The News Tribune picks three South Sound football games every week to preview:
* SPSL SOUTH
Bethel (2-3) at Graham-Kapowsin (4-1)
7 p.m. Friday at Art Crate Field, Spanaway
About the Braves: A perfect 6-0 against Graham-Kapowsin. Can Bethel extend that streak? With RB John Thompson (ankle) banged up last week, the Braves did open it up a bit more with QB Connor Reopelle and fleet-footed RB Colton Allen (18 carries, 155 yards, TD last week).
About the Eagles: At this point, Graham-Kapowsin is focused on solidifying its hold on the No. 2 spot in the division. And it should have one decided edge with RB Teague James (99 carries, 734 yards, SPSL-most 13 TDs) against one of the league’s worst run defenses (Bethel gives up 241.4 per game).
* SPSL 3A
Lakes (2-3) at Enumclaw (2-3)
7 p.m. Friday at Pete’s Pool, Enumclaw
About the Lancers: After a 1-3 start, Lakes’ focus has shifted to SPSL 3A where the team has a 27-game winning streak. The Lancers are getting healthier – and their swagger back behind RBs Dom Milton (61 carries, 292 yards, seven TDs) and Kevin Thompson (46 carries, 336 yards, five TDs).
About the Hornets: Added toughness has come with the return to the two-back power rushing attack under coach Mark Gunderson. RB Mauricio Portillo (95 carries, 466 yards, nine TDs), the league’s top rusher, “is a middle linebacker who likes to carry the ball,” Gunderson said,
* SPSL 2A
Sumner (4-1) at Orting (4-1)
7 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium, Orting
About the Spartans: A win would put Sumner in great position to wins its first SPSL 2A title since 2010. But the Spartans have bigger goals as coach Keith Ross thinks this is his best squad since 1999. RB Lokahi Kamau (80 carries, 457 yards, eight TDs) epitomizes team’s physical, rugged nature.
About the Cardinals: Orting’s usually-reliable cadre of defensive linemen lost all containment last week, allowing Clover Park’s Brandon Pritchett to rush for 341 yards. Needless to say, the defense must shed blocks much better tonight. RB Jaysen Yoro (64 carries, 532 yards, 11 TDs) must go off.