After the first week of games in the Metro division, there were nail biters, upsets and surprises. With the entire rest of the season still ahead, little can be drawn from these games, but many times the first game of the year can be a precursor for what lies ahead. In the Mountain division, the top teams held rank, while another preseason title contender fell flat. On the Sound side, three teams had byes, so rankings will debut next week when the entire division has played a game.
Next, the Power Rankings:
(Last week’s ranking, overall record)
1. Eastside Catholic (1, 1-0) Beat Liberty 41-14
Eastside more than lived up to their preseason billing in their thrashing of Liberty. QB Trey Reynolds showed a dual threat part of his game, running for two touchdowns and throwing for another. The Crusaders should get a better test against a revamped Eastlake team this week.
2. O’Dea (2, 1-0) Beat Gig Harbor 37-10
After a slow start against Gig Harbor, O’Dea cruised to victory. One again lightning, in the form of Tatum Taylor, struck for the Irish, as his 87 yard kickoff return for touchdown displayed his breakaway speed and vision. O’Dea is facing a Ballard this week, another 4A opponent for Metro Mountain.
3. Seattle Prep (3, 0-1) Lost to Roosevelt 28-0
Prep came out flat against Roosevelt and looked overmatched the entire game. The inexperience of 18 new starters was quickly exposed by the bigger, faster, stronger Roughriders. If the Panthers hope to factor in the Metro this season, they’ll have to turn it around quickly. Luckily they have West Seattle next on their schedule.
4. Blanchet (5, 1-0) Beat Ballard 7-6
The Braves won unexpectedly against Ballard, showing that they might be a team that actually needs to be taken seriously this season.
5. Bainbridge (4, 0-1) Lost to Central Kitsap 48-7
Not much can be learned in the 48-7 walloping the Spartans took at the hands of Central Kitsap other than that this is looking more and more like a down year for Bainbridge.
Eastside Catholic vs. Eastlake
Trey Reynolds will be the key again, propelling the Crusaders to another high scoring victory. Eastside Catholic 48-Eastlake 21
O’Dea vs. Ballard
Pierre LeDorze finds Tatum Taylor on multiple occasions, and the Jack Oman led defense prevents Ballard from finding the endzone. O’Dea 35-Ballard 3
Seattle Prep vs. West Seattle
Prep gets back on track against lowly West Seattle, but the game will be closer than most expect, leaving some lingering questions about the Panthers. Prep 28- West Seattle 17
Blanchet vs. North Kitsap
The Blanchet victory was more of a fluke than a reoccurring trend. North Kitsap 28- Blanchet 10
Bainbridge vs. Kingston
Bainbridge better be able to beat Kingston…. Bainbridge 17- Kingston 7