Todd Milles (Tacoma News Tribune) - This week, I was at the North Thurston-Timberline game in Lacey, featuring two of the state's top rushers. Obviously, Timberline's Jonathan Stewart is the headliner - and rightfully so, he is sensational - but North Thurston's Dezmon Cole is one of the best football players I've seen all year.
The thing about Stewart this early is his footwork and hips. He is more of a shifty back who can turn those hips in a split second going through a hole, and avoid the contact, or let tacklers bounce off him. He has great burst
and if you go high on him, that is a mistake - he has amazing balance to stay up and keep going. A great tailback who will obviously get plenty
of NCAA Division I attention and be a major player at the next level (a la Reggie Williams).
Cole is similar in the fact he has a burst. He is the strongest guy on the team (420 BP), and unlike Stewart, loves the contact. He will put his
shoulder into somebody and try and run a tackler over to get extra yards. A tough cookie to bring down. What impressed me was Cole's ability to
hide on screen passes, take the ball and do something. He had two TD catches of 20 or more yards taking short screen passes and doing damage in the open field.
Stewart had 307 rushing yards on 34 carries Friday night, but Cole's 199 rushing yards and three TDs were the toast of the game as the Rams won 49-21. Also, watch for a North Thurston sophomore Brendan Manning, who is Cole's backup. Manning is a bigger back with explosion who should be a star next year.
This weekend's top performers:
Jonathon Stewart (Timberline) - Lit it up once again, running for 307 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns in a 49-21 loss to
Jake Dixon (Black Hills) - Dixon and Black Hills took care of Aberdeen 38-28, running for 307 yards on 27 carries and five scores.
Casey Kemmerer (Columbia-Hunters) - Romped for 303 yards on only 9 carries and three tallies as C-H beat up on Inchelium
Whitney Burrowes (Touchet) - Ran 15 times for 296 yards and 5 touchdowns as Touchet took care of Tri-Cities Prep 76-44.
Jordyn Jackson (Columbia River) - Accounted for 284 yards on 23 carries and four scores as Columbia River defeated R.A. Long
Chris Perez (Peninsula) - Ran 28 times for 283 yards and 5 touchdowns as Peninsula rolled over Franklin Pierce 48-3.
Steven Stoker (Connell) - Rushed for 275 yards on 22 carries, with two for touchdowns as Connell beat Naches Valley 48-13
Josh Bousman (Tacoma Baptist) - Bousman had another big night, running 28 times for 274 yards and five touchdowns as TBS
blanked Sultan 40-0.
Marcus Reed (Curtis) - Curtis lost to Puyallup 32-28 despite Reed's 265 yards on 23 carries and four scores.
Travis Lindgren (Curlew) - Ran for 261 yards on 20 carries and 3 touchdowns in a 34-28 win over Wellpinit.
Brad Farrel (Juanita) - Ripped Roosevelt's defense apart with 254 yards on 32 carries and a score in a 35-7 win over the
Jon Williams (Redmond) - Ran for 252 yards on 43 carries and 4 touchdowns in a 41-40 barnburner loss to Woodinville.
Jesse Long (Port Angeles) - Carried the ball 37 times for 247 yards and three scores in a 37-28 loss to Olympic.
James Smith (North Kitsap) - The Vikings couldn't beat the Wolves, but Smith had a big game, running for 236 yards on 26 carries
and three scores.
Tom Campbell (Tri-Cities Prep) - Touchet rolled up the points but Campbell rolled up the yards. He ran for 234 yards on 32 carries
and three touchdowns in a 76-44 loss to the Indians.
Alefosio Hefa (Cleveland) - Ran for 231 yards on 29 carries and a score in Cleveland's 22-8 win over Nathan Hale.
Ryan Johnson (Tahoma) - Scampered for 220 yards on 19 handoffs, hitting paydirt twice in a 35-7 win over Sumner.
Johnny Lopez (Kennedy) - Scored 5 touchdowns, one on an interception return in a 55-0 thumping of Highline. He ran 17 times
for 217 yards.
Todd Basler (Elma) - Ripped Tenino apart, running for 216 yards on only 13 carries, scoring four times 91-0 throttling of the
Beavers. The 91-point differential is considered the biggest margin of victory in WIAA football history.
Jesse Alderson (Meridian) - Meridian shut out Granite Falls 42-0, as Alderson ran 14 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Jarrell Nelson (Olympic) - Rushed for 209 yards on 15 carries, scoring three times in a 37-28 win over Port Angeles.
Kyle Duffy (Meadowdale) - Duffy rolled over Jackson, gaining 208 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns in a 48-27 win over
Austin Moore (Kittitas) - Moore and Kittitas ripped through Bridgeport 54-6, as he carried the ball 15 times for 208 yards and 4
Corey Slater (Liberty) - Went 15-24 through the air for 417 yards and four scores in a 42-35 loss to Cedarcrest.
Manin DuBois (Cedarcrest) - Threw for 407 yards on 14-29 passing with 3 scores in a 42-35 win over Liberty.
Ben Huebschman (Mountain View) - The Thunder rolled 47-0 over Hudson's Bay, as Huebschman threw for 396 yards on 25-33
passing and two scores.
Adam Perry (R.A. Long) - Long lost to Columbia River 42-23, but Perry gave it his all, going 25-46 through the air for 332 yards and
Clay Leonard (Vashon) - Tossed for three scores and 316 yards on 19-39 passing in a 48-30 loss to Port Townsend.
Joe Standish (Ellensburg) - Riddled Sunnyside on 17-25 passing for 301 yards and two scores as the Bulldogs cruised 42-12.
Cody Pettersen (Cedarcrest ) - Was the recipient of Manin DuBois' big day passing, catching 8 passes for 299 yards and five
touchdowns in a 42-35 win over Liberty.
Cody Ellis (Puyallup) - Ellis had another strong day catching the ball for the Vikings, going for 199 yards on 12 receptions and 3
touchdowns in a 32-28 win over Curtis.
Wade Brough (Liberty) - Caught 6 balls for 179 yards and two scores in a 42-35 loss to Cedarcrest.
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