Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s Top 3 football games to see Friday night:
No. 10 Olympia (1-0) at Capital (0-1), 7 p.m., Ingersoll Stadium
After a 20-13 win over previously ranked No. 9 Ferris of Spokane, Olympia jumped into The Associated Press 4A Top 10 rankings this week at No. 10 after Collin Courter and Isaiah Brooks rushed for a combined 230-plus yards. Capital leads the all-time series, 20-17, but Olympia has won two of the past three meetings, including last year’s 20-6 win. Capital’s defense held Tumwater scoreless in the first half Friday — a feat no team had done since 2011 — before suffering a 14-3 loss. Conner Kennedy rushed for 174 yards on 29 carries.
Rochester (0-1) at Black Hills (1-0), 7 p.m., Tumwater District Stadium
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A 33-7 win last week over 1A powerhouse Montesano was more impressive for Black Hills since its starting quarterback — Jaydon Troy — was out with a broken collarbone. His replacement, Chase Morrow, had a debut to remember (22 of 37 passing, 356 yards, 4 TDs). Black Hills hasn’t started a season 2-0 since 2005, when it went 7-2 overall. This will be the first time Warriors coach Eric Snelson, a former longtime defensive coordinator at Black Hills, has faced his old team.
North Thurston (0-1) at River Ridge (1-0), 7 p.m., South Sound Stadium
The Hawks proved they can run (263 yards) and pass (200) following a 49-7 season-opening win over Aberdeen, but how will River Ridge’s speed stack up against a bigger North Thurston team? River Ridge last defeated North Thurston in 1998 (35-13), and the Rams lead the all-time series, 15-3. Turnovers plagued the Rams in a 34-21 loss to Timberline, giving the Blazers a short field on two offensive drives. It’s the final nonleague game for both teams before opening 2A SPSL (River Ridge) and 3A Narrows (North Thurston) play next week.
Week 2 games
All games at 7 p.m.
Olympia at Capital
North Thurston at River Ridge
Shelton at Sumner
Yelm at Foss
Rochester at Black Hills
Aberdeen at Centralia
North Kitsap at W.F. West
Castle Rock at Tenino
Elma at North Mason
Rainier at Kittitas
Oakville at Taholah