Kamiak and Lake Stevens get A’s.
Only eight high school football teams in each classification are still playing this week. That’s about 10 percent of the total population, putting any team that’s left in the 90th percentile statewide. That’s an A in this grader’s book.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to reach the championship game and win – A plus.
We all know how hard those A plusses are to come by. To get one, Kamiak and Lake Stevens are both going to have to perform flawlessly this week and the next and the next.
And they will have to produce those flawless performances against foes of equal or greater ability, teams that have also earned a grade of A and want that A plus as much as the Knights and Vikings.
Here’s a look at this week’s test for each team:
Tahoma backs Casey Robbins (23 carries, 152 yards), Matt Gerken and wide receiver Calvin McHenry accounted for 296 of Tahoma’s 312 yards total offense in last week’s 24-7 playoff victory over Bothell.
Kamiak’s greatest asset is its balanced offense, which spreads defenses. The Knights field two accomplished ball carriers in Wilson and Washington, and quarterback Ryan Jones can move the ball through the air or on the ground. Kamiak is capable of mounting sustained drives, too. If the Knights can get an edge in time of possession through a turnover or two or by forcing some punts, they could move on to the semifinals.
O’Dea back James Beck carried 11 times for 161 yards and teammate Ty Eriks carried 17 times for 96 yards and scored three touchdowns in last week’s 51-6 playoff victory over Tumwater.
Lake Stevens has weapons on offense. Matt Williams is an effective rusher. His twin brother Nik, a receiver, caught seven passes for 99 yards against Mercer Island. And quarterback Nolan Perkl is coming off a 252-yard passing performance. But the Vikings must keep in mind that O’Dea intercepted Tumwater three times. To win, Lake Stevens has to have some success moving the ball against that tough O’Dea defense. And the Vikings’ defense must keep those O’Dea backs from averaging 9 yards a carry.
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