Three to See in Week 5
No. 9 Federal Way (4-0 overall, 4-0 league) at Bethel (3-1 overall, 3-0 league), 7 tonight
Lowdown: Federal Way’s dynamite defense collides with Bethel’s barnstorming offense in a contest that could determine the league champion. Led by DB D.J. May, LB Jordan Pulu and NG Uso Olive, the Eagles have stymied opposing offenses, holding them to only 54 points. Federal Way is particularly tough against the run, allowing a league-best 56.5 yards per game. But pass defense has been Federal Way’s Achilles heel – the Eagles rank dead-last in the league, allowing 186 yards per game. That bodes well for Bethel QB Justin Hordyk, who’s thrown for 838 yards and 8 TDs. Hordyk leads the SPSL in total offense, averaging 302 yards per game. RB Jeffrey Holder (359 yards and 7 TDs) gets the bulk of the Braves’ carries, while WRs Brandon Kirian and David Fontenette are Hordyk’s top targets.
TNT pick: Bethel 33, Federal Way 31
No. 5 Peninsula (4-0 overall) at No. 2 Lakes (4-0), 7 tonight at Harry E. Lang Stadium
Lowdown: Peninsula gets a chance to prove it’s one of the top teams in the state when it meets the Lancers in the league opener for both teams. When it comes to statistics, no one comes close to RB Danny Welstad’s numbers. He’s piled up 854 rushing yards, averaging an eye-popping 213.5 yards per game, and 16 TDs. QB Austin Filkins hasn’t had to throw much – he’s completed 18 of 32 passes for 304 yards and 2 TDs – but expect some play-action early to try and put the Lancers off-balance. Lakes has not had trouble stopping the run, allowing just 2.1 yards per carry, and has team speed that few teams can match. Offensively, the Lancers are balanced and come at teams with a variety of formations. RB Levonte Littlejohn has been nursing an ankle injury since the preseason – he’s only had 23 carries in four games – but coach Dave Miller said Littlejohn is getting healthier and could resume a larger role.
TNT pick: Lakes 35, Peninsula 21
No. 10 Bonney Lake (4-0 overall) vs. Auburn Mountain (3-1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Auburn High
Lowdown: Expect plenty of offense when the Panthers and Lions meet. Bonney Lake piled up 521 yards of offense in a thrilling 55-47 win over Lincoln last week. QB Chris Brown threw for 415 yards and 4 TDs, bringing his season totals to 1,414 yards and 16 TDs. Three receiviers – Kaleb Zahnow, Zack Zaragoza and Keenan Jackson – have caught more than 20 passes. When Brown isn’t chucking the ball all over the field, RB E.J. Harris (102.3 rushing yards per game) provides a steady presence in the backfield. Under new coach Jared Gervais, Auburn Mountainview has blossomed into an offensive juggernaut. QB Domenic Rockey has been precise, completing 64.9 percent of his pass attempts for 1,144 yards and 7 TDs. Skyler White and Devin Bryant have been Rockey’s go-to receivers. RB Victor Korchemniy (365 yards and 6 TDs) gives the Lions a boost on the ground.
TNT pick: Bonney Lake 44, Auburn Mountainview 39