The News Tribune picks three South Sound football games every week to preview:
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Kentwood (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium, Auburn
About the Conquerors: Big, strong and talented – that has been Kentwood football in a nutshell for the past 25 years. RB Chance Kalua-Fuimaono (648 yards, seven TDs in 2011) wears down defenses with power running – and some think he is more impactful at linebacker.
About the Trojans: Some coaches might fret over starting the season with a difficult matchup. Not Gordon Elliott – and his teams reflect that fearlessness (5-1 in openers since 2006). Look for QB Brier Atkinson and RB Darnell Hagans to have success running off tackle.
4A Woodinville (0-0) at 3A No. 4 Lakes (0-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood
About the Falcons: In a bit of a reloading phase after last season’s run to the 4A quarterfinals as KingCo 4A champion, Woodinville still is going to be run-oriented of offense, and aggressive on defense. QB Caleb Hamilton is a new starter, but poses problems as dual threat.
About the Lancers: This was the last game on the schedule Lakes had to fill out last spring. Woodinville? “Would not have agreed if there was another Tuiasosopo,” joked coach Dave Miller. Passing attack dripping with potential, guided by QB Rhys Gervais.
1A Eatonville (0-0) at 2A Orting (0-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium, Orting
About the Cruisers: Won the last two games in this classic East Pierce County small-school rivalry. And Eatonville uses more deception than speed in getting its Wing-T attack going – led by QB Zach Fairhart (921 passing yards, 409 rushing in 2011).
About the Cardinals: One-on-one, few teams can match Orting’s speedy athletes. In fact, the whole offensive backfield also were runners on the Cardinals’ 4×100 relay that was 2A runner-up last spring. Cardinals will try and get the Yoro brothers (Jaysen, Christian) in space – somehow.