I was out at Federal Way-Kentwood last night
Now, here’s part two of this week’s high school football preview.
The KING 5 Big Game of The Week will be Lakes at Auburn Mountainview and our Chris Egan will be there tonight. We also did a pep rally at Mountainview’s campus this morning and the student body was fantastic.
The race for SPSL 3A has to be one of the most intriguing in the region and both of these teams will be in the thick of it.
Auburn Mountainview and Peninsula are tied for first place with Lakes and Auburn a game back. Sumner is also still in the hunt. For Mountainview, the biggest tests of its undefeated season lie ahead – the Lions play Lakes, Peninsula, and Auburn in consecutive weeks.
Lakes has never lost to Auburn Mountainview, but this week could be one of its best chances to do so.
“There aren’t too many teams that you can take a break on [in SPSL 3A], and Mountainview has shown that they’re right in the mix,” Lakes head coach Dave Miller said.
Lions quarterback Gresch Jensen has thrown 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also has six rushing touchdowns.
Jensen is just a junior but he started for the Lions as a sophomore. Looking at SPSL 3A as a league, nearly every team has a solid signal caller in Miller’s eyes.
“Just about every week you’re going to play an experienced quarterback right now in our league,” he said.
Lakes quarterback Jaiave Magalei might not have that experience – this is the junior’s first year starting – but he’s been impressive. He’s compiled 17 touchdown passes, just three interceptions. And let’s not forget the monster week he had against Auburn Riverside – seven first-half touchdown passes.
Lakes starts about 15 underclassmen, according to Miller, and many of those players haven’t had the same success every week as Magalei. Their development in games such as Friday’s will largely determine how far the Lancers go this year.
“Because of our inexperience, we’re still dealing with some inconsistencies,” Miller said. “And that’s the biggest thing. We’ve just got to get more consistent.”
Miller on SPSL 3A competition: “For us, it’s great to have those four quarter games every week and I think the teams from our league that go to the playoffs are going to be really ready to go.”
In a non-league showdown, No. 6 Skyline hosts No. 9 Graham Kapowsin. I chatted with GK head coach Eric Kurle, who said Skyline is the best team they’ll have faced up to this point in the season.
The Spartans’ offense is not one-dimensional. Both on the ground and in the air, Skyline can hurt a defense.
“For us, it’s a great challenge to see where we’re at right now, both for coaching and playing” Kurle said. “You can’t really try to take one thing away because they do everything well.”
Skyline running back Rashaad Boddie has not been easy to bring down this year. He’s scored 11 touchdowns through five games, and when he hasn’t been cutting up defenses, it’s been his quarterback.
Skyline’s Blake Gregory has thrown for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns (just one interception), finding a plethora of Spartan receivers in the end-zone.
Here’s Kurle on Boddie and Skyline’s offense: “He’s a big, strong kid with great speed. He gets to the second level and he’s pretty much gone. We gotta try to bottle him up, but the tough thing about that is their quarterback throws the ball well and they’ve got good receivers. So they’re pretty talented in what they do.”
But Graham Kapowsin has a strong offense, too. Running back Shannon Edwards leads the SPSL 4A South in rushing yards and quarterback Trever Asbjorsen has thrown for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.
So it’s fair to say there’s balance in both offenses.
Both teams have lost just one game – Skyline fell to Woodinville, Graham Kapowsin to Emerald Ridge. For what it’s worth, our Score Predictor sees the Spartans winning 42-20, but it’s been wrong before.
If you’re at a high school football game tonight or tomorrow, show us your school spirit on social media using the hashtag #k5sports.