2014 prep football preview: SPSL 4A South
Four of the seven teams in the South will advance to the preliminary round of the playoffs this season, but that total drops to just three in 2015.
OL/DL, 6-6, 310, Soph., Graham-Kapowsin
Already on the national radar, the big guy is a big-time recruit.
QB, 6-4, 210, Sr., Graham-Kapowsin
Top returning passer in the SPSL should lead Eagles deep into playoffs.
WR, 5-10, 165, Sr., Rogers
Speedy receiver caught 57 balls for 1,047 yards, 10 TDs in 8 games last year.
K, 5-11, 195, Sr., Curtis
Strong-legged kicker connected on 8 of 9 FG tries during 2013 regular season.
RB/DB, 5-11, 180, Jr., Curtis
Averaged nearly 7 yards per carry as Vikings’ leading rusher last fall.
WR/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr., Puyallup
Third-year starter on defense squats 500 pounds.
RB/LB, 5-9, 205, Sr., Puyallup
Extra work in the weight room makes him a powerful back tough to tackle.
WR, 5-10, 180, Sr., Spanaway Lake
Caught at least one pass in every game as a junior, averaging 12 yards.
RB/LB, 6-0, 200, Sr., Emerald Ridge
Explosive, competitive player shows great awareness and leadership.
RB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr., Bethel
Bone-jarring hitter back with a vengeance after injury-plagued junior year.
THE STORY LINES
G-K looks to run the table again
The Eagles, who joined the league in 2006, soared to their first SPSL South title last season at 8-0 and come in as the favorites once again.
New gunslinger at Puyallup
After throwing for 5,960 yards and 71 TDs in his first two seasons as Puyallup’s QB, senior Brendon Illies didn’t turn out for football this fall and is concentrating on baseball (he has committed to North Carolina). Coach Gary Jeffers says the Vikings will still throw the ball with sophomore Nathaniel Holcomb now pulling the trigger.
Room for four
Four of the seven teams in the South will advance to the preliminary round of the playoffs this season, but that total drops to three in 2015.
THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES
Sept. 6: Curtis vs. Graham-Kapowsin, 7 p.m., Art Crate Stadium (Spanaway)
• G-K has won the past three meetings against one of division’s top programs.
Oct. 10: Graham-Kapowsin vs. Skyline, 7 p.m., Skyline
• Expect a top-10 showdown, in all likelihood.
Oct. 31: Rogers vs. Puyallup, 7 p.m., Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)
• If G-K and Curtis go 1-2, these two could be playing for third place.
Predicted order of finish in the SPSL 4A South Division, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams and voted within their own division only.
School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)
1. Graham-Kapowsin, 10-1, 59 (5)
2. Curtis, 8-2, 54 (2)
3. Puyallup, 6-4, 48
4. Rogers, 4-6, 46
5. Emerald Ridge, 4-6, 40
6. Bethel, 3-7, 35
7. Spanaway Lake, 2-8, 33