Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s top three prep football games to see this week.
Gig Harbor (5-1 overall, 3-0 4A Narrows) at Olympia (4-2, 2-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium
It’s a must-win game for Olympia, or the Bears’ playoff picture gets tricky. Three teams make the playoffs from the 4A Narrows League, and a loss Friday puts Olympia in a tie for third with Central Kitsap, which defeated Olympia last week, 28-21. The Cougars, however, hold the tiebreaker over Olympia for a playoff spot should the teams win their final two games. QB Derrick Becker leads the 4A Narrows in passing yards (1,024) and is completing 67 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and one interception. He threw for 142 yards on 11 of 20 completions in last week’s loss in Silverdale. The Tides haven’t lost since a Week 1 defeat to O’Dea with a near-50 percent pass-rush offense, led by QB Conor Scanlan (51 of 85, 81 yards, 11 TDs) and RB Sterling Brown (98 carries, 689 yards, 10 TDs). Olympia, however, is Gig Harbor’s first opponent with a winning record since facing Central Kitsap on Sept. 27,
Capital (2-4, 1-1 2A Evergreen Conference) at Black Hills (3-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
Winner of this game can go along way in determining who is in the playoff picture and who isn’t. During its two-game winning streak, Capital has averaged 48.5 points per game, including last week’s 47-7 win over 3A North Thurston when Conner Kennedy rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown. Over the past four games, Kennedy has 529 rushing yards. QB Cody Jenkins also had a breakout game against the Rams, completing 10 of 16 passes for 111 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those TD passes went to Jakob Racimo, who also had two touchdowns on defense. Black Hills went toe-to-toe with sixth-ranked W.F. West until the fourth quarter in last week’s 35-19 loss to the Bearcats to snap a three-game winning streak, in spite Jayden Troy’s 149 yards passing with a touchdown. WR Gabe Adamson had a season-high 69 receiving yards on four catches.
Forks (3-3, 2-1 1A SWW Evergreen) at Rochester (4-2, 3-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Rochester Stadium
It’s Week 7, and a team not named Montesano is atop the 1A SWW Evergreen -- it’s Rochester -- and a win over the Spartans clinches a playoff spot for the program for the first time since the Bob Wollan era in the early 2000s. A win also puts the Warriors a step closer to clinching their first league crown since 1999. Despite last week’s 32-31 loss at Stewart Field in Aberdeen to Montesano, the defending 1A state champion, RB Tyler Yarber surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark and has 1,038 rushing yards in six games. Rochester faces a road-weary Forks team that’s in the midst of a three-game roadtrip to South Sound; after next week’s game in Elma, the Spartans will have traveled 896 miles roundtrip between Rainier, Rochester and Elma. Forks has won three of its past four games, including a 14-12 upset over Montesano two weeks ago.
Week 7 schedule
All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Bellarmine (5-1) at Yelm (2-4)
Gig Harbor (5-1) at Olympia (4-2)
Timberline (3-3) at Mount Tahoma (0-6)
Tumwater (6-0) at Centralia (2-4)
Capital (2-4) at Black Hills (3-3)
W.F. West (5-1) at River Ridge (4-2)
Rainier (1-5) at Hoquiam (1-5)
Tenino (2-4) at Montesano (3-3)
Forks (3-3) at Rochester (4-2)
Ilwaco (0-6) at Elma (3-3) (NL)
Mary M. Knight (3-0) at Muckleshoot (1-3)
Oakville at Wishkah Valley, 1 p.m.