Lake Stevens’ David Brown (33) and Jesse Lewis (15) go in for a tackle on West Linn’s Ryan Vandenbrink during a game Sept. 22 at Lake Stevens High School. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ David Brown (33) and Jesse Lewis (15) go in for a tackle on West Linn’s Ryan Vandenbrink during a game Sept. 22 at Lake Stevens High School. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Prep football power rankings after Week 6

Here are our top 8 local teams after all the action from Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A league title was clinched in Snohomish County during Week 6 of the prep football season, and another conference champion could be crowned this coming Friday.

With just four weeks of football remaining until the state playoffs, here’s a look at The Herald’s high school football power rankings after Week 6:

1. Lake Stevens Vikings

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 1

Why they’re here: If there was any doubting the Vikings in big games after their loss to Oregon powerhouse West Linn, they silenced those thoughts with a 35-27 victory over previously unbeaten Eastlake in a top-10 Class 4A showdown Friday. Lake Stevens now holds three victories over 4A and 3A teams ranked in the Associated Press top 10 and looks to be well on its way to favorable seeding in the 4A state playoffs, barring any major upsets down the stretch.

2. Arlington Eagles

Record: 6-0

Last week’s ranking: 2

Why they’re here: The Eagles became the first local team to clinch a league championship Friday when they dispatched Marysville Pilchuck 42-14 for the Wesco 3A North crown. Unbeaten Arlington has yet to receive much of a challenge yet this season, despite playing in a traditionally strong league. The rest of the state is taking notice, too. The Eagles climbed up to No. 4 in the latest 3A rankings and should have a firm grip on that spot heading into a potential Wesco 3A title tilt with Monroe in Week 9.

3. Monroe Bearcats

Record: 6-0

Last week’s ranking: 3

Why they’re here: The Bearcats keep proving to be untouchable in Wesco 3A South and rolled to another lopsided win over Shorewood, 48-0, this past week. In four league games, Monroe has outscored opponents 192-16 with three wins coming by at least 47 points. The Bearcats also haven’t trailed in a game at any point this season. Monroe can join Arlington as a league champion this week with a victory at home over Edmonds-Woodway and set up a must-see battle with the Eagles in Week 9.

4. King’s Knights

Record: 6-0

Last week’s ranking: 4

Why they’re here: The Knights left little doubt as to who the top dog in the Emerald Sound Conference is during their league opener with Sultan. King’s piled up all 56 of its points in the first half and has now won their past seven league games by 40 points dating back to 2021. The Knights appear locked into a top seeding for the state playoffs with three conference games where they’ll be heavily favored left on the schedule.

5. Glacier Peak Grizzlies

Record: 4-2

Last week’s ranking: 6

Why they’re here: After routing Kamiak 48-0 last Friday for a third straight win, the Grizzlies appear to be trending in the right direction entering a non-league matchup with Marysville Pilchuck that could serve as a solid resume booster for either squad. Glacier Peak has one-upped its season-best scoring output and hasn’t committed a turnover in each its past three games. The defense also has two shutouts during that span.

6. Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks

Record: 4-2

Last week’s ranking: 5

Why they’re here: With a chance to stay alive in the Wesco 3A North title chase, the Tomahawks ended up being just another footnote in a string of lopsided wins for Arlington. On the bright side, Marysville Pilchuck’s 14-point halftime deficit was the smallest of any team to face the Eagles, and rival Marysville Getchell did the team a major favor by upsetting Ferndale. The Tomahawks still have a path to second place in the league and an automatic Week 10 playoff berth, but they’ll need to beat Mount Vernon in Week 8 and get help in the form another Ferndale loss.

7. Edmonds-Woodway Warriors

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 7

Why they’re here: The Warriors are winners of five straight and have breezed through the lighter portion of their Wesco 3A South schedule with a 4-0 record. Edmonds-Woodway has allowed just six total points in those four wins and won each game by at least 21 points. The schedule quickly ramps up this week with a chance to keep 3A sixth-ranked Monroe from clinching the league’s title. Regardless of the outcome, the Warriors’ Week 8 game against Mountlake Terrace will also have major postseason implications.

8. Mountlake Terrace Hawks

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 8

Why they’re here: The upstart Hawks bounced back from their first loss of the season against Monroe and trounced Lynnwood 50-6 last week. Mountlake Terrace has a non-league game with Inglemoor this week and will be awaiting the results of Edmonds-Woodway at Monroe to find out what the exact stakes of its Week 8 matchup against the Warriors will be. At the very least, Terrace will be playing for an automatic bid for the Week 10 playoffs when it matches up with E-W.

Next up: Darrington Loggers (6-0)

Note: The Herald’s high school football power rankings place the top eight teams in the area. Consideration is given to current record, strength of schedule and recent success. The rankings will also consider a team’s strength relative to its own classification. For example, if a Class 1A team is ranked above a 4A school, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’d favor the 1A team in a head-to-head matchup.

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