As state title weekend at the Tacoma Dome is just around the corner, we review the remaining teams fighting for their chance to play in the Dome. Semi final games are this Saturday around the state; here are the overviews for 4A and 3A Football state semi final match ups.
Quarter finals results:
Sumner 16, Woodinville 13
Camas 28, Skyline 14.
Lake Stevens 14, Skyview 35.
Bothell 28, Richland 49.
Semi final preview:
Sumner at Camas
The undefeated Sumner Spartans are coming off a clutch quarterfinal win against Kingco powerhouse Woodinville, 16-13. The Spartans haven’t played in the semifinal game since 1977, a year they went on to win the state title. With UW commit and standout RB Connor Wedington out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, RB’s Tre Weed and Ben Wilson have stepped up to pick up the slack. With a strong offensive front and a defense with 18 interceptions on the year, the Spartans are determined to repeat history again by making it to the title game.
Camas is very familiar with post season, avenging their 2015 quarterfinal loss to Skyline in the best way possible — by defeating Skyline, 28-14. So far in post season games, they have scored 139 points compared to the 20 scored by opponents. Thats in just 3 games. Quarterback Jack Colletto is a threat on the ground and in the air, rushing for over 200 yards and throwing for 3 touchdowns in the win over Skyline. With strong receivers in Cooper McNatt and Ryan Russell and Colletto’s own ground game, expect the Papermaker’s offense to be relentless against the Spartan’s defense.
Sumner and Camas will play at McKenzie Stadium on Saturday Nov 26th, 1:00 p.m.
Skyview at Richland
Skyview enters the semi final with 3 losses, but to who? Eastside Catholic and O’Dea, 2 of the remaining 4 teams in the 3A state semifinals, and none other than conference rival and another 4A state title hopeful, Camas. With their only losses coming to top teams in the state, the Skyview Storm have proven throughout their season why they are in the final four. Defeating the Wesco league champion Lake Stevens in last weeks quarterfinal displayed the Storm’s depth of strength; including a defense that forced Lake Stevens QB Connor Bardue to throw 5 interceptions in the game.
Richland enters the semi final game undefeated after a definitive win over Bothell, 49-28. Scoring 30+ points in every game but 1 this season, the Bombers have an offensive front that is difficult to contain. Led by Quarterback Paxton Stevens and WR’s Alex Chapman and Adam Weissenfels and RB Ben Stanfield, the Bombers offense is strong in the air and on the ground. They will use their diverse arsenal to keep Skyview’s defense guessing in this semifinal matchup.
Skyview and Richland will play at Lampson Stadium on Saturday Nov 26th, 3:00 p.m.
Quarter finals results:
Bonney Lake 10, Kamiakin 37.
Lakes 24, Eastside Catholic 57.
Peninsula 29, Meadowdale 34.
Lincoln 20, O’Dea 28.
Semi final preview:
Kamiakin at Eastside Catholic
Kamiakin has made a statement in the post season so far, shutting out Gig Harbor 45-0 and defeating Bonney lake 37-10. With only 2 losses on the year, one being to the 4A final hopeful, Richland, the Braves have consistently shown their strength on offense, scoring 40+ points in 9 games this season. With 5 first team selections, 4 second team and 2 honorable mentions in the Mid-Columbia Conference, the Braves are a force on both sides of the ball.
The Eastside Catholic crusaders enter the game with only one loss to rival O’Dea — a potential opponent in the championship game if both teams were to win their semi final games on Saturday. As the reigning 3A state champions, the Crusaders are in familiar territory. In post season alone, the Crusaders offense has scored 139 points in just 3 games. Quarterback Ze’Shaun Lewis threw for four touchdowns in the quarterfinal win over Lakes, and has thrown for over 2800 yards and 30 touchdowns on the year. Expect Lewis and the offense to be in full force this Saturday as these two powerhouse teams face off for a spot in the state title game.
Kamiakin and Eastside Catholic will play at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday Nov 26th, 1:00 p.m.
Meadowdale at O’Dea
O’Dea maintained their undefeated season in their quarterfinal matchup after holding onto the lead despite a fourth quarter comeback by the Lincoln Abes. The Fighting Irish are a perfect 13-0 and ranked #1 in the state due to impressive talent on both offense and defense. After a hip injury in the semi final, the return of quarterback Warren King is uncertain. Ben Beale, who started the first two games of the season before he was injured, had an impressive performance in his first game back, coming into the game for King. This Irish defense has allowed an average of less than 14 points per game, expect this defense to come out tough against the strong Meadowdale offense.
Meadowdale is making history as they enter the semi final — it is their first chance ever to make it to the state championship. The Mavericks have played in the state quarterfinals five times, but this was the first year that they have advanced with their 34-29 win over Peninsula. The offense has been difficult to stop for opponents, scoring more than 40 points in 8 of their 15 games. Quarterback Drew Tingstad has options when finding receivers and routes, specifically in TE Zach Plummer and RB Kela Marshall. The Mavericks will challenge the strength of the O’Dea Fighting Irish.
O’Dea coach Monte Kohler has led the Fighting Irish to the state championship game 7 times in his 31 year tenure, while Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard has led his team to the semi final for the first time in history in only his second season. The contrast is clear, but it could be anyone’s game in a match up between these two teams.
Meadowdale and O’Dea will play at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday Nov 26th, 4:00 p.m.