NO. 5 PENINSULA SEAHAWKS (3-0) AT SHELTON HIGHCLIMBERS (2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Highclimber Stadium, Shelton.
About the Seahawks: The early favorites to top the Class 3A South Sound Conference became the state’s fifth-ranked team following last week’s 33-7 romp over rival Gig Harbor. The Seahawks heavily favor the ground attack behind grinding RBs Kenny Easton (60 carries, 370 yards, 1 TD) and Blake Cantu (30 carries, 188 yards, 2 TDs).
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About the Highclimbers: For the first time since coach Matt Hinkle has been in charge at Shelton (22 years), the Highclimbers have an aggressive passing attack behind QB Tyler Giraldes (42 of 76, 603 yards, 7 TDs). WRs Kyle Kimball and Marshall McCollough and TE Taylor Toney all have receiving TDs for the Highclimbers, who usually favor a ground-and-pound offense.
Olympian pick: Peninsula, 27-24.
NORTH THURSTON RAMS (1-2) at CAPITAL COUGARS (1-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium, Olympia.
About the Rams: It could be a battle of the wounded, with both sides missing impact players. North Thurston RB Ross Sherrer (45 carries, 190, 1 TD) will be limited with a high ankle sprain, likely shifting more focus to QB Clayton Christian (20 of 47, 384 yards, 3 total TDs). The Rams have put up 10 points since their 28-27 win over Auburn Riverside in Week 1.
About the Cougars: For the second straight season, the Cougars have had early injuries turn into early exits at QB. Last week, Grant Erickson (33 of 64, 436 yards, 4 TDs) broke his collarbone after he was toppled by a defender. He had surgery Wednesday and will be out for the season. The Cougars will rely more on RB Nate Tyler, with Carson Bertelli, usually a WR, taking over for Erickson.
Olympian pick: Capital, 35-14.
UNION TITANS (2-1) AT NO. 1 (2A) TUMWATER T-BIRDS (3-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium, Tumwater.
About the Titans: Last week game against the top-ranked 3A team, Eastside Catholic, was within reach until the Crusaders scored two unanswered TDs in the second half. QB Lincoln Victor is a dual threat (29 of 60, 350 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) for 4A Union, which handled Hermiston (Oregon) and Mountain View in the first two weeks.
About the T-Birds: It’ll be hard to top last week’s finish at Bellevue — a Hail Mary pass snagged out of the sky by UW commit Cade Otton (8 receptions, 137 yards, 5 TDs) as time expired. Tumwater escaped with a 15-13 win. With another higher-classification opponent in Union visiting, a thriller could be in store this week, too.
Olympian pick: Tumwater, 31-21.
WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Games at host high school, unless otherwise noted.
Olympia (3-0) at Curtis (0-3)
Central Kitsap (2-1) at Timberline (2-1), at South Sound Stadium
North Thurston (1-2) at Capital (1-2), at Ingersoll Stadium
No. 5 Peninsula (3-0) at Shelton (2-1)
Yelm (2-1) at Gig Harbor (1-2), at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy
2A SPSL — SOUND
Renton (1-2) at No. 4 River Ridge (3-0), Thursday at South Sound Stadium
2B CENTRAL/PACIFIC — MOUNTAIN
Rainier (3-0) at Morton-White Pass (1-2), at Randle
Black Hills (1-2) at Evergreen of Vancouver (0-3), at McKenzie Stadium
Centralia (2-1) at Kelso (2-1)
Elma (0-3) at King’s Way Christian (3-0)
Lake Washington (2-1) at No. 10 (2A) W.F. West (3-0)
Rochester (0-3) at No. 4 (1A) Montesano (3-0)
Stevenson (2-1) at Tenino (3-0)
Union (2-1) at No. 1 (2A) Tumwater (3-0)