JACKSON at CASCADE
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
Jackson: 2-3 overall, 2-2 Wesco 4A; beat Kamiak 34-14 last week
About the Timberwolves: After a double-overtime loss to Glacier Peak and a blowout defeat to Lake Stevens, Jackson ended a two-game losing skid last week by beating Kamiak — despite managing just 222 total yards against the last-place Knights. Senior receiver and University of Colorado-bound Daniel Arias leads the Timberwolves with 614 yards receiving and five touchdown catches in five games. Jackson beat Cascade 19-14 in last year’s meeting.
Cascade: 4-2 overall, 2-2 Wesco 4A; beat Mount Vernon 35-21 last week
About the Bruins: With back-to-back victories over Mariner and Mount Vernon, Cascade has reached four wins for the first time since 2013. Senior running back Massai Moore rushed for a team-high 104 yards and two touchdowns last week, becoming the fifth Bruin to top 100 yards rushing in a game this season. Cascade’s Wing-T attack is led by Junior Due, who has rushed for 513 yards and six scores. Senior quarterback Brett Gillis has thrown 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions on just 31 passing attempts.
Herald pick: Jackson
MARINER at GLACIER PEAK
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium
Mariner: 2-4 overall, 1-3 Wesco 4A; lost to Monroe 51-13 last week
About the Marauders: Mariner has lost two straight games since beating rival Kamiak. The Marauders lost to Cascade in overtime two weeks ago, and then suffered a blowout defeat to powerhouse Monroe last week. A victory would vault Mariner into the heart of the Wesco 4A postseason race, but a loss would seriously jeopardize the Marauders’ chances of a fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
Glacier Peak: 3-3 overall, 2-2 Wesco 4A; lost to Lake Stevens 63-14
About the Grizzlies: Glacier Peak is coming off back-to-back blowout losses to Wesco 4A powerhouses Monroe and Lake Stevens, the latter of which scored 42 unanswered points in last week’s rout of the Grizzlies. Dual-threat quarterback Ayden Ziomas has thrown for 1,500 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions this season while rushing for 299 yards and six scores. Senior receiver Bo Burns and juniors David Castro and Evan Mannes each have more than 300 yards receiving this season for the Grizzlies.
Herald pick: Glacier Peak
ARLINGTON at STANWOOD
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Stanwood H.S.
Arlington: 4-2 overall, 2-1 Wesco 3A North; beat Marysville Pilchuck 49-14 last week
About the Eagles: After back-to-back losses to 3A second-ranked Ferndale and 4A seventh-ranked Graham-Kapowsin, Arlington rebounded last week by routing Marysville Pilchuck. Junior quarterback Anthony Whitis threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win, bumping his season passing totals to 1,348 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Campbell Hudson, a senior, had six receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns last week and was one of four different Eagles who caught a touchdown pass in the rout. The Eagles are seeking their eighth consecutive Stilly Cup win over archrival Stanwood.
Stanwood: 2-4 overall, 2-2 Wesco 3A North; lost to Ferndale 35-3 last week
About the Spartans: After back-to-back wins over Squalicum and Marysville Getchell, Stanwood was outgained by about 400 total yards in last week’s blowout loss to second-ranked Ferndale. The Spartans are looking to snap a seven-game Stilly Cup losing streak and avenge last year’s 22-20 loss to archrival Arlington.
Herald pick: Arlington
SNOHOMISH at SHORECREST
When: 8 p.m., Friday
Where: Shoreline Stadium
Snohomish: 3-3 overall, 2-1 Wesco 3A South; lost to Squalicum 21-13
About the Panthers: Snohomish is looking to snap a two-game losing skid after suffering a blowout loss to Everett and a non-league defeat to Squalicum the past two weeks. The Panthers are led by standout senior running back Keegan Stich, who has rushed for 843 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Stich is averaging 140.5 yards rushing per game and 6.7 yards per carry.
Shorecrest: 4-2 overall, 1-2 Wesco 3A South; lost to Everett 33-17
About the Scots: Senior running back Ricardo Ruiz has rushed for 805 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, averaging 134.2 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry. Ruiz ran for 258 yards and a touchdown last week, while senior Rico Dellaguardia added five catches for a team-high 156 yards. Chris Lee, a senior, leads Shorecrest with 518 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. The Scots are looking to avenge last year’s 49-13 loss to Snohomish. A victory would propel Shorecrest into the heart of the Wesco 3A South postseason race, but a loss would be damaging to the Scots’ playoff hopes with ninth-ranked Edmonds-Woodway looming next week.
Herald pick: Snohomish
— Compiled by Cameron Van Til, Herald Writer