Olympia (2-1, 3-1) at Lincoln (2-2, 2-2), 7 p.m. Friday
The lowdown: Olympia is still stinging from a 10-6 loss last week to ninthh-ranked South Kitsap, so expect the Bears to come out firing on all cylinders. That’s bad news for the Abes. Olympia will give Lincoln a steady dose of RB Jordan Pine. But the Abes have a running back of their own who’s capable of turning around games. RB Jordan Russell is a threat to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball and can keep the Abes in any contest. If Lincoln’s defense can finagle some turnovers and force a punt every so often, the Abes will have a shot at the upset victory.
The News Tribune pick: The Abes will give Olympia a scare, but the Bears won’t lose a second consecutive game.
Olympia 35, Lincoln 20
Gig Harbor (2-2) vs. Peninsula (3-1), 7 p.m. today at Roy Anderson Field
The lowdown: Throw records out the window when these two rivals meet for the 31st annual Fish Bowl. Gig Harbor has won the last two meetings, including a 33-0 victory last season, leaving Peninsula aching for some payback. Both teams have playmakers at quarterback. Peninsula’s J.R. Grosshans is a running and passing threat – he’s second in the SPSL 3A in total offense with 842 yards. His Gig Harbor counterpart, Barrett Schmidtke, has a strong arm and, at 220 pounds, is a bruising runner that can pound defenses.
The News Tribune pick: The Seahawks will end the Tides’ two-year winning streak in a closely contested Fish Bowl.
Peninsula 21, Gig Harbor 20
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