River Ridge (5-1, 2-1) at No. 3 Tumwater (5-1, 3-0 EvCo), 7 p.m. today, Tumwater District Stadium
Two of the four EvCo teams with winning records take to the field to day. The Hawks got back on a winning track with their 28-12 win over Aberdeen last week, and hope to keep in the thick of the race for three playoff spots with a victory over the Thunderbirds. QB Adam Walker threw two touchdown passes – a 70-yarder to Brad Wallace and a 10-yarder to Jeremy Camacho. Tumwater surprised many with its 40-7 rout of Centralia last week, holding the Tigers’ running game in check and senior standout Zack Baldwin to a season low in yardage. The T-Birds remain the only unbeaten team in the 2A Evergreen Conference and rolled up 557 yards of offense – rushing for 440 yards on 44 carries and scoring TDs on their first four possessions. Ronnie Hastie paced the T-Birds’ offense, running for 116 yards on nine carries and scoring two TDs.
Black Hills (1-5, 1-3 EvCo) at North Thurston (3-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. today, South Sound Stadium
Expect a lot of points put up by the Wolves and Rams. North Thurston is on the outside looking in at the playoff race in the 2A Evergreen Conference, and needs to win out in hopes of earning a postseason berth. The Rams’ hearts were broken last week, having a potential game-tying field goal blocked as time expired in a 38-35 non league loss to Bainbridge. But QB Ben Broecker threw for 261 yards, climbing to No. 2 all-time on the Rams’ single-game passing mark. Black Hills’ offense was shut out for the first time all season last week against Chehalis, 34-0. Tom Turner led the Wolves with 66 yards rushing. It was the second consecutive week the Bearcats blanked an opponent (River Ridge, 35-0).
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Wilson (1-5, 1-1 Narrows 3A) at No. 3 Capital (6-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. today, Ingersoll Stadium
Capital put on a show on offense against Foss last week in Tacoma, rolling to a 70-0 victory to remain one of two teams (Timberline is the other) unbeaten in the Narrows League 3A standings. Cougars kicker Jeffrey Tran set a school record with 10 PATs, and QB Alex Everson threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jourdan Weiks. RB Tyler Sundberg also scored two touchdowns. The Cougars had seven players score TDs. The defense earned its second shutout, and has allowed only 12.5 points per game through six games. The Rams, who lost to Timberline two weeks ago, 17-9 , put up 51 points last week in a league victory over Lincoln.