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 11 – or first round of the state playoffs – of the high school football season.
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HOW THE TOP 25 FARED — NOV. 13
1. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 11-0 (4A) beat Kentwood, 49-7
Kentwood is no pushover up front, and the Eagles scored twice on their first three plays. QB Joshua Wood (12-13, 218 yards, three TDs) continues to have his way.
2. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 9-0 (4A) beat No. 24 Richland, 52-7 (Sat.)
Team keeps piling up points, breaking out to 21-0 first-quarter lead, and getting three touchdown passes by QB Kolton Matson, filling in for Grayson Murren.
3. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 10-0 (4A) beat Moses Lake, 56-7
Bullpups do usual damage out of triple option (307 rushing yards), but now QB Ryan McKenna is returning kickoffs for touchdowns? GSL champs going for broke.
4. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 11-0 (3A) beat Lakes, 42-21
Top-ranked 3A Wolverines get all they want for three-plus quarters, but Wing-T (342 rushing yards) generates big fourth-quarter scoring plays to pull away.
5. YELM TORNADOS 10-0 (3A) beat Seattle Prep, 52-28 (Sat.)
Seems like the Tornados can roll up nearly 500 yards on anybody, and collective weapons enough to offset Panthers QB Braeden Smith (414 total yards).
6. KAMIAKIN BRAVES 11-0 (4A) beat North Creek, 56-21 (Sat.)
The QB Henry Mercado-to-WR EJ Hawkins combination worked out swimmingly in Kennewick – four touchdowns – as the Braves defeat state-playoff newcomer.
7. EASTLAKE WOLVES 11-0 (4A) beat Eastmont, 50-0
Wolves were intent on testing Wildcats’ secondary early and often, and WR Will Eaton catches long touchdown pass in first quarter – and throws one, too.
8. KENNEWICK LIONS 10-1 (3A) beat No. 18 Spanaway Lake, 26-21 (Sat.)
After Sentinels’ punt-snap snafu, backup QB Andre Breedlove plays hero in place of Dayton Davis, tossing winning touchdown to Myles Mayovsky with 1:30 to go.
9. SUMNER SPARTANS 10-1 (4A) beat No. 25 Skyview, 24-10 (Sat.)
Spartans’ defense up to the task as DB Jay Mentink rips down three interceptions, unit posts second-half shutout in third consecutive first-round win (2016, 2017).
10. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 8-2 (2A) beat East Valley of Spokane, 56-7
RB Payton Hoyt opens the show with two first-quarter rushing touchdowns – and closes a dominant first half with an 80-yard punt return for a score.
11. MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK TOMAHAWKS 10-1 (3A) beat Garfield, 52-21 (Sat.)
Best way to take the starch out of a big-play Metro offense? Fire up the slot-T rushing machine for 538 yards, led by RB Dylan Carson (281 yards, three TDs).
12. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 8-1 (3A) beat Stanwood, 41-6
Another game, another defensive clinic as Crusaders score another touchdown on fumble return – and hold Stanwood’s Wing-T attack to 70 total yards.
13. O’DEA FIGHTING IRISH 7-2 (3A) beat Kelso, 52-13
Irish wins fifth consecutive 3A opener as early defensive stand fuels big rushing output – 411 yards – led by RB Khalil Holiday’s game-high 117 yards.
14. CAMAS PAPERMAKERS 7-4 (4A) beat No. 23 Puyallup, 17-7 (Sat.)
Papermakers think they’ve found their 2021 winning formula – and score? In three of past four games, they’ve won, 17-7 against playoff-caliber teams.
15. BOTHELL COUGARS 10-1 (4A) beat No. 16 Glacier Peak, 49-35
Easily one of the team’s best playoff wins in the Tom Bainter era, coming from three touchdowns down (35-14) to advance to 4A quarterfinals.
16. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 7-3 (4A) lose to No. 15 Bothell, 49-35
RB Trey Leckner (23 carries, 229 yards, four TDs) did his part after the Grizzlies went to power formations. But string of second-half miscues did them in.
17. MOUNT SPOKANE WILDCATS 8-2 (3A) beat No. 20 Arlington, 38-24 (Sat.)
Only double-digit survivor from the opening round in 4A or 3A? It’s Terry Cloer’s group, which put away the Eaglest on Ethan Carrell’s onside-kick return score.
18. SPANAWAY LAKE SENTINELS 5-2 (3A) lose to No. 8 Kennewick, 26-21 (Sat.)
Sentinels did everything but win first state playoff game since 2000 as WR Jasiah Wagoner has big day (six catches, 161 yards, two TDs), but lose in final minutes.
19. ROYAL KNIGHTS 11-0 (1A) beat Bellevue Christian, 50-6 (Sat.)
RB Avery Ellis tallies three first-quarter rushing touchdowns – half the Knights’ total in the first 12 minutes – and the reigning 1A champs win easily,
20. ARLINGTON EAGLES 8-2 (3A) lose to No. 17 Mount Spokane, 38-24 (Sat.)
Usually-stout defense (had given up 7.6 ppg in 2021) never could get a beat on Wildcats – and QB Trent Nobach (415 yards on 64 passes) was busy as a result.,
21. RAINIER BEACH VIKINGS 6-2 (3A) beat Peninsula, 36-21 (Sat.)
QB Chance Gaudiz gives his guys a chance to go get big plays – and Viks respond with three long touchdown connections in putting away the Seahawks.
22. NORTH KITSAP VIKINGS 10-0 (2A) beat Shadle Park, 42-0 (Sat.)
Vikings break open defensive tussle with 17-play, 92-yard touchdown-scoring drive to close out first half – and then turn on the jets after intermission.
23. PUYALLUP VIKINGS 8-3 (4A) lose to No. 14 Camas, 17-7 (Sat.)
The No. 3 seed from the 4A SPSL had averaged 44.3 points per game during six-game winning streak – but was held in check by Camas. Penalties didn’t help.
24. RICHLAND BOMBERS 8-3 (4A) lose to No. 2 Lake Stevens, 52-7 (Sat.)
Visiting Bombers needed to create good breaks, not commit bad ones as they give up a turnover, onside kick in doomsday first quarter.
25. SKYVIEW STORM 7-3 (4A) lose to No. 9 Sumner, 24-10 (Sat.)
4A GSHL runner-up had two promising second-half drives in Sumner territory to tie the game, but came away empty – and eventually very wet.
(Featured photo by Vince Miller)