After both cruising through their Metro schedules with undefeated records, Nathan Hale and Eastside Catholic meet in the Metro championship game Friday night. With blowouts of Bainbridge and Lakeside respectively, O’Dea and Seattle Prep take on Rainier Beach and Chief Sealth in the other high profile crossover games.
Look for power rankings and predictions after the jump.
(Last Week’s Ranking, Current Record)
1. Eastside Catholic (1, 8-0) Beat Blanchet 49-14
With an easy victory over Blanchet, Eastside Catholic wrapped up the Metro Mountain title and will play Nathan Hale for the Metro championship. The Crusaders have had an incredible season, and should figure to make a deep State tournament run.
2. O’Dea (2, 6-2) Beat Bainbridge 37-3
Despite a 6-2 record, the Irish will be disappointed that they were not able to finish on top of their division. Were it not for Tatum Taylor’s injury in the Eastside game, we could be talking about the continued dominance of O’Dea but instead they finish number two.
3. Seattle Prep (3, 4-4) Beat Lakeside 34-9
After a slow start last Thursday against the Lions, Prep dominated the second half, outscoring Lakeside 27-0 enroute to a blowout victory. Prep, winners of three straight, could be a dangerous team in the playoffs, as many wrote them off earlier in the season.
4. Blanchet (4, 4-4) Lost to Eastside Catholic 49-14
Blanchet has now lost four straight games and is struggling to find answers. A once promising season is now headed down the drain with a winless performance in Metro play.
5. Bainbridge (5, 3-5) Lost to O’Dea 37-3
Apart from their victory against Blanchet, Bainbridge has had few bright spots this season as they sorely missed the explosive playmaking of Chris Bell that they had last year.
1. Nathan Hale (1, 7-1) Beat West Seattle 36-13
Nathan Hale capped an undefeated Metro season with a dominating performance over West Seatle. The Metro championship against Eastside Catholic will be a true test to determine whether or not this team can play with the heavyweights of 3A football.
2. Rainier Beach (2, 5-3) Beat Cleveland 58-0
Were it not for a one point loss to Nathan Hale earlier in the season, it would be Rainier Beach on top of the Metro Sound. But as it is, the Vikings must settle for second and a tough crossover game with O’Dea.
3. Chief Sealth (3, 4-4) Lost to Ingraham 39-34
Chief Sealth has been an enigma this year. One week they beat West Seattle unexpectedly and look like a team that could be dangerous, then the next week they lose to previously winless Ingraham. The only thing that is for certain is that they will have a very hard time keeping up with Seattle Prep on Friday.
4. West Seattle (4, 4-4) Lost to Nathan Hale 36-13
An up and down Metro season for West Seattle ended with a predictable defeat at the hands of the class of the Sound division. This week’s crossover matchup against Bainbridge should be interesting to see if West Seattle can play with the weaker Mountain teams.
5. Cleveland (5, 2-5) Lost to Rainier Beach 58-0
The Eagles ended anther woeful season with another woeful performance. 58-0 is just about as lopsided as it gets.
6 (Tie). Franklin(6, 1-7) Lost to Lindbergh 49-0 and Ingraham(7, 1-7) Beat Chief Sealth 39-34
Franklin and Ingraham each end with one victory apiece and although Franklin beat Ingraham, they finish tied for last in the power rankings because the Rams victory over Chief Sealth was far more impressive.
Eastside Catholic vs. Nathan Hale
Despite a very good season from Nathan Hale, Eastside Catholic’s offense is too over powering. Crusaders win the Metro crown. EC 42, Hale 21
O’Dea vs. Rainier Beach
This game will be closer than expected, but O’Dea’s size up front will ultimately make the difference. O’Dea 35, Beach 28
Seattle Prep vs. Chief Sealth
After Sealth’s dismal loss against Ingraham, the Seahawks lack any sort of momentum. Seattle Prep should win this easily. Prep 48, Sealth 14