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Originally published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

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2014 prep football preview: SPSL 4A South

Four of the seven teams in the South will advance to the preliminary round of the playoffs this season, but that total drops to just three in 2015.


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THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS

Foster Sarell

OL/DL, 6-6, 310, Soph., Graham-Kapowsin

Already on the national radar, the big guy is a big-time recruit.

Trever Asbjornsen

QB, 6-4, 210, Sr., Graham-Kapowsin

Top returning passer in the SPSL should lead Eagles deep into playoffs.

Kyler Ooley

WR, 5-10, 165, Sr., Rogers

Speedy receiver caught 57 balls for 1,047 yards, 10 TDs in 8 games last year.

Mason Mahoney

K, 5-11, 195, Sr., Curtis

Strong-legged kicker connected on 8 of 9 FG tries during 2013 regular season.

Donnell Diego

RB/DB, 5-11, 180, Jr., Curtis

Averaged nearly 7 yards per carry as Vikings’ leading rusher last fall.

Brady Winter

WR/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr., Puyallup

Third-year starter on defense squats 500 pounds.

Michael Fuller

RB/LB, 5-9, 205, Sr., Puyallup

Extra work in the weight room makes him a powerful back tough to tackle.

Micah Brown

WR, 5-10, 180, Sr., Spanaway Lake

Caught at least one pass in every game as a junior, averaging 12 yards.

Mark Symmons

RB/LB, 6-0, 200, Sr., Emerald Ridge

Explosive, competitive player shows great awareness and leadership.

Eli Teuteu

RB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr., Bethel

Bone-jarring hitter back with a vengeance after injury-plagued junior year.

THE STORY LINES

G-K looks to run the table again

The Eagles, who joined the league in 2006, soared to their first SPSL South title last season at 8-0 and come in as the favorites once again.

New gunslinger at Puyallup

After throwing for 5,960 yards and 71 TDs in his first two seasons as Puyallup’s QB, senior Brendon Illies didn’t turn out for football this fall and is concentrating on baseball (he has committed to North Carolina). Coach Gary Jeffers says the Vikings will still throw the ball with sophomore Nathaniel Holcomb now pulling the trigger.

Room for four

Four of the seven teams in the South will advance to the preliminary round of the playoffs this season, but that total drops to three in 2015.

THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES

Sept. 6: Curtis vs. Graham-Kapowsin, 7 p.m., Art Crate Stadium (Spanaway)

• G-K has won the past three meetings against one of division’s top programs.

Oct. 10: Graham-Kapowsin vs. Skyline, 7 p.m., Skyline

• Expect a top-10 showdown, in all likelihood.

Oct. 31: Rogers vs. Puyallup, 7 p.m., Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

• If G-K and Curtis go 1-2, these two could be playing for third place.

COACHES POLL

Predicted order of finish in the SPSL 4A South Division, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams and voted within their own division only.

School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)

1. Graham-Kapowsin, 10-1, 59 (5)

2. Curtis, 8-2, 54 (2)

3. Puyallup, 6-4, 48

4. Rogers, 4-6, 46

5. Emerald Ridge, 4-6, 40

6. Bethel, 3-7, 35

7. Spanaway Lake, 2-8, 33

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