Glacier Peak and Snohomish are among the nine local high school football teams playing in winner-to-state games Friday and Saturday. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Glacier Peak and Snohomish are among the nine local high school football teams playing in winner-to-state games Friday and Saturday. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

A look at prep football’s Week 10 winner-to-state playoffs

A preview of every winner-to-state matchup this week involving local high school football teams.

Below are capsules for the Week 10 winner-to-state high school football playoff games involving Snohomish County teams. This year’s Week 10 playoff matchups were determined by a committee, instead of pre-determined league pairings as in years past.

The winners advance to their respective 16-team state playoffs. The losers are eliminated. After the field of state qualifiers is set, committees will meet Sunday to determine state-playoff seedings.

CLASS 4A

EMERALD RIDGE at No. 2 LAKE STEVENS

Jayden Limar and 4A second-ranked Lake Stevens look to overcome the loss of their standout quarterback and embark on another state playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jayden Limar and 4A second-ranked Lake Stevens look to overcome the loss of their standout quarterback and embark on another state playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Lake Stevens H.S.

Emerald Ridge: 5-4, 4-4 league, 5th in South Puget Sound League 4A

About the Jaguars: Emerald Ridge finished in the middle of the pack of the ultra-tough SPSL 4A. The Jaguars suffered blowout losses to 4A top-ranked Graham-Kapowsin and 4A sixth-ranked Sumner. But their other two losses were both by three points, including a double-overtime defeat to 4A 10th-ranked Puyallup. Sophomore quarterback Jake Schakel has completed 72.8% of his passes for 1,997 yards, 23 TDs and seven interceptions. His top three targets are Tony Harste, three-star Washington commit Denzel Boston and Preston Landeis, who have combined for 1,612 yards receiving and 21 TD catches. Emerald Ridge, located in Puyallup, is seeking its first-ever state berth since the school opened in 2000.

Lake Stevens: 7-0, 4-0 league; 1st in Wesco 4A

About the Vikings: Perennial powerhouse Lake Stevens is without standout senior quarterback Grayson Murren, who is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured leg. In their first game without him last week, the Vikings pivoted to a Wildcat rushing attack and captured their eighth consecutive Wesco 4A title with a 34-28 win over 4A ninth-ranked Glacier Peak. Lake Stevens racked up 307 yards rushing, with four-star junior running back Jayden Limar directing the offense as the Wildcat quarterback. Limar totaled 254 yards from scrimmage in the victory, including 204 yards on 26 carries. For the season, Limar has 957 yards rushing, 272 yards receiving and 13 offensive TDs. Versatile senior receiver and fly-sweep specialist Trayce Hanks has 657 yards from scrimmage and 13 total TDs, including three second-half scores last week. Two-way standout senior and Eastern Washington commit Drew Carter has 681 yards receiving and 11 TD catches. The Vikings are coming off back-to-back one-possession wins, including a 35-28 victory over 4A 10th-ranked Kamiak two weeks ago.

Herald pick: Lake Stevens

SKYLINE vs. No. 9 GLACIER PEAK

Trey Leckner and 4A ninth-ranked Glacier Peak are eyeing the program’s first state playoff berth since the Grizzlies moved up to 4A in 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Trey Leckner and 4A ninth-ranked Glacier Peak are eyeing the program’s first state playoff berth since the Grizzlies moved up to 4A in 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium

Webcast: STSPN.com

Radio: KRKO 1380 AM

Skyline: 4-5, 2-2 league; 3rd in KingCo 4A Crest Division

About the Spartans: Skyline is one of the most accomplished prep football programs in recent state history, with seven state titles since the turn of the millennium — including six in eight seasons from 2005 to 2012. The program has dropped off a bit in recent years, as the Spartans are in danger of finishing with a losing record for the second consecutive full-length season. However, their 4-5 record is a bit deceiving. Three of their losses were to state-ranked teams, and the other two were to quality KingCo 4A programs. Skyline has a three-star cornerback recruit in junior TJ Crandall, who has an offer from Arizona State.

Glacier Peak: 6-2, 2-1 league; T-2nd in Wesco 4A

About the Grizzlies: Glacier Peak is coming off a hard-fought 34-28 loss to 4A second-ranked Lake Stevens in last week’s de facto Wesco 4A title game. The Grizzlies experienced a particularly up-and-down two-week stretch earlier this season, when they steamrolled traditional 4A power Woodinville 49-7 before falling to 3A fifth-ranked Marysville Pilchuck 49-14 the following week. Skyline will be Glacier Peak’s third KingCo 4A opponent this season, with the Grizzlies having already beaten Woodinville and North Creek in non-league games. Trey Leckner, a junior transfer from Snohomish who moved from receiver to running back, leads Glacier Peak in both rushing and receiving yardage. Leckner has 738 yards rushing, 369 yards receiving and 18 offensive TDs. Junior quarterback River Lien has completed 62.8% of his passes for 1,426 yards, 17 TDs and four interceptions. The Grizzlies are seeking their first state berth since moving up to 4A in 2016.

Herald pick: Glacier Peak

No. 10 KAMIAK vs. SKYVIEW

Wesley Garrett and 4A 10th-ranked Kamiak look to continue their breakout season and earn the program’s first state berth since 2004. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Wesley Garrett and 4A 10th-ranked Kamiak look to continue their breakout season and earn the program’s first state berth since 2004. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Kiggins Bowl (Vancouver)

Kamiak: 7-1, 2-1 league; T-2nd in Wesco 4A

About the Knights: After three consecutive one-win seasons from 2017 through 2019, fourth-year coach Bryant Thomas has engineered a massive turnaround that has Kamiak in the Week 10 winner-to-state round for the first time since 2014. The Knights’ lone blemish was a hard-fought 35-28 loss to perennial power Lake Stevens two weeks ago. Kamiak has otherwise faced a relatively light schedule, but has won each of its other seven games by at least 26 points. Versatile senior receiver Wesley Garrett has totaled 819 yards receiving, 745 yards rushing and 19 offensive TDs in a massive season. Junior quarterback Ben’tre Worthy has completed 71.1% of his passes for 1,317 yards, 18 TDs and just two interceptions. The Knights are seeking their first state berth since 2004.

Skyview: 7-2, 2-1 league; 2nd in Greater St. Helens League 4A

About the Storm: Skyview is 6-1 against Washington teams, with its lone in-state loss coming to 4A eighth-ranked Camas. The Storm’s biggest win was a 37-7 rout of league rival Union, which spent most of the season in the 4A top 10. Senior running backs Jaydin Knapp and Gabe Martin have combined for 1,149 yards rushing and 15 TDs, while senior quarterback Niko Arriola has thrown for 1,302 yards and 14 TDs. Skyview allows just 13.1 points per game and has a three-star senior linebacker in Tanner Beaman.

Herald pick: Skyview

CLASS 3A

BISHOP BLANCHET at No. 5 MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK

Dylan Carson and 3A fifth-ranked Marysville Pilchuck look to kickstart another state playoff run. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dylan Carson and 3A fifth-ranked Marysville Pilchuck look to kickstart another state playoff run. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Quil Ceda Stadium

Bishop Blanchet: 5-4, 4-0 league; 1st in Metro League Sound Division

About the Braves: Bishop Blanchet finished atop the middle division of the Metro League’s competitively balanced three-tiered setup. The Braves then earned a 16-12 Metro League playoff win last week over Ballard, which was the last-place team in the league’s upper division. Three of Bishop Blanchet’s losses were to quality KingCo 4A programs, including a three-point season-opening defeat to Woodinville.

Marysville Pilchuck: 8-1, 5-1 league; T-1st in Wesco 3A North

About the Tomahawks: Marysville Pilchuck has cruised to running-clock routs in eight of its nine games. The Tomahawks’ lone blemish was a 28-14 loss to 3A eighth-ranked Arlington, which led to a three-way tie for the Wesco 3A North title between Marysville Pilchuck, Arlington and Ferndale. The Tomahawks average 362 rushing yards per game in their deceptive Slot-T ground attack, led by a big offensive line and talented senior backs Dylan Carson and Jordan Velasquez. Carson has rushed for 1,701 yards and 33 TDs, while averaging 12.8 yards per carry. Velasquez has run for 806 yards and 13 TDs, with 15.8 yards per carry. Marysville Pilchuck allows just 13.3 points per game and has held all but one opponent to 15 points or fewer. The Tomahawks reached the 3A state quarterfinals in 2019.

Herald pick: Marysville Pilchuck

AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW at No. 8 ARLINGTON

Trent Nobach and Arlington are playing for the program’s first state berth since 2012. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Trent Nobach and Arlington are playing for the program’s first state berth since 2012. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Arlington H.S.

Auburn Mountainview: 6-2, 2-2 league; 3rd in North Puget Sound League White Division

About the Lions: Auburn Mountainview beat Thomas Jefferson 28-7 in an NPSL playoff game last week to advance to the winner-to-state round. The Lions have yet to face an opponent from outside the multi-classification NPSL, which is generally regarded as one of the state’s weaker leagues at the 4A and 3A levels. Junior quarterback Kayde Bodine has thrown for 1,130 yards, 16 TDs and six interceptions, while adding 227 yards and four TDs on the ground. Auburn Mountainview allows just 14.8 points per game.

Arlington: 7-1, 5-1 league; T-1st in Wesco 3A North

About the Eagles: Arlington earned a signature 28-14 win over 3A fifth-ranked Marysville Pilchuck three weeks ago, which ultimately gave the Eagles a three-way share of the Wesco 3A North title with Marysville Pilchuck and Ferndale. Arlington’s only loss was an 18-17 last-minute defeat to Ferndale in a rainy and windy Week 3 contest. The Eagles are led by standout senior quarterback Trent Nobach, who has completed 68.3% of his passes for 1,961 yards, 27 TDs and eight interceptions. His top targets are the senior trio of Gage Price, Levi Younger and Elijah Jackson, who have combined for 1,505 yards receiving and 25 TD catches. Arlington’s stingy defense allows just 9.5 points per game and hasn’t allowed more than 18 points all season. The Eagles are seeking their first state berth since 2012.

Herald pick: Arlington

MONROE vs. LAKES

Coming off a Wesco 3A championship, Cole Pruett and Monroe face Lakes for a trip to state. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Coming off a Wesco 3A championship, Cole Pruett and Monroe face Lakes for a trip to state. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Harry E. Lang Stadium (Lakewood)

Monroe: 6-3, 4-1 league; T-1st in Wesco 3A South

About the Bearcats: After opening the season with blowout losses to Ferndale and 4A ninth-ranked Glacier Peak, Monroe has won six of its past seven games. The Bearcats rallied for a 42-40 overtime win over Snohomish two weeks ago, which gave them a three-way share of the Wesco 3A South title with Snohomish and Edmonds-Woodway. And Monroe avenged its loss to Ferndale last week, beating the Golden Eagles 29-27 in the Wesco 3A championship game. Senior playmaker Cole Pruett is a game-changer in all three phases, with 823 yards receiving and 10 TD catches on offense, six interceptions on defense and five TD returns on special teams. Sophomore Blake Springer and senior Evan Leggett have combined to throw for 2,298 yards, 24 TDs and 11 interceptions while sharing the quarterback duties. After ending a 25-year state playoff drought in 2016, the Bearcats are seeking their third state berth in the past five full-length seasons. They reached the 4A state playoffs in 2016 and 2017.

Lakes: 5-3, 4-2 league; 3rd in Pierce County League

About the Lancers: Lakes’ three losses came by a combined 14 points to a trio of state-ranked teams. The Lancers suffered a 36-34 loss to 3A eighth-ranked Lincoln, a 32-21 loss to 3A 10th-ranked Spanaway Lake and a 28-27 non-league loss to 2A eighth-ranked Enumclaw. Junior running back Leo Pulalasi averages 8.7 yards per carry and has totaled 1,091 yards from scrimmage and 16 offensive TDs. Three-star junior wide receiver David Wells has 761 yards receiving and seven TD catches. Lakes allows just 15.8 points per game and has a pair of three-star safety recruits in Michael Westbrook and Aslan Fraser.

Herald pick: Lakes

SNOHOMISH vs. RAINIER BEACH

Joshua Vandergriend and Snohomish face a big challenge in a talent-laden Rainier Beach team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Joshua Vandergriend and Snohomish face a big challenge in a talent-laden Rainier Beach team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 5 p.m., Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium (Seattle)

Snohomish: 5-3, 4-1 league; T-1st in Wesco 3A South

About the Panthers: After suffering a 42-40 overtime loss to Monroe in its regular-season finale, Snohomish finished in a three-way tie atop the Wesco 3A South with Monroe and Edmonds-Woodway. The Panthers then survived a late scare in a loser-out Wesco 3A crossover game last week to hold on for a 28-21 win over Wesco 3A North No. 5 seed Oak Harbor. Snohomish gave up two late TDs and an onside kick that had Oak Harbor threatening for a game-tying score, but the Panthers came up with a late red-zone defensive stand to seal the victory. Senior running back Joshua Vandergriend leads Snohomish with 1,114 yards rushing, 414 yards receiving and 19 offensive TDs. After ending an 11-year state playoff drought in 2018, the Panthers are seeking their second state berth in the past three full-length seasons.

Rainier Beach: 4-2, 3-1 league; T-2nd in Metro League Mountain Division

About the Vikings: Rainier Beach’s two losses were a pair of one-point defeats to 4A fourth-ranked Eastlake and 3A third-ranked Eastside Catholic. The Vikings routed a quality Garfield team 41-0 and had their game against 3A powerhouse O’Dea canceled. Rainier Beach is loaded with next-level talent, highlighted by five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. and four-star cornerback Caleb Presley — who both have offers from Alabama and a slew of other big-time programs. Conerly Jr. is the nation’s top-ranked senior offensive tackle and Presley is the nation’s No. 10 junior cornerback, according to 247Sports. The Vikings also have a pair of senior three-star athletes in Jaelin Green and A’Shaki Davis.

Herald pick: Rainier Beach

EDMONDS-WOODWAY at PENINSULA

After a two-week layoff, Aaron Barraza and Edmonds-Woodway face Peninsula for a trip to state. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After a two-week layoff, Aaron Barraza and Edmonds-Woodway face Peninsula for a trip to state. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Peninsula H.S.

Edmonds-Woodway: 4-3, 3-1 league; T-1st in Wesco 3A South

About the Warriors: After an 0-3 start, Edmonds-Woodway has won four consecutive games. That includes a back-and-forth 33-28 victory over Monroe in Week 5, which ultimately helped give the Warriors a three-way share of the Wesco 3A South title with Monroe and Snohomish. Senior running back Aaron Barraza averages 7.9 yards per carry and has rushed for 612 yards and 12 TDs, including 470 yards and 10 TDs over the past three games since taking over as Edmonds-Woodway’s lead back. The Warriors, who canceled their past two games, haven’t played since Oct. 15.

Peninsula: 6-1, 5-0 league; T-1st in South Sound Conference

About the Seahawks: Peninsula and 3A second-ranked Yelm both finished undefeated in the South Sound Conference, but their matchup against each other was canceled. It was one of two canceled league games for the Seahawks. Peninsula’s only loss was a blowout defeat to 3A top-ranked Bellevue. In Week 3, the Seahawks rallied from a 28-0 halftime deficit to beat rival Gig Harbor 35-28 in overtime. And they pulled out another tight league victory the following week, edging Timberline 35-33. Peninsula has a 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior offensive tackle in Hall Schmidt, who is a Boise State commit.

Herald pick: Peninsula

STANWOOD at No. 8 LINCOLN

Ryder Bumgarner and Stanwood face a tall task in 3A eighth-ranked Lincoln and its star-studded team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Ryder Bumgarner and Stanwood face a tall task in 3A eighth-ranked Lincoln and its star-studded team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Lincoln H.S.

Stanwood: 5-4, 3-3 league; 4th in Wesco 3A North

About the Spartans: Stanwood has won four of its past five games, including a 49-14 rout of Lynnwood in last week’s loser-out crossover matchup between the No. 4 seeds from the Wesco 3A North and South. Three of the Spartans’ losses were to state-ranked teams, and the other was to a Ferndale team that spent much of the season ranked. Stanwood is led by two-way junior standout Ryder Bumgarner, who has rushed for 1,233 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Bumgarner also has two TD catches and five interceptions on defense. The Spartans are seeking just their third state berth in program history and their first since 1996.

Lincoln: 6-2, 5-0 league; 1st in Pierce County League

About the Abes: Lincoln’s only two losses were to 3A top-ranked Bellevue and 3A second-ranked Yelm. The talent-laden Abes have won each of their other six games, including a 41-14 rout of 3A 10th-ranked Spanaway Lake and a 36-34 victory over league rival Lakes. Lincoln is led by Pac-12 recruit Gabarri Johnson, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 10 junior quarterback in the nation. Johnson entered his team’s regular-season finale having completed 66.3% of his passes for 1,917 yards, 23 TDs and no interceptions, while also rushing for a team-high 584 yards and 13 TDs. His top target is senior Khaleel Robinson, who had 790 yards receiving and 12 TD catches entering the regular-season finale. The Abes’ defense is led by four-star recruit Jayden Wayne, who has an offer from Alabama and is the nation’s No. 8-ranked junior defensive lineman. Lincoln reached the 3A state semifinals in 2019.

Herald pick: Lincoln

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