As kickoff nears for the upcoming high school football season, here are links to The Herald’s previews for each local league. Included are feature stories, coaches polls, league favorites and contenders, things to know, players to watch and games to watch.
Ultra-talented junior running back Jayden Limar — who already has offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M — headlines what figures to be another high-octane Lake Stevens attack.
Seven-time defending Wesco 4A champion Lake Stevens is once again the odds-on favorite, but Glacier Peak may have the pieces to challenge the Vikings and contend for its first-ever 4A state playoff berth.
WESCO 3A NORTH
After a broken collarbone wiped out nearly his entire spring season, talented Arlington senior quarterback Trent Nobach used the summer to make up for lost time and aims to help the Eagles bounce back this fall.
Marysville Pilchuck and Ferndale are co-favorites in the Wesco 3A North, with both teams featuring the talent and experience to make noise at the 3A state level.
WESCO 3A SOUTH
After being stuck behind perennial Wesco 4A power Lake Stevens in recent years, the Bearcats have moved down a classification and are aiming for a league title in the new-look Wesco 3A South.
Edmonds-Woodway, Monroe and two-time defending league champion Snohomish are expected to be in the thick of a tight race for the Wesco 3A South crown.
NORTHWEST 2A/EMERALD SOUND CONFERENCE
Two years after his older brother led Lakewood to the 2A state quarterfinals, senior quarterback Justice Taylor looks to guide the Cougars on another state-playoff run.
Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy return to the rugged Northwest 2A and are both eyeing deep state-playoff runs.
The Bruins and Seagulls are among three Wesco teams playing independent schedules this fall, in an effort to create competitively balanced matchups for their programs.