Once again, it’s time for our weekly trip around the state. With the postseason drawing near, I’ve compiled some links that relate to legues and teams outside of the TNT’s coverage area that will likely make the playoffs so South Sound fans can stay apprised of what’s going on outside our region.
Issaquah, last season’s Class 4A runner-up, began the season as top-5 team. But the Eagles struggled early, losing to Bothell and Mount Si in the first two weeks of the season. Since then, Issaquah has won three in a row, including last week’s impressive 14-13 victory over former top-10 team Eastlake. The Eagles have been without running back Grant Gellatly for much of the season, but appear to be molding themselves back into a playoff contender.
Make no mistake, fourth-ranked Jackson is a legitimate playoff team. The Timberwolves have explosive playmakers in Riley Carr (342 rushing yards, 273 receiving yards) and quarterback Andy Gay and showed that in their 51-0 drubbing last Friday of a good Lake Stevens squad. Here’s some video of the game.
Rene Ferran of the Tri-City Herald hands out midseason MVP and Coach of the Year awards in the CBBN, CWAC and SCAC, and predicts playoff outcomes.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review looks at 4A No. 5 Ferris’ come-from-behind win in California and 3A No. 8 Mount Spokane’s nailbiter against University.
Sixth-ranked Meadowdale looks like it is the class of WesCo 3A after its 34-28 overtime win over Glacier Peak. Running back Naji Moore-Taylor continued a string of impressive performances, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Class 3A teams should take notice, the WesCo’s postseason entrants don’t appear to be pushovers.
Joe Sunnen of The Bellingham Herald takes a look around the 3A/2A/1A Northwest Conference and says the league’s playoff teams seem to be set.
Rick Alvord of The Daily News of Longview pokes around the 2A Greater St. Helens League. Evergreen Conference and Nisqually Olympic teams will want to take notice of Mark Morris and R.A. Long.
Paul Valencia of The Columbian offers this analysis of the 4A, 3A and 2A Greater St. Helens Leagues and the Trico. Third-ranked Union rolled over Columbia River 45-0 and No. 10 Camas beat Hudson’s Bay 41-14.