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Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)
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2A Boys Soccer: Fife advances to championship game

They’re back – and they’re ready.

A year after breaking a 25-season drought in the Class 2A state soccer championship game, the Fife Trojans are headed there again after a 2-0 shutout of Tumwater on Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium.

The Trojans will face Archbishop Murphy or Cheney at 4 p.m. today.

“It was a wonderful win,” said Fife coach Tony Crudo. “The goal in the kids’ minds all year long has been to get back here so we can get another shot. It’s so hard to get here.”

Fife controlled possession early on, with both of its goals coming in the first half. Senior forward Cesar Esquivel scored off a volley pass from freshman forward Victor Mansaray in the 18th minute, and sophomore defender Gilberto Garcia made what he called an unexpected shot in the 36th minute.
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Football: Tumwater stunned by ATM in title rematch, falls 41-6

Bart Potter
Contributing Writer

First things first: Get a stop on Archbishop Murphy’s running quarterback, Hans VanderWel.

The Tumwater Thunderbirds achieved that, more or less, after the first quarter. But the T-
Birds didn’t account for the passing quarterback VanderWel or the sticky pass-defending VanderWel, and the rest of the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats followed the lead of their junior standout en route to a 41-6 victory against defending Class 2A champion Tumwater in a first-round playoff football game at Tumwater District Stadium.

The game was a startling reversal of the 2010 2A title game, when Tumwater handled Archbishop Murphy, 34-14. This year, Murphy dominated from the opening kickoff.

“That’s probably the biggest whipping we’ve had on that field in a long time,” a weary Tumwater coach Sid Otton said afterward.

On the first offensive series of the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound VanderWel had carries of 16 and 8 yards on a seven-play, 57-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by junior running back Ricky Gordon.

Tumwater stopped the Wildcats on downs on their next possession, which reached the T-Bird 20, most of the yardage coming on a 40-yard burst by junior Alex Galgano.
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Football: Get your state playoff scoring updates here

We’ll be posting scoring updates of Friday’s first-round state playoff games tonight. Follow me on Twitter at @DougPaceyTNT for instant updates, or check back here throughout the night.

Friday’s football state playoff games

Union 31, No. 10 Kentlake 7 – Final
Central Valley 23, No. 3 Ferris 7 — Final
No. 9 Skyview 34, Kentwood 7 — Final

No. 1 Bellevue 42, Eastside Catholic 0 — Final
No. 2 Lakes 28, Mountain View 0 — Final
No. 5 Camas 48, No. 10 Kennedy Catholic 14 — Final
No. 3 O’Dea 17, Mount Si 3 — Final

W.F. West 52, No. 9 Sequim 21 — Final
No. 7 Lakewood 43, Lindbergh 14 – Final
Inrterlake 49, No. 10 Franklin Pierce 41– Final
No. 6 Archbishop Murphy 41, No. 2 Tumwater 6 — Final
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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: 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 Roundup: Lakes wins big; Bonney Lake QB sets school record

At Lakes 69, Enumcalaw 0:
The No. 2 Lancers scored on seven touchdowns of 40 yards or longer – highlighted by Charles Hall’s 95-yard scamper in the first quarter – in a big win at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

At Bonney Lake 49, Decatur 6: Chris Brown tossed a school-record seven touchdown passes – four going to Zach Zaragoza (16, 20, 12 and 22 yards) and the Panthers won at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Decatur was limited to 83 total yards.

Steilacoom 30, at Fife 25:
Jacob Esseln won it for the Sentinels with his 1-yard touchdown run in the final minutes as the Steilacoom won on the road.
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Football: Big playoff games of the week

Class 4A Playoffs
No. 9 Eastlake (8-2) at No. 2 Curtis (10-0), 7:30 tonight
The lowdown:
Curtis’ 2008 and 2009 season ended in the postseason with losses to KingCo teams. The Vikings have no intention of a three-peat, but Eastlake could turn out to be their toughest opponent so far this season. Wolves RB Kyle Lappano is a workhorse, rushing 203 times for 1,595 yards and 20 touchdowns. And he shows up for big games. He ran for 262 yards in a 36-22 loss to No. 1 Skyline three weeks ago and led Eastlake to a 35-14 win over Jackson last week, rushing for 180 yards and four touchdowns. Curtis has shown the ability to bottle up big-time rushing attacks in lopsided victories over Graham-Kapowsin and Auburn, and will need to do more of the same tonight. Read more »