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Football: Three games to see in Week 2

Three to See: Week 2

(1-0 league, 1-0 overall) at Federal Way (1-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Lowdown: Puyallup shined its season-opener, dismantling Spanaway Lake 56-7. The Vikings rotated Trevor Lyon and Rhys Gervais at quarterback, with Lyon getting the majority of the snaps over Gervais, who joined the team shortly before the season. Both ran the offense well, but they’ll face a bigger, stronger and faster defense tonight. Few teams can match the Eagles’ athleticism, who have at least three Division-I recruits – RB/DB D.J. May, NG Uso Olive and OT/LB Jordan Pulu – on their roster. When Federal Way has the ball, keep an eye on the line to see the matchup between Pulu, a WSU commit, and defensive lineman Joshua Garnett, rated as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. Federal Way rallied from a first-quarter deficit last week, scoring five unanswered touchdowns in a 37-14 win at Graham-Kapowsin.
TNT pick: Federal Way 31, Puyallup 24
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Football: SPSL North preview capsules


Crystal Ball
1. Kentlake (7-3)
2. Auburn (9-3)
3. Kentwood (10-1)
4. Kentridge (4-6)
5. Tahoma (3-7)
6. Jefferson (3-7)
7. Kent-Meridian (4-6)
8. Auburn Riverside (5-5)
9. Mount Rainier (0-10)
*2010 records

Kentlake will find ways to utilize Austin Pernell’s athleticism. A starting receiver – he caught 27 passes for 597 yards and 7 TDs, averaging 22.1 yards per reception in 2010 – the 5-foot-11, 187-pound senior is also a threat to break long punt and kickoff returns and take an end-around the distance.

Some teams choose to keep their starting quarterback from playing defense. Not Kentlake. The Falcons’ signal caller, Caleb Saulo, is a monster at linebacker. A first-team all-SPSL North selection last fall, Saulo has the frame of a prototypical linebacker, standing 6-foot-2, 218 pounds. He’s got offers from Army and Portland St. and is getting interest from some Pac-12 Conference programs.

Kentridge welcomed a pair of transfers from Arizona in the offseason. Josh Hamilton, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, will start at quarterback and Alex McGuire, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior, will be the Chargers’ inside linebacker and play tailback and fullback. Hamilton and McGuire are step-brothers.
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Football: Narrows League 3A preview capsules

Yelm running back Jacob Swilley, center, is one of the top players in the league. Credit: Tony Overman, staff photographer

Crystal Ball
1. Timberline (7-4)
2. Capital (12-1)
3. Lincoln (5-5)
4. Wilson (3-7)
5. Yelm (2-8)
6. Foss (0-10)
*2010 season records

Once again, Capital and Timberline are the teams to beat. Capital cruised through the league in 2010, winning every conference game by at least 31 points. The Cougars suffered some losses to graduation, though, and Timberline, aiming for its fourth straight trip to the state playoffs, is poised to reclaim its spot atop the league. Capital and Timberline seem safe to grab two of the league’s postseason berths, but the third is up for grabs – any of the other four teams could make a run at it.

Yelm running back Jacob Swilley may look small – he’s 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds – but he’s one of the strongest players on the field. Swilley, a first-team all-league pick in 2010 after rushing for 1,022 yards and 13 TDs, can bench-press 300 pounds and squat 425. Swilley makes an impact on defense, too. He tallied 65 tackles and 12 pass-deflections last season as a cornerback.

Brandon Wetzel didn’t crack Timberline’s starting lineup until halfway through the 2010 season. Once he did, Wetzel excelled, earning first-team all-league honors as a sophomore middle linebacker. In half a season, Wetzel totaled 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. With a full season ahead of him, Wetzel could put up monster numbers.
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Big games of Week 8

Enumclaw (6-1, 5-1) at No. 10 Peninsula (6-1, 5-1), 7 p.m.
Lowdown: The Hornets and Panthers might not catch Lakes for the league title, but there’s plenty at stake in this game. The winner will have the inside track on taking second place, which guarantees a home game in the preliminary round of the state playoffs in Week 10. Enumclaw enters this game on an emotional high. The Hornets were down by 20 points to Bonney Lake in the first quarter last week, but rallied for a 32-27 win. QB Riley Carel directs a balanced offense, led by RBs Andrew Gamblin and Andy Holdener. Peninsula QB J.R. Grosshans, a run-pass threat, leads an offense capable of scoring points in bunches.
The News Tribune pick: Home-field advantage propels Peninsula to victory.
Peninsula 37, Enumclaw 33

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Prep Football: Big Games of Week 6

Peninsula (4-1, 3-1) at Bonney Lake (4-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. today at Sunset Chev Stadium
The lowdown:
The Seahawks and Panthers have each been tripped up once this season – Lakes beat both teams – but outside of their losses to the Lancers, Peninsula and Bonney Lake have been absolutely dominant. The Seahawks haven’t allowed more than a touchdown, while the Panthers’ have won each contest by at least 20 points. Peninsula QB JR Grosshans is tearing up opposing defenses, having thrown for 754 yards and 7 TDs and rushed for 414 yards and 8 TDs. His Panthers’ counterpart, QB Cole Schuler, is equally effective. Schuler leads the SPSL 3A in passing with 806 yards and 8 TDs. Peninsula is riding after throttling rival Gig Harbor, 38-7, in the Fish Bowl. If the Seahawks are overconfident, Bonney Lake will make them pay. Both teams still must face Enumclaw, but the winner of this contest will take the inside track on securing the league’s No. 2 seed, which guarantees a home game in the preliminary round of the state playoffs.
The News Tribune pick: Peninsula has a little more firepower than the Panthers.
Peninsula 26, Bonney Lake 24

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Prep football previews released

The News Tribune’s high school football preview section was published today. It’s a 10-page special section, loaded with content. We’ve got a feature story, a league overview and individual team capsules for every team in our coverage area, along with our preseason all-state team and rankings.

We’ve got the Narrows League, SPSL North, SPSL South, SPSL 3A, Nisqually Olympic, Olympic Wester, Nisqually 1A/2B and Evergreen Conference covered.

You can find all the content here.

One more thing, Life Christian football coach Todd Corrigan was on the Ian Furness show on KJR 950-AM on Wednesday, talking high school football.

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