Staff writer Lauren Smith’s top three high school football games to watch this weekend in South Sound:
Issaquah (2-2) at No. 10 Olympia (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium
Olympia coach Bill Beattie believes this week’s matchup against the Eagles could be a preview of the postseason. It could certainly be telling of the validity of the Bears’ success so far — Olympia has handled every opponent by at least 24 points. Running back Scott Gunther rushed for a season-high 293 yards last week as the Bears beat 4A Narrows League rival Timberline, 49-25. It was his third 200-plus rushing game of the season. To avoid an influx of offensive production from the other side, the Bears will have to contain Issaquah quarterback Cam Humphrey, who has thrown for 934 yards and nine touchdowns in his first four outings, completing 61 of 89 passes.
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Columbia River (2-2) at No. 1 Tumwater (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium
The T-Birds return from a two-week road trip to La Center and Lake City (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) with two wins and don’t show signs of slowing down. Injured wide recievers Easton Trakel (hamstring) and Griffin Shea (concussion) are probable to play against the Chieftains. Friday’s matchup would be the first snaps Trakel has seen this season. He led the T-Birds with 1,517 all-purpose yards in 2014. This is Columbia River’s second consecutive game against a Class 2A Evergreen Conference opponent. Black Hills (4-0) handed the Chieftains a 46-20 loss last week.
Shelton (2-2) at Wilson (1-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Stadium Bowl
The Rams snapped a three-game losing streak by routing Mount Tahoma last week, 49-8. Wilson put up seven touchdowns — all scored by different players — to bounce back from a one-point loss to North Thurston in Week 2. The Highclimbers will try to rebound from a 54-3 loss to Class 3A fourth-ranked Lincoln last week. Shelton’s only points, in a game where the Abes put up eight touchdowns, came in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Cody Brag. The Rams shut out the Highclimbers in the second half in last season’s matchup on the way to a 35-20 win.