Friday Night Lights – Double Dip

The plan was to watch the Mariner/Lynnwood game and the Jackson/Edmonds-Woodway game shortly thereafter at Edmonds Stadium. However, your trusty recruiting reporter can't read correctly and instead, I managed to watch the first game, but then headed to Goddard Stadium at Mariner High School to watch Kamiak host Meadowdale.

Game 1
5:00 p.m. Edmonds Stadium
Mariner at Lynnwood

To say this was a lopsided loss would be under-quantifying the word lopsided. Mariner was up 35-0 at halftime and won the game 49-0. I left in the middle of the third quarter when I had seen Mariner score its seventh touchdown.

Here are a couple players who stood out…

Lynnwood ATH Geoff Meinken (2009) – You have to feel sorry for Meinken. He's the only one, save maybe one other player (DE/TE Derrick Alexander) who even looks like a football player. There were a couple of good athletes on the Royals' roster, but there just aren't any football players to help the talented Washington State commit out. Meinken was all over the place, both offensively and defensively. He played running back on offense and middle linebacker and defensive end on defense. Meinken is a good athlete – on one play he caught a short pass and managed to make two defenders miss before being brought down 15 yards later. Defensive line is likely where he's headed at the next level and he showed why on a couple of plays. He used his hands very well to shed a blocker before shutting down an off-tackle run play. He also blew up several inside runs as the middle linebacker as well. You can tell the losing is getting to him and you could see his shoulders droop, understandably, as the Marauders piled on the points. Unofficially I had Meinken with 10 tackles and four assists on D, while he posted the one catch and had five carries for another 20 yards as well. The Cougars got a good one, but it's up to their coaches to determine where he will end up.

Mariner TE/DE Mychael Tuiasosopo (2010) – The younger brother of Trenton and Tyler, Mychael has the size neither of his older siblings had. He runs pretty well for a guy his dimensions (6-2, 250) and I think he will be a better fit at defensive end in college. He seems a lot more aggressive on defense, although he got after it with Meinken a couple of times when he was asked to block the senior from Lynnwood. It's tough to say if he's good enough to make it to being a Pac 10 prospect, but he's definitely got the size to make it.

Mariner RB/S Adrien Black (2009) – He showed a quick burst to the hole and he made some plays in the secondary, but he appeared too stiff to be a D-1 athlete. Black ended up with over 100 yards and three touchdowns – runs of 57, 12 and four – and he also contributed another five tackles of defense (all unofficial totals). He's a good-looking athlete who would probably fit best at wide receiver because of his good hands and quickness, but he appears to be a player that could fit in nicely at Central Washington or Western Washington.

Other Mariner players to watch: DT Kshaun Jennings (2009); OL/DL Ronald Knox (2011); Tyler Alling (2011).


Game 2
7:00 p.m. Goddard Stadium
Meadowdale at Kamiak

I arrived late in the first quarter with Kamiak leading 7-0, but it was all Meadowdale after that as the Mavericks benefited from two big Knight turnovers and bolted to a 28-7 win behind the three touchdowns of Meadowdale RB Naji Moore-Taylor, including a 63-yard back-breaker early in the fourth-quarter to seal the win.

Freshman Husky CB Justin Glenn was in the house to watch his dad (James) coach up the Knights on defense and his brother Josh caught a 40-yard touchdown pass for Kamiak's only score of the game.

I was there mainly to see two players, but a few other underclassmen caught my eye as well…

Kamiak LB Marcel Seely (2009) – We've been talking about Seely for ages it seems, but this is his final season after he missed all of 2007 with two torn ligaments in his left knee. He still appears to be recovering from the injury. After the game, he told me he's still coming back, but he did appear to be closer to 100% than he was over the summer. Seely reads plays well. He flows to the ball and doesn't get caught up in the trash, but his problem is he struggled to get his feet under him, slipping several times as he tried to make breaks on the ball, and he still appears to be a step slow, unable to make the plays he made so easily as a sophomore. Seely said he's still breaking down scar-tissue, but that he's a lot more explosive than he was two weeks ago. Even with his physical limitations, Seely still managed to post 10 tackles and six assists. I will have a full write-up on my interview with the senior linebacker on Sunday.

Other Kamiak players to watch: RB/DB Josh Glenn (2011); OL Devon Hurley (2009); OL Tyler Hogland (2010).

Meadowdale TE Connor Hamlett (2010) – Great-looking athlete who has soft hands and is pretty tough. Hamlett is the younger brother of Casey, who played at Edmonds-Woodway and graduated in 2007. Connor is home-schooled, so he plays ball at Meadowdale, which is in his home district. Anyway, he had roughly five catches for 50 yards while playing split end most of the time. He said they like to move him around a little and get matchup advantages against smaller DBs, but he's still trying to feel comfortable in his role. He doesn't play a traditional tight end role in the Mavericks' offense, but he said he feels comfortable on the end of the line as well as out wide. He's definitely a player to keep an eye on and he said UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Washington State are all schools he grew up liking.

Other Meadowdale players to watch: DB Taylor Brennan (2010); LB Steven Noble (2010); OL/DL Jacob Grund (2011).


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