Yelm hasn’t lost a game since its season-opener against Bethel. Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
Yelm hasn’t lost a game since its season-opener against Bethel. Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com

High School Sports

Who will win? Week 5 high school football games to watch, predictions

By Lauren Smith

lsmith@theolympian.com

September 28, 2017 04:14 PM

Here are three high school football games to watch this week in the lower South Sound, and a full schedule of every other game a local program is playing in.

3A SSC

PENINSULA (3-1) AT CAPITAL (2-2)

7 p.m. Friday, Ingersoll Stadium, Olympia

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About the Seahawks: Last year’s 3A South Sound Conference runner-up has rolled off three consecutive wins — including a 56-0 shutout of Shelton last week — after losing its season opener to a Mt. Spokane team that is now ranked eighth in 3A. QB Burke Griffin completed 10 of 13 passes for 232 yards and two scores last week, with Alex Beloate (four catches, 109 yards) and Peyton Bice (three catches, 73 yards, two TDs) as his top targets. The Seahawks scored another four TDs on the ground against the Highclimbers.

About the Cougars: Capital had an uneven start the first three weeks, but that seemed remedied against North Thurston last week. QB Grant Erickson (46 of 82 passing, 739 yards, nine TDs) recorded his best game against the Rams, throwing for 329 yards and six — yes, six — TDs. WR Chris Penner (17 catches, 361 yards, five TDs), whose playing time was limited earlier this season with an injury, finished with 186 receiving yards and three TDs against the Rams.

Olympian pick: Peninsula, 21-17.

NORTH THURSTON (0-4) AT YELM (3-1)

7 p.m. Friday, Yelm High School, Yelm

About the Rams: Winless this season — and in the first two games of league play — North Thurston hits the road searching for a win. Despite their woes, the Rams have shown bright spots. The 20 points they put up against Capital last week are the most they’ve scored in a single game this season. RB Zion Kirk (64 carries, 279 yards, two TDs) has been the workhorse. He posted his first game in triple digits this season against the Cougars, rushing for 174 yards and a TD.

About the Tornados: Last week’s win over Gig Harbor — a team that advanced to the state playoffs a year ago — should start to turn some heads. With two early wins in 3A SSC play, the Tornados are in the driver’s seat to contend for a playoff spot. QB Kyle Robinson (44 of 78 passing, 903 yards, six TDs) is leading the lower South Sound in passing, and has been the focal point of Yelm’s offense. But the Tornados are just as dangerous on the ground, led by RB James Palmer (55 carries, 330 yards, six TDs).

Olympian pick: Yelm, 35-14.


 

2A EVCO

CENTRALIA (1-3) AT BLACK HILLS (2-2)

7 p.m. Friday, Tumwater District Stadium, Tumwater

About the Tigers: Two consecutive losses — including a blowout to Kelso last week — essentially gets erased Friday night when 2A Evergreen Conference play begins. Kolby Baird, an Olympian All-Area selection at punter last season, took over at quarterback this year, and has scored six TDs for the Tigers. RB Jose Pineda (who has rushed for more than 100 yards twice this year, including a 181-yard game against Mark Morris) and RB Dylan Purkey split duties in the backfield.

About the Wolves: Black Hills is still finding its footing on offense behind new QB Ethan Loveless (34 of 61 passing, 324 yards, TD) and a handful of young players, but managed two wins in the final seconds over Capital and Prairie after a season-opening loss to Timberline. Evergreen of Vancouver broke up the streak last week, edging the Wolves with a 9-6 win. But, Black Hills can look to last season for some encouragement — the Wolves won their meeting with their Tigers, 49-14.

Olympian pick: Black Hills, 24-21.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12

WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

Games at 7 p.m. Friday at host high school, unless otherwise noted.

4A SPSL

OLYMPIA (3-1) AT SOUTH KITSAP (0-4)

Olympian pick: Olympia, 35-13


 

3A SSC

PENINSULA (3-1) AT CAPITAL (2-2)

Olympian pick: Peninsula, 21-17

NORTH THURSTON (0-4) AT YELM (3-1)

Olympian pick: Yelm, 35-14

SHELTON (0-4) AT NO. 7 TIMBERLINE (4-0)

7 p.m. Thursday at South Sound Stadium, Lacey

Olympian pick: Timberline, 49-13


 

2A SPSL

HIGHLINE (0-4) AT RIVER RIDGE (2-2)

at South Sound Stadium, Lacey

Olympian pick: River Ridge, 34-12


 

2A EVCO

CENTRALIA (1-3) AT BLACK HILLS (2-2)

at Tumwater District Stadium

Olympian pick: Black Hills, 24-21

ABERDEEN (2-2) AT NO. 9 W.F. WEST (3-1)

at Tumwater District Stadium

Olympian pick: W.F. West, 38-20

1A EVCO

HOQUIAM (2-2) AT TENINO (1-2)

Olympian pick: Hoquiam, 28-24

2B CENTRAL — MOUNTAIN

NO. 6 RAINIER (4-0) AT ONALASKA (3-1)

Olympian pick: Onalaska, 35-32

NONLEAGUE

NO. 4 TUMWATER (2-2) AT STEILACOOM (3-1)

7 p.m. Thursday

Olympian pick: Tumwater, 45-28

ELMA (1-3) AT ROCHESTER (2-2)

Olympian pick: Elma, 30-28