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
Puyallup 46, Bethel 18 (4A)
Graham-Kapowsin 27, Bellarmine Prep 0 (4A)
Tacoma Baptist 46, Muckleshoot Tribal 14 (1B)
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 Prep–Mount Spokane at 4.
- Mead season season preview
- Central Valley season preview
- Mt. Spokane season preview
- Gonzaga Prep QB Ryan McKenna joined the SBLive Washington podcast
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.
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.
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.