THREE TO SEE: WEEK 4
Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s top football games to see this week.Capital (0-3) at Tumwater (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
It could be a historic night in Tumwater should the second-ranked Thunderbirds win. It would give longtime coach Sid Otton his 350th career victory. He’s 349-126 all-time spanning 46 seasons between Tumwater, Colfax (1970-’73) and Coupeville (1967-’68). The T-Birds fought through 14 penalties for 130 yards in last week’s 41-24 win over Inglemoor, getting 34 points in the second half. RB Christian Cummings rushed for a career-high 261 yards on 18 carries and five touchdowns and now has 539 yards rushing and 10 TDs over three games. Don’t let the Cougars’ 0-3 mark fool you. All three losses have come against Class 4A opponents (Newport of Bellevue, Olympia, Bothell), and yet, their nonleague schedule isn’t done yet; Capital faces unbeaten North Thurston on Oct. 11. RB Conner Kennedy has two 100-plus rushing games, including 144 in last week’s 42-14 loss to Bothell on the road.
Lincoln (3-0) at North Thurston (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday, South Sound Stadium
The calendar says this is Week 4, but this game will set an early tone for 3A Narrows League favorite. The Rams squeaked by an improved Foss team last week, 22-20, getting much help from the defense with three fourth-quarter interceptions -- including two from Seth Meredith -- and stopping a potential game-tying 2-point conversion in the final 30 seconds. The power running game of Hayden Maliska, Josh Ramirez and Josh Mosquera have a combined 11 touchdowns over three games as the trio rushed for 151 yards against the Falcons. The Abes are in the second-year of former NFL quarterback John Kitna’s schemes and were clicking on all cylinders in last week’s 62-0 win over Mount Tahoma to start 3A Narrows League play where sophomore quarterback Jordan Kitna -- the coach’s son -- threw for seven touchdowns.
Hockinson (3-0) at River Ridge (2-1), 7 p.m. Saturday, South Sound Stadium
In a matchup of the Hawks, this is River Ridge’s final nonleague game before the start of 2A Evergreen Conference play, but face a Hawks team from Clark County that’s posted two shutouts over its first three games. Hockinson is averaging 23.3 points a game in those wins, yet they're against opponents with a 1-8 record. River Ridge QB Kobe Key, named a WIAA player of the week this week, threw for a career-high 204 yards on 10 of 21 completions and four touchdowns (three to Jason Kananin) in a 39-3 road win over Sequim in a game that also had numerous defensive standouts. Daniel Montesa had seven tackles (two for loss), a pass deflection and a forced fumble.
WEEK 3 FOOTBALL GAMES
All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Olympia (2-1) at Stadium (0-3)
Yelm (2-1) at Shelton (0-3)
Lincoln (3-0) at North Thurston (3-0)
Black Hills (1-2) at Aberdeen (2-1)
W.F. West (3-0) at Columbia River (3-0)
Centralia (2-1) at Eisenhower (2-1)
Capital (0-3) at Tumwater (3-0)
Elma (1-2) at Rainier (1-2)
Tenino (0-3) at Forks (1-2)
Hoquiam (0-3) at Rochester (2-1)
Hockinson (3-0) at River Ridge (2-1)
Mary M. Knight (0-0) at Lake Quinault (1-1) 1 p.m.