SBLive’s Top 25 Washington high school football rankings: Top five teams still holding firm at the top, led by talent-rich Graham-Kapowsin

High school football games continued 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 4:

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WASHINGTON FOOTBALL ALL-CLASSIFICATION POWER RANKINGS

1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Sept. 30 at Curtis (4A)

Last result: 34-3 win over Puyallup (4A)

Last ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: If QB Joshua Wood and company continue to play at this level, could be a while staying on top.

2. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 2-0 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at Snohomish (3A)

Last result: 49-14 win over Archbishop Murphy (2A)

Last ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: QB Grayson Murren throws six TD passes in second start, RB Jayden Limar is healthy – everything’s grand.

3. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 4-0 (4A)

Up next: TBD.

Last result: 56-21 win over Mead (3A)

Last ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: Wonder if this backfield has a 500-yard rushing outing in it. Wouldn’t put it past QB Ryan McKenna.

4. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Mercer Island (3A)

Last result: 49-7 win over Lake Washington (3A)

Last ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: Who is left to knock the Wolverines off their 3A KingCo perch the rest of the regular season? Liberty?

5. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 2-1 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at No. 17 Seattle Prep (3A)

Last result: On bye week (20-3 loss to Lake Stevens on Sept. 17)

Last ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: Usually, early-season speed bumps lead to strong refocus, long winning streaks through November.

6. SUMNER SPARTANS 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at Bethel (4A)

Last result: 44-0 win over South Kitsap (4A)

Last ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Sometimes, Spartans just can’t get out of their own way. When they do, capable of dominant stretches.

7. KENNEWICK LIONS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Hanford (3A)

Last result: 41-0 win over Pasco (4A)

Last ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: Starting next week against Kamiakin, Lions will have three big opportunities to prove they are MCC’s best.

8. BOTHELL COUGARS 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at No. 18 Mount Si (4A)

Last result: 49-35 win over North Creek (4A)

Last ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: Across the board, not fastest group of skill-position players. But being efficient and well-coached going a long ways.

9. UNION TITANS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Evergreen of Vancouver (3A)

Last result: 42-19 win over Chiawana (4A)

Last ranking: No. 11

Ranking rationale: If Titans continue to be big-play ball hawks on defense, might not matter who is running team’s offense under center.

10. YELM TORNADOS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Capital (3A)

Last result: 50-6 win over River Ridge (3A)

Last ranking: No. 12

Ranking rationale: First goal – win Thurston County. Next goal after that – sweep Pierce County, including Peninsula, to win 3A SSC title.  

11. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at Southridge (3A)

Last result: 35-0 win over Walla Walla (3A)

Last ranking: No. 14

Ranking rationale: In such a nice groove, Kamiakin cannot afford to get tripped up in a trap game – especially with rivalry showdown in view.

12. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 3-1 (2A)

Up next: On bye week

Last result: 34-0 win over W.F. West (2A)

Last ranking: No. 17

Ranking rationale: Of course, Tumwater comes off first loss since 2018 by blanking next-best team in its own league (2A EvCo). Just dominant.

13. EASTLAKE WOLVES 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Redmond (3A)

Last result: 17-7 win over Woodinville (4A)

Last ranking: No. 16

Ranking rationale: In terms of jumbo-athletes-who-can-run talent, this is the 4A KingCo’s top program. So far, they are finding ways to get it done.

14. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 2-1 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at Garfield (3A)

Last result: 35-13 win over then-No. 6 Seattle Prep (3A)

Last ranking: No. 18

Ranking rationale: Philosophical shift to quick passing game under new OC Michael Bumpus seems to be working with new QB Brady McKelheer.

15. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. No. 19 Ferndale (3A)

Last result: 49-14 win over then-No. 13 Glacier Peak (4A)

Last ranking: No. 20

Ranking rationale: Whoa!! If you are just catching on that the Tomahawks might be serious 3A state contenders – they prefer to be underestimated.

16. CENTRAL VALLEY BEARS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. University (3A)

Last result: 21-19 win over then-No. 19 Mount Spokane (3A)

Last ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: Can you imagine what this week’s mood would be if the Bears had blown a big lead on Ethan Moczulski’s winning 60-yard field goal?

17. SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS 3-1 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. No. 5 O’Dea (3A)

Last result: 35-13 loss to then-No. 18 Eastside Catholic (3A)

Last ranking: No. 6

Ranking rationale: Dropping the Metro League runners-up 11 spots might seem harsh – but team has chance to revive standing with win over O’Dea.

18. MOUNT SI WILDCATS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. No. 8 Bothell (4A)

Last result: 33-30 win over Skyline in OT (3A)

Last ranking: No. 21

Ranking rationale: Bad news – favored Wildcats have been pushed to OT in back-to-back games. Good news – QB Avery Walker has best moments late.

19. FERNDALE GOLDEN EAGLES 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at No. 15 Marysville-Pilchuck (3A)

Last result: 42-7 win over Mount Vernon (3A)

Last ranking: No. 25.

Ranking rationale: Well, we’re here – the game likely that will decide the 3A Wesco title. And this is the team with RB/LB Isaiah Carlson leading way.

20. RICHLAND BOMBERS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Chiawana (4A)

Last result: 48-0 win over Hermiston of Oregon (3A)

Last ranking: No. 24

Ranking rationale: With both of these teams losing to Kamiakin, this is basically an all-the-marbles showdown for MCC’s No. 2 playoff spot.

21. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 2-1 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Lewis & Clark (4A)

Last result: 21-19 loss to then-No. 22 Central Valley (4A)

Last ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: Again, imagine the Wildctas’ mood this week if they had overcome big deficit on Ethan Moczulski’s 60-yard field goal?

22. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Oct. 1 at Mariner (4A)

Last result: 49-14 loss to then-No. 20 Marysville-Pilchuck (3A)

Last ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Thoroughly dominated by Tomahawks, Grizzlies have to shore up weaknesses before late-October Lake Stevens game.

23. LINCOLN OF TACOMA 2-2 (3A)

Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Mount Tahoma (3A)

Last result: 41-14 win over then-No. 7 Spanaway Lake (3A)

Last ranking: Not ranked

Ranking rationale: Abes never were concerned about being undefeated. They wanted to be battle-tested for down-the-road encounters.

24. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 1-1 (3A)

Up next: Sept. 30 at Liberty (3A)

Last result: 41-14 loss to Lincoln of Tacoma (3A)

Last ranking: No. 7

Ranking rationale: For first time since 2019, Sentinels had to play from behind – and QB Dempsy James and offense struggled to find way.

25. ROYAL KNIGHTS 4-0 (1A)

Up next: Sept. 30 at Wahluke (1A)

Last result: 73-0 win over La Salle (1A)

Last ranking: Not ranked

Ranking rationale: Knights making 2021 fall debut, but folks should know by now this isn’t any ordinary 1A program. They beat 4A schools.

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