By Ryan Divish
Is there such a thing as too much football? I honestly don’t think so. Maybe it dominates talk and coverage, but remember high school football dominates ticket and concessions sales.
Speaking of concession sales, I try to sample all of them in an effort to support local schools and booster clubs. I don’t have a favorite, but the pretzel with cheese at Puyallup a few weeks ago may have saved my life.
One thing I always hope to find is 20 oz bottles of soda (Diet Coke is my brand). Maybe I’m just picky, but fountain sodas always seem to taste funny. That’s why I grabbed two 20 oz bottles of DC at Auburn on Thursday and two more on Friday at Franklin Pierce.
The problem with concession stand food (nachos, hot dogs, burgers and candy) it’s not good when you are trying to slim down.
High school kids, a warning … "Some day that ultra-fast metabolism will slow down. It’s a fact. It’s like balding in men. You wake up one day and your hair stops growing and you can’t lose weight."
Anyways, enough about the periphery — let’s focus on the field (100 yards of pure perfection)
Sorry about missing last week. Our schedule got thrown off kilter thanks to two days of company training. So there was no "Week that was," but it’s back this week and we’ll go off the last two weeks of football.
&bull THE BEST PLAY: Two weeks ago: Every time Kellen Kiilsgaard touched the ball in the fourth quarter of Auburn’s win over Franklin Pierce. He showed the blend of speed, strength and power that has college coaches drooling. Last week: Riverside’s Matt Burrows didn’t have any 60-yard rushes, but he always runs hard and never gets taken down by one tackler. It was clearly evident in both of his touchdown runs from short yardage.
&bull THE CLUTCH PLAY: Two weeks ago: With his team clinging to a seven-point lead, Kiilsgaard needed just three attempts to go 60-yards to score a much-needed insurance touchdown for the Trojans. Last week: Although I didn’t see it, Demetrius Bronson’s second interception that he returned 25 yards for a touchdown was the key play in Kentwood’s win over Kentridge.
&bull THE BEST PLAYER: Two weeks ago: Kiilsgaard for reasons above. He also did all that with Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham watching. Last week: It goes to the Graham-Kapowsin defense, which pitched its third straight shutout, defeating Curtis 12-0. Shutting out a team is difficult, shutting down Curtis with all of its weapons is an amazing feat.
&bull THE CLUTCH PLAYER: Leif Woldseth of Franklin Pierce may not have scored a touchdown, but he was directly responsible for the Cardinals’ win over Enumclaw. Woldseth, who was backing up quarterback Erich Armstrong, was rushed into duty two weeks ago against Auburn. With Armstrong sitting out last week recovering from a concussion, Woldseth led an efficient attack, making solid decisions and showing solid accuracy in the passing game.
&bull THE WEEKEND’S COMMON THEME: Two weeks ago: Holding penalties. Last week: Pass interference penalties. Penalties are going to occur, but the rash of yellow flags seemed to be startling. What’s more, on at least seven occasions, the dirty laundry ended a scoring opportunity or led to a score for the team’s opponent. Things like false starts and offsides are cleaned up early, but penalties like holding and pass interference stem from a mismatch in terms of talent, strength, athleticism or a combination off all three. The inferior player needs to commit the penalty to keep up.
&bull WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: (1) The contrast in offensive styles when Kentwood (run-dominated) and Jefferson (fun-n-gun) meet on Thursday night. (2) The number of passes attempted by Bethel QB Oliver Henry and QB Cole Bixenman. Both teams like to throw the ball. A lot. I’d put the over under at 70 pass attemptes (3) GK try to keep its impressive shutout streak going against mighty Puyallup and its running back trio of James Shafer, DJ Williams and Aaron Brown.
&bull RANDOM THOUGHTS: Still, not much new info on the uniform watch. Bellarmine Prep is leading the way, but I do like Lakes’ uniforms. They are pretty sweet. I am a big fan of black shoes and white tape over them. For those who don’t know the terminology, it’s called spatting your shoes. Black shoes with white spat is solid looking with an old school field.
CHECK OUT: The video on my Franklin Pierce-Enumclaw game. We’re going to be having video at a game every week thanks to some enterprising PLU students. It was solid work by Jessica and Breanne. Also Mick White’s SPSL page is necessary for your bookmarks
&bull THIS WEEK’S QUESTION (S) TO PONDER: Since Bellevue pays it coach $55,000 a year to coach, how much a year do you think your coach deserves to be paid? How much would you pay your ideal coach to lead your team? And who would that coach be?