High school football power rankings: Tumwater #1 no doubt

The T-Birds retain their top power ranking.

Whoop Timberline, stay at #1

What should have been the game of the week turned out to be a laugher as Tumwater dropped a 44 point shutout on Timberline. Here’s some breaking news: Tumwater is pretty good.

It was a pretty rough week for area teams overall as just four teams took home wins – Tumwater, North Thurston, Olympia and River Ridge.  Just two teams have a perfect record, six teams sit at 1-1 and four teams have not been able to break through yet.

Your unscientific power rankings for week three are here. Poor Shelton.


1. Tumwater T-Birds (2-0)
Last week: #1 (No change)
Previous game: Tumwater 44, Timberline 0
Next game: @ Inglemoor (0-2) – Pop Keeney Stadium, Bothell – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: What needs to be said? The T-Birds absolutely demolished a really good Timberline team. #1 no doubt.

North Thurston Rams (2-0)
Last week: #2 (+1)
Previous game: North Thurston 38, Black Hills 16
Next game: @ Foss (2-0) – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: North Thurston took a 35-0 lead before the Wolves finally got on the board in the third quarter. Josh Ramirez scored three times, two rushing and one on a pass from Ryan Mets, while Josh Mosquera and Hayden Maliska each rushed for a touchdown. They should stay at #2 against Foss this week but face a tough Lincoln team in week four.

Timberline Blazers (1-1)
Last week: #2 (-1)
Previous game: Tumwater 44, Timberline 0
Next game: @ Olympia (1-1) – Ingersoll stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: I’d drop the Blazers further, but now I don’t think there is any shame in losing to Tumwater by 44 points. They will have the opportunity to show that the Tumwater game was a fluke right away when they take on Olympia at Ingersoll Stadium.

Olympia Bears (1-1)
Last week: #4 (No change)
Previous game: Olympia 20, Capital 6
Next game: vs. Timberline (1-1) – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:30 PM

Notes: Their close loss to Lake Oswego might not be as impressive as first thought with the Lakers falling to Central Catholic 35-14 on Friday. They got the win over a struggling Capital in the Spaghetti Bowl and will have the chance to show they are for real when they host Timberline.

River Ridge Hawks (1-1)
Last week: #11 (+6)
Previous game: River Ridge 43, Sequim 6
Next game: @ Ridgefield (0-2) – Ridgefield HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: One of only four local teams to earn a win this week, the Hawks jumped up in the power rankings on that fact alone. They will likely knock off a 2A Ridgefield team that has scored just eight points against a pair of 1A schools.

Rainier Mountaineers (1-1)
Last week: #7 (+1)
Previous game: Mossyrock 23, Rainier 21
Next game: @ Rochester (1-1) – Rochester HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: With 21 points scored this week, the Mountaineers tied their 2012 point total in just two games. Rainier played Mossyrock tough and nearly came back from a 16-7 halftime deficit. McCoy Bichler scored once and Nick Henry added a pair of touchdowns. Next up: Rochester, which should be a fascinating game between two improved teams with new coaches.

Yelm Tornadoes (1-1)
Last week: #6 (-1)
Previous game: Olympic 7, Yelm 0
Next game: vs. Stadium (1-1) – Tornadoes Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: What to think of Yelm? They have only allowed seven points all season, so that’s good. A 48-0 win and then a 7-0 loss? Well, the first game was against a bad Highline team that was run 55-6 by White River this week. The Tornadoes should go back to their high scoring ways, at least for one week, when they play Stadium on Friday night.

Rochester Warriors (1-1)
Last week: #5 (-3)
Previous game: RA Long 49, Ridgefield 7
Next game: vs. Rainier (1-1) – Rochester HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Meh, a 42 point loss to a good 2A team on the road: it happens. They only drop because it was the biggest loss of the three teams that are interchangeable at this point in the season: Rainier and Yelm. The Rainier game this week should be surprisingly curious fun.

Black Hills Wolves (0-2)
Last week: #9 (No change)
Previous game: North Thurston 38, Black Hills 16
Next game: vs. Bainbridge (0-2) – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Despite getting thumped by North Thurston, the Wolves stay put at #9. Their razor thin loss to Clover Park doesn’t look as bad as it did last week and they could get back on track against Bainbridge, who has been outscored 85-12 in their first two games.

Capital Cougars (0-2)
Last week: #8 (-2)
Previous game: Olympia 20, Capital 6
Next game: @ Bothell (1-1) – Pop Keeney Stadium, Bothell – Saturday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Believe it or not, because of their unbelievably tough schedule taking on three 4A schools to begin with, Capital could easily go 0-4 to begin the season. They get Bothell on Saturday up north and then Tumwater the next week. Panic on Conger. I still think their youth will grow up and after the Tumwater game could put together a run for a playoff spot.

Tenino Beavers (0-2)
Last week: #10 (-1)
Previous game: Washougal 28, Tenino 7
Next game: @ Elma (0-2) – Davis Field, Elma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: One loss to a 2B team, another to a 2A team. Open 1A Evergreen play at Elma on Friday.

Shelton Highclimbers (0-2)
Last week: #12 (No change)
Previous game: North Mason 20, Shelton 10
Next game: @ Wilson (2-0) – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Highclimbers got on the board for the first time this season in the first quarter and built a 10 point lead but North Mason made the adjustments and scored the next 20 points to take home the Mason County Cup. Though they did force some turnovers, Shelton looked over-matched and will have their hands full with a high scoring Wilson squad.

Posted on September 17, 2013, in Black Hills HS, Capital HS, High school, North Thurston HS, Olympia HS, Rainier HS, River Ridge HS, Rochester HS, Shelton HS, Tenino HS, Timberline HS, Tumwater HS, Yelm HS. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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