Prep football story lines: Week 3
No. 8 Eastlake and new coach Don Bartel beat Lakes and Eastside Catholic , but their schedule isn’t getting any easier as they take on No. 4 Skyline on Friday. This will be Bartel’s reunion with friend and Skyline coach Mat Taylor, whose program he left after last season to take over at Eastlake.
Vikings hoping to rebound
Lake Stevens may be 0-2, but it has the talent to pull out a win this Friday against Oak Harbor. The Vikings lost by only four points to Glacier Peak two weeks ago, and a big takeaway from last week’s loss to Marysville-Pilchuck was that they have a dangerous running back in Austin Otis. Maybe they’ll find their groove behind sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason.
Can McPherson keep it up?
Bothell’s Sam McPherson seemed to be everywhere in last week’s loss to Bellevue. He’s their go-to guy, but was held to only 53 yards and Bothell’s only touchdown Friday. McPherson also sat out a few plays with an injury, and we’ll see if he can return with a big performance this week against Capital (Olympia) at Pop Keeney Stadium.
Federal Way’s offense is explosive, having scored 109 points in two games. Quarterback Keenan Curran rushed for 356 yards and five touchdowns, and running back Chico McClatcher has 270 yards and four touchdowns. Curran also connected with McClatcher eight times through the air for 140 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown in their first game.
Sealth’s key receiver?
• Chief Sealth’s Alloney Burris had 104 yards receiving on just three receptions — averaging 34.7 yards per catch — and two touchdowns in last week’s 25-20 loss to Cleveland. It should be a decent matchup this week when Chief Sealth takes on an athletic Rainier Beach team that’s coming off a 21-6 win over Ingraham.