Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m at the Tacoma Dome
Prosser- 13-0 overall (9-0 in league) in Central Washington League
Burlington-Edison- 11-1 overall (8-1 in league) in Northwest League
Bruns-led Prosser is rolling `
by Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
With no Jonathan Stewart or Jake Locker on the opposite side of the field to deny them, Prosser will be the heavy favorite to win the 2A state championship on Saturday. The Mustangs lost to Timberline and the all-American Stewart in 2004 in the first round and the next year, it was Locker and Ferndale who ended their season. Last season came a heart-breaking two-point loss in the semifinals. So to say the Mustangs are focused on Burlington-Edison would be an understatement. Prosser comes in to the game 13-0 and are led by the future Husky and their record-setting receiver Cody Bruns. Through 13 games, Bruns has 1,443 yards on 91 receptions, and is just nine catches away from 100 on the season. He's also scored 19 touchdowns.
Prosser fans surely remember Kellen Moore, their record-setting quarterback who is now at Boise State, but his younger brother is making a legacy of his own. Kirby Moore has 74 catches for 1,280 yards and has reached paydirt 31 times this season. He's also picked off five passes.
The general of their passing game is junior Jordan Durbin, who has filled in admirably for Moore in his departure. All Durbin has done is thrown for 3,744 yards on 219-of-321 passing and thrown an amazing 58 touchdown passes.
And lest you think the Mustangs offense is strictly a passing attack, look no further than running back Drake Washington, who's ran for 1,264 yards and 14 touchdowns and Steven Natho, who's ran for 739 yards and 15 scores.
Prosser is averaging 476 yards in offense a game thus far, mixing it up with about 60% passing yards and 40% rushing yards.
Daniel Gannon and Keegan Pilot anchor a stingy Prosser defense that has 33 takeaways in 2007.
With one of the most explosive offenses in the West, Prosser will too much firepower for Burlington-Edison.
Burlington Edison is battle tested
by Michael Jeremiah, Evergreen State Preps publisher
While Jake Locker kept Prosser from a state title two years ago, it was Jake's cousin Casey who stopped Burlington-Edison's dreams of an undefeated season in Week one this season.
Since that 25-10 loss to Ferndale, Burlington Edison has been almost unstoppable, winning their last eleven games. The streak included big wins over conference rivals (Lynden) and playoff caliber teams (Pullman).
That run was capped by a 23-20 semifinal win over Othello in the semifinals at the Tacoma Dome last week. The Tigers resiliency was shown against Othello, as they marched down the field in the second half, capping off a drive with a 54 yard touchdown from quarterback Kolby Arendse to Jake Anderson.
Although Prosser is undefeated, the Tigers could be a threat to Prosser's title hopes because of the momentum that Burlington Edison brings into the game, along with a schedule full of tough games that have them prepared for the big game this weekend.
Evergreen State Preps prediction:
Burlington-Edison could pull off an upset by getting out to an early lead, putting Prosser in a position that they are unfamiliar with. However, new University of Washington commit Cody Bruns should be at his best Saturday morning, as he plays his last game in a Prosser uniform. Prosser wins 49-21.