Week 2 Washington High School Football Preview: 3 storylines, game predictions, and matchups to watch across the state – high school sports news, scores, videos, leaderboards
Look east, football fans, if you like early season rivalry games.
It begins on Thursday in the Mid-Columbia Conference with the reigning champion Chiawana traveling to Kamiakin. And on Friday there will be the “Battle of the Bell” showdown in Spokane – Mead vs. Mount Spokane. And don’t forget a little spectacle with No. 9 Othello (2A) to No. 1 Royal from 1A.
Here’s a quick recap of last week’s highlights, and a look ahead to week two storylines and games to come:
THREE THINGS TO VISIT AGAIN FROM WEEK 1
Can someone keep Jason Brown? under 200 rushing yards?
Jason Brown didn’t even see any carries for O’Dea in Week 1 of the Spring Season – and finished nearly 1,000 yards in a limited number of games as a ninth grader. His sophomore debut was very different – 284 rushing yards and three touchdowns when the Irish No. 1 of 3A won the then No. 1. 4 Association of 4A. Then senior lineman Mark Nabou described the talented running back as a “child prodigy”.
A win for Eastmont was a big win for the 4A CBBN
Eastmont trainer Mike Don is aware of recent national perceptions of the lagging 4A CBBN. Therefore, winning the 33-31 of the Wildcats against the then No. 10 Central Valley was an important statement for the future – especially in a game that Eastmont was leading. “What we have to do as a league is win these games,” said Don. “We had competitive games with some of these teams … but it was good to win one.”
The new line-up for Royal Passing Games are twins
The new royal quarterback Derek Bergeson (also an all-state linebacker) has been throwing at his twin brother – wide receiver Luke Bergeson since third grade. And two were connected six times (twice for touchdowns) in the Knights 41-0 victory over Ellensburg. “Luke is a good distance runner and fast … but I was more impressed that Derek looked at other guys when needed,” said longtime Royal trainer Wiley Allred.
WRAPPING BACK SBLIVE’S WEEK 1 COVER
Thu: (4A) Sumner 62, (4A) Emerald Ridge 22
Fr: (3A) No. 1 O’Dea 35, (4A) No. 4 Union 17
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Fri: (3A) No. 4 Bellevue 51, (3A) Peninsula 13
Fri: (3A) No. 8 Eastside Catholic 23, (4A) No. 5 Kennedy Catholic 8
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Fr: (4A) Lewis & Clark 34, (4A) Ridgeline 13
Fri: Central Catholic (Ore.) 28, (4A) Camas 17
Sa: (4A) Eastlake 53, (4A) Kentwood 0
OBSERVATIONS & HIGHLIGHTS
Sa: (4A) Bellarmine Prep 30, (4A) Olympia 27
* HOW TO CANCEL SBLIVE’S TOP 25
* WEEK 1 PRIMER
* SBLIVES TOP 50 TEAM PREVIEWS
TOP STORYLINES THAT MAY FOLLOW IN WEEK 2
Which powerhouse 4A league will continue to flex its muscles?
It’s been a stellar first weekend for some of the state’s top Class 4A leagues and their rated programs in SBLive WA’s top 50 preseason leaderboards – with the 4A KingCo Conference 5-0 (Bothell, Eastlake, Mount Si, Woodinville, North). Creek), the 4A SPSL 4-0 (Graham-Kapowsin, Sumner, Puyallup, Bellarmine Prep) and the 4A / 3A MCC 3-0 (Richland, Kamiakin, Chiawana).
Eastside Catholic travels to Colorado Powerhouse Program
Reigning 3A champion Eastside Catholic overcame late week’s COVID-19 circumstances to beat 4A Kennedy Catholic, 23-8, to open the fall season. Next up – Valor Christian, the # 1 team in Colorado, led by Oklahoma congestion commit Gavin Sawchuk. “They’re big, fast and really good,” said Crusaders coach Dominic Daste. Game was launched after Daste met Donnie Yantis as the ASU recruiting coordinator before joining Valor Christian in 2020.
Don’t be surprised if the long-legged Ethan Moczulski knocks you out of … a stadium
Last week, Texas A&M kicker commit Ethan Moczulski had eight endzone kickoffs for Mount Spokane, including two from the uprights. “I’ve seen it before on one of the Rehkow boys who did it on grass in the Central Valley,” said Wildcats trainer Terry Cloer. And yet Moczulski’s personality doesn’t match his booming kicks. Cloer said he was “shy and humble”. One thing is for sure, the Wildcats aren’t shy about letting it boot from anywhere.
TOP THREE WEEK 2 GAMES ON TAP
Chiawana Riverhawks (1-0) at Kamiakin Braves (1-0)
Thursday at 7pm at Lampson Stadium, Kennewick
Slim: Chiawana have won the last three games – including the last two with a total of four points. Usually the defenses dominate, and that should be the case on Thursday.
Livestream link: None.
SBLive Washington’s picks: Kamjakin, 17-13.
No. 4 (3A) Yelm Tornadoes (1-0) at (4A) Mount Si Wildcats (1-0)
7pm Friday at Mount Si High School, Snoqualmie
Slim: The attack by the powerful tornadoes against the multi-faceted defense of Mount Si recently due to COVID-19 should be a four-quarter leak.
Livestream link: NFHS network.
SBLive Washington’s picks: Yelm, 28-24.
No. 2 Napavine Tigers (1-0) at No. 3 Onalaska Loggers (0-0)
7pm Friday at Onalaska High School
Slim: The intense rivalry in Southwest District 2B writes another chapter, but will lumberjacks be disadvantaged after the game is canceled in opening week?
Livestream link: NFHS network.
SBLive Washington’s picks: Napavin, 30-28.
(Featured photo by Tommy Wolf)