Last season: 4-2 in conference, 6-4 overall; lost 49-20 to Eastside Catholic in the Class 3A quad-district playoffs
Head coach: John Gradwohl (21st season)
Key players: Ali Gaye, DE, sr.; Abdoulie Jatta, RB/OLB, sr.; Cameron Vogel, DL, sr.; Noah Becker, WR/DB, jr.; Anthony Lindamood, WR/S, sr.; Jalen Nash, WR, sr.; Kameron Krall, QB, sr.
Coach’s quote: “We have some key returners on defense and we expect our defense to have a great year. We have a lot of new faces on offense, but we are excited to see them play. We have a good mix of juniors and seniors playing for us, and the team attitude and commitment has been excellent to this point. This should be a fun year with a bunch of good kids.”
Sept. 2at Jackson, 8 p.m.
Sept. 9Woodinville, 5 p.m.
Sept. 16Mountlake Terrace, 8 p.m.
Sept. 23Shorecrest, 5 p.m.
Sept. 30at Lynnwood, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7at Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13Shorewood, 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 21at Meadowdale, 5 p.m.
Oct. 28Everett, 5 p.m.
Last season: 1-4 in conference, 5-5 overall
Head coach: Doug Trainor (second season)
Key players: Elijah Ross-Rutter, WR, jr.; Tanner Hollenback, OL/DL, jr.; Murdock Rutledge, QB, sr.; Josiah Chavez, WR/DB, jr.; Louis Davis, WR/DB, sr.; Brett Allred, WR/DB, sr.; Jacob Leonard, RB/LB, sr.; Aldo Yeo, RB/LB, jr.
Coach’s quote: “We can throw and we can run and do all those things. But at the end of the day we need to block, tackle and take care of the football better than our opponent. … We know there are some good football teams in our conference and we will need to block, tackle and take care of the football better than those teams to win those games.”
Sept. 2at WJ Mouat, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9Cascade, 8 p.m.
Sept 16Meadowdale, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23at Shorewood, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30Snohomish, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7at Mountlake Terrace, 8 p.m.
Oct. 14at Lynnwood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21Shorecrest, 8 p.m.
Oct 28.at. Ed.-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Last season: 3-3 in conference, 5-5 overall
Head coach: Keauntea Bankhead (third season)
Key players: Alton Hammond, QB/DB, sr.; Harris Cutuk, OL/DL, sr.; Jacob Laban, OL/DL, sr.; Riley Johnson, WR/DB, sr.; Michael Kirkman, RB/LB, sr.
Coach’s quote: “This is my first year where I have a team full of seniors. My offense has 10 seniors and one junior and pretty much identical on defense. This season, in my eyes, should be one of the best seasons Lynnwood’s football program has had for a while given that we stay healthy. It will still take hard work because of the competition we have in this league, but I have faith in my kids (that) they will be competitors and they will be successful.”
Sept. 2Ballard, 5 p.m.
Sept. 9at M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16Shorewood, 5 p.m.
Sept. 23at Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7at Meadowdale, 5 p.m.
Oct. 14Everett, 7 p.m.
Oct 21at Mountlake Terrace, 8 p.m.
Oct. 28at Shorecrest, 7 p.m.
Last season: 4-2 in conference, 5-5 overall; lost 35-27 to Auburn Mountainview in the Class 3A quad-district playoffs
Head coach: Matt Leonard (second season)
Key players: Kela Marshall, RB/OLB, sr.; Drew Tingstad, QB, sr.; Quinton Bourgetter, MLB, sr.; Haelin Roberts, WR/FS, sr.; Markus Ward, DL, sr.; Jashon Butler, RB/DB, jr.; Zach Plummer, TE, sr.
Coach’s quote: “We have some changes on our staff and will look slightly different this season than in years past, but the expectation doesn’t change. We expect to contend for the Wesco South and to make a deep playoff run. We bring back a lot of kids who played a lot of football for us last season and we will lean heavily on that experience.”
Sept. 2at Monroe, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9Redmond, 8 p.m.
Sept. 16at Everett, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23at Mountlake Terrace, 8 p.m.
Sept. 30Shorewood, 8 p.m.
Oct. 7Lynnwood, 5 p.m.
Oct. 14at Shorecrest, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Oct. 28at Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace Hawks
Last season: 3-3 in conference, 5-5 overall
Head coach: Kelly Dougan (second season)
Key players: Nick Fisher, RB/DB, sr.; Garrett McDowell, QB, sr.; Yosif Abraha, OL/DL, sr.; Thadeus Merten, FB/MLB, soph.; Austin Bach, WR/OLB, sr.; Brandon Bach, WR/DB, soph.; Zach Kadri, OL/DL, sr.
Coach’s quote: “We are excited for the upcoming season. We expect to be much improved defensively, while continuing to generate yardage and points with a powerful running game. We have a nice blend of experienced seniors, scrappy juniors and athletic sophomores, who will contribute on Friday nights. Over the summer, we have competed well against quality football programs in seven-on-sevens and 11-on-11s, giving us optimism that we will play quality football throughout the regular season. Our reshaped coaching staff has done an excellent job getting us prepared. Ultimately, our goal is to earn our way into the 2A playoffs knowing anything can happen from there.”
Sept. 2Sehome, 8 p.m.
Sept. 9at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16at Ed.-Woodway, 8 p.m.
Sept. 23Meadowdale, 8 p.m.
Sept. 30at Shorecrest, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7Everett, 8 p.m.
Oct. 14at Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21Lynnwood, 8 p.m.
Oct. 28Shorewood, 8 p.m.
Last season: 1-5 in conference, 3-6 overall; lost 24-19 to Lakewood in a play-in game to 2A District 1 playoffs
Head coach: Brandon Christensen (sixth season)
Key players: Jack Koss, QB, sr.; Race Treat, WR/DB, sr.; Jake Smotherman, FB/LB, sr.; Nick Kinkopf, RB/DL, sr.; Jackson Jones, OL/DL, jr.; Sadath Aboudou, RB/DB, jr.
Coach’s quote: “We’ve got some senior leaders at some of the key spots — running back and quarterback. So we’ll be looking for our offense to build on a lot of the momentum that it got last year. It was a much better offense. Defensively, we’re going to be young, athletic and fast, but inexperienced. We had a lot of really good seniors that we lost off our defense last year, but Jake Smotherman is an all-league linebacker and he’ll be anchoring that defense. He’s a smart kid and he’s really going to help those inexperienced kids around him.”
Sept. 2Interlake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23at Ed.-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Sept. 30Mountlake Terrace, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7at Shorewood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14Meadowdale, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21at Everett, 8 p.m.
Oct. 28Lynnwood, 7 p.m.
Last season: 0-6 in conference, 0-10 overall
Head coach: Brandon Torrey (second season)
Key players: Chase Crowell, OL/DL, sr.; Brandon Hernandez, OL, sr.; Devin Diaz, RB/DB, sr.; Alex Tsolmon, RB/LB, sr.; Jaiden Kellum, RB/LB, sr.
Coach’s quote: “We are eager and continue to attack every opportunity as we grow as a football team. We have a great group of kids who have really bought in. Their faith in our plan and togetherness have really grown throughout camp. We know and understand that we have to take care of everything we can control and the rest will speak for itself.”
Sept. 2at Granite Falls, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9Bellingham, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16at Lynnwood, 5 p.m.
Sept. 23Everett, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30at Meadowdale, 8 p.m.
Oct. 7Shorecrest, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13at Ed.-Woodway, 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 21Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28at M. Terrace, 8 p.m.
Last season: 5-2 in conference, 5-5 overall; lost 61-26 to Graham-Kapowsin in the Class 4A quad-district playoffs
Head coach: Kai Smalley (fourth season)
Key players: Brad Raymond, OL/DL, sr.; Keegan Stich, RB/LB, jr.; Josh Johnston, WR/FS, sr.; Jess Harris, TE/LB, sr.; Brandon Jodock, QB, sr.; Nathan Hall, OL/DL, sr.; Ty Roth, WR/DB, sr.
Coach’s quote: “We have a great senior class coming back that has been playing together for a long time and has had success. They’re a very hard-working group and they work well together. A lot of them got a lot of time last year. We also have some younger guys, some incoming juniors, and even some incoming sophomores, that had some good time last year. We have some experience coming back and we’re excited about the leadership we have coming back.”
Sept. 2M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9at Glacier Peak, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16at Shorecrest, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23Lynnwood, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30at Everett, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7Ed.-Woodway, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14M. Terrace, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21at Shorewood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28Meadowdale, 7 p.m.