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The start of the Week 3 slate of games is just hours away. Here’s some of the best action this weekend will offer.
Game of the Week: Central Catholic (1-1) at Jesuit (1-1)
A pair of top 10 teams Catholic schools collide in the 2011 “Holy War.” This contest may have lost some of its luster when Rams QB Ben Cook went down with an injury last week, but Central’s defense and team speed should help even the score against Jesuit’s size and exceptional QB play. Look for Central senior RB Hayward Demison III to get the lion’s share of carries on the ground as the Rams look to neutralize Jesuit’s explosive offense.
For more on this game, we asked Aloha RB Thomas Tyner to give us his breakdown:
“Jesuit always has been the hype team, and Central has some outstanding athletes. Dallin Leavitt on defense should be a huge factor for Central. Rocky (Nicholas Rothstein) will be a huge threat at quarterback. I predict Rocky will get huge rushing yards off draw plays.”
Tyner’s pick: Jesuit 28, Central Catholic 21
David’s pick (1-0): The Crusaders have won the last four in this head-to-head series and that will continue tonight, Jesuit 34-14
Other Games of note:
Aloha (2-0) at Grant (1-1)
These two rosters are littered with athletic playmakers ready to put on a show. On the Aloha side, you have the state’s fastest player and Gatorade Player of the Year candidate Thomas Tyner (490 yards and 3 TDs). Behind him, the Warriors boast several other thoroughbreds with Sheldon Prince, Ryan Russo and Christian Wood all capable of taking it to the house from any spot on the field. Grant counters with the pitch-and-catch tandem of QB Paris Penn and WR Daniel Halverson and senior T.J. Sly-Cain, another exceptional athlete and a game-changer on special teams.
Thurston (2-0) at Crater (2-0)
These two high-octane attacks will keep the scoreboard operators busy tonight. Thurston QB Chad Olson leads the state in passing (706 yards) and is coming off a 3-TD effort in a win against West Albany. McNary senior Chance Fahndrich is a load to handle on the ground and has scored two touchdowns in each of the team’s first two games to help the Comets put up 102 points.
Skyline (1-1) at Lake Oswego (2-0)
The Lakers are looking to knock off the perennial Seattle power this weekend and gain a measure of revenge after last year’s loss. The Lakers’ offense has thrived with senior Steven Long (229 yards, five touchdowns) in the backfield and receivers Blake Dutton and Stevie Coury on the outside. Skyline LB Peyton Pelluer will have the daunting task of limiting Long’s contributions in this one. Junior Max Browne, an ESPNHS All-American and the recipient of several Pac-12 offers marshals Skyline’s potent offense. Browne has gotten off to a fast start this season with five touchdown passes but threw a pair of costly picks in last week’s loss to Bellevue.
Eagle Point (1-1) at Willamette (2-0)
Getting to see Eagle Point senior DL Tyrone Holmes try to stop Willamette senior RB Jordan Visarraga (437 yards, 7 touchdowns) alone should be worth the price of admission.