FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN WEEK 8
The Class 4A postseason is two weeks away, but you can get a taste of the playoffs tonight. The Narrows League 4A title is on the line when second-ranked Bellarmine Prep hosts No. 6 Olympia. And on the Sammamish Plateau, fourth-ranked Skyline takes on No. 1 Eastlake for KingCo Crest Division’s top seed. On Thursday, No. 3 O’Dea beat No. 10 Seattle Prep 21-20 for the Metro League Mountain Division title.
ANOTHER CRAZY FINISH IN SPSL 2A?
Remember the wild final few weeks of the SPSL 2A last season when a six-way tie for first was possible? Well, we probably won’t see that happen this fall, but there’s a log-jam in the standings that won’t clear for two more weeks, at least. Franklin Pierce and White River are tied for first, Steilacoom and Washington are tied for third and Clover Park and Eatonville are tied for fifth. Four teams will advance to the postseason.
NISQUALLY LEAGUE UP FOR GRABS
Cedar Park Christian’s win over Cascade Christian two weeks ago has set up an exciting final two weeks of the regular season in the Nisqually League. Three teams – the Cougars, Charles Wright Academy and Life Christian/Seattle Christian – are tied for first place. Not for long, though. Life Christian visits Cascade Christian on Saturday and follows up with a home game next week against the Tarriers.
PASS-HAPPY SOUTH SOUND
In the South Sound, let’s call 2011 the Year of the Quarterback. Bethel’s Justin Hordyk ran for 204 yards and threw for 222 in a 73-56 win over Puyallup last week. Bonney Lake’s Chris Brown tossed seven TDs against Decatur in Week 7, bringing his season total to 30. Heading into Thursday’s game at Auburn Mountainview, Lakes’ David Wood posted a quarterback rating 243.2
OTTON GOES FOR 300TH WIN AT TUMWATER
Tumwater coach Sid Otton will go for his 300th victory with the second-ranked Thunderbirds tonight when his team takes on Black Hills in the annual Pioneer Bowl. Otton, the state’s all-time winningest high school football coach, has been at Tumwater since 1974 and guided the T-birds to five state championships. Previous to Tumwater, Otton coached at Coupeville and Colfax, and has an overall record of 332-124.