Prep Roundup - Week 1

Quite a few high schools in the area didn't waste any time getting right to it, playing tough games right out of the chute. I went to the Kentwood-Kentridge battle royale, while other prep enthusiasts checked out some of the other big-time matchups. Here are their takes on what happened in week one.

Bill Nance (TheFinalScore.TV) - I watched Mount Vernon quarterback Kyle Kendrick Friday night. His offesnive line didn't protect him very well and he was scrambling all night long. He ended up 7-of-13 for 82 yards. His play-of-the-night was when he dodged two tacklers to avoid a sack, rolled out of the pocker and threw a dart for a 37-yard gain that set up Mount Vernon's only touchdown. Mount Vernon lost to Oak Harbor 29-8.

Todd Milles (Tacoma News Tribune) - Well, I saw Bethel-Curtis, and its two standouts were awesome. Johnny DuRocher was never really tested by the Curtis defense, which returned 11 starters.

DuRocher was accurate in the intermediate passes, and the swing passes especially to the side. On one play in the third quarter, he broke free from the tackle of a Curtis linebacker and roped a 32-yard completion to his receiver to set up Bethel's clinching TD. A smart, heady game in his debut, and Eric Kurle said DuRocher made the correct audibles at the line against Curtis' blitzes, too.

David Lewis is a stud. He is finally starting at receiver now, and made the most of turning short passes into long gains. He is a darter, and is strong enough that he broke tackles on the sideline. His long TD catch from DuRocher on the first drive (I think it was 37 yards), he caught on his back, in his right arm pit. He was sensational on a punt return for a TD, breaking two tackles and nobody could touch him on the left sideline.

For Curtis, I was really impressed by Marcus Reed, who gained over 100 yards and caught a long pass from J.T. Zink. Zink also showed signs he could be a good one, and his touch on long passes was great, but he was victimized by three drops. He is a runner, too, and strong enough to break free from arm tackles.

Ron Siegel - I saw Bothell beat a very poor Redmond team Thursday night. Sean Gallacher, a 5-11 205 Senior rushed for over 100 yards for Bothell as the Cougars beat Redmond 24-6

On Friday night, Mountlake Terrace beat Lynnwood 24-8. Brian Ellersick, a 6-2, 185-pound Junior passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns for the Hawks. Justin Christianson (6-3, 190 pounds, Senior) and WR Brian Hoffman (6-0, 180 pouns) also stood out for the Hawks on offense.

In the second half of the doubleheader, Meadowdale hung on to defeat Edmonds-Woodway 31-29. Kyle Trew had a hamstring problem and only carried the ball once. In the fourth quarter, he scored a 50-yard touchdown. Tight End Casey Tyler (6-6, 260) looked very good for Edmonds, catching several passes. Tailback Kyle Duffy (5-11, 190-pounds, Senior) had over 150 yards rushing.

Joe Razore - Bothell's Sean Gallacher looks like the front runner for 1st team RB in the Kingco conference. He did damage to the Redmond defense both rushing and receiving the ball. He possesses a great combination of speed and power and uses his 205 pound frame to his advantage. Though he may not be division one caliber, he is a pleasure to watch. Look for Bothell to take home the Kingco title if Gallacher continues his dominance.

Chris Fetters ( - Kentridge came to French Field intent on upsetting last year's 4A state champs and did just that, as an early two-point conversion spelled the difference in the Chargers' 22-20 win over the Conquerors.

Washington verbal commit Tahj Bomar was all over the field, and the 6-2, 210-pound FB/LB had at least 20 stops and also accounted for two touchdowns, one on a fullback run and one on an interception return. He had two picks on the night.

Kentridge's Joey Henley had a nice night at both TE and DE, but Senior receiver Brad Broughton had a huge night. Other Chargers that stood out were Senior QB Kevin Broadbent and Senior WR Nick Smith. Danny Hass, brother of current Husky Eric Hass, also had his moments as Kentridge's main threat on the ground.

Kentwood has some names to think about for the future. Junior running back Will Thompson had over 100 yards for the Conks, and is the next Akeem Anthony. At 5-5, Thompson is a real thorn in the side of the opposition. Drew Fowler and Ryan Conwell also had their moments, and even though Andrew Hooper didn't see the field, he stood out. The sophomore currently stands 6-3 and weighs 290 pounds. Watch out for his development in the next two years.

Top performers from around the state:
Cody Ellis (Puyallup) - Accounted for 5 touchdowns in Puyallup's 40-13 victory over Sumner.

Todd Basler (Elma) - Ran for 247 yards and 3 scores as Elma rolled over Renton 53-20.

Victor Valle (South Kitsap) - Had 204 all-purpose yards, including an 85-yard kickoff return as the Wolves handled Snohomish 33-20.

Brian Foreman (Skyline) - Threw for 303 yards against Mercer Island as the Spartans took down the Islanders 41-14.

Kevin Lawson (Issaquah) - Tallied 210 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as Issaquah defeated Sammamish 35-13.

Anthony Russo and Akeem Anthony (Lakes) - Totaled 7 touchdowns between the two of them as Lakes steamrolled Highline 87-0.

Charlie Waldburger (King's) - Rushed for 216 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns for the Knights as they beat La Conner 33-7.

Michael Smith (Jefferson) - Ran for 237 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns against Emerald Ridge in a 34-20 win.

Josh Bousman (Tacoma Baptist) - Josh missed his career high for yards by 1 yard, running for 266 yards and scoring three times in a 25-6 victory over Archbishop Murphy.

Jonathan Stewart (Timberline) - Stewart, only a sophomore, ran for 271 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 win over Black Hills.

Jordan Carey (Capital) - Carey accounted for four scores, one on a kickoff return, one on a rush and two via the air as Jordan and the Cougars defeated Mountain View 35-21.

Luke Kravitz (Olympia) - Rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries as Oly throttled Shelton 49-0.

Kerry Williams (Foss) - Amassed 209 yards on the ground and scored twice as Foss took care of Prairie 48-0.

Derrick Bradley (Kamiak) - Ran for 276 all-purpose yards for the Knights as they easily defeated Shorewood 42-7.

Brad Farrel (Juanita) - Had 242 all-purpose yards, a touchdown and an interception as Juanita defeated Garfield 27-18.

Tyson Gamblin (Enumclaw) - Rushed for 230 yards and also had a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 29-24 win over Kent-Meridian. He ended up with four scores in all.

Tomas Nicacio (Richland) - Had three interceptions, the last one in the end zone for a touchdown, leading the Bombers to a 27-0 whitewashing of A.C. Davis. His teammate, lineman Cameron Borup, had 5.5 sacks in the game.

Josh Painter (Eisenhower) - Ran for 215 yards and scored twice as Ike defeated Eastmont 26-12 in Big-9 play.

Steven Stoker (Connell) - Stoker ran for 235 yards and scored twice, leading 2A Connell over 3A Hanford 35-7.

T.J. Conley (DeSales) - T.J. passed for 306 yards and four touchdowns and also picked off two passes on defense as the Irish held off Baker (Oregon) 33-31. Top Stories