Week 2 preview of WIAA football: 3 storylines, matchups to see, and game predictions to follow around the state of Washington

It is the last week of February, and a few more leagues around the state will make their 2020-21 WIAA football season debut this week.

Here is a quick recap of last week’s highlights, followed by upcoming storylines and games to monitor in Week 2:

THREE THINGS WORTH REVISITING FROM WEEK 1

‘B’ king Odessa still rules from throne
Yes, 8-man champion Odessa lost lots of seniors from last season’s championship squad. But the Tigers still appear to a handful, rolling up 498 total yards in a 98-0 victory over Wellpinit on Friday. QB Jett Nelson threw four touchdown passes.

Welcome back to Prosser football, Haden Hicks
Haden Hicks’ junior year as the quarterback ended prematurely with a broken collarbone. He returned Friday in Prosser’s 45-7 win over Selah, catching a 58-yard touchdown strike from Kaiden Rivera in the second quarter to spark the runaway.

Muckleshoot Tribal star returns after long hiatus
In 2018, Josiah Vaomu tried playing football with a serious knee injury – and missed more than two years recovering. He returned as the Muckleshoot Tribal quarterback Saturday and threw a touchdown pass in a loss to Tacoma Baptist.

REWIND SBLIVE’S WEEK 1 COVERAGE

Yelm 31, Olympia 6 (3A/4A)

6 OBSERVATIONS | GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Puyallup 46, Bethel 18 (4A)

5 OBSERVATIONS | GAME HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY

Spanaway Lake 34, Lincoln 7 (3A)

PHOTO GALLERY

Graham-Kapowsin 27, Bellarmine Prep 0 (4A)

5 OBSERVATIONS | GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Tacoma Baptist 46, Muckleshoot Tribal 14 (1B)

GAME HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY

Napavine 49, Kalama 32 (2B)

5 OBSERVATIONS | GAME HIGHLIGHTS

THREE WEEK 2 STORYLINES TO FOLLOW

Clark County championship this early?
The past two Class 4A state champions – Union (2018) and Camas (2019) – go at it as the 4A GSHL kicks off its season. What tricks do these veteran coaches have up their sleeves in gaining an advantage in what should be a close game?

Last-minute non-league blockbuster set
With Rogers of Puyallup short on players and bowing out, No. 6 (4A) Puyallup has found a new opponent for its 2020-21 home opener – fourth-ranked 3A program Lakes, its former SPSL rival. Expect the quarterbacks to go big.

New Union Stadium gets first-weekend GSL doubleheader
With downtown Joe Albi Stadium closed down, the Mead School District will debut its new $24 million home football facility – Union Stadium – on Saturday with Lewis & Clark meeting Central Valley at 1 p.m., followed by Gonzaga PrepMount Spokane at 4.

TOP THREE WEEK 2 GAMES ON TAP

No. 10 Union Titans (0-0) at No. 1 Camas Papermakers (0-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Doc Harris Stadium

Skinny: The 2018 and 2019 4A state champions open the season with a crosstown rivalry game typically reserved for the last game of the regular season. It rarely fails to live up to the hype.

Live streaming link: NFHS Network (subscription required).

SBLive WA pick: Camas, 20-17.

No. 5 (2A) Lynden Lions (1-0) at (3A) Ferndale Golden Eagles (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Ferndale High School

Skinny: One of the best-attended rivalry game in the state won’t have the same atmosphere, but these two programs know each other well – and have put on a few fantastic finishes.

Live streaming link: YouTube link.

SBLive WA pick: Lynden, 27-23.

No. 6 Enumclaw Hornets (0-0) at No. 2 Steilacoom Sentinels (0-0)
2 p.m. Saturday, Steilacoom High School

Skinny: Fresh off a scrimmage with 2A champion Tumwater, the Sentinels feel better about their improved run defense. And the physical rushing attack of the Hornets will test that immediately.

Live streaming link: NFHS Network (subscription required)

SBLive WA pick: Steilacoom, 35-28.

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