Prep Roundup - week 4

If you got the chance to head to Issaquah last Friday night to check out the Bellevue-Skyline battle royale, you were treated to some amazing prep action. But that wasn't the only good game in the area this past weekend. Here's a quick primer to the action, as well as a list of the top prep performers.

Todd Milles (Tacoma News Tribune) - For those recruiters who covet the small-school gems, look no further than Eatonville's Russell Reece, who at 6-3 and 225 pounds, plays big and fast. He is a defensive end for the Cruisers, who lost to Steilacoom on Friday night, but Reece was a factor.

Not only did he overpower whoever tried to block him, Reece did something I did not think was possible. He chased down a track-star type running back in Steilacoom's Danny Wilm, who once he gets a crease, is usually gone. I saw Wilm break off a 20-yard run, and Reece chase him down from behind and smother Wilm. Impressive, to say the least. Reece has the frame to be a college pass rusher, but could be moved inside as a college linebacker. He has the instincts and physical presence to garner some recruiting attention.

Ron Siegel - I saw a very entertaining game. Kentwood beat the Enumclaw Hornets 26-14. Tailback Will Thompson (5-5, 150, JR) rushed for 190 yards for Kentwood. Ryan Conwell (6-5, 210 TE/LB) had several key catches and two tackles for loss. Tahj Bomar (6-2, 210, ILB) had a good game on defense, also plays up-back in the I-formation. Tyson Gamblin (6-2, 200) nearly single-handedly kept the Hornets in the game. He does not come off the field, had almost 120 yards rushing and a key 69-yard pass reception. He also had double-digit tackles from his linebacker position.

Chris Fetters (Dawgman.com) - I had to go see Bellevue-Skyline. Ever since talking to the Skyline guys this summer in BC, I knew this one was going to be a grudge match-deluxe and I was not disappointed. Sophomore JR Hasty (James Hasty's son), took the opening kickoff all the way to get the visiting Wolverines on the board early. Much like Timberline's Jonathan Stewart and Kamiakin's Leon Jackson, Hasty is a top-soph to watch. The Spartans' Tyler Kaluza would equal Hasty's work, taking a kickoff all the way for 6 later in the game.

On Skyline's first possession, QB Brian Foreman was picked off by lanky DE John Markus Pinard, who rambled downfield for some serious yardage. After the Wolverines capitalized with 7 more, Skyline was always behind the 8-ball, as Bellevue QB Matt Coombs and tailbacks Nick Warren and Nick Bumgartner kept the wing-t humming for Coach Butch Goncharoff.

The hometown Spartans hung tough, and when Foreman snuck in with time dwindling down it knotted the score at 27, where it would stand after regulation. Skyline decided to kick on third down to give themselves an extra shot if it was blocked or if there was a penalty. The kick was blocked by Lee Driftmier, and the Wolverines went nuts, thinking another overtime was in the offing.

Jake Randolph, a 10th-grader who plays on Skyline's line during kicks, had a different idea. While chaos was going on all around him, Jake picked up the ball and rambled into the end zone. Since the ball was deemed live by the officials, Randolph's heads-up play capped off an unbelievable finish by the Spartans. Brett Thielke, Brody O'Connor, Joey Vicelli and Jordan Stead also had great performances for Skyline. For the Wolverines, Coombs played his butt off, scoring twice on runs and also picking a ball off late in the game. Linemen Jeff Dicks and Taylor Emerson also had standout games for Bellevue.

Top Prep performers from around the state:

Nick Suitonu (River View) - 346 yards, 28 carries, 3 TD's in a 33-10 win over Highland.

Tristan Lockhart (Lincoln) - Helped Lincoln romp over Stadium 61-6, carrying the ball 16 times for 325 yards and four scores.

Tom Campbell (Tri-Cities Prep) - Ran for 281 yards on 29 carries and 5 TD's in a 50-28 victory over Colton.

Glenn Gallagher (Edmonds-Woodway) - Kyle Trew's backup ran for 272 yards on 27 carries and 3 scores in a 35-14 win over Shorecrest.

Victor Valle (South Kitsap) - 264 yards, 22 carries, 5 TD's in a 42-14 win over Olympic.

Justice Maidesil (Foster) - Foster lost 47-30 to Orting, but Maidesil kept it close, running for 262 yards on 31 carries, scoring three times.

Dezmon Cole (North Thurston) - Scored four rushing touchdowns, running for 253 yards on 18 carries in a 54-21 win over Aberdeen.

Jonathon Stewart (Timberline) - The amazing soph was at it again, running for 251 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown in a 20-19 loss to Chehalis.

Derrick Bradley (Kamiak) - Bradley with a bum wheel? I think not. Derrick rolled for 236 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Jackson.

Justin Lounsbury (Naches) - 224 yards, 35 carries, 2 TD's in a 25-24 loss to Kiona-Benton.

Earl Powell-Hicks (Ferris) - Ferris exploded offensively, as Powell-Hicks went for 220 yards on 18 carries and 2 TD's in a 56-25 over North Central.

Luke Kravitz (Olympia) - Kravitz ran for 207 yards on 32 carries, scoring twice in a 30-25 loss to cross-city rival Capital.

Jesse Alderson (Meridian) - 204 yards, 14 carries, 3 TD's in a 51-0 rout of Sultan.

J.T. Diedrichs (Ballard) - Ran for 201 yards, 23 carries, 3 TD's in a 66-20 disection of Franklin.

Zac Widmer (Walla Walla) - Widmer paced Walla Walla with 200 yards on 40 carries and 3 TD's in an impressive 35-7 victory over Pasco.

Adam Perry (R.A. Long) - Threw for 357 yards on 28-49 passing with 3 TD's in a 42-35 loss to Battle Ground.

Ben Huebschman (Mountain View) - Ben accounted for 355 yards through the air on 13-28 passing and 5 scores in a 55-13 win over Heritage.

Jeff Galloway (Ferris) - 223 yards on 4 catches, 2 for scores in a 56-25 over North Central. His game average? A measly 61 yards per grab, not too shabby.

Matt Hoss (Mountain View) - Matt was Ben Heubschman's main target, catching 6 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown in a 55-13 win over Heritage.

Loyal Linton (Aberdeen) - Loyal was the main beneficiary of a big day by Aberdeen QB Matt Nelson, going for 184 yards on 11 receptions and one touchdown in a 54-21 loss to North Thurston.

Chris Robinson (Clover Park) - 174 yards, 10 receptions, 2 TD's in a 39-6 over Washington.

Craig Chambers (Jackson) - Craig finally unloaded, going for 168 yards on 7 grabs in a 35-21 loss to Kamiak.

Jason Degraffenreid (Kentlake) - 157 yards, 13 receptions, 1 touchdown in a 17-7 loss to Tahoma.

Craig Marshall (R.A. Long) - 157 yards, 11 receptions, 1 touchdown in a 42-35 loss to Battle Ground.

Robert Parker (Rosalia) - 155 yards, 9 receptions, 1 touchdown in a 22-20 loss to Jubilee Christian.


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