Here are capsule previews of the Friday night’s big games in Week 4.
4A No. 10 Graham-Kapowsin (2-0 league, 3-0 overall) at 4A No. 2 Curtis (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The lowdown: If it’s possible to win a league title in Week 4, this is one game where it could happen. The only remaining undefeated SPSL South squads will square off in what should be a hard-fought, close contest. Offensively, both teams have different strengths. The Eagles have relied on a powerful ground game. RB Matt Dawley is a workhorse, leading the league in rushing attempts (86) and yards (622), while Dalton Dorosky has shown big-play abilities, running for 189 yards on seven carries. Curtis has the ultimate play-maker in Rahmel Dockery. The receiver is averaging 215 all-purpose yards per game – he leads the team in rushing – and he’s also proven to be dangerous throwing the ball, tossing two touchdowns this season. The difference could come down to holding on to the ball and Curtis’ nine takeaways this season is superior to Graham-Kapowsin’s minus-three total.
TNT pick: Curtis 30, Graham-Kapowsin 26
Central Kitsp (1-0 league, 3-0 overall) at Olympia (1-0, 2-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The lowdown: Olympia bounced back from a loss to rival Capital with an important 27-17 win at South Kitsap last week. The Bears running game broke out against the Wolves for 282 yards. RB Anthony Parks led Olympia with 184 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears’ offense was successful, despite being one-dimensional – Olympia attempted only seven passes, while running the ball 35 times. Central Kitsap’s defense has been a steel trap so far this season. The Cougars have allowed 17 points and much of the credit should be directed to an experienced defensive line. In a 47-7 win against Shelton last week, DL Kyle Lanoue returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown. Olympia must find a way to contain RB Devon Lewis, who has rushed for six touchdowns.
TNT pick: Olympia 27, Central Kitsap 23
Steilacoom (1-0 league, 2-1 overall) at 2A No. 9 Sumner (1-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The lowdown: Sumner’s success has been one of the bright surprises in the 2010 season. The Spartans knocked off two 3A teams before opening league play with an impressive 27-21 win at Fife. Cody Haavik and Tyler Salisbury combined to run for nearly 300 yards against the Trojans. Sumner will have to find a way to keep Steilacoom’s D.J. Banach from breaking off long runs. Banach had touchdown jaunts of 74 and 44 yards in the Sentinals 38-14 win at White River last week.
TNT pick: Sumner 34, Steilacom 24
2A No. 8 North Thurston (1-0 league, 3-0 overall) at 2A No. 3 Tumwater (1-0, 2-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The lowdown: No rest for the Thunderbirds, who are facing a third ranked team in four weeks. Tumwater rallied to win on the road at No. 5 W.F. West last week, 15-12, despite a nearly non-existent offense. The T-birds totaled just 111 yards, while allowing 302. Tumwater will have to do a better job of controlling the ball this week to keep Rams RB Lawyer Tillman off the field. Through three games, Tillman has terrorized defenses, rushing for 613 yards and eight touchdowns.
TNT pick: Tumwater 20, North Thurston 18