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 5:
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL ALL-CLASSIFICATION POWER RANKINGS
1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 5-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Bellarmine Prep (4A)
Last result: 56-12 win over Curtis (4A)
Last ranking: No. 1
Ranking rationale: First, the Eagles gave up first points (FG) to Puyallup. Then, they give up a touchdown to Curtis? They’re in trouble (enter sarcasm).
2. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 3-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Mariner (4A)
Last result: 40-6 win over Snohomish (3A)
Last ranking: No. 2
Ranking rationale: With RB Jayden Limar back to full strength – and QB Grayson Murren quickly developing – Vikings in great shape in 4A Wesco.
3. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 4-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at No. 16 Central Valley (4A)
Last result: On bye (56-21 win over Mead on Sept. 24)
Last ranking: No. 3
Ranking rationale: Not sure the Bullpups wanted a week off, but they will surely be rested and well-prepared for 4A GSL showdown with Bears.
4. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 5-0 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Newport of Bellevue (3A)
Last result: 49-0 win over Mercer Island (3A)
Last ranking: No. 4
Ranking rationale: The scary thing about this particular team is its balance. Everybody who touches the football seems to get into the end zone.
5. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 3-1 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. No. 15 Eastside Catholic (3A)
Last result: 35-13 win over then-No. 17 Seattle Prep (3A)
Last ranking: No. 5
Ranking rationale: Essentially, this is likely for the fall Metro League championship after the Irish beat this team in spring league semifinals.
6. SUMNER SPARTANS 5-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Curtis (4A)
Last result: 42-0 win over Bethel (4A)
Last ranking: No. 6
Ranking rationale: Spartans in softer part of 4A SPSL schedule, but are doing what they need to do – posting shutouts and evolving pass game.
7. KENNEWICK LIONS 4-0 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at No. 11 Kamiakin (4A)
Last result: 42-7 win over Hanford (3A)
Last ranking: No. 7
Ranking rationale: They’ve been ranked as the top Mid-Columbia Conference squad all season. Now, they get their ultimate chance to prove it.
8. BOTHELL COUGARS 4-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Inglemoor (4A)
Last result: 16-10 win over then-No. 18 Mount Si (4A)
Last ranking: No. 8
Ranking rationale: Time and time again, when this team needs a big play – it is RB Bryce Kooy who answers the bell for the reigning 4A KingCo champion.
9. UNION TITANS 4-1 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 7 at Battle Ground (4A)
Last result: 47-27 win over Evergreen of Vancouver (3A)
Last ranking: No. 9
Ranking rationale: News flash – if you want to take down the Titans, remember – don’t throw it in the direction of Notre Dame commit Tobias Merriweather.
10. YELM TORNADOS 5-0 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 7 at Gig Harbor (3A)
Last result: 40-6 win over Capital (3A)
Last ranking: No. 10
Ranking rationale: Paying constant attention to WR/DB/KOR Kyler Ronquillo is tiring, especially when you know he is bound to break off a big play in any phase.
11. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 5-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. No. 7 Kennewick (3A)
Last result: 39-6 win over Southridge (3A)
Last ranking: No. 11
Ranking rationale: The only thing likely standing in the Braves’ way of an unblemished MCC run is their rivals, who should be the sternest physical test yet.
12. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 3-1 (2A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Shelton (3A)
Last result: On bye (34-0 win over W.F. West on Sept. 24)
Last ranking: No. 12
Ranking rationale: As if the Thunderbirds need any more street credibility as 2A powerhouse, they have 4A champion Camas coming to town next week.
13. EASTLAKE WOLVES 5-0 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Skyline (3A)
Last result: 48-8 win over Redmond (4A)
Last ranking: No. 13
Ranking rationale: A lot of deserved attention goes to TE/LB Griffin Miller – a leading 4A KingCo MVP candidate – but CB/WR/K Noah Weintraub has been big.
14. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS 5-0 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Mount Vernon (3A)
Last result: 49-15 win over then-No. 19 Ferndale (3A)
Last ranking: No. 15
Ranking rationale: Moves past Eastside Catholic after defeating – no, blowing out – two Power-20 opponents in back-to-back weekends. Scary legit team.
15. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 3-1 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at No. 5 O’Dea (3A)
Last result: 35-13 win over then-No. 6 Seattle Prep (3A)
Last ranking: No. 14
Ranking rationale: Loss at Valor Christian during crazy COVID-19 pause seems like eons ago – this defense, especially the linebackers, has been lights-out.
16. CENTRAL VALLEY BEARS 4-1 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. No. 3 Gonzaga Prep (4A)
Last result: 27-24 win over University (3A)
Last ranking: No. 16
Ranking rationale: Uneven stretches in close victories doesn’t instill unabated confidence, but all of that rendered pointless if they upend Bullpups.
17. RICHLAND BOMBERS 4-1 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Mead (3A)
Last result: 14-0 win over Chiawana (4A)
Last ranking: No. 20
Ranking rationale: This isn’t just a team powered by an up-tempo, pass-happy offense. Richland showed it can get dirty in the defensive trenches, too.
18. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 3-1 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Ferris (3A)
Last result: 27-0 win over Lewis & Clark (4A)
Last ranking: No. 21
Ranking rationale: Pretty impressive feat for COVID-19-depleted Wildcats to win convincingly down half of their starters – and all defensive coaches.
19. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 4-1 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Kamiak (4A)
Last result: 49-20 win over Mariner (4A)
Last ranking: No. 22
Ranking rationale: Despite what happened against Marysville-Pilchuck (49-14 loss) more than a week ago, Grizzlies still a talented, diverse group.
20. LINCOLN OF TACOMA 3-2 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 7 at Bonney Lake (3A)
Last result: 48-14 win over Mount Tahoma (3A)
Last ranking: No. 23
Ranking rationale: Seems like every week now, QB Gabarri Johnson hurting defense big with his feet. He’s always showcased a cannon-of-an-arm.
21. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 2-1 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Mount Tahoma (3A)
Last result: 19-14 win over Liberty (3A)
Last ranking: No. 24
Ranking rationale: Might not seem like a big deal, but Sentinels played first close game in two seasons – and found way to win against quality opponent.
22. ROYAL KNIGHTS 5-0 (1A)
Up next: Oct. 8 vs. Kiona-Benton (1A)
Last result: 70-12 win over Wahluke (1A)
Last ranking: No. 25
Ranking rationale: Winners of 68 of their past 69 games – against teams at all levels – Knights just biding time until the important matchups come to light.
23. MOUNTAIN VIEW THUNDER 4-1 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 7 vs. Camas (4A)
Last result: 20-17 win over Kelso (3A)
Last ranking: Unranked
Ranking rationale: Firmly in control of 3A GSHL race after last week’s impressive road victory, now it’s trying to beat Papermakers for first time since 2007.
24. SEATTLE PREP PANTHERS 3-2 (3A)
Up next: Oct. 8 at Ballard (3A)
Last result: 35-13 loss to No. 5 O’Dea (3A)
Last ranking: No. 17
Ranking rationale: Let’s be honest, 95 percent of the teams in Washington would likely lose to O’Dea and Eastside Catholic; team still skilled and talented.
25. SKYVIEW STORM 4-1 (4A)
Up next: Oct. 7 at Kelso (3A)
Last result: 35-12 over Prairie
Last ranking: Unranked
Ranking rationale: Still a team built for a long run with a big offensive line and two productive but different-style running backs – Jaydin Knapp and Gabe Martin.
(Featured photo by Vince Miller)