Irish got a 59-7 win over Lakeside on Thursday night at West Seattle Stadium. O’Dea moved to 7-1 on the year, and will face Ballard in a Metro League crossover this week.


Chase Torgison
Chase Torgison

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