2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
Graham-Kapowsin Eagles – Head Football Coach
Since their inception, Graham-Kapowsin has maintained a high level of football under Head Coach Eric Kurle. The 2016 Eagles are no exception as they are one of the top teams in 4A this season. Listen as Steve Dion from theFinalScore.TV interviews Coach Kurle who talks about his staunch offensive line, talented quarterback Dylan Moris, and the tough road ahead in the SPSL.
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|Art Crate Field||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
By Steve Dion
Thursday night featured a clash of Eagles as Arlington ventured down to Art Crate Field to take on Graham-Kapowsin. This game could not start fast enough for both team coming off losses: a dramatic shootout with Sumner for GK and a lopsided affair against Ferndale for Arlington.
Kapowsin wasted no time exerting their dominance. The opening drive resulted in a 23 yard touchdown run by Zack Navarrette-Smith. The floodgates were just beginning to open.
Before the first quarter concluded, Aaron Olmos recorded a pair of scores and Jeremiah Kekoa returned an interception 61 yards to the house.
The running clock was implemented before the first half concluded.
Arlington showed tremendous toughness despite the lopsided score and were able to keep GK from scoring in the second half.
A few solid carries from Tallen Williams out of the backfield helped move the chains within striking distance. Arlington finished the drive with a 7-yard strike from Anthony Whitis to Griffin Gardoski.
The second half concluded rapidly and the home team walked away with a convincing win.
The Final Score:
Graham-Kapowsin 47, Arlington 6.
Aaron Olmos-3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec)
Griffin Gardoski-7 yd rec TD
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #3
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #3|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|2||Camas||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #3|
|8||Olympia||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|10||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #3|
|-||Bellarmine Preparatory||South Puget Sound||2-1|
|-||Union||Greater St. Helens||2-1|
|Thursday||Sep 22nd||2016||4A SPSL||Boys||Football|
|Sumner High School||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Sumner Survives SPSL Shootout with Graham-Kapowsin
By Steve Dion
It is rare that a league title can be won in September, but Thursday night’s SPSL showdown between #1 Sumner and #4 Graham-Kapowsin has the potential to determine just that. These two teams have separated themselves as the class of the conference which opens up the possibility that the winner could run the table to a conference championship.
GK opened strong with a scoring drive that culminated with a goal line plunge by Brandon Becker. The opening play from scrimmage by the Spartans on the ensuing drive went awry as a flea flicker by Connor Wedington resulted in the star running back absorbing a big tackle. The hit sent him to the sideline for a bit to catch his breath.
Shortly thereafter, Micah Smith gave the Eagles a 13-0 lead with a 70 yard scamper up the gut aided by the tremendous blocking of Foster Sarell and Matt Shook.
Sumner struck back in a big way when Tyson Rainwater recorded a pick-six from 43 yards out to prevent the Spartans from falling three scores behind. Before the first half concluded, Luke Ross took advantage of broken coverage and found a wide open Tre Weed to give the home team a one point lead heading in the break.
As the second half wore on, this battle was still up for grabs. A Sumner drive early in the fourth pushed the Eagles defense to bend, but not break. They held the Spartans to a field goal and a four point lead. GK proceeded to move the ball methodically down the field on a heavy dose of Micah Smith carries with the clock continuing to tick. Becker capped off the drive with another goal line push to send the Graham-Kapowsin sideline into exhilaration.
Sumner wasn’t done.
On the ensuing kickoff, Wedington took the kick 90 yards to the house in which he bounced off GK tacklers like a pinball. The return handed the lead back over to the #1 ranked team and they didn’t look back. Tre Weed picked off a desperation pass to put the game on ice. The Spartans hang on for a thrilling win between heavyweights.
Welcome to 4A, Sumner!
The Final Score:
Sumner 34, Graham-Kapowsin 27.
Connor Wedington- 90 yard game winning kickoff return TD
Tre Weed-2 TD receptions (43,63), 2 interceptions
Brandon Becker- 2 rushing TDs
Micah Smith-70 yard rushing TD
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #2
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #2|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|2||Camas||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
|3||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #2|
|6||Bellarmine Preparatory||Sound Puget Sound||2-0|
|10||Skyview||Greater St. Helens||1-1|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #2|
|-||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
|-||Olympia||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|-||Union||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #1
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #1|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||1-0|
|2||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||1-0|
|3||Gonzaga Preparatory||Greater Spokane||0-1|
|4||Camas||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #1|
|9||Skyview||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #1|
|-||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||0-1|
|-||Bellarmine Preparatory||Sound Puget Sound||1-0|
|-||Kennedy Catholic||North Puget Sound||1-0|
Team Preview Presented by theFinalScore.TV
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Graham-Kapowsin Football Preview with TJ Cotterill from The News Tribune
Football Preview: Graham-Kapowsin Eagles- TJ Cotterill from The News Tribune
League Preview presented by theFinalScore.TV
Steve Dion and TJ Cotterill breakdown the league reclassifications. Leagues have disappeared, new leagues have appeared. Narrows is gone, SPSL leagues have changed just to name a few.
We’ll break down the changes, the teams and players to look out for in 2016. This will be a crazy season in the South Sound Region – Follow us all year long on Varsity Football Live on Sports Radio 950 KJR and theFinalScore.TV.
Listen to our NPSL/SPSL Football Preview by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.
Be sure to visit thenewstribune.com and follow TJ’s high school football coverage all season long!
4A State Football Rankings Week 9
By Steven Dion
There has been a little movement this week with teams in the Top 10. Federal Way jumped a couple of spots to number 6. Here is our breakdown of the top teams in the 4A Classification.
1) Camas 9-0, 6-0 League
Coach Eagle has his eyes set on unfinished business from 2013. The Papermakers season will likely wrap up in the woodshed again, but can they raise the hardware?
2) Bothell 9-0, 6-0 League
These Cougars has some serious firepower posting a 422-79 combined scoring tally in the regular season. The blue and white have the pieces to contend.
3) Chiawana 8-1, 7-0 League
Don’t sleep on the reigning champs. This team posted another solid season with the lone loss a non-league clash with fire-breathing Papermakers.
4) Gig Harbor 8-1, 6-0 League
The Tides are playing like tsunamis right now as Coach Chantler’s gradual building of a program has a Narrows 4A title in the bank and a great deal of momentum heading into the playoffs.
5) Union 8-1, 5-1 League
A team that has shown the ability to rise up in nail biters can bode well in November when most games are settled in the waning minutes. The mighty, mighty Titans are not a team to take lightly.
6) Federal Way 7-2, 5-0 League
The Eagles have been dominant since opening the season with a pair of losses. With a healthy linebacker unit and game-breaker Chico McClatcher, the sky is the limit.
7) Kentwood 8-1, 4-0 League
A staunch defense is the cornerstone of Conks football and the regular season did not disappoint as only 78 points have been surrendered in 9 games thus far.
8) Lake Stevens 8-1, 6-0 League
Clawing out a victory over Kamiak may be just what the doctor ordered as the Viks prepare for the postseason. The more reps young Eason gets, the more dangerous Lake Stevens becomes.
9) Gonzaga Prep 8-1, 6-1 League
The parity in the Greater Spokane league has given the Bullpups a well-balanced schedule in which there has not been any push-over weeks. A league championship may not be enough for Prep.
10) Graham-Kapowsin 8-1, 5-1 League
The second of two SPSL Eagles in the top ten rankings finished second to Emerald Ridge in the league standings, but are a top ten talent in the state. Foster Sarell can wreak havoc moving forward.
On the Bubble:
Wenatchee 8-1, 6-0 League
Emerald Ridge 7-2, 6-0 League
Kamiak 7-2, 6-1 League
4A State Football Rankings Week 7
By Steven Dion
Our team has scoured the entire state of Washington to see who might raise the trophy over their heads in December. As league play comes to an end and the playoffs quickly approach, here is our breakdown of the top teams in the 4A Classification.
1) Camas 7-0, 4-0 League
The 2013 state runner-up a season ago has wins over 3 of the top 10 in 4A (Camas, Federal Way, Union) earning the Papermakers the top spot.
2) Bothell 7-0, 5-0 League
Last week’s 56-0 dismantling of Skyline on the plateau was impressive. Bainter’s Cougs are firing on all cylinders as the playoffs approach.
3) Chiawana 6-1, 5-0 League
The defending state champs took down a tough Walla Walla team on the road last Friday. Falling to a hungry Camas squad by two points in week one is the only blemish on the schedule.
4) Union 6-1, 3-1 League
The Titans earned a road win against top-10 Federal Way in the season opener. Their only loss? Last Friday against Camas by the score of 37-20.
5) Gig Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League
Beating Olympia 45-14 is a clear indicator the Tides are steadily climbing up the 4A ranks. As the season unfolds, the win over Peninsula looks more impressive. Eastlake is the only loss on the record.
6) Gonzaga Prep 6-1, 4-1 League
The Bullpups shut-out Bellarmine Prep 17-0 early in the season and also have a nice win over Mt. Spokane. The lone blemish this season is a fluky loss against league opponent Shadle Park.
7) Kentwood 6-1, 3-0 League
The Conks are only allowing one touchdown per game this season. Yep, 7 points! The 35-14 win over Emerald Ridge was nice but a recent loss vs. Federal Way may be the only true test thus far.
8) Lake Stevens 6-1, 5-0 League
Since falling to Marysville-Pilchuck in week two, the Vikings have rolled out some blowout wins. Jacob Eason and the Viks square off against a tough Kamiak team on Friday.
9) Graham-Kapowsin 6-1, 3-1 League
Taking down the Spartans at Skyline HS on September 10th in front of a packed house shows the Eagles have grit to close out games. Losing to Emerald Ridge by a field goal is GK’s one trip-up this season.
10) Federal Way 5-2, 4-0 League
Meagher’s Eagles were slow out of the gates as they squandered a lead to #4 Union in week one and were blown out in week two by #1 Camas. Since then? 5-0 including a win over #6 Kentwood on the road.
Graham-Kapowsin Shocks Skyline
By Colin Caruso
On a beautiful evening on the Issaquah plateau, the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles travelled north to face off against the home side Skyline Spartans. It was homecoming for the Spartans and their crowd was in full force expecting a win in this non-conference matchup. The Eagles and their strong fan base had different plans.
The game began in typical Skyline fashion, with a long drive of both passing and running, capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by Rashaad Boddie. After a failed fourth and goal attempt for the Eagles on their next drive, the Eagles forced a punt from the Spartans and capitalized mid-way through the second on an Asbjornsen pass to Walkinshaw to tie the game at 7.
Skyline responded, as they typically do, with another great drive, and a touchdown pass from Blake Gregory to Derek Loville. Loville had a huge day for the Spartans; he finished the day with 162 yards receiving. But he wasn’t targeted as much in the second half despite single coverage, and this proved catastrophic for the Spartans.
Graham-Kapowsin tightened their defense immensely in the second half. The Eagles held the Spartans to negative 32 yards rushing in the second half, negative 11 from Boddie. The Eagles 6’6″ 310 pound sophomore Foster Sarell became the big play maker, clogging up the line on defense and blocking well against one of the state’s best pass rushers, Skyline’s Cameron Saffle.
This stifling defense did not allow a point in the second half, while the Eagles added just one field goal, which proved to be the game winner. Graham-Kapowsin came up with the big road win, 17-14.
Trevor Asbjornsen – 17-28 for 192 yards and 1TD
Shannon Edwards – 20 carries for 114 yards and 1TD
Blake Gregory – 20-37 for 282 yards and 1TD
Derek Loville – 9 catches for 162 yards and 1TD