Bankhead 'staying alive' in playoffs

It was, as Seattle (Wash.) Ballard ATH Keauntea Bankhead described it, the 'best game I ever had in my entire life', and it was just enough to get the Beavers to the next stage of the class 4A playoffs. Bankhead's astounding 331-yard and 5-touchdown performance was just the start to a pretty nice weekend.

"We just came out focused and very excited because they were a good team," Keauntea told about the Lincoln Abes, whom Ballard beat Friday 36-29. "They liked to hit and we like to hit. We played fast."

And his own play? "I was happy," he said, understating the case. "I was excited because I knew they had good players on their team and I like that kind of competition. It made me pick up my game even more."

Next on the agenda is a tough Olympia squad that just took out another KingCo team, Bothell. "They are a good team," Bankhead said of Olympia. "We know every week from here on out is going to be a tough week, so we just have to prepare just like we've been doing."

The same was true of the Washington Huskies, although the Dawgs would trade season records with Ballard in a heartbeat. "I don't know how if it was just because they were playing Washington State, but I just like how the season wasn't going as planned but they came out fired up and ready to play anyways," Keauntea said of the Huskies' 27-19 thriller in Husky Stadium Saturday night. "Nobody was quitting."

'Key' went to the game and got a chance to go to the meeting room after the game. "They just thanked me for coming and telling me how fired up they are about me and how they can picture me helping them out big on defense," Bankhead said of his conversation with the Washington coaches.

But he's still nowhere near making a decision. "I still want to take my visits and then decide," Bankhead said.

Oregon State, Washington State, Washington (12/5) and San Diego State are the schools Keauntea is planning on visiting. "If we make it to the championship game I might have to cancel that one too," he said of his tentative date with the Huskies in December. "I had to cancel my Oregon State trip earlier." Top Stories