Football Friday: Spartans meet the Rams

Friday’s football game between the Bainbridge Spartans and the Ingraham Rams will see two teams with 1-2 records, both eager to get back to the .500 mark.

While the Spartans are coming off an improbable win against King’s Way Christian, Ingraham is still stinging from its biggest loss of the year, a 25-point loss to Ballard.

In Ingraham’s three previous outings, the Rams were outlasted by Foster, 45-39, in a high-scoring first game on the Bulldogs’ home turf; then beat West Seattle 36-14 at home; then lost to Ballard 43-18, also at home.

By the numbers, the Rams have been averaging 102.7 yards passing so far this year, and 209.3 yards rushing.

Ingraham quarterback Zach Bosse-Thomsen (sophomore, 6’1, 204) has thrown for 318 yards and four touchdowns so far in this young season, connecting on 16-of-35 (with seven interceptions).

Last week against the Beavers, he went 6-for-11 (.545, his best completion percentage of the season).

One bright spot for the Spartans: Bosse-Thomsen’s not a rushing threat; he’s tallied minus-39 yards in carrying the ball on 13 carries, and has fumbled once (in the team’s sole win over Westside).

The Rams’ big offensive weapon is running back Yassin Abdullhai (senior, 5-10, 190), with six touchdowns to his credit so far in 2017.

Abdullhai has piled up 370 rushing yards this season — 146 yards against both Foster and West Seattle — and four rushing touchdowns, and he’s been averaging a gaudy 11.2 yards a carry.

And on special teams, Abdullhai also had a 75-yard kick return against Ballard last week.

On the other side of the ball, the Rams have 62 tackles per game.

Abdullhai has been the go-to guy on defense, as well, with a team-leading 25 tackles (20 solo) in the Rams’ first three games.

Other dominant defenders for Ingraham include Walker Busken (sophomore, 6’1, 180) with 20 tackles (15 solo); and Tre Harstad (sophomore, 5’9, 208) with 19 tackles (11 solo).

On the Bainbridge side, the Spartans have been averaging 87.3 yards a game in passing, and 115.7 yards rushing (in stats from the first two games against North Kitsap and Olympic).

Spartan quarterback Gannon Winker had 262 yards of air offense in those two games, averaging 131 yards a game with a total of 20 completions on 40 attempts (.500).

In Bainbridge’s lopsided win last week against King’s Way Christian, Winker went 8-for-15 for 60 passing yards (with one interception) and a touchdown.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at the North West Athletic Complex in Seattle.

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