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Week Nine Wesco Predictions
Arlington will look to get Jake Parduhn the ball in a variety of ways - just not from under center, as junior QB Andy Smith will look to lead the Eagles into the playoffs with a win in the Still Cup at Stanwood this week. Rob Carlson/Sportsmedianorthwest
In order to save your time and ours, we've kept it brief, with a little more info on the games that have playoff implications. As always, the Lake Stevens game preview and pick will be up Friday...Here are our Week Nine Wesco Predictions.
Last week: 7-3 (Current 2008 predictions record: 59-21)
Arlington at Stanwood, 7 p.m.
The late season QB switch may be enough to propel the Eagles into the playoffs. Through the first couple games, one would’ve been hard-pressed to guess that Arlington had a better QB option than the multi-talented Jake Parduhn waiting in the wings. But junior Andy Smith – bother of 2005 All Area QB Brett Smith – passed for four TD’s last week in leading the Eagles over Snohomish. If Smith can lead the Eagles to a Stilly Cup victory, coupled with Lake Stevens and M-P victories, Arlington is in. We think the playoffs are enough motivation to tilt the advantage towards the Eagles. Arlington, 35-24.
Everett at Meadowdale, 8 p.m. at Edmonds District Stadium
In Wesco 3A, two playoff spots and the league title are being contested by four 2-1 teams, two of which square off here. Meadowdale was seen as a state challenger in the preseason, but inconsistencies have plagued them. Everett comes in hot after knocking off league leader Shorecrest on the road. Meadowdale has the best player in RB Naji-Moore Taylor and the homefield advantage – which should be enough. Meadowdale, 17-14.
Glacier Peak at Shorecrest, 7 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium
Glacier Peak has won four of five and QB Zach Richter is as hot as any Wesco QB not named Nick Baker. Shorecrest is reeling after getting blow out at home by Everett. We like the feel-good story of first year Glacier Peak taking the league title. Grizzlies, 39-17.
Marysville-Pilchuck at Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.
The Tommies march to an undefeated regular season, 28-0.
Shorewood at Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m. at Edmonds District Stadium
The Warriors will rest RB Tony Heard in preparation for the playoffs, but it shouldn’t prevent a win. E-W 28-7.
Mountlake Terrace at Kamiak, 7 p.m. at Goddard Stadium
Terrace has shown a penchant for beating up on the lower division squads. That should continue, M-T takes it, 24-21.
Mariner at Monroe, 7 p.m.
The Marauders have locked up the three seed in Wesco South, and will look to close out the season with a road win. Monroe has weapons though, and we like Austin Bray and Bryan Sonneveldt to end their careers with a victory in front of the home crowd. Bearcats, 28-17.
Cascade at Jackson, 7 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium
Jackson will likely rest Taylor Cox and Riley Carr – this could be Andy Gay’s game to shine. Timberwolves, 35-30.
Lynnwood at Sedro-Woolley, 7 p.m.
We don’t know anything about Sedro-Woolley other than they are playing for a playoff berth and they are definitely better than Lynnwood. Sedro, 31-0.