By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
If the opening week of football lacked a little buzz, it’s understandable.
School had not yet started when the football season kicked off on Sept. 3 with the exception of Archbishop Murphy.
The buzz should be up for week two, especially among the teams that posted victories to start the season. League action continues in the Western Conference 3A as Mountlake Terrace looks to improve to 2-0, while Lynnwood looks to bounce back from a tough loss.
Mountlake Terrace vs. Shorecrest
Game time: 7 p.m., Friday at Shoreline Stadium
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-0 in the league, 1-0 overall; Shorecrest 0-1 in the league, 0-1 overall
Last week’s results: Mountlake Terrace 41, Oak Harbor 13; Meadowdale 34, Shorecrest 2
Players to watch: Mountlake Terrace’s Zach Karels caught a touchdown and returned an interception for a score. Teammate Hunter Rook ran for two scores and threw the TD pass to Karels.
Breakdown: The Hawks opened with an impressive victory over Oak Harbor and figure to have the advantage of a Shorecrest squad that was unable to muster any offensive points against Meadowdale. Mountlake Terrace’s confidence got a big boost against the Vikings. The Hawks’ offensive line shined in its debut but should be tested by an experienced Scot line.
Enterprise pick: Mountlake Terrace 35, Shorecrest 14
Lynnwood vs. Shorewood
Game time: 8 p.m., Friday at Edmonds Stadium
Records: Lynnwood 0-1 in the league, 0-1 overall; Shorewood 0-1 in the league, 0-1 overall
Last week’s results: Glacier Peak 52, Lynnwood 20; Everett 13, Shorewood 7
Last year’s results: Lynnwood 33, Shorewood 10
Players to watch: Lynnwood running back Coleman Bryant ran well against Glacier Peak. Quarterback Blake Lord is looking to bounce back after a rough debut. Shorewood’s Eugene Holley scored his team’s lone touchdown.
Breakdown: Lynnwood needs to shake off the disappointment of a sub-par performance against Glacier Peak. The Royals pounded Shorewood last year, so the Thunderbirds are looking for a little payback. A big home crowd could help Lynnwood.
Enterprise pick: Lynnwood 21, Shorewood 20
Meadowdale vs. Lindbergh
Game time: 7 p.m., Friday at Lindbergh High School
Records: Meadowdale 1-0 overall; Lindbergh 1-0 overall
Last week’s results: Meadowdale 34, Shorecrest 2; Lindbergh 46, Rainier Beach 0
Players to watch: Meadowdale quarterback Nathan Ball ran for two touchdowns and threw for another against Shorecrest. His counterpart, sophomore Matt Stuart, is an imposing 6-5, 240-pound quarterback already regarded as one of the top prospects in the area.
Breakdown: Meadowdale faces one of its stiffest challenges of the year. Lindbergh is dropping down to 2A this year and is being touted as a legitimate title contender. The Mavericks probably need to get off to a fast start and keep the ball out of Stuart’s hands as much as possible.
Enterprise pick: Lindbergh 24, Meadowdale 21
Edmonds-Woodway vs. M-Pilchuck
Game time: 5 p.m., Friday at Edmonds Stadium
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 1-0 overall; Marysville-Pilchuck 1-0 overall
Last week’s results: Edmonds-Woodway 49, Monroe 0; Marysville-Pilchuck 27, Jackson 22
Players to watch: Edmonds-Woodway Zach Berg rushed for 155 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns. Marysville-Pilchuck quarterback Tylor Klep scored two touchdowns and teammate Andre Pina rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries, including what turned out to be the game-winner against Jackson.
Breakdown: Edmonds-Woodway hopes to keep the momentum from its opening rout over Monroe going against the defending Wesco North Division champions. The Warriors kept mistakes to a minimum and need to do the same against Marysville-Pilchuck. The Tomahawks lost three fumbles in the first half before mounting a furious second-half comeback. Marysville-Pilchuck can’t afford to be that sloppy again.
Enterprise pick: Edmonds-Woodway 21, Marysville-Pilchuck 14
Jackson vs. Arlington
Game time: 7 p.m., Friday at Arlington High School
Records: Jackson 0-1 overall; Arlington 1-0 overall
Last week’s results: Marysville-Pilchuck 27, Jackson 22; Arlington 26, Mariner 12
Last year’s results: Jackson 56, Arlington 21
Players to watch: Jackson running back Trai Patrick ran for two touchdowns in the Wolfpack’s season opening loss. Quarterback Sam Brown connected with Austin O’Keefe for a touchdown. Arlington running back Riley Cobb, rushed for 178 yards on 18 carries and scored one touchdown.
Breakdown: The Timberwolves look to put last week’s disappointing loss to Marysville-Pilchuck out of their minds against an Arlington team that pulled out a win despite losing starting quarterback Blake McPherson to a knee injury. Three different offensive players and one defensive player scored touchdowns for the Eagles last week. Jackson, the defending Wesco South Division champions, does not want to start the season 0-2.
Enterprise pick: Jackson 38, Arlington 30
Archbishop Murphy vs. Kennedy Catholic
Game time: 7 p.m., Friday at Terry Ennis Stadium
Records: Archbishop Murphy 1-0 overall; Kennedy 1-0 overall
Last week’s results: Archbishop Murphy 37, Ellensburg 3; Kennedy 41, Decatur 7
Players to watch: Archbishop Murphy’s Alex Galgano rushed or 112 yards on 12 carries, ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a touchdown in his varsity debut. Quarterback Austin VanderWel completed 3 of 8 passes for 104 yards and one score. Kennedy’s L.J. Jennings ran for two touchdowns against Decatur.
Breakdown: The Wildcats overcame the loss of senior running back Randy Gordon to overwhelm a talented Ellensburg squad. The task this week won’t be any easier against 3A Kennedy Catholic. Archbishop Murphy likely will need VanderWel to complete more passes against a tough Kennedy defense. The Wildcat defense will again look to avoid giving up the big plays.
Enterprise pick: Archbishop Murphy 21, Kennedy 14
Last week: 5-1
Season to date: 5-1