Last week showed once again why Metro Mountain is one of the top divisions in the state. With every team picking up a W, the early season is shaping up to be one of the more competitive in recent memory. Seattle Prep got back on track against West Seattle after their horrific start. Blanchet continued to surprise, proving that their week one win was more than just dumb luck. Most impressively however, Eastside Catholic steamrolled Eastlake with starting quarterback Trey Reynolds watching from the sidelines. This week is also the debut of the Metro Sound power rankings, where Rainier Beach figures to be the overwhelming favorite to play in the Metro championship.
Look for the Power Rankings after the jump.
(Last Week’s Ranking, Record)
1. Eastside Catholic (1, 2-0) Beat Eastlake 30-12
Impressive once again, the Crusaders beat traditional 4A power Eastlake with ease. Two things from this game were particularly notable. One, EC started the game with freshman quarterback Harley Kirsch due to an apparent injury to Reynolds, and didn’t miss a beat. This was one of the more impressive performances of the early season. Secondly, the Eastside Catholic defense, their traditional Achilles heel, might be ever better than their offense this year, as it has only given up 26 points total in their first two games.
2. O’Dea (2, 2-0) Beat Ballard 28-6
The Irish looked good once again, cruising to victory against the inferior Beavers. The defense was dominant, yet the offense was comparatively pedestrian. Usually the Irish have no trouble putting up 40 plus points in this type of game. Although with Pierre LeDorze and Tatum Taylor this figures to be more of an aberration than a reoccurring theme.
3. Seattle Prep (3, 1-1) Beat West Seattle 32-12
The Panthers played more like the team that was ranked in the pre-season top ten last week. Playmaking linebackers Perry Stout and Conlon Garcia led Prep to a relatively easy victory against a West Seattle team that was clearly second best. It is still hard to tell how they will match up against O’Dea or Eastside though. This week’s matchup with Eastlake will be a better indicator on whether the Panthers are for real or not.
4. Blanchet (4, 2-0) Beat North Kitsap 25-21
Apparently the Braves week one win was more than just a fluke. Tight end Tony Caballero caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead Blanchet to a comeback victory against North Kitsap. With a relatively easy upcoming schedule, the Braves could realistically be 5-0 heading into the last three weeks of the year.
5. Bainbridge (5, 1-1) Beat Kingston 43-6
It is hard to tell what to make of the Spartans dismantling of lowly 2A Kingston. While 43-6 is an impressive score line, Bainbridge must put that kind of beat down on a team in 3A to prove they won’t be this year’s pushover team, and to move up in the rankings.
1. Rainier Beach (NA, 1-0) Beat Ingraham 61-13
Beach looked like the class of the Sound division last week, torching last season’s Cinderella-team, Ingraham, 61-13. Marquis Davis was by far the best player on the field, scoring four touchdowns, including two 60 yard runs. Franklin transfer quarterback Robert Calloway was impressive as well, throwing for two TD’s and running in a 60 yarder himself.
2. Nathan Hale (NA, 2-0) Beat Franklin 35-24
Off to an undefeated start, Hale looks to be one of the few teams capable of challenging the Vikings for the Sound championship. Behind Aaron Mandell’s three touchdowns, the Raiders were able to hold off Franklin. With two tough games back to back against Roosevelt and Rainier Beach, Hale’s momentum could be very short lived.
3. Chief Sealth (NA, 2-0) Beat Cleveland 32-14
In their first two games the Seahawks have looked nothing like the traditional Sound division punching bag that they have been the past few seasons. While beating Cleveland by 28 is one thing, it will be interesting to see how they do against Rainier Beach this week.
4. West Seattle (NA, 1-1) Lost to Seattle Prep 32-12
West Seattle is here by default as the only other Sound division team with a victory, albeit a victory via forfeit. There is some promise for the Spartans though, as they showed a few signs of life in their loss to Seattle Prep last week.
5. Franklin (NA, 0-1) Lost to Nathan Hale 35-24
The Quakers took a big hit this offseason when their playmaking quarterback Robert Calloway transferred to rival Rainier Beach. They were nearly able to come back against Hale last week, scoring 24 in the fourth quarter. The matchup with West Seattle this week will be a good measuring stick for both teams, to see how they stack up in the muddled middle of the Sound division.
6. Ingraham (NA, 0-1) Lost to Rainier Beach 61-13
Last year’s surprise team got thoroughly beaten last week, and will need to rebound to stay competitive in the division. Luckily for them, Cleveland is their next opponent, which should figure to be an easy victory.
7. Cleveland (NA, 0-1) Lost to Chief Sealth 32-14
Starting off in the cellar once again, it’s been a long time since the Eagles had any sort of relevance.
O’Dea vs. Issaquah
The defense continues to dominate, and Taylor continues to electrify. Irish 31- Issaquah 7
Seattle Prep vs. Eastlake
Prep takes on another 4A foe, and as he continues to get fully healthy Tere Calloway sparks the Panthers to a narrow victory. Prep 28- Eastlake 24
Blanchet vs. Lakeside
A game that in past years was a battle for last and second to last, will be dominated by the Braves, despite some apparent depth issues along the offensive line. Blanchet 28- Lakeside 10
Rainier Beach vs. Chief Sealth
Beach shows Sealth who the number one team in the Sound is. Marquis Davis runs wild again. Rainier Beach 56- Sealth 14
FYI. Could be wrong, but your 'Week 3' header, 'continue reading', and 'comment', clicks all lead to 'Week 2'.
Just so you know, in the Hale/Franklin game it was 28-0, Hale after 3. Hale put in 2nd and 3rd stringers to get some experience in the 4th. It was not a come back that fell short. Did Hale look like the class of the Sound Division the previous week when they beat up on Lakeside?
Speaking of which, where is the coverage of Mountain Division member Lakeside? They are playing an abbreviated Metro schedule this year with Hale, Cleveland, Blanchet, and Prep. They have some kids that can play.