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Football: Five Things to Watch in Week 10

SPSL North champion Kentlake will get an up-close look at All-America running back KeiVarae Russell when the Falcons host Russell and the Mariner Marauders in a Class 4A state play-in game tonight. Russell could have a hard time finding room to run – Kentlake’s rushing defense is second-best in the SPSL, allowing just 106.6 yards per game.

Second-ranked Lakes is piling up points, averaging a Class 3A-leading 55.4 points per game and winning contests by an average of 47 points per game. The flipside of those blowout victories is that the Lancers have played only one game without a running clock – it’s 33-13 win over No. 8 Peninsula in Week 5.

Since opening the season with three losses – all to ranked teams – Capital has turned into one of the hottest teams in the state, ripping off six consecutive victories. The Narrows League 3A champions will go for their seventh straight win and a trip to the state playoffs when they host West Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Football: Playoff Preview Capsules


Bothell (6-3) at Bethel (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Something’s got to give. Bethel has been held to fewer than 40 points just once this season – sixth-ranked Federal Way clipped the Braves 28-26 in Week 5 – while no team has scored more than 30 on Bothell. The Cougars have had success against the SPSL South in the postseason the past three years, winning all three of those games, including a 41-7 thrashing of Bethel in 2008. These Braves are much more potent. QB Justin Hordyk is a run-pass threat, compiling 2,558 yards of total offense (1,671 passing and 887 rushing). Bethel has a knack for forcing turnovers, posting a turnover ratio of plus-10 and that could be the difference against a tough Bothell squad.
TNT pick: Bethel 41, Bothell 34

Graham-Kapowsin (5-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma
The Lions could be shorthanded tonight, playing without RB/DB Isaiah Flynn and RB/LB Joe Lovejoy. Flynn returned to practice this week after missing the previous three games with a knee strain, while Lovejoy left last week’s 27-20 win over Gig Harbor with a leg injury. Sophomore RB Lou Millie should see a larger role if Flynn and Lovejoy can’t play. Lions coach Tom Larsen says the Eagles “look more like a No. 2 seed than a No. 4 seed,” pointing out that they’ve won five of their past six games.
TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Graham-Kapowsin 19
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Football: Complete look at Week 10 state play-in matchups

Below, you will find Week 10 state play-in matchups for Class 4A, Class 3A, Class 2A and Class 1A. We’ve also got Class 2B matchups, courtesy of Chad Dinkins from

I’ll update this post throughout the weekend. By Saturday evening, we should have complete look at the Week 10 state play-in round games.

Game times, dates are TBA unless noted

*Winners of odd numbered games will advance to play at winners of even-numbered games in first round of state playoffs. For instance, if Union wins Game 1, it could play at Kentlake, possible winner of Game 2, in the first round of the state playoffs.
**Teams locked into seeds are bolded.

GAME 1: SPSL North No. 3 Tahoma at GSHL No. 2 Union (winner is placed on state bracket as District 4 No. 2), 7 p.m. Friday

GAME 2: WESCO No. 4 Mariner at SPSL North No. 1 Kentlake (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 3: KingCo No. 4 Bothell at SPSL South No. 2 Bethel (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 4), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 4: SPSL No. 5 Curtis at KingCo No. 1 Woodinville (winner played on bracket at District 2 No. 1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney
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Football: Bellarmine Prep goes for two, nips Olympia 15-14

Quarterback Sefo Liufau wasn’t fazed by the call. Running back Joe Lovejoy said he kind of expected to go for the two-point conversion.

After second-ranked Bellarmine Prep scored a touchdown to pull within one point of No. 6 Olympia in the final minutes of the Narrows League 4A showdown, the Lions went for the victory.

“I wasn’t surprised we went for two,” Lovejoy said. “Our coaches wanted this win just as much as we did.”

Liufau connected with tight end Logan Hickman in the end zone on the two-point conversion, lifting the Lions to a 15-14 win Friday night at Memorial Field and their first league title since 2002.
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Football: 5 Things to Watch in Week 8


The Class 4A postseason is two weeks away, but you can get a taste of the playoffs tonight. The Narrows League 4A title is on the line when second-ranked Bellarmine Prep hosts No. 6 Olympia. And on the Sammamish Plateau, fourth-ranked Skyline takes on No. 1 Eastlake for KingCo Crest Division’s top seed. On Thursday, No. 3 O’Dea beat No. 10 Seattle Prep 21-20 for the Metro League Mountain Division title.

Remember the wild final few weeks of the SPSL 2A last season when a six-way tie for first was possible? Well, we probably won’t see that happen this fall, but there’s a log-jam in the standings that won’t clear for two more weeks, at least. Franklin Pierce and White River are tied for first, Steilacoom and Washington are tied for third and Clover Park and Eatonville are tied for fifth. Four teams will advance to the postseason.
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Football: A human and a computer breakdown the Olympia-Bellarmine Prep game

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been running weekly computerized state football rankings (click here to see the Week 8 edition), courtesy of Scott Odiorne (follow him on Twitter @ScoreCzar).

Scott offered to provide a computer analysis of this week’s Olympia-Bellarmine Prep game. According to the computer, Olympia is the second-best team in Class 4A and Bellarmine Prep is No. 3. In the TNT’s rankings, we’ve got Bellarmine Prep at No. 2 and Olympia at No. 6.

Below, I’ve posted my breakdown of the game, followed by the computer analysis. Interestingly, both predicted outcomes were similar. We’ll know what to make of that after the game.
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Football: Olympia downs Gig Harbor, sets stage for Narrows title showdown

By Meg Wochnick
Staff writer

No matter how ugly of a turnover-filled game it was, Olympia coach Bill Beattie and the Bears will gladly take the victory.

The sixth-ranked Bears won their seventh straight game Friday night, defeating Gig Harbor, 27-3, in front of the Homecoming crowd at Ingersoll Stadium. The win sets the stage for a meeting next week at second-ranked Bellarmine Prep that will decide the 4A Narrows League champion.

Olympia has won six of the past eight Narrows League crowns and ast year defeated Bellarmine at home in a thriller, 37-30. Bellarmine shut out Shelton, 49-0, on Thursday night at Highclimber Stadium.

Olympia (7-0 overall, 5-0 4A Narrows) scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from a slim 7-3 lead at halftime over the Tides (4-3, 3-2), and it was the defense that sparked two of the team’s three second-half touchdowns.

“Our defense did such a great job,” Beattie said. “Our defensive staff did a heck of a job tonight.”
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Football: Five Things to Watch in Week 7


Lakes’ offense is on pace to shatter the SPSL 3A’s single-season scoring record. Through six games, the Lancers have scored 305 points, averaging 50.8 points per game. Lakes owns the current record of 438 points, which it set in 2009. The Lancers have been quick starters in 2011, outscoring opponents 248-16 in the first half. Lakes has gotten its point-scoring production from an ensemble cast – five players have scored four touchdowns or more.

White River can take a big step toward claiming the SPSL 2A title and a inch closer to a worst-to-first turnaround with a win on Friday against Franklin Pierce. A victory would give the Hornets a two-game lead in the conference with two regular season games remaining. However, a Cardinals win would move Franklin Pierce into a first-place tie with White River and set the stage for a wild finish, like last fall when numerous tie-breaker scenarios were possible.
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