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State game of the week: Battle of Spokane’s Valley schools

East Valley (5-1, 2-1 league) at West Valley (5-1, 3-0 league)
7 p.m. Friday, West Valley High School, Spokane

The Skinny: The preseason thought was when the East Valley-West Valley matchup took place in Week 6, both likely would be unbeaten in Great Northern League and fighting for league supremacy. Pullman, the surprise co-leader with WV, and Cheney, have crashed that party thus far. The Blackhawks topped East Valley last week, 34-28, handing the Knights a surprising loss. Can the defense of co-leader West Valley slow down East Valley’s powerful ground attack?  WV’s defense has allowed 10.1 points

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Statewide football rankings: Tracking the top 10s

NO. 1

CLASS 4A: Skyline (6-0)
Fri.: d. Ballard, 64-17
Next: Fri. at Newport
CLASS 3A: Bellevue (6-0)
Fri.: d. Interlake, 70-7
Next: Fri. at Mount Si
CLASS 2A: Othello (5-0)
Fri.: d. Ellensburg, 34-0
Next: Fri. vs. Selah

NO. 2

CLASS 4A: Federal Way (6-0)
Fri.: d. Todd Beamer, 52-14
Next: Thur. vs. Spanaway Lake
CLASS 3A: Mount Si (6-0)
Fri.: d. Lake Washington, 51-0
Next: Fri. vs. Bellevue
CLASS 2A: Lakewood (6-0)
Fri.: d. Sultan, 49-7
Next: Fri. at Cedarcrest

NO. 3

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Area games of week: ‘Battle of Valley’ will determine first place in SPSL 2A

The News Tribune picks three South Sound football games every week to preview:


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

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Weekend football schedule for South Sound schools

Week 5

FRIDAY (all games at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Jefferson (1-3) at Auburn Riverside (1-3)
Kentridge (2-2) at Kentwood (4-0)
Tahoma (2-2) at Mount Rainier (0-4), 8 p.m.

Beamer (1-3) at Curtis (3-1)
Bethel (2-2) at Emerald Ridge (0-4)
Puyallup (1-3) at Federal Way (4-0)

Bellarmine Prep (3-1) at Stadium (1-3)
Olympia (1-3) at South Kitsap (3-1)
Yelm (3-1) at Central Kitsap (3-1), 7:30 p.m.

Auburn Mountainview (1-3) at Enumclaw (2-2)
Bonney Lake (1-3) at Peninsula (2-2)


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Coaches poll: Nobody certain who reigns as 2A’s top program

For the first time, The News Tribune has organized a statewide football coaches poll for the 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classifications.

With the cooperation of more three dozen coaches from around the state, The News Tribune is releasing its fifth poll, and will update the rankings after each week in the regular season.


1. Skyline (9) 90
2. Mead 79
3. Federal Way 72
T4. Skyview 56
T4. Camas 56
6. Kentwood 46
7. Bellarmine Prep 40

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State game of the week: Lakewood not underestimating Meridian

1A Meridian (0-1) at 2A No. 6 Lakewood (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Dick Cardinal Stadium, North Lakewood

Skinny: Even though these two schools have not met since Dan Teeter started coaching at Lakewood, he certainly knows Meridian well. The 1991 Lynden Christian graduate played against some of those physical Bob Ames-coached teams. And even after the Trojans were demolished by Burlinton-Edison, 42-8, over the weekend to fall out of the top 10 in Class 1A, Teeter knows the Cougars cannot take them lightly. What really showed up Friday was the Lakewood defense – one that lost

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