Staff writer Meg Wochnick’s Top 3 football games to see this weekend:
Lincoln (2-0) at Capital (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium
It’s too bad this game is the league opener, because this game likely would be for the league title come Week 8 or Week 9. Lincoln likes to pass; junior Jordan Kitna — yes, the son of 16-year NFL veteran Jon Kitna, who is the Abes’ coach — has thrown for nearly 700 yards in two victories. Capital, with its run-based offense, is led by Conner Kennedy, who has 351 yards rushing through two games and had both of Capital’s touchdowns in last week’s Spaghetti Bowl win over Olympia.
Hoquiam (1-1) at Tenino (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Beavers Stadium
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The game features the last two league titles in 1A Evergreen League. Hoquiam won it in 2012 and Tenino won its first league title since 1986 last season. It’s the first big test for Tenino, which has outscored its opponents 89-27 in two wins. What will junior Thomas Pier do in Week 3 after a 316-yard rushing performance in the team’s season opener followed by a five-touchdown game last week? The Beavers already have 828 yards of total offense in two games.
Raymond (2-0, 1-0 Pacific 2B) at Rainier (2-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Rainier Stadium
Is Rainier for real? A win over the two-time Pacific 2B League champions and a 2013 state semifinalist could send a statement to the rest of the league that the Mountaineers can be a contender as a 2B program. Get your track spikes ready — both teams like to run. In Rainier’s triple-option offense, senior Nic Henry has 439 yards and five touchdowns. The defense is just as good; it hasn’t allowed a score through eight quarters.
FRIDAY’S WEEK 3 GAMES
Olympia (1-1) at South Kitsap (1-1)
Lincoln (2-0) at Capital (1-1)
Wilson (2-0) at North Thurston (0-2)
Black Hills (2-0) at North Kitsap (2-0)
La Center (0-2) at Tumwater (2-0)
Columbia River (2-0) at Centralia (2-0)
River Ridge (2-0) at Franklin Pierce (0-2)
Foss (0-2) at Shelton (1-1)
Hoquiam (1-1) at Tenino (2-0)
Rochester (0-2) at Elma (0-2)
Raymond (2-0) at Rainier (2-0)