Friday Night Lights: Curtis at Puyallup

It was projected as an easy win by fourth-ranked Curtis over a rebuilding Puyallup squad, but it turned into a barn-burner that wasn't decided until there was less than 90 seconds left on the game clock in a 34-31 win by Curtis.

The game got off to a quick start when WR/DB Stefon Lyons took the opening kickoff back 84 yards to get Puyallup out to a 7-0 lead, but Curtis came right back and hit WR/DB Rahmel Dockery with a short pass that the talented junior took 57-yards for the tying score and the shootout was on.

Both teams traded scores, but Curtis got out a 10 point lead late in the fourth. Puyallup tried their best to come back, but after scoring a touchdown with 1:18 left on the clock, their attempt at recovering an onside kick slipped away and the Vikings of Curtis ended up with a thrilling 34-31 win over the Vikings of Puyallup.

Here's a look at the top football prospects on both rosters...

Puyallup DE/OT Joshua Garnett (2012) - Garnett was the main reason I drove down to watch the game and he didn't disappoint. He posted three straight tackles, two for loss, from his strongside defensive end position in one series and after that Curtis decided to run away from him. He still managed to post six tackles while also holding his own along the offensive line. When you walk on the field, Garnett is someone you just can't miss. He's huge (6-4, 275) and just looks like a football player. He's got the body to play D-1 already and he's only a sophomore. Before it's all said and done, Garnett will have his choice of where he wants to go, but I expect him to narrow things down to USC, UCLA and Washington when it's all said and done and then it's anyone's guess where he ends up.

Puyallup LB Jeremy Misailegalu (2012) - Another sophomore starter, Misailegalu started at middle linebacker for the Vikings and was in on at least seven stops, but there may have been more. He showed great instincts and awareness and even though he isn't very big, he was a very sure tackler. He obviously needs to add size and muscle to his frame -- he's only 5-11, 185 -- but he's got plenty of time to do that. You can't teach his natural instincts and quickness. He'll be a good one down the road.

Puyallup CB/WR Ryan McCarragher (2012) - This poor kid was stuck out on an island manning up on Dockery much of the night. He held his own for the most part, but Dockery was able to haul in the 57-yarder that he stiff-armed McCarragher to the ground as well as another long one over the over-matched sophomore for a 34-yard touchdown. McCarragher has good quickness and I liked his size a lot. He isn't the smoothest out of his backpedal, but that's something that could come with good coaching. Keep an eye on him over the next few years as he continues to develop. He could be a good one.

Other Puyallup players to keep an eye on: K/P Sean Halligan (2009); OL/DL Jon Sokolowski (2012).

Curtis WR/DB Rahmel Dockery (2011) - I had heard about his exploits and they were definitely on display on Friday night. Docker is super-quick and he's got good speed. He's a bit small, only going about 5-9, 155, but he has great body control. On his second touchdown reception, he had beaten McCarragher deep but the ball was under-thrown, so he re-adjusted his body and hauled in the pass for the 37-yard score. I wasn't as impressed with him on defense, but he has the requisite quickness to play it. While he shows elite quickness, I'm just not sure I see him playing Pac 10 football. He will be someone to keep an eye on over the next 12 months.

Curtis OL Jared Hansen (2010) - Hansen has a great frame (6-5, 295), but I just wasn't that impressed with him as a football player. He struggled in space and really didn't maul the players in front of him even though he outweighed them by a good 50 pounds. He will need to play at a lower-level in order to really see the field much in my opinion. I do know that the Huskies and Cougars have both contacted him, but neither seems to be interested at this point.

Curtis RB/LB Jason Walker (2011) - Walker looked great as a running back/fullback for the Vikings. He's listed at 6-0, 235 in the program and I'd say he's pretty close to that. He ran really hard in-between the tackles and never went down on first contact. He also got some good pressure on the quarterback from his DE/LB position. I think he could end up being a pretty effective fullback at the next level. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops over the next 18 months.

Other Curtis players to keep an eye on: DT/OL Cornelius Edison (2011); OL Chris Folk (2012).


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