The News Tribune picks three South Sound football games every week to preview:
* SPSL SOUTH
Graham-Kapowsin (1-0) at Curtis (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Viking Field, University Place
About the Eagles: Solid, not spectacular. The biggest reasons coach Eric Kurle thinks this team has the potential to go a long ways it the offensive-skill versatility and a rotation of offensive linemen that does not make mistakes. The Eagles did not put a whole lot on display last week – except that WR Kahlil Dawson (92-yard kickoff return for TD) is still very fast.
About the Vikings: So what was the most impressive thing about QB Scott Wismer (10-17, 182 yards, two TDs) in his debut? His overall command of the offense. That will go a long ways in opening up things for RB EJ Deveaux (33 carries, 144 yards, TD), who could have his hands full this week against LBs Teague James and Micayel McKecknie (10 tackles).
3A No. 5 Lakes (0-1) at 4A No. 2 Bellarmine Prep (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Field, Tacoma
About the Lancers: Don’t worry – Lakes is still good and very talented. But the Lancers are inexperienced in key spots, which led to seven turnovers in their loss to Woodinville. But they get a replay against a more veteran opponent, especially against Bellarmine Prep’s offensive line. QB Rhys Gervais (18-34, 144 yards, five INT) has to produce big plays.
About the Lions: Gone are WR Michael Rector and RB Isaiah Flynn. Now emerging are replacements WR Garrett McKay (nine catches, 75 yards) and RB Lou Millie (71 rushing yards, four totals TDs). If Bellarmine Prep continues to get that production on a consistent basis, how will defenses contend with QB Sefo Liufau (16-18, 202 yards, TD)?
4A Gig Harbor (0-1) at 3A Peninsula (0-1)
7 p.m. Friday at Roy Anderson Field, Purdy
About the Tides: This is the 34th installment of the rivalry game, but first for new coach Aaron Chantler. Unlike last week against O’Dea, Gig Harbor should be the bully at the line of scrimmage against the Seahawks. RB Sterling Brown (17 carries, 72 yards) should get a steady diet of carries, but the Tides will also heavily utilize the screen-pass game as well.
About the Seahawks: The debut of the Air-Raid offense had its highs and lows last week. But Peninsula is committed to it, and if QB Austin Filkins (17-27, 167 yards, TD, three INT) finds time and rhythm, he has a mismatch in TE Kyle Self, who lined up in the slot and outside last week against Bellarmine Prep before suffering an ankle injury.