Each week, SBLive ranks the top 25 teams across the state of Washington regardless of classification. Here’s a look at how those teams fared in games played in Week 4 of the high school football season.
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HOW THE TOP 25 FARED — SEPT. 25
1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 4-0 (4A) beat Puyallup, 34-3 (Thu.)
Class 4A favorites flexed their muscle in big way, blow by blow, at the line of scrimmage in convincing Art Crate triumph of 4A SPSL rival.
2. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 2-0 (4A) beat Archbishop Murphy, 49-14
If Vikings coach Tom Tri still feels bad for keeping QB Grayson Murren on the bench last year – he’s making up for it (six TD passes against ATM).
3. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 4-0 (4A) beat Mead, 56-21
Three near-100-yard rushers? Bullpups’ power rushing attack hitting another gear, led by QB Ryan McKenna (182 rushing yards, three TDs).
4. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 4-0 (3A) beat Lake Washington, 49-7
3A’s newest No. 1 team exploded for three touchdowns in a 41/2-minute span late in the first quarter, and rolled to a 3A KingCo win.
5. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 2-1 (3A) on bye week
O’Dea was slated to open Metro League play Friday against Rainier Beach, but Vikings were forced to cancel (COVID-19) last week.
6. SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS 3-1 (3A) lost to No. 18 Eastside Catholic, 35-13
It was just a few short months ago that the coming-of-age Panthers were toasts of the Metro League. Being favored sucks sometimes.
7. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 1-1 (3A) lost to Lincoln of Tacoma, 41-14 (Thu.)
Not punching it in from the Abes’ 1 in the final minute of the first half took a lot of the steam out of the reigning 3A PCL champions.
8. SUMNER SPARTANS 4-0 (4A) beat South Kitsap, 44-0 (Thu.)
First, it was QB Bo Carlson, then RBs Peyton Wing and Eric Buck with rushing touchdowns, all in first 14 minutes, and rout was on.
9. KENNEWICK LIONS 4-0 (3A) beat Pasco, 41-0
CB Erick Mora nabs pair of interceptions in final two minutes of the first half – both leading to touchdowns as Lions’ defense shines.
10. BOTHELL COUGARS 4-0 (4A) beat North Creek, 49-35 (Sat.)
With both quarterbacks trading big plays for three quarters, sophomore DB Mingo Lemley’s interception sets up decisive tiebreaking score.
11. UNION TITANS 3-1 (4A) beat Chiawana, 42-19 (Thu.)
Big plays by WR Tobias Merriweather (pick-6) and Jaydon Jones (long kickoff return) set Titans up for convincing road win in Tri-Cities.
12. YELM TORNADOS 4-0 (3A) beat River Ridge, 50-6
Yelm defense bends but comes up opportunistic with four turnovers, including two for scores (Dylan Conklin, Cael Gendron fumble returns).
13. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 3-1 (4A) lost to No. 20 Marysville-Pilchuck, 49-14
One of the most surprising results of the fall, the Grizzlies were whooped in every facet – and coach Shane Keck ain’t making excuses for it.
14. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 4-0 (4A) beat Walla Walla, 35-0
Defense forces two first-quarter fumbles, and QB Henry Mercado connects twice with WR E.J. Hawkins in first seven minutes to take control.
15. PUYALLUP VIKINGS 2-2 (4A) lost to No. 1 Graham-Kapowsin, 34-3 (Thu.)
It is a team with lots of talented pieces, led by WR Jordan Dwyer, but Vikings still trying to find itself in time to make usual late-season noise.
16. EASTLAKE WOLVES 4-0 (4A) beat Woodinville, 17-7
Stifled in a 4A KingCo cooker, Wolves finally made go-ahead score – Parker Barrysmith’s touchdown pass to Griffin Miller in third quarter – hold up.
17. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 3-1 (2A) beat W.F. West, 34-0
Even if it doesn’t pick up steam right out of the station, the Payton Hoyt Express (99 rushing yards, four TDs) always gets going for Thunderbirds.
18. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 2-1 (3A) beat No. 6 Seattle Prep, 35-13
Make no mistake, this one was personal after spring-season loss. Coach Dom Daste alluded to it. And Crusaders played like rematch meant something.
19. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 2-1 (3A) lost to No. 22 Central Valley, 21-19
After two late successful onside kick recoveries, Wildcats got what they wanted in the end – a shot at a long field goal by Ethan Moczulsk to win it.
20. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS 4-0 (3A) beat No. 13 Glacier Peak, 49-14
As good as the Slot-T rushing attack was, the most impressive part of the Tomahawks’ triumph was the defense’s line-of-scrimmage domination.
21. MOUNT SI WILDCATS 3-1 (4A) beat Skyline, 33-30 in OT
Wildcats rallied from 27-13 deficit with eight minutes. to go, block a last-second Skyline field goal – and win it on QB Avery Walker’s sneak in overtime.
22. CENTRAL VALLEY BEARS 3-1 (4A) beat No. 19 Mount Spokane, 21-19
What more do you need to see from QB Luke Abshire? Threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Bears to a big rivalry victory.
23. SKYVIEW STORM 3-1 (4A) loses to Coeur d’Alene (ID), 27-17 (Sat.)
For second consecutive week, one of Idaho’s top programs has to come from behind in the second half – this time feasting off two interceptions.
24. RICHLAND BOMBERS 3-1 (4A) beat Hermiston (Ore.), 48-0
Going across the border, the Bombers’ offense had one thing in mind – throw deep. QB Cameron Kitchens did – for 280 yards and five touchdowns.
25. FERNDALE GOLDEN EAGLES 4-0 (3A) beat Mount Vernon, 42-7
Three first-quarter touchdown runs (and a long punt return) by RB Isaiah Carlson gets Golden Eagles rolling – just in time to face Marysville-Pilchuck.
(Featured photo by Vince Miller)