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Football: Semifinal preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm with No Comments »
November 25, 2011 4:24 pm


No. 5 Camas (11-1) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (12-0), 7 p.m.
The Papermakers have reached the semifinals for the first time in school history and run up against an O’Dea squad that is back at the Tacoma Dome for the first time since reaching the Class 3A finals in 2007. Camas’ defense has been lights out, holding nine opponents to six points or less and only one team – Class 4A semifinalist Skyview – has scored more than 14. Combine that with a balanced offense – QB Tony Gennaro has thrown for 2,335 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions, and RB Zach Marshall has rushed for 1,052 yards and 15 TDs – and Camas will be tough to beat. O’Dea slipped past Capital last week, winning 19-16 in triple-overtime. Tatum Taylor can outrun even the fastest of football players – his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital was proof of that – and is a game-changer.
TNT pick: Camas 31, O’Dea 21

No. 4 Morton/White Pass (10-1) vs. No. 5 Napavine (11-1), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: Morton/White Pass jumped out to a quick lead against Adna last week in the quarterfinals and lets it dominant defense take over, holding on to win 13-12. MWP has posted eight shutouts and only one team has scored more than 13 points against it. Napavine beat MWP 14-7 in Week 3. Napavine returns to the semifinals for the first time since it claimed the Class 2B state title in 2008. The Tigers intercepted four passes in the first half of a 25-22 win over Tacoma Baptist in the quarterfinals. Tucker Stanley powers Napavine’s rushing attack
TNT pick: MWP 22, Napavine 16


No. 2 Woodinville (12-0) vs. Skyline (9-3), 1 p.m.
Lowdown: Woodinville just keeps winning, and the KingCo champion Falcons are doing it with defense. No team has scored more than 17 points against Woodinville and only four have topped 10 points. Woodinville held high-scoring Bethel to just a touchdown two weeks ago and Union mustered nine in a 21-9 loss in the quarterfinals. DE Sawyer Whalen and RB Alec Schwend were KingCo Crown Division defensive and offensive players of the year. Since falling to Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans have reeled off four straight wins. Skyline dropped out of the Class 4A rankings earlier this season for the first time in school history, but the Spartans are battle-tested and have plenty of experience playing in the dome, having won three state titles in the past four seasons.
TNT pick: Skyline 24, Woodinville 20

No. 9 Skyview (10-2) vs. No. 8 Lake Stevens (12-0), 7 p.m.
Lowdown: Player-of-the-Year candidates lead the Storm and Vikings. Skyview RB Parker Henry gashed top-ranked Bellarmine Prep for 230 yards and four TDs in a 42-17 quarterfinals win. Henry has rushed for a Class 4A-leading 2,084 yards. Skyview can air it out, too. QB Kieran McDonagh has thrown for 2,283 yards, 22 TDs and 3 interceptions. Lake Stevens QB Jake Nelson provided the highlight of the year when he converted a third-and-43, scrambling through the Olympia defense, and on the next play fired the game-winning touchdown pass to WR Christian Gasca in the final minute of the first-round game. The Vikings proved they’re no fluke by throttling third-ranked Eastlake in the quarterfinals, 50-21. Lake Stevens might need more of Nelson’s magic against the Storm.
TNT pick: Skyview 31, Lake Stevens 27

No. 1 Lynden (12-0) vs. W.F. West (10-2), 10 a.m.
Lowdown: Lynden is in the semifinals for the eighth time in the past 11 seasons – the Lions have claimed three championships in that span. QB Josh Kraght is Lynden’s latest star, passing for 1,940 yards and 23 TDs and rushing for 510 yards and 17 TDs. WR Zach Vis is Kraght’s favorite target, hauling in 67 catches for 1,061 yards and 12 TDs. In the semifinals for the first time in school history, W.F. West has an equally athletic signal caller in QB Mitch Gueller. The WSU-bound baseball player ran for 261 yards in a 33-18 win over Lakewood in the quarterfinals. The teams have one common opponent – North Thurston. Lynden edged NT 29-26, while W.F. West was thumped 52-6 by NT.
TNT pick: Lynden 34, W.F. West 17

No. 2 Montesano (12-0) vs. No. 5 Cascade Christian (9-2), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: After meeting in the playoffs in 2008 and 2009 – Cascade Christian won both contests – the teams ought to be familiar with each other. The Cougars will encounter a Montesano team that has given up just 49 points all season. Bulldogs RB/LB Evan Truax was named the SWW Evergreen MVP and LB Bo Russell and CB Austin Baker shared Defensive Player of the Year honors. Cascade Christian has played exceptionally well since a loss in Week 6, outscoring opponents 212-46. LB Joshua Shreffler, Nisqually League MVP, holds together the defense, while freshman QB Jaelin Goldsmith has grown comfortable leading the offense.
TNT pick: Cascade Christian 19, Montesano 13

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