SPSL 4A football at a glance
Prime Prospects, Rising Stars and preseason coaches poll for the 2012 season in the SPSL 4A.
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RB/LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., Kentlake
Physical player on both sides of the ball who can also show finesse.
TE/DE, 6-3, 243, Sr., Auburn
Athletic, poised and disciplined, Shelton is latest in line of family football stars.
RB/DB, 5-10, 174, Sr., Kentridge
Lightning-quick and elusive Davis is a TD waiting to happen.
RB/LB, 5-10, 200, Sr., Kentwood
Tough kid with major motor who plays hard on every down.
OL/DL, 6-5, 270, Sr., Auburn Riverside
Big, mobile athlete has outstanding footwork.
OL/LB, 6-2, 235, Sr., Federal Way
Unique blend of size and speed for loaded Eagles team.
RB/DB, 5-9, 185, Sr., Bethel
Dynamic, versatile athlete can impact games in multiple ways.
WR, 6-1, 175, Sr., Federal Way
Polished receiver plays his position like a pro.
WR/DB, 5-9, 170, Sr., Graham-Kapowsin
Makes all the big catches, prevents them on defense.
QB, 6-1, 195, Sr., Kentlake
Great decision-maker was surprise of last year's championship team.
QB, 6-1, 167, Jr., Tahoma
Strong-armed and savvy Nelson poised for an even bigger year.
WR/CB, 5-8, 155, Sr., Kent-Meridian
Speedy, shifty player makes opponents account for him.
OL/DL, 6-0, 270, So., Mount Rainier
Moves like a LB, has unlimited potential.
RB/DB, 5-7, 165, So., Federal Way
Explosive player flashed signs of his talent as freshman.
G/NG, 5-11, 250, Sr., Spanaway Lake
Powerful blocker with big motor.
RB/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr., Curtis
Led SPSL in scoring in 2011 with 18 TDs.
Stefan Van Horn
QB/DB, 6-1, 185, Sr., Rogers
Averaged more than 220 total yards last year.
• The past six SPSL North champions have been unbeaten in division play.
• Auburn's eight-year playoff streak ended in 2011, but the Trojans lost six games by a total of 34 points.
• Federal Way's South title last season ended a three-year run by Curtis.
• Puyallup has not finished atop the South since 2006, but still has a league-best 15 championships.
• Auburn Riverside beat Auburn for the first time last year, but is still looking for its first top-three finish in SPSL 4A (the Ravens placed third in SPSL 3A in 2006 and '07).
Predicted finish in a poll of coaches, with total points (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches could not vote for their own teams:
|SPSL 4A North|
|1. Kentwood (Covington) (2)||73||8-3|
|2. Tahoma (Maple Valley) (4)||72||6-4|
|3. Kentlake (2)||67||10-1|
|4. Auburn (1)||59||4-6|
|6. Auburn Riverside||46||4-6|
|7. Jefferson (Auburn)||38||5-5|
|7. Mount Rainier (Des Moines)||24||1-9|
|SPSL 4A South|
|1. Federal Way (8)||80||10-1|
|2. Graham-Kapowsin (1)||68||5-5|
|3. Curtis (University Place)||67||6-5|
|4. Bethel (Graham)||61||8-3|
|5. Rogers (Puyallup)||51||5-5|
|8. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)||38||2-8|
|9. Beamer (Federal Way)||30||2-8|
|10. Spanaway Lake||29||1-9|