4A State Quarterfinal Rankings

The 4A classification has been filled with heated competition all year, and the quarterfinal round will no different, as all eight teams will look to advance to the Tacoma Dome next week for the semifinals. Evergreen State Preps gives you a rundown of the remaining teams.

Quarterfinal Surprise

8. Inglemoor (7-4)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. vs. Lewis & Clark at Pop Keeney Stadium (Bothell)

Outlook:

The Vikings have made a surprise run in the playoffs, and with a win against Mariner last week, they will play a talented Lewis & Clark team. Inglemoor has shown that they can compete against other good team, giving second ranked Bothell their best game of the year on October 19th, eventually losing 16-13. The Vikings will need another performance like that one to advance further into the playoffs.

Dark Horses

7. Graham Kapowsin (8-3)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. vs. Ferris at Albi Stadium (Spokane)

Outlook:

Graham Kapowsin has been the benefactor of a true breakout season from running back Marcel Smith. Smith has run for 2231 yards and 24 touchdowns this year, often times leading his team to huge wins. Smith will not be able to single handily win the game this weekend, as Graham Kapowsin faces off against top ranked Ferris this week.

6. Lewis & Clark (8-2)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. vs. Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium (Bothell)

Outlook:

Lewis & Clark emerged from the Greater Spokane league battled tested and ready for the postseason. Although they have a long trip across the state, Lewis & Clark should be able to advance to the semifinal round with Inglemoor on the schedule this week.

Contenders

5. Oak Harbor (11-0)

Quarterfinal game:

Friday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. vs. Bothell at Pop Keeney Stadium (Bothell)

Outlook:

Oak Harbor returns to the State playoffs against this year to defend their 2006 4A state title. Quarterback Johnny Encinas has filled the shoes of Marshall Lobbestael, who is now at Washington State. Encinas has plenty of targets at his disposal, with Rodrick Rumble and Mike Bell both totaling over 550 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Oak Harbor has experienced success in the postseason recently, and they will need to feed off that success as they head into a big match-up with undefeated Bothell this weekend.

4. Eastlake (10-1)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 5 p.m. vs. Edmonds-Woodway at Memorial Stadium (Seattle)

Outlook:

Eastlake has one of the most talented teams in the state this year, and the only blemish on their record was a 19-13 loss to second ranked Bothell on October 12th. Quarterback Ryan Robertson has been one of the state's most prolific passers this year, throwing for 2740 yards and 28 touchdowns. Robertson's favorite target has been senior wide receiver Corey MacKay, who has 1101 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year. Robertson and MacKay will need to continue to put up huge numbers as they have drawn a hard nosed Edmonds-Woodway team this weekend.

3. Edmonds-Woodway (11-0)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 5 p.m. vs. Edmonds-Woodway at Memorial Stadium (Seattle)

Outlook:

Edmonds-Woodway has been led this year by junior running back Tony Heard, who has rushed for over 2000 yards and 26 touchdowns. Heard is just one cog in a high powered offense. Edmonds-Woodway averages 434 yards of offense per game, and over 40 points per game. Although their defense has been stout at times, the strength of this team is their offense, and they will look to ride Heard and the rest of the offense to the Tacoma Dome

Bothell (11-0)

Quarterfinal game:

Friday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. vs. Oak Harbor at Pop Keeney Stadium (Bothell)

Outlook:

Bothell has made it through the season undefeated so far without a true star player. They are a complete team who play well together, and have dominated their competition all year. Quarterback Johnny Hekker has been a solid distributor of the ball in the passing game this year, passing for 1666 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bothell's rushing attack has been able to balance the offense by contributing almost 1800 yards rushing.

The Favorite

Ferris (11-0)

Quarterfinal game:

Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. vs. Ferris at Albi Stadium (Spokane)

Outlook:

Ferris has been considered the top team in the state by many different polls all year. The Saxons sport a talented and experienced squad, with plenty of college prospects on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Jeff Minnerly has played well for Ferris, and Washington State bound wide receiver Jared Karstetter is one of the state's best, regardless of position. The Saxons continue their quest for a state title against Graham-Kapowsin this weekend in Spokane.


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