Three to see: Week 3

mwochnick@theolympian.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Spaghetti Bowl

Capital receiver Jacob Johnson breaks away from Olympia defender Matt Anthony during Friday night's Spaghetti Bowl crosstown rivalry football game at Ingersoll Stadium on Sept. 13, 2013.

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Timberline (1-1) at Olympia (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium


What more can be said about the Bears’ defense? They’ve allowed two touchdowns in two games, including holding Capital to nine plays of zero or negative yards in a 20-6 win last week, but the Blazers will be Olympia’s final nonleague test before 4A Narrows League begins. Quarterback Derrick Becker was 7 of 15 passing for two touchdowns in his home debut, while three players (Mitch Fettig, Caden Waggoner, Cedar Frost) found the endzone. Timberline’s offense was shutout by Tumwater last week for the first time since being held scoreless against Capital in Oct. 23, 2010. Linebacker Benny Kaleiwahea already has a team-high 16 tackles for the Blazers, and in last year’s 23-12 win over Olympia, Kaleiwahea had a career-high 10 (six solo).


Rainier (1-1) at Rochester (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Rochester Stadium


This 1A SWW Evergreen opener could end up being a track meet since both teams like to run. Rainier hasn’t won a league opener since 2010 when it defeated Tenino, 8-0, but could get there should quarterback McKoy Bichler continue to do damage with his legs. Through two games, he’s tallied 304 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a read-option offense. While Rochester running back was held to 52 yards rushing on 17 carries in a 49-7 loss to R.A. Long after posting 229 yards in Week 1 of 229, quarterback Tyler Gedney has had two games of 100-plus passing yards. Should Rochester win, the Warriors will be 2-1 for the first time since 2007.


North Thurston (2-0) at Foss (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Mount Tahoma Stadium


It might be worth the drive to Tacoma in an early-season 3A Narrows League game showdown in a league opener for both teams. Foss, which went 2-7 in 2012, already is unbeaten through two games after topping Alaska’s Juneau-Douglas, 42-22, last week. North Thurston has won with its ground attack, rushing for an average of 276 yards in wins over Steilacoom (41-26) and Black Hills (38-16). Hayden Maliska and Josh Ramirez have totalled 10 of North Thurston’s 11 total touchdowns, while senior Ryan Mets had a career-high 190 yards passing on 7 of 9 completions last week against the Wolves.




Friday’s games

All games at 7 p.m.


Stadium at Yelm

Timberline at Olympia (NL)

Shelton at Wilson

North Thurston at Foss

River Ridge at Ridgefield (NL)

Bainbridge at Black Hills (NL)

Aberdeen at Centralia (NL)

Tumwater at Inglemoor (NL)

W.F. West at Astoria (Ore.)

Rainier at Rochester

Tenino at Elma


Saturday’s game

Capital at Bothell (NL)


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