By Ryan Divish
The News Tribune
The Monday holiday messed up my entire internal clock. I missed out on getting schooled by youngsters at YMCA noon hoops and started my week instead with Tuesday old-guy hoops where my whole goal is not get drenched by my opponent’s sweat soaked shirt.
I’m not the only person who’s getting adjusted to a new schedule. Yep, school started this week for our high school athletes. Judging by the ridiculous crowds at the mall on Sunday, most students will be sporting the latest Jordans and some new looks for the first week. There’s nothing like the first week of school: fresh clothes, summer tan, new pencils and pens, unused notebooks and a brand new Trapper Keeper (okay maybe that thing was during my time).
Anyway, I was planning on running this weekly look back of what I witnessed over the weekend, every Monday or Tuesday. But since this whole week has been thrown out of whack, we’ll start it on a Wednesday.
&bull THE BEST PLAY: Spanaway Lake’s Russell Terry took a simple inside hand-off, slid through the line and accelerated past the entire Tahoma defense. Eighty yards later, Terry stood alone in the endzone without a defender within 5 yards of him. It was like somebody hit the "speed burst" button on a Playstation 2 controller. He was there and then he was gone. Opposing defenses beware — Terry can flat out run.
&bull THE CLUTCH PLAY: Kickers get far too little credit and way too much criticism, depending usually on the outcome of their latest kick. Tahoma’s David Bentrott isn’t known in the SPSL for his kicking talents. It’s his ability to take on tacklers and run past linebackers, not booting a football through the uprights, that’s made Bentrott a known commodity. Still, he kicked a pair of clutch extra points with the game on the line both times to earn Tahoma’s come-from-behind win.
&bull THE BEST PLAYER: Kellen Moore was a complete distraction. While trying to write my story on Auburn’s overtime win over Moses Lake in the Emerald City Kick-off Classic, I couldn’t help but watch Prosser’s star quarterback decimate Southridge’s overmatched secondary in a 69-7 shellacking.
How good was Moore? He completed 25-of-32 passes for 407 yards and seven touchdowns. But it wasn’t the sheer audacity of Moore’s numbers, it was how he did it. The kid never seems to be off-balanced in his setup. His footwork is solid and his throwing motion is pretty efficient. More importantly, every pass seems to be a spiral. Even with Jake Locker as a redshirt, should the Huskies recruit Moore? People may not like to hear this, but Moore seems like a perfect fit for Oregon’s spread option system.
&bull THE CLUTCH PLAYER (S): We’ll go with two. Tahoma’s Tyson Bundy and Auburn’s Kellen Kiilsgaard both came up with big touchdown passes to in overtime to lead their teams to victory. Bundy actually had the game-tying pass with four seconds left in regulation, and then threaded a dart of a pass to Riley Tubbs in overtime to secure Tahoma’s win over Spanaway Lake. Kiilsgaard is more known for his running ability as qb, but his passing, although not aesthetically pleasing to some critics, is frighteningly effective and accurate. His pass to Jordan Strickland in overtime sealed a Trojans’ victory.
&bull THE WEEKEND’S COMMON THEME: Cramps. Dehydrated players, most of whom play both ways, were suffering from the muscle knots in their calves and hamstrings. Kiilsgaard, in particular, was bothered by the scorching heat at Qwest Field, saying it was the hottest conditions he’d ever played in. Normally an every down safety, Kiilsgaard had to miss a few plays on defense because of cramps in both legs.
Basically the only way to fix a cramp is to massage the knot and stretch the muscle out. A bigger debate comes when discussing prevention of cramps. Obviously, staying hydrated is helpful. Some coaches, including my high school coach, feel potassium loading is also important. He demanded that we eat lots of bananas in the week and on game day. He even resorted to making some players taking a couple tablespoons of vinegar right before gametime. It seemed to work, but I think it had to do more with a greater level of fitness as the season goes on.
What are some of the other remedies out there?
&bull WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: (1) Thursday’s match-up between SPSL 4A powers Kentwood and Puyallup should be a hard-running, hard-hitting and hard-fought game. (2) My continued dominance of the weekly picks. (3) Touchdown Time III, particularly the Lakes-South Kitsap game. (4) The continued success of Jonathan "Snoop" Stewart, who had 171 yards rushing for Oregon last week. The former Timberline product will see a tougher opponent in Fresno State.
&bull RANDOM THOUGHTS: Ohio State edges Texas 24-21 … Gig Harbor bounces back with a win as does Graham Kapowsin … Game stoppages for cramping will continue to plague games … Olympia wins big … Beamer’s Matt Hartt will catch at least one touchdown pass this weekend … Bethel’s Oliver Henry will throw for at least one touchdown.
&bull THIS WEEK’S QUESTION TO PONDER: I love espn.com’s Page 2 Uniform Watch
In that spirit, I want to know from people out there … Which football team has the best uniforms in the area?
Remember, all facets including helmet design, school colors, school logos and mascots and home and away tops must be taken into consideration. I’ll be listening to suggestions before rating a top 5 later in the season.