High School Football Power Rankings: T-Birds Still at #1, Blazers Jump Beavers for Second
Last week I talked about how I expected a mediocre season from the majority of the teams in the Olympia area before the season started. Last week I said that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality so far.
That was before the locals went 4-8 over the weekend and previously unbeaten Tenino, River Ridge, Black Hills, Rainier and Yelm all dropped their first games. That sends the power rankings into disarray making it nearly impossible to move anybody up or down despite wins and losses.
1. Tumwater T-Birds (3-0)
Last week: #1 (No change)
Previous game: Beat La Center, 41-0
Next game: vs. Lake City, ID – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: Not to take anything away from the T-Birds, but they did mop up on a 1A school on Friday night. Granted La Center has been a good 1A team but the difference between 2A and 1A is so great, it’s hard to believe they ever play each other. But the T-Birds are 3-0 and now face what will likely be their toughest opponent until they get to the state semifinals. Lake City of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho are 4-0 and are coming off of a 56-34 dismantling of ranked Shadle Park and their star quarterback Brett Rypien.
2. Timberline Blazers (2-1 overall, 1-0 4A Narrows)
Last week: #3 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Yelm, 31-7
Next game: @ Olympia – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: With convincing wins over River Ridge and Yelm and a shoestring loss to the mighty Tumwater T-Birds, Timberline is looking good. But now they head into the meat of the 4A Narrows League with three weeks of unbelievably tough games. First up, Olympia on Friday night at Ingersoll Stadium then Bellarmine and Gig Harbor. I hate to say a game is a must win, but this game against Oly seems like a must win with the Lions and Tides looming large.
3. Tenino Beavers (2-1 overall, 0-1 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #3 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Hoquiam, 36-21
Next game: vs. Elma – Tenino Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: Really not sure what to think about the loss to Hoquiam. Just a hiccup early in the season or a sign of what is to come throughout the grind of the 2A/1A Evergreen season? They should get right against Elma this week.
4. River Ridge Hawks (2-1 overall, 0-1 2A SPSL)
Last week: #4 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Franklin Pierce, 16-14
Next game: vs. Orting – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: The 2A SPSL will be even more intriguing after Franklin Pierce got a late field goal to knock off the speedy Hawks on Friday night. In a league that looks to be pretty even overall, the Hawks will need a win over an Orting team that might be better than their 1-2 record indicates.
5. Rainier Mountaineers (2-1 overall, 1-1 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #5 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Raymond, 42-0
Next game: @ Ocosta – Ocosta HS, Westport – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: Welcome back to earth, Rainier. The first two weeks gave me a lot of confidence that the Mountaineers could compete with the two big names in the 2B Pacific but a 42-0 loss to Raymond showed you where this program is probably at. Still, I think they will likely be the third best team in the league behind Raymond and North Beach. Next up they get Ocosta. They were beaten 60-0 by a team that usually plays 8-man football, Neah Bay, and lost 50-0 to Life Christian before knocking off Chief Leschi 33-18 last week.
6. Black Hills Wolves (2-1 overall)
Last week: #6 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to North Kitsap, 26-7
Next game: @ Columbia River – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: The Wolves got beat by a ranked North Kitsap team and Chase Morrow finally looked human.
7. Capital Cougars (1-2 overall, 0-1 3A Narrows)
Last week: #7 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Lincoln, 32-10
Next game: @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: The difficulty of the first three weeks finally caught up to the Cougars as they struggled to stop the high powered Lincoln offense. They should get a little bit of a reprieve when they face Foss on Friday night.
8. Olympia Bears (2-1 overall, 1-0 4A Narrows)
Last week: #9 (+1)
Previous game: Beat South Kitsap, 34-17
Next game: vs. Timberline – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: A nice win for the Bears knocking off South K in Port Orchard. Isaiah Brooks is one of the breakout stars of the season putting up 236 yards and two TDs last week. I’m looking forward to seeing how they deal with Gabe Gutierrez and Timberline on Friday night.
9. Yelm Tornadoes (2-1 overall, 0-1 4A Narrows)
Last week: #8 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Timberline, 31-7
Next game: vs. South Kitsap – Yelm HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: The Tornadoes have started quickly for three straight years but once they hit league play, it all comes crashing down. Facing Timberline in the league opener didn’t help. They hope to rebound at home against South Kitsap.
10. Rochester Warriors (1-2 overall, 1-0 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #12 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Elma, 18-14
Next game: vs. Forks – Rochester HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: Hard to get too excited about 2A Rochester beating 1A Elma 18-14 but a win is a win and Wyatt Singer had an outstanding game going for over 230 yards with two touchdowns.
11. Shelton Highclimbers (1-2 overall, 0-1 3A Narrows)
Last week: #10 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Foss, 26-13
Next game: @ Lincoln – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM
Notes: The Highclimbers were competitive in this game and that’s a big difference from where they were last year. Still, the play calling was frustrating and the surprising lack of urgency at the end of the game was a head scratcher. They could have beaten Foss if not for some key penalties. They next head to Lincoln, which could be ugly.
12. North Thurston Rams (0-3, 0-1 3A Narrows)
Last week: #11 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Wilson, 47-21
Next game: @ Central Kitsap – Silverdale Stadium – Thursday, 7:15 PM
Notes: North Thurston looked like they had turned things around after one half of football against Wilson taking a 21-6 lead into the locker room. But the Rams from Tacoma reeled off 41 unanswered points and the Rams of Lacey fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1984. 1984?!
Posted on September 25, 2014, in Black Hills HS, Capital HS, Football, 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.