Narrows League 4A
Bellarmine Prep (5-0 league, 7-0 overall) at No. 10 Olympia (5-0, 6-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium
The lowdown: This is the game of the year in the Narrows League 4A. If Olympia wins it will capture at least share of the Narrows League 4A title, the league’s top seed to the postseason and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If Bellarmine Prep beats the Bears, it will secure a share of its first league title since 2000, but the possibility of a three-way tie for first looms if Gig Harbor wins tonight at Shelton. For now, the Lions’ focus is on Olympia, a team they have not defeated since 2004. Bellarmine Prep, one of five undefeated teams in all of Class 4A, should make it difficult for Olympia to score. Finding the end zone is not something that has troubled the Bears lately. The two-headed rushing attack of Anthony Parks and Spenser Killman has helped Olympia average 43 points in their last three games. Bellarmine Prep’s defense has allowed just 65 points all season. Strong-armed sophomore QB Sefo Liufau has emerged as a legitimate threat, throwing for eight touchdowns in the last four games. Against Shelton last week, Liufau twice hooked up with WR Michael Rector for touchdowns. RB Isaiah Flynn has rushed for 244 yards in the last two games, adding depth to the backfield.
TNT pick: Olympia 20, Bellarmine Prep 17
Enumclaw (2-1 league, 3-4 overall) vs. Bonney Lake (3-0, 6-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Sunset Chev Stadium
The lowdown: In the last few weeks, Enumclaw has showed it can hang with the best teams in the state. Only a missed extra point kept the Hornets from going to overtime with No. 3 Capital. Last week, Enumclaw rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to pull even with No. 6 Lakes in the fourth quarter before falling, 38-31. Battle-tested as they are, the Hornets need a win to have a shot at sharing the SPSL 3A crown. Enumclaw must find a way to shut down a Bonney Lake quarterback-to-receiver combination that is tearing up the SPSL 3A record book. QB Chris Brown has completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,849 yards, a single-season league record, and 24 touchdowns. Most of those attempts have been targeted at receiver Austin Marshall, who has 57 receptions and has already set SPSL 3A records for receiving yards (980) and receiving touchdowns (16) in a season. Though the Panthers are pass-heavy, RB Tyler Babakus is still averaging about 100 rushing yards per game. Unlike Enumclaw, Bonney Lake has not been tested in a big game. The Panthers have yet to beat a team with a winning record. If Bonney Lake wins, and Lakes beats Auburn Mountainview, the Panthers will host the Lancers next week in a game that will determine the league champion.
TNT pick: Enumclaw 29, Bonney Lake 26
Narrows League 3A
No. 3 Capital (3-0 league, 7-0) vs. Timberline (3-0, 5-2), 7 p.m. Saturday, South Sound Stadium
The lowdown: The winner of this game will clinch at least a share of the Narrows League 3A title. That’s not all that’s at stake. The winning team also will secure a spot in the bottom half of the postseason playoff bracket, opposite No. 1 Bellevue, No. 2 Camas, No. 4 Juanita, No. 5 Liberty and No. 6 Lakes. How’s that for motivation? Capital has played like a team on a mission this season. RB Tyler Sundberg shredded Wilson for 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week, leading an offense that racked up 467 yards on the ground. Capital’s defense has been every bit as dominating as its offense. The Cougars have not allowed more than two touchdowns in any of their last four games. Since opening the season with losses to second-ranked Camas and North Thurtson, the Blazers have reeled off five straight victories. QB Kevin Russell knows what it takes to beat Capital, he helped the Blazers defeat the Cougars 21-16 last fall, but Timberline can’t start slow, something that has been plagued by this season.
TNT pick: Capital 33, Timberline 20