Here’s a quick glance at this week’s state playoff games for the two area football teams still alive.
Skyline (8-3) vs. Central Valley (8-2)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Saturday at Skyline High School
At stake: Winner moves on to face Woodinville or Union in the 4A semifinals.
Breakdown: Skyline’s defense continues to get stronger week after week. The Spartans slowed a hot Mead rushing attack on the road last week. They’ll need to do the same this week against Central Valley. The Bears are a run-first team that mixes in the pass. Two running backs — Alex Jacot and Grayson Sykes — along with quarterback Gaven Deyarmin have combined for more than 1,500 yards on the ground. Like last week’s opponent, Mead, it’s doubtful Central Valley has seen a passing attack anywhere near the level of Skyline’s. Whoever can stop the other’s strength will move on to the semifinals.
Eastlake (10-1) vs. Lake Stevens (11-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Saturday at Eastlake High School
At stake: Winner moves on to face Bellarmine Prep or Skyview in the 4A state semifinals.
Breakdown: There’s a lot on the line for Eastlake Saturday night as the Wolves look for the program’s first ever trip to the state semifinals. In order to reach the goal, they will have to contain one of the state’s most productive quarterbacks, Jake Nelson. The Lake Stevens signal caller has completed 188 of 262 passes for 2,508 yards, 25 TDs and just five INTs. He’s also rushed for over 600 yards and 14 TDs. Luckily for the Wolves, they play in one of the best passing conferences in the state and the defense should be prepared. On the flip side, Eastlake quarterback Keegan Kemp has completed 104 of 179 passes for 1,494 yards, 13 TDs, 9 INTs; and has rushed for 520 yards and 10 TDs. With running back Ryan Lewis (1,614 yards, 25 TDs) the Wolves pack a punch of their own. It could be a shootout on the Plateau this Saturday.