Three to see: Week 5
Three of the best football games tonight in South Sound:
Chehalis (4-0 overall, 2-0 EvCo) at Tumwater (3-1 overall, 2-0 EvCo), 7 p.m. today, Tumwater District Stadium
Not many people predicted the Bearcats would have a perfect record at this point. Especially without some key players on defense, like reigning league defensive MVP Jake Steelhammer. Quarterback Ben Ternan has emerged as one of the best in the Evergreen Conference and showed off his talents in Chehalis’ 52-14 win over Hoquiam. He was 15-of-19 for 260 yards and three scores – all in the first half. Tumwater came from behind at halftime on the road to take care of a much-improved Aberdeen team. Quarterback Kyle Warner rushed for 159 yards on 13 carries in the 29-22 win. As a team, Tumwater has 1,171 rushing yards through four games, averaging 292 a game.
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Olympic (2-2 overall, 0-2 OWL) at Timberline (4-0 overall, 2-0 OWL), 7 p.m. today, South Sound Stadium
For the second straight week, Timberline looks to do what Capital did last Saturday against Olympic – shut down Larry Dixon. The Trojans’ star running back was held to a season-low 88 yards, and stopping him and the rest of the Olympic backfield will be key for the Blazers. Timberline coach Nick Mullen was pleased for the most part after a 54-24 win over Bremerton last week but thought his team gave up too many points in the second half. The Blazers, who saw six different players reach the end zone, reeled off 47 straight points after giving up an opening kickoff return for a 97-yard touchdown. Should the Blazers win, they would be 5-0 for the first time since 2004.
Montesano (4-0 overall, 2-0 SWW) at Rainier (2-2 overall, 1-1 SWW), 7 p.m. today, Mountaineer Stadium
Can anyone score on Montesano? Rainier hopes to be the first to put up points against the top-ranked Bulldogs. Montesano has outscored its opponents 178-0 on their way to a 4-0 mark. The team has primarily been known for running the ball, but this year with the play of quarterback Josh Tyler they’ve proven they are more than just a running team. Rainier will be without linebacker Brad Seversike for the rest of the season after he suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Toledo. Kevin Volesky has been a key Mountaineers offensive weapon as a receiver and in the backfield.
Meg Wochnick, The Olympian