SBLive’s Top 25 Washington high school football rankings: Graham-Kapowsin, O’Dea hold down top spots after Week 1

High school football games returned in Washington last weekend, marking the first full fall season in two years. Here is the updated statewide all-classification SBLive Top 25 Washington after Week 1:

(PRESEASON ALL CLASSIFICATION TOP 50)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL ALL-CLASSIFICATION POWER RANKINGS

1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Olympia (4A)

Last result: 48-0 win over Rogers (Puyallup)

Last ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: The consensus No. 1 overall team picked up right where it left off in the spring, defeating Rogers (Puyallup) in blowout fashion in Week 1. Up next? An Oly team coming off of a nail-biting loss to mark the start of 4A South Puget Sound League play.

2. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Kennedy Catholic (4A)

Last result: 35-17 win over No. 7 Union (4A)

Last ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: New pieces gelled quickly on the OL and DL, making way for sophomore RB Jason Brown to pick up where he left off. After a breakout freshman season in the spring, he turned 23 carries into 284 rushing yards ad three touchdowns (21, 80 and 22-yards runs) and the Irish wore down the talent-laden Titans. 

3. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 0-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 17 @ O’Dea (3A)

Last result: Did not play

Last ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: Have not yet had the opportunity to play. The Vikings canceled their first two games, including what would have been its season opener against Eastlake, due to COVID-19 protocols.

4. SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Bishop Blanchet (3A)

Last result: 41-8 win over Archbishop Murphy (2A)

Last ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: Good luck slowing these Panthers down. Led by QB Braeden Smith’s four touchdowns, Prep outraced Archbishop Murphy and couldn’t keep track of Smith, who rushed for two touchdowns and scored two more on special teams. Can Blanchet challenge Prep like it did perennial 4A KingCo power Woodinville, which it lost to 29-26 in its opener? 

5. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Eastmont (4A)

Last result: 49-0 win over University (3A)

Last ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: The Bullpups started off strong, coasting past U-High in its opener behind 127 rushing yards from quarterback Ryan McKenna and three touchdowns from RB Nick Bankey. G-Prep faces a test in Week 2 in Eastmont of the 4A CBBN, who coming off a strong opening win over Central Valley. 

6. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 0-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 17 at Silas (3A)

Last result: Did not play

Last ranking: No. 6

Ranking rationale: It’s wait-and-see for “SWAY.” The Sentinels canceled their first two games after positive COVID-19 cases within the program spurred contact tracing, including what would have been its Week 1 opponent, Gig Harbor.

7. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 11 at Kentwood (4A)

Last result: 51-13 win over Peninsula (3A)

Last ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: Strong showing from the Wolverines in Week 1 sets them up well for a tough remaining nonleague slate. Rushing the ball 60 of 61 plays from scrimmage, they thumped perennial playoff team Peninsula behind 445 yards of total offense. 

8. SUMNER SPARTANS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 9 vs. Rogers of Puyallup (4A)

Last result: 62-22 win over Emerald Ridge (4A)

Last ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: The Spartans are rolling. Their offense exploded behind Bo Carlson’s four touchdowns and three more from last year’s 4A SPSL player of the year Peyton Wing to handle up-and-coming Emerald Ridge.

9. KENNEWICK LIONS 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Southridge (3A)

Last result: 23-7 win over Walla Walla (3A)

Last ranking: No. 11

Ranking rationale: Among the strongest teams on the east side of the state entering the season, the Lions took care of business. Opened the season with a 3A Mid-Columbia Conference win over Walla Walla on the road.

10. BOTHELL COUGARS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 11 at Tahoma (4A)

Last result: 56-21 win over Moses Lake (4A)

Last ranking: No. 12

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

11. PUYALLUP VIKINGS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Curtis (4A)

Last result: 44-17 win over Skyline (4A)

Last ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Defeated Skyline to open the season behind a tremendous opening start from QB Micah Balzarini and a do-it-all outing from wideout Jordan Dwyer. Opens league play against the other “Vikings” of the 4A SPSL at Sparks Stadium.

12. UNION TITANS 0-1 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Mountain View (3A)

Last result: 35-17 loss to No. 2 O’Dea (3A)

Last ranking: No. 7

Ranking rationale: There’s a lot to build on from a tough opening-week loss, and and an immediate test ahead to put it in the past. The Titans showed flashes of offensive spark, highlighted by Tobias Merriweather’s touchdowns of 65 and 12 yards. Next up is deep and talented Mountain View.

13. YELM TORNADOS 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 at Mount Si (4A)

Last result: 34-18 win over Lincoln of Tacoma (3A)

Last ranking: No. 14

Ranking rationale: You wouldn’t want to fight these Tornados in a phone booth. 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 to help tough-nosed Yelm put away a talented Abes group. 

14. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Monroe (4A)

Last result: 35-19 win over Snohomish (3A)

Last ranking: No. 16

Ranking rationale: It wasn’t pretty, but the Grizzlies escaped opening weekend with a victory, beating the rival Panthers for the 10th time in a row in the Dick Armstrong Classic. RB Trey Leckner terrorizes his old team.

15. RICHLAND BOMBERS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 at Hanford (3A)

Last result: 56-0 win over Pasco (3A)

Last ranking: No. 18

Ranking rationale: A reloaded Bombers group expected to compete for a Mid-Columbia Conference title opened the season with a bang, shutting out conference opponent Pasco. Can they keep it rolling against Hanford before a Week 3 showdown with MCC power Kamiakin?

16. EASTLAKE WOLVES 1-0 (4A)

Up next: TBD.

Last result: 53-0 win over Kentwood (4A)

Last ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: What a start for the Wolves. Parker Barrysmith threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns, but it was Will Eaton’s 49-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter that got things going and they beat a Kentwood team missing seven starters. 

17. LINCOLN OF TACOMA ABES 0-1 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Skyline (4A)

Last result: 34-18 loss to Yelm (3A)

Last ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Lost to Yelm despite 274 passing yards and two touchdowns from electric junior dual-threat QB Gabarri Johnson. Can the Abes rebound against Class 4A Skyline?

18. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 at Valor Christian (Colo.)

Last result: 23-8 win over Kennedy Catholic (4A)

Last ranking: No. 20

Ranking rationale: For a team that heard all of your premature summer and preseason program obits, the Crusaders’ Week 1 showing shouldn’t be taken lightly. After learning they would be down 24 players (10 starters) due to COVID-19 contact tracing the night before the game, they rallied to beat visiting Kennedy Catholic (4A) behind remote play-calling and a solid start from junior QB Brady McKelheer.

19. KENNEDY CATHOLIC LANCERS 0-1 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 at O’Dea (3A)

Last result: 23-8 loss to No. 20 Eastside Catholic (3A)

Last ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Strong showing from its talent-laden defense, but can the Lancers and that Air Raid attack find a rhythm on offense? Lost to a short-manned No. 20 Eastside Catholic on the road to open the season.

20. MOUNT SI WILDCATS 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. No. 14 Yelm (3A)

Last result: 51-0 win over Federal Way (4A)

Last ranking: No. 21

Ranking rationale: Dominated short-handed Federal Way in its season opener at home as QB Avery Walker accounted for five total touchdowns (including three passing). This week’s non-league showdown against Yelm could be the west side’s top matchup. 

21. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 1-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 9 vs. Chiawana (4A)

Last result: 46-10 win over Hermiston (3A)

Last ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: Hopped up to a 46-3 halftime lead en route to a season-opening win against its Oregon-based Mid-Columbia Conference foe. Now Kamiakin gets an early taste of rivalry week in Week 2, facing three-time reigning league champ Chiawana. 

22. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 1-0 (2A)

Up next: Sept. 9 vs. Capital (3A)

Last result: 56-6 win over Enumclaw (2A)

Last ranking: No. 23

Ranking rationale: The typically-tough Thunderbirds spotted Enumclaw a 7-0 lead – then kicked it into high gear and cruised to a surprisingly-easy victory against the 2A SPSL playoff hopeful. Question is, will Tumwater even have a close game during the regular season?

23. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Mead (3A)

Last result: 54-0 win over Cheney (3A)

Last ranking: No. 24

Ranking rationale: Opened the season with a road win at Cheney, which serves as a tune-up for an atypically early “Battle of the Bell” rivalry matchup against Mead at the schools’ shiny new district stadium.

24. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK 1-0 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 10 at Stanwood (3A)

Last result: 52-7 win over Shorecrest (3A)

Last ranking: No. 25

Ranking rationale: Tomahawks did not need to ease into the fall season as they soundly defeated a 3A Wesco South opponent at home, rushing for 373 yards as a team. RB Dylan Carson had 210 yards and three touchdowns in his senior-season debut.

25. CENTRAL VALLEY BEARS 0-1 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 10 vs. Lewis & Clark (4A)

Last result: 33-31 loss to Eastmont (4A)

Last ranking: No. 17

Ranking rationale: The Bears got into a big hole early (27-7 deficit) and rallied behind QB Luke Abshire – but saw their game-tying 2-point attempt thwarted on the road against an emerging 4A CBBN program. Too good not to regroup.

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