THREE TO SEE: WEEK 2
Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s top three prep football games to see this week.
Capital (0-1) at Olympia (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium
No introduction needed for this rivalry. Capital leads the all-time series 20-16, including a 19-0 shutout in 2012. One similarity worth noting is both teams feature a 3-5 defensive front, a change in years past for Olympia (4-3). The Bears’ defense made a statement in a 7-6 loss to Lake Oswego (Ore.), one of Oregon’s premiere programs, holding the Lakers to fewer than 100 yards of total offense. Capital junior Conner Kennedy rushed for 130 yards and scored the Cougars’ lone touchdown in a 35-7 loss to Newport, but the Knights had two touchdowns runs of 67 and 68 yards, respectively, in their win. The Spaghetti Bowl will feature a pregame statement honoring the late Todd McDougall, longtime defensive coordinator and head baseball coach who passed away from brain cancer in July.
Tumwater (1-0) at Timberline (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, South Sound Stadium
How will the Thunderbirds’ defense stack up against the Blazers’ offense. And visa versa? The teams combined to shut-out their Week 1 opponents, 91-0. In spite not starting against River Ridge, Timberline’s Andrew Paquin finished with a game-high 143 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, and linebacker David Harper had a sack and two tackles for loss, and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Tumwater used its passing and rushing attack equally in a 41-0 shutout over Shelton. Senior Christian Cummings finished with 150 yards on 11 carries and a pair of TDs while Easton Trakel (three catches, 66 yards) caught two TD passes from quarterback Jayden Croft. The Blazers’ co-offensive coordinator, Anthony Hicks, was a tailback on Tumwater’s 1993 state title team.
North Thurston (1-0) at Black Hills (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
It’s Dominic Yarrington’s home debut for the Wolves after a 42-35 loss to Clover Park after black Black Hills held a fourth-quarter lead. But it’s an all-new look offensively, featuring a spread offense. It was effective for quarterback Jayden Troy; of his 8 of 18 passing, half of his completions were for touchdowns to three different receivers (Nick Knittle, Mitch Stone, Mark Melendres). Black Hills is 0-7 in Week 2 games since 2006. It took awhile for North Thurston to get going in its 41-26 win over Steilacoom, but the tandem of Hayden Maliska (132 yards, two TDs) and Josh Ramirez (114 yards, two TDs) did a bulk of the groundwork. All six of the Rams’ touchdowns were rushing, as they racked up 296 yards on the ground.
Week 2 football games
All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Capital at Olympia
Yelm at Olympic, 5 p.m.
North Mason at Shelton
North Thurston at Black Hills
Tumwater at Timberline
River Ridge at Sequim
Archbishop Murphy at W.F. West
Centralia at Washington
Mossyrock at Rainier
Tenino at Washougal
Rochester at R.A. Long
Eatonville at ElmaTaholah at Oakville