What to look for in this week’s high school football games

Sequim at Bainbridge

The Bainbridge Spartans have flipped the script this season. Last year, the Spartans struggled in the red zone and with taking care of the ball. However, Bainbridge has scored an average of 44.5 points per game and allowed 13.5 points per game this year. On the other hand, Sequim scored only 14 points in its only game. Sequim is led by 6-foot-2-inch senior quarterback Lars Wiker. The Wolves have a larger line too, with a handful of players hovering around 230 or more pounds. However, the Spartans’ uptempo offense and star-studded players on defense including Garrett Goade and Logan Sweeny will make them hard to beat.

North Kitsap at Port Angeles

Although North Kitsap battled a few injuries last game, the Vikings proved to not be the same team as last year so far. The defense showed leaks, and the offense struggled to maintain a drive. However, the Vikings had a tough two games and now face lower-league opponents. The Vikings should beat Port Angeles on the road. NK will need to rely on Alex Hitchings and Logan Hudson to make plays on both sides of the ball to win. Port Angeles is averaging 25.5 points but giving up 31 per game. Therefore, the Roughriders defense is in a rougher shape than the Vikings.

Puyallup at South Kitsap

South Kitsap is averaging over 30 points per game with most of its damage coming in the second and third quarters. Quarterback Brycen Clay and running backs Noah Berg and Brody Mehling will carry the load for the Wolves. Puyallup is led by wide receiver Kyson Douglas and linebacker Andrew Cody. Cody leads the team in tackles per game with 12.5. The Wolves should get a win if the running backs can take control of the game.

Kingston at North Mason

Both teams have smaller linemen and depth than the rest of the league. However, Kingston has a few more athletic players than North Mason. Dewaun Swan has been able to make plays inside and outside the pocket while running back Camden Singer has been a tough player to tackle. The Bucs should be able to capture their second win over North Mason. The Bulldogs average 19.5 points per game and allow 28 points per game. In addition, the Bulldogs are a younger squad looking for experience this season.

Bremerton at Olympic

This matchup could decide the tiebreaker for second place in the league by the end of the season. Bremerton’s Oliver Christian and Dillon Lovestedt are the Knights’ workhorses through two games. Christian has four rushing touchdowns and over 100 rushing yards per game. Lovestedt is averaging over 30 receiving yards per game and leads the team in tackles. Olympic’s Chace Webster and Ryan Macazo picked up 260 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in their first game. In addition, Devin Slater picked up 69 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Yelm at Central Kitsap

Yelm is a top 100 program in the country and ranked second in the state. The Tornadoes are led by four-star recruit Brayden Platt, who recently signed to play at the University of Oregon. Yelm has a solid receiving and defensive core that will punish the Cougars. On the other hand, Central Kitsap’s Tristan Hall will have a busy day on both sides of the ball. He will need to make some plays at receiver and shut down the Tornadoes’ top weapons.

Tenino at Klahowya

Klahowya has a handful of weapons around the field. Wide receivers Grant Solvie and Carson Moore are averaging over 90 receiving yards per game while Jackson Kealoha is picking up over 100 yards on the ground per game. The Eagles have been able to handle tough situations too, winning by three points and one point. Although Tenino is ranked higher, the Beavers have not won a game and average a couple of points less per game than the Eagles. In addition, the Beavers have allowed 34 points per game.