Peninsula (Gig Harbor) @ Timberline (Lacey)
Game Story from The News Tribune
Got a look at Peninsula RB Danny Welstad who has put up huge numbers so far this season.
Welstad is a big athlete, measuring in at a legit 6'3", 210 pounds, but I was a bit disappointed in the fact that he wasn't as physical as I'd expected him to be.
He does show a lot or patience, allowing running lanes to open up before moving throught them and he isn't easy to get a solid shot on, but he runs upright and there were times I thought he could have gotten a few more yards or even broken free for a bigger gain, but wasn't able to break a tackle.
Welstad managed only about 50 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but really hit his stride at the start of the third quarter, gaining 60 yards on three carries, taking it in for a 20 yard touchdown and then on the first play of the next possession he reversed field, spun out of a tackle and rumbled 48 yards for a score.
As it is, I don't see him as a Pac 12 type of a player, athough if a coach feels he could develop a more physical style, then he could be a fullback or H-back due to his athleticism.
For Timberline, they had a couple of good athletes that are probably FCS or D-2 players, but they have a young defensive line prospect by the name of Sebastian Mikaele and he is a player to watch.
As a junior, Mikaele is already 6'2", 245 pounds and he was strong at the point, rarely getting moved off the ball even when going one-on-one with some of the big Peninsula linemen.
He pursued well from the backside, but struggled to use his hands, so that's something that he will need to work on.
He played pretty much the entire first half and during tha time, Peninsula was unable to do much on the ground.
In the second half, I didn't see much of him -- not sure if it was disciplinary or an injury -- and that was when Welstad and the other back went off.
Kentlake (Kent) @ Thomas Jefferson (Auburn)
Game Story from The Kent Reporter
This was one of the most entertaining games I have seen since I started covering high school football about eight years ago.
It was a back and forth affair with Kentlake winning it 49-33, but the score isn't indicative of how close this game was.
While Kentlake's Caleb Saulo gets most of the attention from a recruiting standpoint, and rightly so, the best player on the field was Jefferson's K.W. Williams.
Williams played both safety and linebacker as well as quarterback and almost literally carried the team on his back and almost willed his team to the win.
He accounted for over 400 yards of offense including 300 yards passing with three touchdowns and also had over 100 yards rushing including an 84-yard touchdown run that saw him break at least eight tackles.
Williams showed good quickness and decent speed and an above-average arm as well as good accuracy.
He isn't a player who will get a lot of looks from FBS schools, but I could see schools like Portland State or even some lower-division schools give him a long look because he really can do it all.
Saulo, for his part, looked really good running the ball, going for 80 yards the play before Williams' big run, but he isn't much of a passer in my opinion.
He's also a really physical player and looks like an ideal outside linebacker at the next level.
Kentlake WR Austin Pernell looked outstanding and had a big night. He's headed to Washington State on a baseball scholarship though and if he's a better baseball player than football player, the Cougs have a good one.
Other than that, I didn't see a lot of guys who would warrant looks from FBS coaches, but overall it was an entertaining game to watch and the atmosphere was great since the Jefferson and Kentlake students both turned out well.
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