This week we saw an upset at the top of the Sound division, while the top of the Mountain division remained the same. Seattle Prep continued to struggle to score points, while Eastside Catholic, Blanchet and West Seattle all broke the 50 point mark. The Sound has an exciting three team race shaping up for first, while it is unclear whether Blanchet has the talent to battle for the Mountain crown, despite their undefeated record.
Look for the Power Rankings after the jump.
(Last week’s ranking, overall record)
1. Eastside Catholic (1, 4-0) Beat Bainbridge 56-10
The return of Trey Reynolds gave the Crusaders a boost that, against Bainbridge, probably wasn’t needed. After jumping out to a 36-3 lead in the first half, Eastside took their foot off the gas, yet still managed to pile up a whopping 56 points on the Spartans.
2. O’Dea (2, 3-1) Beat Seattle Prep 47-7
This year’s version of the O’Dea – Prep rivalry was nothing like the thriller of last season. Sam Flor put the game beyond doubt very early on with three first half touchdowns. O’Dea’s stout defense stifled the Prep attack the entire night, and the Irish looked like a dominating force.
3. Blanchet (3, 4-0) Beat Chief Sealth 52-12
Blanchet has shown continual improvement over the entire season, and their 52-12 demolishing of Chief Sealth was their best performance yet. While a weak schedule has played a large part in the Braves undefeated record this season, they appear to be the real deal.
4. Seattle Prep (4, 1-3) Lost to O’Dea 47-7
It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. After nearly knocking off O’Dea for the first time in 30 years last season, the Panthers have reverted to form and were annihilated by the Irish. It didn’t help that star running back and safety Tere Calloway was out injured, but he does not make a 40 point difference. Prep was simply outplayed in every facet of the game.
5. Bainbridge (5, 1-3) Lost to Eastside Catholic 56-10
After a mysterious start, we finally see where Bainbridge stacks up against the Metro powerhouses. Their 56-10 loss validates the fifth place ranking, and it will be interesting to see how the Spartans stack up against the likes of Blanchet this upcoming week.
1. Nathan Hale (3, 3-1) Beat Rainier Beach 41-40
Aiden Gold and Aaron Mandell led the Raiders to a thrilling 41-40 upset win over Rainier Beach last Friday night. Hale took the game to the favored Vikings in the first quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points, and were then able to hold off the onslaught of Robert Calloway and Marquis Davis to hold on for the surprising and impressive victory.
2. Rainier Beach (1, 2-2) Lost to Nathan Hale 41-40
While losing to Hale was a surprise for the Vikings, Beach has the talent to be able to come back from the nail-biting loss and take back the Metro Sound lead. They will have another opportunity to showcase their talent against another one of the top Sound teams when Beach takes on West Seattle.
3. West Seattle (2, 3-1) Beat Cleveland 51-12
West Seattle made it two consecutive Sound division blowouts in a row, in their 51-12 throttling of lowly Cleveland. Their first real test against a division foe comes this week against Rainier Beach. This game is a must win for the Spartans if they hope to keep pace with first place Nathan Hale.
4. Chief Sealth (4, 2-2) Lost to Blanchet 52-10
Sealth takes the number four spot purely based on record, not based on their horrendous recent performance. As the season wears on, it is beginning to look more and more like the Seahawks undefeated start was more of a fluke then a representation of what kind of team they have this season.
5. Franklin (7, 1-3) Beat Ingraham 26-20
Last week’s victory over Ingraham propels Franklin out of last place and into fifth. Despite this, there is not much to differentiate between the three teams that will be fighting to not be in last throughout the course of the season.
6. Cleveland (5, 1-3) Lost to West Seattle 51-12
After a win last week, Cleveland was their old self again, and was easily crushed by West Seattle.
7. Ingraham (6, 0-3) Lost to Franklin 26-20
As the only winless team in all of Metro, the Rams find themselves in last place, and a matchup with O’Dea next week will only compound Ingraham’s misery.
Eastside Catholic vs. Seattle Prep
Eastside Catholic will only continue the Panthers’ misery. This one could get ugly. EC 56 – Prep 10
Blanchet vs. Bainbridge
The Braves appear to be legit this year, and prove it on the island. Blanchet 28 – Bainbridge 17
Rainier Beach vs. West Seattle
Coming off their loss to Hale, Beach will be hungry. But they shouldn’t underestimate a sneaky good West Seattle team. Ultimately, Marquis Davis and Co. get the job done. Beach 38 – West Seattle 28
Nathan Hale vs. Cleveland
Sound division leaders Nathan Hale should dominate this game and coast to an easy victory. Hale 41 – Cleveland 7