Washington is home to many talented players and many outstanding teams, so there are many opportunities to see high-level football in Washington.
To get you ready for the season we’ve got the top 10 games, players and teams across Washington this season. Let’s start with the games
Sept. 2: Bothell at O’Dea, 7 p.m.
The Class 3A Irish, which are perennial top-10 teams in both deepest classifications of the leagues, open the season against Class 4A Cougars. Both programs are expected compete for the 2022 league championships. Plus, it’s a chance to see one of the best running backs in the state in O’Dea’s Jason Brown.
September 3: Lake Stevens at Garfield 5 p.m.
Another high-profile 4A/3A game and an excellent reason to visit the stadium twice in one weekend. Preseason No. 1 team. The Bulldogs will get an early look at how talented their talent may be in 4A by the No. 1 team.
Sept. 9: Bellevue Lake Stevens, 7 pm
The 3A defending champ faces the 4A winner in 2021. Jayden Limar, Notre Dame-bound and Lake Stevens senior runners, will be on hand.
September 15th: Kennedy Catholic at Kentwood 6 p.m.
As a freshman for Kennedy, Devon Forehand took over as the quarterback and helped Kennedy to a 6-2 regular season. Kennedy also won the North Puget Sound League’s season-concluding win over the Conquerors. This year’s potential decisive matchup is early.
Sept. 23: Kamiakin at Kennewick, 7 p.m.
It’s time to jump in the car and take a road trip across the mountains to see another 4A vs. 3A game between top-10 teams. The Lions reached the 3A state championship match before being defeated by Bellevue. They bring back a lot talent.
Sept. 30: O’Dea at Eastside Catholic, 7 p.m.
This game is a significant step towards deciding the Metro League. Despite rumblings of rising talent in the Metro, we can expect the same thing in 2022.
Oct. 15, Garfield at Rainier beach, 2 p.m.
The Bulldogs are back eight of their starters on offense and nine defense, and they have received some preseason hype as a potential contender for the Metro. But so have the Vikings. The game will feature a QB battle between Garfield junior E.J. Caminong and Rainier Beach senior Chance Guadiz
Oct. 21: Bothell and Eastlake, 7 pm
The league titles are often decided in October, and this could happen in KingCo, with the always-competitive tilt of top-10 Class 4A teams vying for the league crown.
Oct. 21: Yelm on Peninsula, 7 p.m.
You can take a trip across Narrows Bridge to experience a game that took two seasons to make. Both teams won the South Sound Conference in 2021 without being beaten, but they did not play one another.
Oct. 28: Glacier Peak, Lake Stevens at 7 p.m.
This is where the WesCo championship will likely be at stake. Kamiak might have some say. The marquee matchup between these two northern powers could decide which team will make it to the playoffs.
Top 10 players
1. Caleb Presley, CB/WR, 6-0, 185, Rainier Beach, Sr.
The four-star Oregon commit is the 10th ranked cornerback prospect in the nation, and the 114th overall player according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Pressley is a fast and lean receiver who could be a potential college wide receiver.
2. Isendre Ahfua, OL, 6-5, 330, O’Dea, Jr.
The O’Dea guard already has more than a dozen scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Georgia, USC, and Washington. The 330-pound Ahfua, whose nickname is “Papa,” is 247Sports.com’s top-ranked interior lineman in the class of 2024.
3. Jasiah Wagoner (CB), 5-11, 170 Spanaway Lake Sr.
Wagoner, a four star Oklahoma commit, is what scouts describe as a “do-it-all” athlete. He plays wide receiver, corner, running back and punt returns. Wagoner had 25 solo tackles in 2021 with four interceptions and five pass breakups, while also rushing for 235 yards and four touchdowns in a conference championship-clinching game against Lakes.
4. Jayden Limar, RB, 5-11, 190, Lake Stevens, Sr.
Limar, a four-star runningback with explosive speed and explosive passing abilities, is ready to build muscle before he moves on to the next level. He is the No. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 12 running back prospect and he will be playing at Notre Dame.
5. Gabarri Johnson, QB 6-0, 200 Lincoln, Sr.
The state’s top quarterback prospect, who can beat teams with his legs and his cannon of an arm. This four-star Mizzou commitment threw 44 touchdowns and rushed for more than 3,000 yards in scrimmage.
6. Jason Brown, RB, 5-11, 194, O’Dea, Jr.
A four-star running back/cornerback dual threat with speed and power, Brown’s running style has been compared to former UW and fellow O’Dea star Myles Gaskin. Brown is getting offers from Alabama as well Washington, Oregon and Georgia.
7. Brayden Platt, LB, 6-1, 220, Yelm, Jr.
Platt is a four star linebacker and a defending state champion in shot-put. He has received offers from UW, WSU Oregon, Michigan and others. Platt is currently the No. According to 247Sports, Platt is the No. 6 linebacker prospect of the country. He was also the first Yelm player invited to the All-America Bowl.
8. Isaiah Carlson LB, 6-1. 220, Ferndale Sr.
Carlson missed the majority of last season due to a knee injury, but he is healthy and ready to tackle a lot of running back and linebacker duties in his senior year. Three-star recruit Carlson recently received an offer from Montana and has spoken to Washington State, Cal and Oregon State.
9. Heath Ozaeta (OT), 6-6, 290 Mount Si, Sr.
Ozaeta was ranked by On3 Recruiting among the top four-star recruits in the Northwest. His size and physical style have made him a successful O-line prospect. Ozaeta had already committed to Oklahoma earlier in the summer.
10. Micah Banuelos OG, 6-3.290 Kennedy Catholic, Sr.
Banuelos, another local four-star lineman with a DI commitment is well-known for his strength on the field and intense demeanour. Banuelos picked USC over Oregon in July in large part because of the Trojans’ upcoming move to the Big Ten. Ahfua, a Kennedy Catholic product, is already trying to persuade him to join him.
1. Lake Stevens Vikings (2021 record: 11-1) (4A)
The most important question that the Vikings have to answer is who of their talented quarterbacks will run the show for the state runners up. As a freshman, sophomore Kolton Matson won the state championship. Junior Kaden LaPlaunt won WesCo’s championship. Jayden Limar, a Notre Dame commitment, and Jayshon, his brother, are the anchors of the running game. Jayshon is also an owner of three Pac-12 offer.
2. Bellevue Wolverines (2021 record: 14-0) (3A)
Although it may seem unbelievable that a team with its famed Wing-T offense, which won a state title, could get better on the passing side of the ball, it is possible. With Lucas Lazore as quarterback and Hogan Hansen as tight end, the Wolverines could add a sneaky-good pass game.
3. Yelm Tornadoes (2021 record: 10-1) (3A)
With 14 starters back — six on offense and eight on defense — and coming off a 2021 in which the Tornadoes advanced to the state quarterfinals, this team feels it’s ready to make the next step. Watch out offensively for Portland State’s Kyler Ronquillo, a Portland State commitment, to catch the football and junior Braydon Plat to continue to dominate running.
4. Glacier Peak Grizzlies (2021 Record: 7-3) (4A).
The Grizzlies are full of Division I talent. They have Trey Leckner, a Washington State commit, in the backfield and Cooper Jensen, a tight end (an Oregon State commitment). Quarterback River Lien is back to lead the team, which should be no problem scoring points.
5. O’Dea Irish (2021 record: 8-3) (3A)
The Irish may return just three starters on offense and four on defense, but when two of those starters on offense are junior running back Jason Brown and senior tight end Tucker Ashcraft, scoring shouldn’t be an issue. Cornerback Kyan McDonald can shut down one side of the field defensively.
6. Graham-Kapowsin Eagles (2021 record : 15-0) (4A
The Eagles were a dominant team in both the state and country in 2021. They won a national televised championship in Las Vegas. While much has changed since last year, there are still many talented players and a new coach.
7. Eastside Catholic Crusaders (record: 9-2, 2021) (3A).
Coach Dom Daste loves to build a team starting from the inside. The Crusaders are confident that his young linemen can still control the line of play. Brady McKelheer is the senior quarterback.
8. Bothell Cougars (2021 record : 10-2) (4A).
The Cougars have a lot of talent returning to them, having finished second in KingCo 2021. They had running back Bryce Kooy and a physical linebacker group that included Kentridge transfer Tyson Brown. It is now up to you to decide who will play quarterback.
9. Lynden Lions (2021 record : 12-1) (2A).
The defending state champions, the Lions, are well-stocked at all skill positions, with Kaedan Hermanutz as quarterback, Lane Heeringa as running back, and Collin Anker as receivers.
10. Eastlake Wolves (2021 Record: 12-1) (4A).
The school’s first state semifinals appearance was made with a senior-laden roster, which included 16 graduates. Even so, the defending KingCo champs should be ready to make another run behind a trio of returning running backs — Blake Borup, Harry Reid and Jack Edmunds — and first-year quarterback Cole Hunt.
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