How SBLive’s Top 25 Washington high school football teams fared in Week 1: O’Dea, Yelm, Eastside Catholic topple ranked opponents

High school football is now in full swing in Washington, with Week 1 well underway.

SBLive identified the Top 25 high school football teams across the state entering the fall 2021 season spanning all classifications. The rankings will be updated the beginning of each week, after all games from the previous week have concluded.

Here’s how the Top 25 fared in Week 1:

1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES, 1-0 (4A), beat Rogers (Puyallup), 48-0

Defeated Rogers (Puyallup) in blowout fashion on Friday night.

2. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH, 1-0 (3A) beat No. 7 Union, 35-17

After a breakout freshman season in the sprig, Jason Brown picked up where he left off, turning 23 carries into 284 rushing yards. His three touchdowns were from 21, 80 and 22 yards out.

3. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS, 0-0 (4A), did not play

The Vikings canceled their first two games, including what would have been its season opener against Eastlake on Friday, due to COVID-19 protocols.

4. SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS 1-0 (3A), beat Archbishop Murphy, 41-8

Led by QB Braeden Smith’s four touchdowns, the Panthers outraced Archbishop Murphy, 41-18. Three of Smith’s touchdowns were on the ground — the fourth was a kick return.

5. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS, 1-0 (4A), beat University, 49-0

The Bullpups coasted past U-High in its opener behind 127 rushing yards from quarterback Ryan McKenna and three touchdowns from RB Nick Bankey. (BOX SCORE)

6. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS, 0-0 (3A), did not play

The Sentinels canceled their first two games after positive COVID-19 cases within the program spurred contact tracing, including what would have been its season-opener against Gig Harbor on Friday.

7. UNION TITANS, 0-1 (4A), lost to No. 2 O’Dea, 35-17

The Titans showed flashes of offensive spark, highlighted by Tobias Merriweather’s touchdowns of 65 and 12 yards, but the O’Dea front proved to be too much. 

8. KENNEDY CATHOLIC LANCERS, 0-1 (4A), lost to No. 20 Eastside Catholic, 23-8.

Lost to a short-manned No. 20 Eastside Catholic on the road. (READ MORE)

9. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES, 1-0 (3A), beat Peninsula, 51-13

If it ain’t broke … Rushing the ball 60 of 61 plays from scrimmage, the Wolverines thumped perennial playoff team Peninsula — No. 38 in SBLive’s Top 50 countdown — behind 445 yards of total offense. (READ MORE)

10. SUMNER SPARTANS , 1-0 (4A), beat Emerald Ridge, 62-22

The Spartans’ offense exploded behind Bo Carlson’s four touchdowns — three passing — and three more from last year’s 4A SPSL player of the year Peyton Wing. (PHOTO GALLERY)

11. KENNEWICK LIONS, 1-0 (3A), beat Walla Walla, 23-7

Opened the season with a 3A Mid-Columbia Conference win over Walla Walla on the road. (Read the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin’s recap)

12. BOTHELL COUGARS, 0-0 (4A), beat Moses Lake, 56-21

Brought its rushing attack on the road and scored seven touchdowns on the ground to beat Moses Lake on Saturday for head coach Tom Bainter’s 200th career win.

13. PUYALLUP VIKINGS, 1-0 (4A), beat Skyline, 44-17

Defeated Skyline on the road to open the season.

14. YELM TORNADOS, 1-0 (3A), beat No. 15 Lincoln of Tacoma, 34-18

Standout RB/LB Brayden Platt turned 16 carries into 107 rushing yards and three touchdowns and WR/DB Kyler Ronquillo caught eight passes for 101 yards receiving. (Read The News Tribune’s recap)

15. LINCOLN OF TACOMA ABES, 0-1 (3A), lost to No. 14 Yelm, 34-18

Lost to Yelm despite 274 passing yards and two touchdowns from electric junior dual-threat QB Gabarri Johnson.

16. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES, 1-0 (4A), beat Snohomish, 35-19

Beat rival Snohomish 35-19 to open the season. (Read The Everett Herald’s recap)

17. CENTRAL VALLEY BEARS, 0-1 (4A), lost to Eastmont, 33-31

The Bears dropped its season opener to Columbia Basin Big 9 opponent Eastmont on the road. 

18. RICHLAND BOMBERS, 1-0 (4A), beat Pasco, 56-0

A reloaded Bombers group expected to compete for a Mid-Columbia Conference title opened the season with a bang, shutting out conference opponent Pasco.

19. EASTLAKE WOLVES, 1-0 (4A), beat Kentwood, 53-0

Parker Barrysmith threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns, Will Eaton’s 49-yard punt return got things going and the Wolves thrashed a Kentwood team missing seven starters, 53-0. (READ MORE)

20. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS, 1-0 (3A) beat Kennedy Catholic 23-8

After learning they would be down 24 players (10 starters) due to COVID-19 contact tracing the night before the game, the Crusaders rallied to win behind remote play-calling and a solid start from junior QB Brady McKelheer. (READ MORE)

21. MOUNT SI WILDCATS, 1-0 (4A) beat Federal Way, 51-0

Thrashed Federal Way, 51-0 in its season opener at home.

22. KAMIAKIN BRAVES, 1-0 (4A), beat Hermiston, 46-10 

Hopped up to a 46-3 halftime lead en route to a season-opening win against its Oregon-based Mid-Columbia Conference foe.

23. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS, 1-0 (2A), beat Enumclaw, 56-6

The T-Birds gave up a touchdown on the first drive, then kicked into gear and didn’t look back. (Read The Olympian’s recap)

24. MT. SPOKANE WILDCATS, 1-0 (3A), beat Cheney, 54-0

Opened the season with a 54-0 win against Cheney on the road.

25. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK, 1-0 (3A), beat Shorecrest, 52-7

Started the season strong by thrashing the 3A Wesco – South opponent at home.


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