Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s top three high school football games to see this weekend.
No. 2 Tumwater (4-0, 1-0 2A Evergreen Conference) at No. 6 W.F. West (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Bearcat Stadium
In a perfect world, this game would be the regular-season finale against what could be two undefeated teams. Instead, it’s the Bearcats’ first league game and Tumwater’s second. After rolling over Port Angeles, Archbishop Murphy, Astoria (Ore.) and Columbia River, QB Tanner Gueller accounts for 17 touchdowns (16 passing) and has completed 60 percent of his passes (40 for 66) for 782 yards. He failed to play in the second half in two of those wins. Defense and special has been the T-Birds’ calling; the first-team defense has allowed fewer than nine points a game. In last week’s 49-22 win over Capital, LB Trevor Davis blocked two punts and ran one in for a touchdown. RB Christian Cummings leads the rushing attack (647 yards, 11 TDs) while the defense has racked up 12 sacks; nine from Davis and Nick Foerstel. Tumwater won the past two meetings, yet the margin of victory combines for three points. Expect another close game on Bearcat Stadium’s grass field.
River Ridge (3-1) at Black Hills (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
The 2A Evergreen Conference opener for both teams will be an tone setter as the midway point of the 2013 season arrives. The Wolves are starting to gel offensively in coach Dominic Yarrington’s spread offense, winners of two straight games. The team had several notable individual performances in a 27-17 win over Aberdeen last week, including Nick Knittle (106 yards on two catches, two interceptions, 74-yard punt return) and Mitch Stone (122 all-purpose yards, three TDs). The Hawks, one better in the winning streak with three, got a big boost defensively in last week’s 17-14 home win over Hockinson, getting to QB Jess Krahn for 10 sacks. It was Chris Behnke’s 37-yard field goal with 6:21 remaining that sealed River Ridge’s win.
South Kitsap (1-3, 0-1 4A Narrows) at Olympia (3-1, 1-0), 3 p.m. Saturday, Ingersoll Stadium
The Bears, winners of three straight, can put itself in prime position for one of the three 4A Narrows playoff spots with a win, making it a four-team merry-go-around with Bellarmine and Gig Harbor, and Yelm for playoff positioning. Coach Bill Beattie praised the offensive and defensive lines and the defense in a 54-6 win over Stadium last week, a game in which the offense put up 47 first-half points. For a fourth consecutive game, the Bears’ defense allowed just one touchdown. The Wolves, meanwhile, are on another end of a streak -- the losing side -- that’s reached three games, in which they’ve struggled to contain the run. In last week’s 31-0 loss to Bellarmine, RB Nate Gotterman and QB Lou Millie totaled 307 rushing yards on the ground.
WEEK 5 FOOTBALL GAMES
All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Central Kitsap (2-2) at Yelm (3-1)
Timberline (1-3) at Lincoln (4-0)
Shelton (0-4) at Foss (3-1)
North Thurston (3-1) at Wilson (4-0)
Centralia (2-2) at Capital (0-4)
Tumwater (4-0) at WF West (4-0)
River Ridge (3-1) at Black Hills (2-2)
Rainier (1-3) at Tenino (1-3)
Rochester (3-1) at Elma (2-2)
Oakville (0-4) at Mary M. Knight (1-0), 1 p.m.
South Kitsap (1-3) at Olympia (3-1), 3 p.m.