Week 8 Washington high school football preview: 3 storylines, game predictions and matchups to follow around the state

What will happen when physical 4A GSHL foes Camas and Skyview get together for their round-robin league playoff showdown at Doc Harris Stadium? Is this the weekend Lincoln of Tacoma clinches the 3A PCL crown? And what will North Kitsap quarterback Colton Bower do next to ‘Wow the West Sound?’

Those answers are coming this weekend.

Here is a quick recap of last week’s highlights, and a look forward to Week 8 storylines and games to follow:

THREE THINGS WORTH REVISITING FROM WEEK 7

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There is no crying in 4A SPSL football

Admittedly, it was a tad demoralizing for seventh-ranked Sumner to lose 41-14 to No.1 Graham-Kapowsin on Saturday. But the Spartans don’t have time to sulk about it as they welcome the team they are tied with – getting-healthier Bellarmine Prep – for second place in the 4A SPSL. “We have identical records and have lost to the same team,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said. “A loss this weekend could be a bigger issue.” RB Peyton Wing (knee) is getting an MRI test Wednesday.

Breakout ninth grader under center at Kennedy Catholic

Sheldon Cross knows a thing or two about giving ninth graders the keys to Kennedy Catholic’s “Air Raid” attack. First, it was Sam Huard in 2017. And now, it is Devon Forehand, who wears No. 3 and resembles a certain Seattle celebrity. “We call him Russ,” Cross said. “There are guys on this team that don’t know his real name.” And he showed great poise in his first start against Kentridge, throwing for a freshman school record five touchdowns in the first half (376 yards total).

Lynden emerges from crowded Northwest District pack

Blake VanDalen has been “pleasantly surprised” by how quickly third-ranked Lynden was put the pieces together, especially on offense. And now, the Lions are in the driver’s seat for the top 2A playoff spot out of tough Northwest District. He said a loss to a physical Ferndale team shaped the team’s outlook. “It raised our physicality,” VanDalen said. “Because of that loss, we beat Squalicum and Burlington-Edison.” QB Max Moore (shoulder) also close to returning as well.

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REWIND SBLIVE’S WEEK 7 COVERAGE

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Thu: (4A) Skyview 37, (3A) No. 6 Union 7

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Thu: (3A) Auburn Riverside 28, (3A) Auburn Mountainiew 21

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Fri: (4A) No. 8 Eastlake 27, (4A) Mount Si 20

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Fri: (4A) Camas 28, (2A) No. 1 Tumwater 26

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Fri: (3A) No. 5 Eastside Catholic 28, (3A) No. 10 Rainier Beach 27

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Fri: (3A) No. 1 Bellevue 53, (3A) Liberty of Issaquah 7

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Fri: (2A) No. 7 Squalicum 34, (2A) Lakewood 14

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Sat: (4A) No. 1 Graham-Kapowsin 41, (4A) No. 4 Sumner 14

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Sat: (2B) No. 1 Kalama 58, (2B) No. 4 Onalaska 6

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TOP STORYLINES TO FOLLOW IN WEEK 8

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More school records on horizon for North Kitsap star

North Kitsap quarterback (and WSU baseball commit) Colton Bower already has the school record for total touchdowns – and is 331 yards and two TDs passing from owning those career marks, too. Not bad for a dual threat who did not play under center until his sophomore year – and had a COVID-shortened junior season. Coach Jeff Weible credits assistants Chris Richardson and Dan Schoonmaker for aiding his development. “He has exceeded expectations, for sure,” Weible said.

Underdog Burlington-Edison trying to stay in playoff hunt

Last offseason, most were talking about Lynden, Lakewood, Archbishop Murphy and Squalicum as the favorite for the two berths to the 2A state playoffs. But it is Burlington-Edison, which was a one-win team in 2019, in the hunt – and could take a huge step forward with a home win Friday against Sedro-Woolley. Quarterback Zach Watson has 1,500 yards of total offense and 15 touchdowns. “Our kids have not tasted a lot of football success, so this is all fresh,” Tigers coach Andy Olson said.

Royal defensive-line flush for Class 1A opponents

Reigning 1A champion Royal has skill-position talent everywhere, led by quarterback Derek Bergeson, running back Avery Ellis and wide receiver Luke Bergeson. But coach Wiley Allred lauds the development of his three defensive-line starters – ends Eddie Jimenez and Manny Sandoval, and nose tackle Detton Jenks. Jimenez was a starter at linebacker on the 2019 state championship squad. “When the defense is strong up front, you have a chance,” Allred said.

TOP THREE WEEK 8 GAMES ON TAP

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No. 10 Skyview Storm (6-1) at Camas Papermakers (3-4)

7 p.m. Friday at Doc Harris Stadium, Camas

Skinny: Both teams have physical fronts – but can Papermakers hold up against big Storm offensive line and two-headed rushing attack for all four quarters?

Live streaming link: NFHS Network.

SBLive Washington’s pick: Skyview, 30-23.

No. 5 Mount Baker Mountaineers (5-2) at No. 6 Lynden Christian Lyncs (3-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Lynden Christian

Skinny: Schools have split the past four meetings – but the Lyncs won convincingly last spring, 33-14. Should be closer this time around for league’s 1A top seed.

Live streaming link: To be determined.

SBLive Washington’s pick: Lynden Christian, 23-20.

No. 8 Lincoln of Tacoma Abes (4-2) at Lakes Lancers (6-1)

1 p.m. Saturday at Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood

Skinny: Lancers are one of few teams that have speed everywhere to pressure Lincoln QB Gabarri Johnson (2,220 yards total offense, 31 TDs). Expect fireworks.

Live streaming link: Eli Sports Network.

SBLive Washington’s pick: Lincoln 39-31.

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