It’s the final week of the prep football 2019 regular season, but the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors and Meadowdale Mavericks hope that performances this Friday will lead to more football this year.
The Warriors (5-4) and Mavericks (5-4) will contest for berths in the WIAA 3A State Football Tournament when they take on opponents on Friday, Nov. 8, in Week 10 Playoff games.
E-W will travel to face the Yelm Tornados (6-3) while Meadowdale will jump over to Bellevue to take on the Wolverines (7-2); both games kickoff at 7 p.m.
The winners of the Warriors-Tornados game and the Mavs-Wolverines contest will punch their ticket to the 16-team 3A state tournament that begins with games on Nov. 15 and 16; matchups will be determined by committee seeding.
The Warriors-Tornadoes clash will feature two teams that like to run the ball and play physical. Both teams sport dynamic running back duo: E-W will run the ball with junior Steele Swinton and Ben Grimes while Yelm will heavily use Carson Amendt and Bradley McGannon, a big 6-4 255-pound lineman that is seeing additional snaps lined up in the Tornado backfield.
In the Meadowdale-Bellevue game, the Mavs —who have yielded 121 points in their last two outings — will be challenged to slow down a Wolverine offense that has averaged more than 34 points per game this year and is the No. 4-ranked 3A team in the state according to the most recent AP and Seattle Times state rankings.
To see all the matchups in the 3A Week 10 Football Playoffs, click www.wiaadistrict2.com/tournament.php?act=view&league=1&page=1&school=0&sport=1&tournament_id=3104.
Prep Football: Edmonds-Woodway at Yelm, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. at Yelm High School (3A Football Week 10 Playoff game)
— 5-1 in 3A Wesco League South Conference, 5-4 overall
— Finished in second place of the 2019 3A Wesco League South Conference standings
— Coach: John Gradwohl (24th season)
— Key players: senior Read Carr, quarterback; junior Steele Swinton, running back/defensive back; senior Ben Grimes, running back/linebacker; senior Anthony Woo, offensive lineman/defensive lineman; senior Eli Osso, wide receiver/cornerback
— 6-1 in 3A South Sound Conference, 6-3 overall
— Finished in second place of the 2019 3A South Sound Conference standings
— Coach: John Ronquillo (7th season)
— Key players: senior Carson Amendt, running back/linebacker; senior Bradley McGannon, offensive lineman/defensive lineman/running back; senior Benjamin Hoffmann, quarterback
Prep Football: Meadowdale at Bellevue, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. at Bellevue High School (3A Football Week 10 Playoff game)
— 4-2 in 3A Wesco League South Conference, 5-4 overall
— Finished in third place of the 2019 3A Wesco League South Conference standings
— Coach: James Harmon (1st season)
— Key players: senior Hunter Moen, quarterback; senior Hussain Al-Mayyahi, running back/defensive back; senior Caleb Monillas, running back/linebacker; Alex Krueger, offensive lineman/defensive lineman
— 5-0 in 2A/3A KingCo Conference, 7-2 overall
— Finished in first place of the 2019 2A/3A KingCo Conference standings
— Coach: Michael Kneip (2nd season)
— Key players: senior Alex Reid, running back/defensive back; senior Joby Schneider, running back/linebacker; junior Bryson Sleeper, quarterback; senior Henry Hawblitzel, offensive lineman/defensive lineman
— By Doug Petrowski