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Football: Playoff Game Preview Capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm with No Comments »
November 10, 2011 7:56 pm

CLASS 4A

Bethel at No. 2 Woodinville (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium

Lowdown: There’s no disputing Woodinville’s defense is fantastic. Only once have the Falcons allowed more than 14 points in a game. It’s fair to say that Woodinville hasn’t yet seen an offense of Bethel’s caliber. The Braves average nearly 500 yards per game and have been held under 40 points just twice. Bethel can score in bunches, but can its defense hold Woodinville in check? QB Brett Arrivey is poised and RB Alec Schwend is good for at least 100 yards per game. If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game.

TNT pick: Woodinville 21, Bethel 20

Edmonds-Woodway (6-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Lowdown: Good news for Bellarmine Prep: the Lions could welcome back RB/DB Isaiah Flynn, who’s missed the past four games with a knee strain, and RB/ILB Joe Lovejoy, who sat out last week with a knee injury. Flynn adds an explosive element to Bellarmine Prep’s rushing attack and Lovejoy is the heart of the Lions’ stout defense. After a miserable 0-3 start to the season, Edmonds-Woodway has been on fire, winning six of seven games – the only misstep a 35-31 loss to No. 8 Lake Stevens.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Edmonds-Woodway 17

No. 4 Eastlake (9-1) at No. 5 Federal Way (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday

Lowdown: Searching for its first state playoff victory since 1976, the Eagles already had a tough task, drawing a dominant Eastlake team in the first round. But playing without two of their best players? That would be rough. DL Uso Olive and OT/LB Jordan Pulu have missed practice this week with nagging injuries suffered last week. Olive, committed to Portland State, and WSU-bound Pulu, anchor one of the best defenses in the state – the Eagles allow fewer than 200 yards of offense per game. FW coach John Meagher said Olive and Pulu would be “game-time decisions.” FW must contain Eastlake RB Ryan Lewis, who has rushed for 1,462 yards and 23 TDs.

TNT pick:
Eastlake 17, Federal Way 14

CLASS 2A

Interlake (4-6) at No. 10 Franklin Pierce (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Lowdown: The Cardinals face one of the state’s most explosive players in Saints RB Jordan Todd. He’s rushed for 1,978 yards and 17 TDs and returned five kickoffs for touchdowns. Don’t be fooled by Interlake’s poor record – the Saints play in the rugged KingCo 3A/2A. Interlake beat White River 20-13, a team Franklin Pierce defeated 39-19 on Oct. 14. The Cardinals were fantastic in a 46-0 win over Port Angeles last week, piling up 401 yards in the ground.

TNT pick: Franklin Pierce 26, Interlake 24

No. 1 Lynden (10-0) at No. 4 North Thurston (9-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at South Sound Stadium
Lowdown: xxx THIS WILL COME FROM MEG WOCHNICK
TNT pick: Lynden 20, North Thurston 17

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