Week three of Metro football gave us some surprises, as well as some continued disappointments. In match-ups against 4A teams, O’Dea and Seattle Prep lost, although in dramatically different fashions. Eastside Catholic and Blanchet continued to look strong, while Bainbridge remains a mystery. On the Sound side, Rainier Beach was once again too fast and athletic for their opponents, and West Seattle sent a message laying a beatdown on Franklin.
Power Rankings and Predictions after the jump.
(Last Weeks Ranking, Overall Record)
1. Eastside Catholic (1, 3-0) Beat Centennial 56-32
With starting QB Trey Reynolds still out injured, the Crusaders continued to steamroll any sorry opposition that gets in their way. With Harley Kirsch and Blake Maimone taking over the quarterback duties while the injured Reynolds recovers, EC has not missed a beat on offense.
2. O’Dea (2, 2-1) Lost to Issaquah 33-30
In a close game, the Irish were ultimately undone last week by their defense. After only surrendering 3 points to Ballard the week before, O’Dea gave up 242 yards on the ground to Issaquah, and that proved too much to handle.
3. Blanchet (4, 3-0) Beat Lakeside 17-12
After defeating Lakeside, and with Seattle Prep suffering another blowout loss, we see the first change in the Metro Power Rankings. In the surprise of the early season, the Braves remain undefeated and are rapidly gaining confidence. While they have not played the hardest schedule, it’s hard to argue with a 0 in the loss column.
4. Seattle Prep (3, 1-2) Lost to Eastlake 34-0
The Panthers took another step back in their loss to Eastlake. After playing to a stalemate early on, Prep failed to take advantage of their opportunities and the Wolves made them pay dearly. The lack of depth and offensive inspiration for the Panthers is killing them, and this type of beat down is not what Prep had in mind the week before the take on O’Dea.
5. Bainbridge (5, 1-2) Lost to Black Hills 34-20
After going 1-2 in their first three games against largely unknown teams, it’s very hard to tell what we’re going to see out of the Spartans this year. This week against Eastside Catholic will let all of Metro know where Bainbridge stands this year.
1. Rainier Beach (1, 2-0) Beat Chief Sealth 44-28
Behind three first half touchdowns from Davontae Porter and the second half playmaking of Keiwaun Miller, Beach was able to distance itself early on from Sealth. Clearly the most athletic team in Metro, Beach will need to remain disciplined, especially on defense if they want to challenge for the Metro crown.
2. West Seattle (4, 2-1) Beat Franklin 46-0
West Seattle looked extremely impressive in their demolishing of Franklin. Joe Ylagan scored four TD’s, two offensive, two defensive to lead The Wildcats to a statement victory over the Quakers.
3. Nathan Hale (2, 2-1) Lost to Roosevelt 48-28
The Raiders fell behind early against Roosevelt and were never able to really get into the game. Despite the loss, Hale has the look of a team that can contend in the Sound division. They will face a big test in Rainier Beach this week.
4. Chief Sealth (3, 2-1) Lost to Rainier Beach 44-28
After defying expectations and starting 2-0, Sealth came back to earth with their loss at the hands of Rainier Beach. The Seahawks were outmatched from the start, and never had the look of a team that thought it could win. It will be interesting to see if they can bounce back against the red hot Blanchet Braves.
5. Cleveland (7, 1-1) Beat Ingraham 38-30
With their narrow victory over Ingraham, Cleveland finds itself out of last place in the Sound division for what seems like the first time in forever. While it does not appear that the Eagles will be very good this year, they seem to be an improvement over previous the teams of previous seasons.
6. Ingraham (6, 0-2) Lost to Cleveland 38-30
A year ago the Rams were undefeated, sitting atop the Sound and were featured in an ESPN special. Now they are winless and lost to lowly Cleveland last week. Luckily Ingraham plays Franklin next week, which could help them break out of their tailspin.
7. Franklin (5, 0-3) Lost to West Seattle 46-0
After giving up 35 or more points in each of their first three games, Franklin simply cannot keep the opposing team out of the endzone. With a total of 31 points through three games, scoring the ball also appears to be an issue for the Quakers.
O’Dea vs. Seattle Prep
The Panthers hang around early, but Tatum Taylor and company prove to be too much for Prep. O’Dea 35- Prep 10
Eastside Catholic vs. Bainbridge
No matter who plays at quarterback, Eastside Catholic should be able to take care of business. Cruaders 48- Spartans 21
Blanchet vs. Chief Sealth
Two teams that have surprised this year face off in an inter-divisional match up. Blanchet’s superiority in the trenches prevails. Blanchet 28- Sealth 17
Rainier Beach vs. Nathan Hale
Hale has the look of a team that can challenge Beach, but the Vikings athleticism will be too much. Rainier Beach 38- Hale 28