Here is the second edition of “Trip Around the State,” with football news from all corners of Washington and everywhere in between.
The odds are good that at least a couple 4A South Sound football teams will match up against a WesCo team in the preliminary round of the state playoffs. So, here’s a Week 5 primer on the league in the form of Power Rankings from Purple and Gold Pigskin.
Staying in WesCo, Marysville-Pilchuck running back Austin Denton has reeled off more than 200 rushing yards in four straight games.
Wenatchee thumped previously-undefeated and highly-ranked Southridge 27-6 in a Columbia Basin/Big Nine showdown on Friday. The CBBN-centric Web Site, WashingtonSportsNetwork.com, has loads of video highlights and interviews from the game.
Of all the preseason all-state teams published, The News Tribune’s was the only one with Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey on it. The junior has played like an all-state rusher, topping 200 yards in every game this season. He also did something else during the Bullpups’ 42-12 win at Lake City (Idaho) to make him standout – he slugged an opponent. Sankey will likely miss this week’s game because state rules require players that are ejected to miss the next game.
In the Northwest Conference, Lynden beat rival Ferndale, 31-0, for the first time in five seasons. The Lions were our preseason No. 1 in Class 2A and promptly went out and lost to Archbishop Murphy in Week 1. Don’t be surprised to see Lynden make a return trip to the Tacoma Dome to defend its state championship.
Here’s a “Day After Report” from the Vancouver Columbian. Union throttled Heritage 56-13 and the new running clock mercy rule was used. Heritage was Top 10 team in 4A at the beginning of the season. The Timberwolves have been hit by some injuries, but Union is looking awfully good.
We end this edition of “Trip Around the State” with a sad story from Spokane about the death of Valley Christian football player Andrew Swank. Reporter Mike Vlahovich spoke with the team’s coach, Jim Puryear. It’s worth a read.