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Tag: Game previews

Oct.
16th

Prep football: Big Games of Week 7

SPSL 3A
Bonney Lake (4-2, 3-2 league) at Enumclaw (5-1, 4-1), 7 p.m. today at Pete’s Pool
Lowdown: For the Panthers, it’s the third straight game with big-time postseason implications. For the Hornets, this game marks the beginning of a three-game gauntlet. Bonney Lake needs a win to solidify its place in the SPSL 3A standings and help ensure a playoff berth. The Panthers let Peninsula get loose a few long plays in a 27-22 loss last week and will need to shore up their defense to contain Enumclaw QB Riley Carel, who’s a run-pass threat. WR Coleman Clyde is a favorite target, making six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Auburn Mountainview last week.
The News Tribune pick: This one could go either way, but Enumclaw gets it done.
Enumclaw 30, Bonney Lake 28

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Oct.
1st

Big Games of Week 5 plus video highlights

Narrows League
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

Non-league
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

Click through for more previews, Bethel running back Anthony Meray’s highlight reel, and a column that that says Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey should not have to sit out this week’s game.

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Sep.
24th

Football: Big Games of Week 4

Narrows League
South Kitsap (2-0 league, 3-0 overall) at No. 9 Olympia (2-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. today at Ingersoll Stadium
The lowdown: It’s only Week 4, but the winner of this game will be in prime position to claim the Narrows League title. The Bears blasted the Wolves 42-6 last season, but these teams have vastly different complexions this fall. QB Gordy Anderson and receivers Isaiah Davis and Leon La Deaux have given life to South Kitsap’s passing attack. They’ll face an Olympia defense that has only allowed two touchdowns through the air. The Wolves will have to

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Sep.
17th

Big Football Games of Week 3

SPSL South
No. 10 Curtis (2-0, 2-0) at Rogers (1-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. today at Sparks Stadium
The lowdown: The SPSL South’s top-ranked offense – Curtis is averaging 30.5 points per game – collides with the conference’s No. 1 defense – Rogers is holding opponents to 11.5 points per game. The Vikings rely on their bullish running attack, but the passing game has shown life and should keep defenses honest. Curtis coach Clay Angle last week called it “sporadically effective” and that’s been good enough so far. Rogers QB Dalton Gervais has completed 60 percent of his passes

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Sep.
10th

Big football games of Week 2

Week 2 Football Previews

Narrows League
South Kitsap (0-0, 1-0) at Gig Harbor (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Roy Anderson Field
The lowdown: The Wolves are riding high after a 35-14 win over Kennewick at Qwest Field, while the Tides are licking the wounds left by a 40-27 loss at Olympia. Everything went right for South Kitsap last week, getting 235 rushing yards from running back Robert Issa and three touchdown passes from Gordy Anderson. Meanwhile, the Wolves defense held Kennewick scoreless in the second half and allowed fewer than 200 yards of offense. Gig Harbor showed resiliency against the Bears, rallying from a 27-7 first-quarter deficit and coming within two touchdowns at the start of the fourth quarter.
The News Tribune pick: Gig Harbor can’t afford to start its Narrows League schedule with two losses and that should be enough to propel the Tides to victory.
Gig Harbor 27, South Kitsap 24

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