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Football: Five Things to Watch in Week 10

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 4, 2011 at 9:53 am with No Comments »
November 4, 2011 9:53 am

SPSL North champion Kentlake will get an up-close look at All-America running back KeiVarae Russell when the Falcons host Russell and the Mariner Marauders in a Class 4A state play-in game tonight. Russell could have a hard time finding room to run – Kentlake’s rushing defense is second-best in the SPSL, allowing just 106.6 yards per game.

Second-ranked Lakes is piling up points, averaging a Class 3A-leading 55.4 points per game and winning contests by an average of 47 points per game. The flipside of those blowout victories is that the Lancers have played only one game without a running clock – it’s 33-13 win over No. 8 Peninsula in Week 5.

Since opening the season with three losses – all to ranked teams – Capital has turned into one of the hottest teams in the state, ripping off six consecutive victories. The Narrows League 3A champions will go for their seventh straight win and a trip to the state playoffs when they host West Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday.

To prepare for Puyallup’s all-everything lineman Joshua Garnett, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound stud, Olympia head coach Bill Beattie and offensive line coach Steve Davis have been planting themselves across the line of scrimmage from the Bears’ O-line at practice this week. “We’re both big – I’m 6-6, 290,” Beattie said, “so they’re getting an idea of Garnett’s size.”

All that’s standing between Charles Wright Academy and its first trip to the state playoffs since 1991 is Meridian High, one of the most successful programs in the state. “This is our opportunity to put Charles Wright on the map,” Tarriers coach Mike Finch said.

To view the Week 10 playoff schedule, click here.

To view game previews for six South Sound games, click here.

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