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 8 of the high school football season.
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HOW THE TOP 25 FARED — OCT. 23
1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 8-0 (4A) beat Emerald Ridge, 35-0 (Thu.)
That is five shutout victories in eight games for Eagles, who put together a 95-yard touchdown scoring drive in backbreaking second quarter (21-0 lead).
2. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 6-0 (4A) beat Kamiak, 35-28
Finally, the Viks were tested late – and it came from the Knights. RB Jayden Limar scores game-winning touchdown with four minutes to go – and defense holds.
3. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 7-0 (4A) beat Ferris, 56-14
Last hurdle cleared before GSL title clash with Mount Spokane, QB Ryan McKenna rushes for 224 yards, accounts for six total touchdowns in win over Saxons.
4. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 8-0 (3A) beat Hazen, 48-7
Despite not having ball much in first quarter, Wolverines still score on opening three first-half drives, capped by TE Hogan Hansen’s ridiculous one-handed TD catch.
5. BOTHELL COUGARS 8-0 (4A) beat Bishop Blanchet, 46-21 (Thu.)
A field goal, a safety – and two short Bryce Kooy’ touchdown runs (1, 2 yards) put Cougars in control (19-0) late in first half of a non-league game.
6. YELM TORNADOS 7-0 (3A) did not play
Tornados were originally slated to play Peninsula (COVID-19) in a game that very well could have decided the 3A South Sound Conference title.
7. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 8-0 (4A) beat Hanford, 63-28
When you have ATH Payton Graham on your team, you can do many things. So can he (rushing, receiving, passing, punt-return TD, and INT on defense).
8. EASTLAKE WOLVES 8-0 (4A) beat Issaquah, 42-0
Five plays – four touchdowns. That is a pretty efficient scoring ratio for the Wolves, who will go into the 4A KingCo title game undefeated.
9. KENNEWICK LIONS 7-1 (3A) beat Chiawana, 27-10
Must already be playoff time for Kennewick, which rode RB Myles Mayovsky (217 rushing and receiving yards, two TDs) to win over MCC champions.
10. SUMNER SPARTANS 7-1 (4A) beat Bellarmine Prep, 38-7 (Sat.)
No 4A SPSL MVP Peyton Wing (knee)? QB Bo Carlson has a big night. So does PK Wyatt Redding, who catches 42-yard touchdown on senior night.
11. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 5-2 (2A) beat Black Hills, 50-7
RB Payton Hoyt faced his old team with a touchdown run (20 yards) and also a scoring pass to TE Ryan Otton (39 yards) in a Pine Bowl triumph.
12. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS 7-1 (3A) beat Oak Harbor, 49-8
RBs Dylan Carson (192 yards, four TDs) and Jordan Velasquez (111 yards, three TDs) got the Tomahawks back on track, clinching first-place tie in 3A Wesco.
13. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 6-1 (3A) beat Ballard, 49-0
S Nico Ursino didn’t wait long to get the air out of this balloon. His opening-series interception return for a touchdown set the tone in Crusaders’ win.
14. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 5-2 (3A) beat Garfield, 21-14
Does RB Jason Brown ever get held under 200 rushing yards anymore? The sophomore totaled 212 yards and two touchdowns in win over Bulldogs.
15. RICHLAND BOMBERS 7-1 (4A) beat Southridge, 40-24 (Sat.)
Bombers make up for only having one first-quarter possession by scoring five touchdowns (three on QB Cameron Kitchens passes) in second quarter.
16. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 6-1 (3A) beat University, 38-13 (Thu.)
Wildcats clinch another top 3A seed, but they want something bigger – the entire GSL crown. QB Kellen Flanigan on fire (278 yards, four TD passes).
17. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 6-1 (4A) beat Jackson, 63-0
Six different players scored rushing touchdowns for the Grizzlies, led by RB Ryan King’s three first-half scores (19. 11, 68 yards); Lake Stevens showdown next.
18. LINCOLN OF TACOMA 5-2 (3A) beat Lakes, 36-34 (Sat.)
Dual-threat QB Gabarri Johnson (376 yards of offense, five TDs) clinches 3A PCL title with late 33-yard score to WR Jayden Wayne in holding off Lancers.
19. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 3-1 (3A) did not play
It is late October, and the Sentinels have stopped and started (COVID-19) on three separate occasions. This time, Stadium bows out.
20. ROYAL KNIGHTS 8-0 (1A) beat Ephrata, 56-6
Reigning 1A champions hold Tigers to just 56 total yards, and LB Avery Ellis return interception 27 yards for a touchdown – and Knights’ 35-0 lead.
21. SKYVIEW STORM 6-2 (4A) lost to Camas, 17-7
Storm miss out clinching first outright 4A GSHL title in a decade, and now has lost 11 in a row to its Clark County rival. Turnovers and missed field goal hurt.
22. ARLINGTON EAGLES 7-1 (3A) beat Mariner, 57-18
Eagles defense was all over the Marauders, limiting them to just 27 first-half yards. QB Trent Nobach also had big first half (four TD passes).
22. RAINIER BEACH VIKINGS 4-2 (3A) beat Seattle Prep, 46-35 (Sat.)
Viks defense terrorizes another Metro League quarterback with four turnovers (three INT), and that made the difference in this high-scoring game.
24. NORTH KITSAP VIKINGS 8-0 (2A) beat Bainbridge, 32-0 (Thu.)
This one belonged to the defense (three turnovers, blocked field goal) in wet conditions. QB Colton Bower did have big night with legs (133 yards, two TDs).
25. UNION TITANS 6-2 (4A) beat Wenatchee, 41-20
With Notre Dame WR commit Tobias Merriweather out, RB Jayden Jones picked up the slack with a kickoff return for a score – and his TD catch broke 20-20 tie.