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High School Football Power Rankings: T-Birds Still at #1, Blazers Jump Beavers for Second

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds are still #1

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.

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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?!

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Thursday Preps Scores: Blazers Roll Tornadoes; Bears Nip Tides; Cougs Sweep Rams

High School Football

Timberline 31, Yelm 7
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tornadoes (0-1 4A Narrows, 2-1 overall) 0 0 0 7 7
Blazers (1-0 4A Narrows, 2-1 overall) 7 24 0 31

Gabe Gutierrez threw for a pair of touchdowns and Timberline used a 24 point second quarter to pick up an easy 4A Narrows League opener win over Yelm.


Girls Soccer

Olympia 1, Gig Harbor 0
OLY (1-1 4A Narrows) | GH (1-1 4A Narrows)

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South Kitsap 2, Timberline 0
SK (2-0 4A Narrows) | TIM (0-2 4A Narrows)

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North Thurston 7, Foss 0
NT (2-0 3A Narrows) | FOSS (0-2 4A Narrows)

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Black Hills 1, North Kitsap 1
BH (2-1-1 overall) | NK (1-0-1 overall)

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Olympic 2, Tumwater 1
OLY (2-0-0 overall) | TUM (2-1-1 overall)


High School Volleyball

Bellarmine 3, Olympia 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14)
BP (3-0 4A Narrows), OLY (1-1 4A Narrows)

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Capital 3, North Thurston 0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21)
CAP (3-0 3A Narrows), NT (2-1 3A Narrows)

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Tumwater 3, Todd Beamer 0 (25-7, 28-26, 27-25)
TUM (2-2 overall) | TB (2-1 overall)

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Franklin Pierce 3, River Ridge 0 (25-17, 25-5, 25-14)
FP (3-0 2A SPSL) | RR (1-2 2A SPSL)

High School Football Power Rankings: T-Birds Still On Top but Tenino Closes the Gap

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds are still #1

I predicted a pretty mediocre local high school football season, I have to admit. I figured Tumwater would be good (yeah, tough call) but wasn’t sold on Randy Swilley and Tenino and didn’t expect anything more than average from most of the other schools. But if the first two weeks are any indication, I could be very, happily wrong.

Tumwater stays #1 though Tenino is closing in after the T-Birds just barely pulled off a pair of victories. Meanwhile, Timberline is 1-1 but looks strong, River Ridge looks like the class of the 2A SPSL and Rainier is making waves as a 2B team.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds (2-0)
Last week: #1 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Timberline, 35-33
Next game: vs. La Center – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Two weeks, two close calls for the T-Birds. Tumwater only won the game on Thursday night because Timberline killed themselves with penalties and once they compiled a few, didn’t get the benefit of the doubt from the officials on close calls. Like the play that sealed the win for Tumwater. A 4th down slant that was broken up on a hit that was either early or illegal and probably both but was not called.


2.
Tenino Beavers (2-0)
Last week: #2 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Castle Rock, 39-19
Next game: vs. Hoquiam – Tenino Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Thomas Pier scored five touchdowns in virtually every way possible and the Beavers moved to 2-0 with two resounding victories. The single wing is working and Tenino is rolling. Still glad I don’t have to call any Tenino games, though. Next up: 1A Evergreen play when Hoquiam comes to town.


3.
Timberline Blazers (1-1)
Last week: #3 (no change)
Previous game: Lost to Tumwater, 35-33
Next game: vs. Yelm – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Timberline played well and nearly knocked off Tumwater. The difference was a missed PAT and a failed two-point conversion to make up for it in the second quarter. And multiple penalties at inopportune times that led t0 the officials calling everything close against the Blazers. Considering this is almost the same team that lost 44-0 to the T-Birds last year, you can see the strides that they have made and has to be one of the favorites now that 4A Narrows League play opens.


4.
River Ridge Hawks (2-0)
Last week: #5 (+1)
Previous game: Beat North Thurston, 28-16
Next game: @ Franklin Pierce – Franklin Pierce HS, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: River Ridge knocked off North Thurston for the first time since 1998 and now look poised for a big season with the move to the 2A SPSL. The rest of the league is just 3-10 over the first two weeks and the Hawks open play against 0-2 Franklin Pierce on Friday.


5.
Rainier Mountaineers (2-0 overall, 1-0 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #6 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Kittitas, 33-0
Next game: vs. Raymond – Rainier HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Rainier defense has yet to give up a touchdown in wins over South Bend and Kittitas and are loving life as a 2B school. This week, they host what might be the game of the week in the South Sound when Raymond comes to town. The 2B Pacific comes down to Raymond, North Beach and the Mountaineers so this is one of the biggest games in a very, very long time for the Mountaineers.


6.
Black Hills Wolves (2-0)
Last week: #7 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Rochester, 43-14
Next game: @ North Kitsap – North Kitsap HS, Poulsbo – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Chase Morrow threw for four more touchdowns and the junior quarterback who was slated to be the backup looks to be the real deal for the Wolves. However, they have played 1A Montesano and a team in Rochester that was 1A last year and is rebuilding after losing most of the top players to graduation. We’ll see where this Black Hills team is this week when they travel to Poulsbo to face a good North Kitsap team.


7.
Capital Cougars (1-1)
Last week: #8 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Olympia, 17-7
Next game: vs. Lincoln – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Cougars defense has been outstanding giving up just 14 points to high powered Tumwater and just seven to Olympia. They made stop after stop in the second half of the Spaghetti Bowl to lead them to the big rivalry win. The offense, however, is one dimensional. Connor Kennedy had almost all of the yardage in the first half and the majority of it in the second half. It worked against Olympia but it will really have to work against Lincoln this weekend.


8.
Yelm Tornadoes (2-0)
Last week: #10 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Foss, 26-24
Next game: @ Timberline – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Tornadoes start fast, don’t they? With wins against better non-league opponents in Foss and Steilacoom compared to the last few years, there is a little bit of hope in Yelm. But that 4A Narrows League is tough and they will have to show something on Thursday night against Timberline to assuage my fears for their league season.


9.
Olympia Bears (1-1)
Last week: #4 (-6)
Previous game: Lost to Capital, 17-7
Next game: @ South Kitsap – South Kitsap HS, Port Orchard – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Perhaps dropping the Bears this low isn’t fair. The Bears did drop a ranked team in the first week and were ranked #10 in the state. But they didn’t look good in the second half of the Spaghetti Bowl at all and now I’m doubting how good they actually are. A lot of questions will be answered when they open 4A Narrows play on Friday night in Port Orchard.


10.
Shelton Highclimbers (1-1)
Last week: #11 (+1)
Previous game: Lost to Sumner, 51-14
Next game: vs. Foss – Highclimbers Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Yeah, the Highclimbers lost big, 51-14, but there were some things to take away from this game. Jake Henry played well again rushing for more than 160 yards and two touchdowns and a bunch of their top players including Brian Nault were sick all week. And yet, they battled well in the first half against a very good Sumner team. Next they host Foss in their 3A Narrows opener and with the Falcons not playing particularly well in the first two weeks, Shelton suddenly looks like a team that could pick up more than one regular season win – which is all that I predicted they would do this season.


11.
North Thurston Rams (0-2)
Last week: #9 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to River Ridge, 28-16
Next game: vs. Wilson – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: For the first time in program history, the Rams lost to both Timberline and River Ridge. As a North Thurston alum, let me just say this: UGH!


12.
Rochester Warriors (0-2)
Last week: #12 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Black Hills, 43-14
Next game: @ Elma – Rottle Field, Montesano – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Rochester were eliminated from the playoffs in week one and then got throttled by Black Hills. Now, without anything to play for but fun and pride over the next seven weeks, the Warriors open league play against Elma.

Today (9/18): Extremely Busy Day of Soccer, Football and Volleyball

Schedule for Thursday, September 18th

Women’s Soccer
Evergreen vs. Trinity Lutheran – Geoducks Pitch – 1:00 PM
Saint Martin’s vs. Northwest Nazarene – SMU Soccer Field – 3:00 PM

High School Football
Timberline vs. Yelm – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM

Girls Soccer
Timberline vs. South Kitsap – The RAC – 4:00 PM
Tumwater vs. Olympic – Tumwater Stadium – 5:00 PM
Black Hills vs. North Kitsap – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
Capital vs. Shelton – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM

High School Volleyball
Olympia vs. Bellarmine – Olympia HS – 7:00 PM
Capital @ North Thurston – North Thurston HS – 7:00 PM

Week 2 High School Football Schedule

No picks from my daughters this week, the Thursday night game between Tumwater and Timberline fouled up my time to get their predictions this week. But here is the full high school football schedule this evening complete with radio and webcast information.

A reminder that the OlySports.com and KMAS Game of the Week comes to you live from Ingersoll Stadium and the Spaghetti Bowl tonight. Pregame is at 6:45. Kickoff at 7:00 PM. 1030 AM comes in pretty good in the Olympia area but KMAS now has a Thurston County FM frequency that works great on 92.9. You can also listen online at KMAS.com or you can easily tune in on a smart phone by searching for KMAS on the TuneIn app.

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Olympia Bears @ Capital Cougars
Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM – Radio: 1030 AM, 92.9 FM and KMAS.com
OlySports.com pick: Olympia

North Thurston Rams @ River Ridge Hawks
South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: Eli Sports
OlySports.com pick: River Ridge

Rochester Warriors @ Black Hills Wolves
Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: Eli Sports
OlySports.com pick: Black Hills

Tenino Beavers vs. Castle Rock Rockets
Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM
OlySports.com pick: Tenino

Rainier Mountaineers @ Kittitas Coyotes
Kittitas High School – 7:00 PM
OlySports.com pick: Rainier

Shelton Highclimbers @ Sumner Spartans
Sunset Chevy Stadium, Sumner – 7:00 PM
OlySports.com pick: Sumner

Yelm Tornadoes vs. Foss Falcons
Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM
OlySports.com pick: Foss

High School Football Power Rankings: A Good Week Means Not Much Change

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds are still #1

It was a very good week for the local schools. The only losses came to other in-area schools and Rochester’s loss to Centralia so there isn’t much of a shakeup in the Oly Sports power rankings this week. With more in-area games this week, there will definitely be some changes next week.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds (1-0)
Last week: #1 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Capital, 14-3
Next game: @ Timberline – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: It took a half of football, but the second ranked team in 2A finally got the job done in the second half to knock off the Cougars 14-7. Junior Spencer Dowers struggled a bit in his first start at quarterback but Addison Barrett and Easton Trakel each scored for the T-Birds. Next up, Timberline on Thursday night, who they trounced last season 44-0.


2.
Tenino Beavers (1-0)
Last week: #2 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Charles Wright, 50-8
Next game: @ Castle Rock – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Beavers hung 30 points on Charles Wright in the first quarter and never looked back in their 50-8 whomping of the Tarriers. Thomas Pier had runs of 94 and 95 yards and the single wing worked to perfection in Randy Swilley’s debut and the Beavers moved up to #4 in 1A in this week’s AP poll.


3.
Timberline Blazers (1-0)
Last week: #3 (no change)
Previous game: Beat North Thurston, 34-21
Next game: vs. Tumwater – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Gabe Gutierrez threw a touchdown and rushed for three more in a game that wasn’t as close as the score maybe indicates. Timberline took advantage of North Thurston turnovers to take home the win but now they draw a team in Tumwater that beat them up good last season, 44-0, and it will be interesting to see how the Blazers respond and will show a lot about where this team actually is this season.


4.
Olympia Bears (1-0)
Last week: #4 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Ferris, 20-13
Next game: @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Bears got a nice performance out of running back Collin Courter and the defense made a clutch stop to knock off the #9 team in last week’s AP poll. The win moved Olympia into the top ten of the poll and now they put that ranking up against their fierce rival, Capital.


5.
River Ridge Hawks (1-0)
Last week: #6 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Aberdeen, 49-7
Next game: vs. North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Wow River Ridge! We knew they had some speedy weapons but they absolutely rocked Aberdeen on both sides of the ball and suddenly look like a very dangerous team. And for the first time in a long time, you look at the Hawks schedule and you can’t see too many roadblocks. We’ll see if they can repeat that performance against North Thurston on Friday night.


6.
Rainier Mountaineers (1-0 overall, 1-0 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #7 (+1)
Previous game: Beat South Bend, 44-2
Next game: @ Kittitas – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Rainier’s first game in 2B couldn’t have gone better. It’s nice to get a team that was winless the season before to build some confidence and the Mountaineers did just that. Nic Henry ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Next they travel to Central Washington for non-league game against Kittitas.


7.
Black Hills Wolves (1-0)
Last week: #9 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Montesano, 33-7
Next game: vs. Rochester – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  The Wolves spoiled the opening of Montesano’s rebuilt Rottle Field thanks to a backup quarterback. Chase Morrow threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns against the 1A – albeit a historically good 1A school – Bulldogs. They next face a Rochester team that is staffed by many former Wolves assistants.


8.
Capital Cougars (0-1)
Last week: #5 (-3)
Previous game: Lost to Tumwater, 14-3
Next game: vs. Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  As I said last week, Capital could be a pretty good team. But this schedule that they play is nearly impossible. They played a very good defensive game against Tumwater in week one and took a 3-0 lead into the half. But not being able to get into the endzone when they were holding the T-Birds down was their demise and now they take an 0-1 record into a game with their rival, the #9 ranked 4A team Olympia.


9.
North Thurston Rams (0-1)
Last week: #8 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Timberline, 34-21
Next game: @ River Ridge – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  It looks like it might be a rough season for the Rams. The only reason I didn’t drop them further below winners like Yelm and Shelton is that they lost to a pretty good team in Timberline while the Tornadoes and Highclimbers beat weaker competition. The Rams next get a River Ridge team that looks poised to have a big season and the speed of the Hawks will likely be a major problem for the Rams.


10.
Yelm Tornadoes (1-0)
Last week: #11 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Steilacoom, 22-12
Next game: @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Yelm made the necessary adjustments to knock off Steilacoom but it was hardly convincing. Devante Pearson started at quarterback but moved to running back and scored a pair of touchdowns.


11.
Shelton Highclimbers (1-0)
Last week: #12 (+1)
Previous game: Beat North Mason, 28-21
Next game: @ Sumner – Sunset Chevy Stadium, Sumner – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Confidence. Last year the Highclimbers opened against Tumwater and were completely stymied in a big loss. That loss, though expected, set the tone for the rest of the season. The coach, the players, nobody seemed to have any confidence to do anything other than run Jake Henry straight up the middle. This year, you can tell that the team has more confidence. They have matured and against North Mason they opened the playbook, played more players and reaped the benefits against a Bulldogs team that didn’t take proper advantage of their best weapon, Daniel Burggraaf. But now they get Sumner, a team that went 11-1 last year and easily beat Franklin Pierce in their opener.


12.
Rochester Warriors (0-1)
Last week: #10 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to Centralia, 47-7
Next game: @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Rochester, with a big loss, is already out of the playoffs. That is the sad by-product of running away from the 2A EvCo and joining Aberdeen – who also lost to a 2A school and is eliminated – in the hybrid 2A/1A. Basically, they had to beat all of their 2A opponents to get in and they didn’t and now they are done. Perhaps that will allow them to play with a certain abandon from here on out.

Friday Football Scores: An Outstanding Night for Local Teams

The 12 local high schools teams won 9 games tonight. The only blemishes were in the two games that featured two local teams and Centralia’s dismantling of Rochester. Other than that, a clean, convincing sweep.

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Shelton 28, North Mason 21
Highclimbers Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bulldogs (0-1 overall) 0 6 8 7 21
Highclimbers (1-0 overall) 0 14 7 7 28
Shelton: Jake Henry – 153 rushing yards, 1 TD | Colton Paller – 78 yard KO return TD
Tanner Rhodes – 5 yard rushing game winning TD
North Mason: Daniel Burggraaf – 67 receiving yards, 2 TDs

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Olympia 21, Ferris 13
Ingersoll Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Saxons (0-1 overall) 0 7 0 6 13
Bears (1-0 overall) 6 7 0 7 20
Olympia: Collin Courter – 74 yard game winning rushing TD

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Timberline 34, North Thurston 21
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Blazers (1-0 overall) 7 13 14 0 34
Rams (0-1 overall) 0 7 7 7 21
Timberline: Gabe Gutierrez – 4 total TDs

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Tenino 50, Charles Wright 8
University Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Beavers (1-0 overall) 30 0 13 7 50
Tarriers (0-1 overall) 8 0 0 0 8
Tenino: Thomas Pier – 95 and 94 yard rushing TDs

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River Ridge 49, Aberdeen 7
Stewart Field, Aberdeen 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Hawks (1-0 overall) 14 14 14 7 49
Bobcats (0-1 overall) 7 0 0 0 7
River Ridge: Michael Key – 3 rushing TDs

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Tumwater 14, Capital 3
Tumwater Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Capital (0-1 overall) 0 3 0 0 3
T-Birds (1-0 overall) 0 0 7 7 14

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Yelm 22, Steilacoom 12
Tornadoes Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sentinels (0-1 overall) 0 6 6 0 12
Tornadoes (1-0 overall) 0 9 6 7 22
Yelm: DeVante Pearson – 2 rushing TDs

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Black Hills 33, Montesano 7
Rottle Field, Montesano 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Wolves (1-0 overall) 0 13 7 13 33
Bulldogs (0-1 overall) 0 7 0 0 7
Black Hills: Chase Morrow – 356 passing yards, 4 TDs

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Centralia 47, Rochester 7
Tigers Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Warriors (0-1 overall) 7 0 0 0 7
Tigers (1-0 overall) 14 19 7 7 47

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Rainier 44, South Bend 2

Week 1: My Girls’ Expert High School Football Picks

It is once again time for my favorite time of the year. Not the high school football season, though it does play a part in it. No, it’s when my daughter’s use their expert analytical skills to pick the local high school games each week. This year, my girls are six and three years-old making their insight into these games even more rock solid.

So without further delay, here is the full schedule of high school football games complete with broadcast information and my girls expert picks.

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Black Hills Wolves @ Montesano Bulldogs
Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM – Radio: KXRO

Addie’s pick: Wolves – “The Wolves will eat the Bulldogs. Because they are hungry Wolves!”
Rory’s pick: Wolves – “The Wolves would eat a pig! No, they would eat the Bulldog!


Capital Cougars @ Tumwater T-Birds

Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: ESN

Addie’s pick: Cougars – “The Cougars will pounce up, grab and eat them.”
Rory’s pick: T-Birds – “They would chirp at the other birds.”


North Thurston Rams vs. Timberline Blazers

South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: ESN

Addie’s pick: Rams – “When the Blazers are trying to cut down a tree, one Ram will come and use his horns and pick him up and another Ram will come and knock down the tree with his horns.
Rory’s pick: Blazers – “Because….actually I’ll take the other birds. No, the Rams will eat the Blazers. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll pick the other birds.”


Olympia Bears vs. Ferris Saxons

Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Saxons – “The Saxons will play their saxophones and put the Bears to sleep.”
Rory’s pick: Bears – “The Bears will jump out and get them.”


Rainier Mountaineers @ South Bend Indians

South Bend HS – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Indians – “When the Mountaineers throw snowballs and ice things at them, the Indians will use their Indian swords, guns and shields to knock down the ice and cut their snowballs and then they go forward and say ‘oops we just knocked down your ice with our shields and swords'”
Rory’s pick: Mountaineers – “Because they will go chop chop chop chop chop chop and then go eat them! And then they’ll go TOUCAN! TOUCAN! TOUCAN! and scare them away.


River Ridge Hawks @ Aberdeen Bobcats

Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Bobcats – “Because the lady Bobcats will stand behind on rocks and the men will stand on the ground and the men will pounce on the Hawks and the girls will jump down on top of them and they will scrape them.”
Rory’s pick: Bobcats – “Because they will eat them!”


Rochester Warriors @ Centralia Tigers

Tiger Stadium, Centralia – 7:00 PM – Radio: KELA

Addie’s pick: Warriors – “Because they will shoot them.”
Rory’s pick: Tigers – “Because they will jump down and eat them!”


Shelton Highclimbers vs. North Mason Bulldogs

Highclimbers Stadium – 7:00 PM – Radio: KMAS – 1030 AM and 92.9 FM

Addie’s pick: Highclimbers – “Because they will climb up and throw down their weapons on the Bulldogs.”
Rory’s pick: Bulldogs – “Because they will headbutt them down.”


Tenino Beavers @ Charles Wright Tarriers

Charles Wright Academy, University Place – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Beavers – “The Beavers will run off and chop a tree and it will land in the goal and the Beavers will keep doing it until they have 500 goals.”
Rory’s pick: Beavers – “Because they will chew down a tree on top of them like rrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrr. They will gulp out their knees. Yep, my team will gulp out their knees. Gulp out the other team’s knees.”


Yelm Tornadoes vs. Steilacoom Sentinels

Yelm Tornadoes Stadium – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Tornadoes – “They will blow their wind in and suck up them and will spiiiiiinnnn until they chew them while they are spinning.”
Rorry’s pick: Tornadoes – “The Tornadoes because the will spin around and kick them and go wrooollooo wrooollloooo wroooo.”

High School Football Preseason Power Rankings: T-Birds On Top

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings, again.

Here we go. Just a day away from the first high school football games of the season. And it is a season of changes and uncertainty for the 12 local high school football teams. Tumwater is the clear #1 team but after that it is almost a toss up. Tenino, Timberline, Olympia, Capital, even River Ridge, Rochester or Rainier could claim a high spot in these rankings.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds
Last season: 13-1 – 2A EvCo champions, lost to Lynden in the 2A state title game
Next game: vs. Capital – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Two straight 2A state title games and the T-Birds don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Sid Otton coached team returns most of the top players including all-state linebacker Trevor Davis, wing back Easton Trakel and running back Tyrus Snow. There is no reason to think that they won’t be back in the title game again. The only major question is quarterback Spencer Dowers and how he replaces Jayden Croft. Croft’s first start running the complicated Tumwater offense as a junior didn’t go as planned with a surprising loss to Shelton. Dowers faces Capital in his first start.


2.
Tenino Beavers
Last season: 6-5 – 1A Evergreen champions
Next game: at Charles Wright – University Place – 7:00 PM

Outlook: Tenino has a new head coach, former Yelm coach Randy Swilley, and returns a talented group of players that won the Beavers’ first league title in 27 years. Quarterback Calvin Guzman and running back Thomas Pier will have to adapt to Swilley’s single wing offense – an old school, rugby-ish offense that will either delight Tenino fans or make them pull their hair out. They will also have to adapt to the new hybrid 2A/1A Evergreen Conference. The league lost the tiny Rainier Mountaineers and gained Eatonville and 2A Aberdeen while Rochester stayed put in the league but moved up to 2A.


3.
Timberline Blazers
Last season: 6-4 – 3A Narrows League champions
Next game: @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Blazers move up from the 3A Narrows to the 4A Narrows and return a solid group of skill players in senior quarterback Gabe Gutierrez, running back Andrew Paquin, speedy returner and defensive back Stevie Cleveland and a lot more from a team that won the league title but couldn’t get past Meadowdale in the crossover game. It’s hard to say how they will compete with the Bellarmines and Gig Harbors of the 4A Narrows, but they should find themselves competing with Olympia for a playoff spot.


4.
Olympia Bears
Last season: 7-3 – 4th in 4A Narrows
Next game: vs. Ferris – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Olympia was easily the best team in the area that did not go to the playoffs in 2013 but the 4A Narrows was a little wild and wooly and the Bears just narrowly missed out. On the offense, gone is quarterback Derrick Becker and do everything Mitch Fettig to college careers which means that Kaden Wilson takes over under center after losing the job as a junior to the transfer Becker. Injuries have hurt the Bears already with Chase Zarate out for the season and it doesn’t help that the Bears and Aberdeen’s prize recruit Joel Dublanko flirted with each other in the spring and over the offseason before his family decided to stay put in the Harbor.


5.
Capital Cougars
Last season: 4-6 – 3rd in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: I flirted with the idea of putting the Cougars as high as #2 in the power rankings this week because they return a really good core including both 1,000 yard runners in Connor Kennedy and Ryan Rieta and a solid offensive line that will help to spring them. However, you look at their schedule and it is impressively difficult. Tumwater to open the season, Olympia in week 2, Lincoln in week 3 and until they get to Week 7 against Mount Tahoma and week 9 against Shelton, there isn’t much of a competitive break for the Cougars. They opened the season with three straight losses in 2013 and could easily be 0-3 once again. But they could also be 2-1 or even 3-0. We’ll see.


6.
River Ridge Hawks
Last season: 4-5 – 5th in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: New offense, new league, new hope for River Ridge. The Hawks smartly ran away from the disintegrating 2A EvCo and found a new home in the SPSL. Sumner moved up to 3A so the league is much more balanced than it was a year ago when they ran the table. The speedy hawks will surely compete with the likes of the White River, Franklin Pierce and Steilacoom and could easily find themselves on top of the table when it is all said and done.


7.
Rainier Mountaineers
Last season:  3-7 – 7th in 1A Evergreen
Next game: @ South Bend – South Bend HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: There was no bigger winner competitively in the reclassification shuffle  than Rainier. They went from one of the smallest 1A schools to one of the biggest 2B schools and will have a very serious opportunity to contend with Raymond or North Beach in the 2B Pacific League. McKoy Bichler returns to Terry Shaw’s offense and could be the class quarterback of the league.


8.
North Thurston Rams
Last season: 5-5 – 5th in 3A Narrows
Next game: vs. Timberline – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Rams return just seven starters total from their 5-5 team last season including defensive lineman Grant Williams and defensive back Malachai Hicks. But the offense lost quarterback Ryan Mets and their hard nose running backs and the Rams look to be rebuilding in a highly competitive 3A Narrows League.


9.
Black Hills Wolves
Last season: 4-6 – 4th in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The ugly ousting of Dominic Yarrington is behind the Wolves and Kirk Stevens takes over the reins of a team that might not be too bad but have an unfortunate league situation in the current four team 2A EvCo. With Tumwater, WF West and an improved Centralia squad, it seems like the Wolves might be the odd team out. The spread offense with quarterback Jayden Troy and a trio of good receivers could surprise, though.


10.
Rochester Warriors
Last season: 6-4 – 2nd in 1A Evergreen
Next game: @ Centralia – Tiger Stadium, Centralia – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: If Rainier was the big winner in the reclassification cycle, Rochester has to be considered the big loser. The Warriors suddenly found themselves as one of the smallest 2A schools and were faced with the possibility of joining Tumwater, WF West, Black Hills and Centralia in the 2A EvCo. But, in my opinion, the Warriors did the smart thing and, along with fellow 2A squad Aberdeen, entered the hybrid 2A/1A Evergreen. They keep their traditional rivals, play schools that are much more in line with their size and resources and it should make it better competitively for all sports. However, that means the road to the playoffs is much more difficult since neither they or Aberdeen have a guaranteed spot in the 2A postseason. The schedule also doesn’t pay them any favors. Somehow the Warriors only play three home games this year.


11.
Yelm Tornadoes
Last season: 4-6 – 6th in 4A Narrows
Next game: vs. Steilacoom – Yelm Tornadoes Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Yelm has a good sophomore running back in Brandon Montgomery and a good offensive line to help spring him but they play a tougher non-conference schedule this season and have to face the always strong 4A Narrows League. It could be a long season for Jason Ronquillo’s squad.


12.
Shelton Highclimbers
Last season: 2-8 – 6th in 3A Narrows
Next game: vs. North Mason – Highclimbers Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Highclimbers are coming off a year that was only salvaged because they won games against two of the worst teams in the entire state, Mount Tahoma and Stadium. This year, Shelton will be better than last year and they still have workhorse Jake Henry at running back and putting Brian Nault at fullback will take advantage of his skills. But looking at the rough schedule that includes a non-conference game at Sumner, you can’t help but think that a 1-8 regular season is on the way.

2014 High School Football Schedules By Team

Senior Jayden Croft dives for a touchdown in Tumwater's title game loss

Jayden Croft dives for a touchdown in Tumwater’s title game loss

Football season is just around the corner with practices kicking off next week. It’s a season of change: new classifications, new leagues, new teams coming to town, increased travel and a lot of questions as to how this season will play out in the South Sound.

So with that in mind, here are the 2014 area football schedules listed by each team. Please let me know if I messed anything up, it’s entirely possible I missed something.

Legend: Bold = Home games | * = League game | + = OlySports.com Game of the Week on KMAS |
| ^ = Thursday game | $ = Saturday game |


Black Hills Wolves (2A Evergreen Conference)

9/5 – @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Rochester – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ North Kitsap – North Kitsap Stadium, Poulsbo – 7:00 PM
9/26 – @ Columbia River – Chieftain Stadium, Vancouver – 7:00 PM
10/3 – vs. W.F. West – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Port Angeles – Civic Field, Port Angeles – 7:00 PM
10/17 – vs. Kelso – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/24 – vs. Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/31 – vs. Centralia – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM *


Capital Cougars (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – @ Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/19 – vs. Lincoln – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM *
9/26 – @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. Central Kitsap – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Wilson – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. Mount Tahoma – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Shelton – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+

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File photo: 2013 North Thurston Rams

North Thurston Rams (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Timberline – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ River Ridge – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Wilson – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
9/25 – @ Central Kitsap – Silverdale Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
10/2 – vs. Foss – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
10/10 – @ Lincoln – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – 7:0o PM*
10/17 – @ Shelton – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/24 – vs. Capital – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Mount Tahoma – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Olympia Bears

Olympia Bears (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Ferris – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/19 – @ South Kitsap – SKHS, Port Orchard – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Timberline – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/3 – @ Issaquah – Issaquah Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/10 – vs. Stadium – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Gig Harbor – Roy Anderson Field, Gig Harbor – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Bellarmine – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Yelm – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*


Rainier Mountaineers (2B Pacific League)

9/5 – @ South Bend – South Bend HS – 7:00 PM*
9/12 – @ Kittitas – Harding Field, Kittitas – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Raymond – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – @ Ocosta – Ocosta HS, Westport – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. North Beach – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Tacoma Baptist – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/18 – @ Life Christian – Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood – 7:00 PM*$
10/24 – vs. Ilwaco – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/30 – @ Chief Leschi – Chief Leschi Stadium, Puyallup – 7:00 PM*


River Ridge Hawks (2A South Puget Sound League)

9/5 – @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ Franklin Pierce – Franklin Pierce Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Orting – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 –  @ White River – White River HS, Buckley – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Washington – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. Clover Park – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ Fife – Fife HS – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Steilacoom – Steilacoom HS – 7:00 PM*


Rochester Warriors (2A/1A Evergreen)

9/5 – @ Centralia – Tiger Stadium, Centralia – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ Elma – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Forks – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Eatonville – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ Hoquiam – Olympic Stadium, Hoquiam – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Tenino – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*


Shelton Highclimbers (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. North Mason – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/12 – @ Sumner – Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Foss – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
9/26 – @ Lincoln – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. Wilson – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/10 – @ Central Kitsap – Silverdale Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. North Thurston – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/24 – @ Mount Tahoma – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+


Tenino Beavers (2A/1A Evergreen)

9/5 – @ Charles Wright – Charles Wright Academy, University Place – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Castle Rock – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Hoquiam – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Elma – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Forks – Forks HS – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Aberdeen – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Eatonville – Eatonville HS – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Montesano – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Rochester – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Timberline Blazers

Timberline Blazers (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/11 – vs. Tumwater – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/18 – vs. Yelm – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
9/26 – @ Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/3 – vs. Bellarmine – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Gig Harbor – Roy Anderson Field, Gig Harbor – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Stadium – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/23 – vs. Puyallup – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
10/31 – vs. South Kitsap – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Tumwater T-Birds

Tumwater T-Birds (2A Evergreen Conference)

9/5 – vs. Capital – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/11 – @ Timberline –  South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/19 – vs. La Center – Tumater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/26 – vs. Lake City (Idaho) – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/3 – @ Columbia River – Chieftain Stadium, Vancouver – 7:00 PM
10/10 – vs. Centralia – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ West Valley – Zaepfel Stadium, Yakima – 7:00 PM
10/25 – @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/31 – @ WF West – Bearcat Stadium – 7:00 PM*


Yelm Tornadoes (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Steilacoom – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM
9/18 – @ Timberline – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/26 – vs. South Kitsap – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Stadium – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Evergreen – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/17 – @ Bellarmine – Memorial Field, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Gig Harbor – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Olympia – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*

Legend: Bold = Home games | * = League game | + = OlySports.com Game of the Week on KMAS |
| ^ = Thursday game | $ = Saturday game |