Washington High School Football Rankings: Lake Stevens tops preseason top 25

Washington’s high school football season begins in less than two months with 158 games scheduled for the September 1-3 weekend. After going 11-1 and making the Class 4A State Championship Game last season, Lake Stevens is our look at this year’s preseason top 25 contenders.

Under head coach Tom Tri, the Vikings have been knocking on the door of a state title for nearly a decade. Lake Stevens is 80-9 since the 2014 season with a title game appearance in 2018 along with 2021.

The return of Notre Dame conscript Jayden Limar in the backfield is one of the biggest reasons for optimism. The senior running back, ranked No. 3 overall in the state, rushed for 1,549 yards and 20 points as a junior while adding another 369 yards and four points.

Though longtime head coach Eric Kurle has moved on, last season’s juggernaut Graham-Kapowsin (Graham) is not going to give up his place at the helm of the state without a fight. The Eagles, who finished the 2021 season in the top 10 nationally, have won 20 straight games and 31 of their last 32 of 2019.

Read on for a full rundown of Washington’s top 25 preseason for 2022.

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Jayden Limar rushed and received for nearly 2,000 yards as a junior.

PRE-SEASON STATE TOP 25
1. Lake Stevens, 11-1 record in 2021
2. Graham-Kapowsin (Graham), 15-0
3.Bellevue, 14-0
4. O’Dea (Seattle), 7-3
5. Eastlake (Sammamish), 12-1
6. Sumner, 10-2
7. Eastside Catholic (Sammamish), 9-2
8. Kamyakin (Kennewick), 12-1
9. Gonzaga Preparation (Spokane), 11-1
10. Glacial Peak (Snohomish), 7-3
11. Kennewick, 12-2
12. Spanaway Lake (Spanaway), 5-2
13 Lynden, 12-1
14 Puyallup, 8-3
15. Royal (Royal City), 14-0
16. Bothell, 10-2
17.Lincoln (Tacoma), 6-3
18. Yelm, 10-1
19. Emerald Ridge (South Hill), 5-5
20. Skyview (Vancouver), 8-3
21. Squalicum (Bellingham), 7-3
22. Tumwater, 10-3
23. Rainier Beach (Seattle), 6-3
24. Napavine, 12-1
25. Marysville-Pilchuck (Marysville), 11-2

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