Three of the best high school football games this weekend in South Sound:
Stadium (2-3, 2-3) at Olympia (4-1, 3-1)
7 p.m. today, Ingersoll Stadium
The Bears got back in the win column against Lincoln last week with a 40-20 victory on the road. It was the Jordan Pine show once again for the Bears, as his offensive line helped him rush for a season-best 265 yards and five TDs in the victory. Olympia, sitting in second place in the Narrows, has put up 155 points through five games, which is the best among Narrows League teams. Thanks to Stadium’s 46-20 win over Mount Tahoma last Friday, the Tigers got their first two-win season since 2005. Stadium scored 36 unanswered points in the second half against Mount Tahoma and is led offensively by Kendall McNeil and Desean Dixon. McNeil rushed for a team-high 196 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, and Dixon had 177 yards on the ground.
Black Hills (4-1, 3-0) at River Ridge (1-4, 1-2)
7 p.m. today, South Sound Stadium
Can River Ridge’s defense slow Cody Peterson down? Last week against Centralia, Peterson averaged 8.8 yards per carry and rushed for 230 yards in Black Hills 49-21 win. Peterson has rushed for 892 yards and scored 13 TDs through five games. Black Hills also had 410 yards of offense and proved it could stop the powerful run game of Centralia. Black Hills and Chehalis are the only Evergreen Conference teams still unbeaten in league play. River Ridge is riding high after its first win, a 20-14 victory over Elma on the road. Marques Ford came up with two big scores, including the game-winner. The Hawks’ go-to player – freshman receiver Brad Wallace – has proven he’s a threat every time he touches the ball, and uses his legs well for extra yardage.
North Kitsap (2-3, 1-2) at Capital (3-2, 3-0)
7 p.m. Saturday, Ingersoll Stadium
Capital has won three straight games and is looking to make it four against the Vikings. In the past three games, the Cougars have averaged 50.3 points per game, including 50-plus points against Bremerton (56) and Port Angeles (60). Last week against Bremerton, Capital scored 49 unanswered points after being down 12-7 in the first quarter. Capital had 429 yards of offense, including 299 on the ground. Running back Tyler Sundberg had a team-best 185 yards rushing. North Kitsap is still feeling the sting North Thurston gave it last week in a 41-13 Rams victory. The 41 points the Vikings gave up were their second-most this season. Capital, North Thurston and Timberline are the only unbeaten teams in the Olympic Western League.
Meg Wochnick, The Olympian