Preps: Five Things to Watch
1. Tacoma’s oldest rivalry
Tacoma’s oldest rivalry renews when the Stadium Tigers invade Lincoln Bowl. For decades, dating back to the early part of the 20th century, the teams met on Thanksgiving Day and played in front of crowds that grew as large as 20,000 spectators. Those days are long gone, but bragging rights are still popular and plenty will be at stake in the nonleague contest.
2. New duties for Lakes’ Dozier
After watching Lakes senior David Wood throw for 192 yards and six touchdowns last week, while two-year starting quarterback Cedric Dozier sat out with a concussion, coach Dave Miller has given the starting job to the strong-armed Wood. Dozier, one of the finest athletes in the state, will play slot receiver and get snaps in the Wildcat formation and take on larger roles on defense and special teams, returning punts and kickoffs.
3. Kentlake comfy on road
Tenth-ranked Kentlake will hit the road tonight for its first away game of the season, only the Falcons will have to go as far as the visitor’s locker room of their home field. Of Kentlake’s four scheduled away games in 2011, three will be played at French Field, the home site for all four Kent high schools. Kentlake will leave Kent just once in the regular season, on Sept. 22 to take on Jefferson.
4. Will Auburn sprout wings?
When is nine pass attempts a lot? When you’re Auburn High. Over the past three seasons, the Trojans have averaged 4.6 pass attempts per game. In a season-opening victory against Kentridge last week, Auburn completed 5 of 9 passes, doubling the usual output. With a nearly entirely new starting lineup on offense, coach Gordon Elliott promises his offense won’t be so predictable.
5. Narrows 3A has it tough
Narrows League 3A teams endured a rough first week of the season. Only Foss emerged with a victory, holding off Kent-Meridian, 17-14. The nonleague schedule doesn’t get any easier for Capital, Timberline, Wilson and Yelm, who all play ranked teams this week. Meanwhile, Lincoln takes on rival Stadium and Foss will try to improve to 2-0 at Mount Tahoma.