NO. 6 GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES (5-1) AT OLYMPIA BEARS (5-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium, Olympia
About the Eagles: You can just about pencil in RB Micah Smith (125 carries, 1,143 yards, 16 TDs) for 200 yards every game. The only time he hasn’t gained at least 200 was when he missed the win over Arlington with a concussion. But the Eagles also have QB Dylan Morris (52 of 105 passing, 1,084 yards, 12 TDs), who is rolling as of late. He threw for 273 yards and three TDs against Puyallup last week.
About the Bears: This was supposed to be a matchup of the South Sound’s top two rushers — G-K’s Smith and Olympia’s Scott Gunther (162 carries, 1,261 yards, 22 TDs). But Gunther left in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to Sumner with a hip injury, and coach Bill Beattie said he’s a game-time decision for this week, and would be limited if he does play. Connor Clark and Owen Shea will get more touches.
Olympian pick: Olympia, 21-17
GIG HARBOR TIDES (4-2) AT TIMBERLINE BLAZERS (4-2)
7 p.m. Friday, South Sound Stadium, Lacey
About the Tides: Gig Harbor is 3-0 since turning to QB Ben Hollenbeck (31 of 50 passing, 372 yards, six TDs; 58 carries, 483 yards, seven TDs). He’s a runner, even more so than last year’s stud QB, Davis Alexander. Coach Aaron Chantler said Hollenbeck was banged up to start the season, and this doesn’t mean the sophomore has secured the starting job for good over Ryan Baerg and Nick Yockey.
About the Blazers: All that experience and size up front has paid off for Timberline. RB Anthony Hathaway (154 carries, 850 yards, six TDs) has been the Blazers’ most dangerous weapon offensively. This game carries even more weight after Timberline had to forfeit its win against Yelm because of an eligibility infraction. Now, both of these programs are 3-1 in 3A SSC play, battling for the league’s No. 2 spot.
Olympian pick: Timberline, 35-31
BLACK HILLS WOLVES (4-2) AT NO. 8 W.F. WEST BEARCATS (6-0)
7 p.m. Friday, W.F. West High School, Chehalis
About the Wolves: With RB Conner Furu (77 carries, 661 yards, eight TDs) out after leaving the game against Centralia with a knee injury two weeks ago, sophomore RB Jaden Toussaint (76 carries, 665 yards, 15 TDs) has increased his workload. Kyler Nygren filled in well for Furu last week, racking up six carries for 167 yards and three TDs.
About the Bearcats: W.F. West isn’t lacking in offense. Its two leading rushers, Austin Emery (61 carries, 598 yards, seven TDs) and Ka’imi Henry (51 carries, 437 yards, four TDs) are averaging more than eight yards per carry. Mix in QB Nole Wollan (47 of 78 passing, 573 yards, eight TDs), who also is a threat on the ground, and the Bearcats have the firepower to stick with the Wolves in a shootout.
Olympian pick: Black Hills, 42-38
Week 7 schedule
Games at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Games at host high school, unless otherwise noted.
No. 6 Graham-Kapowsin (5-1) at Olympia (5-1)
Capital (3-3) at Yelm (4-2)
Gig Harbor (4-2) at Timberline (4-2), at South Sound Stadium
North Thurston (1-5) at Shelton (2-4)
2A SPSL — SOUND
No. 3 River Ridge (6-0) at Clover Park (0-6)
Black Hills (4-2) at No. 8 W.F. West (6-0)
Aberdeen (2-4) at No. 2 Tumwater (5-1)
Centralia (2-4) at Rochester (0-6)
Elma (1-5) at Tenino (3-3)
2B CENTRAL/PACIFIC — MOUNTAIN
Life Christian (1-4) at No. 9 Rainier (5-1)