For you Mount Si football fans interested in tonight’s SPSL playoff which determines who your boys play Saturday, here’s a preview and our thoughts

We also have in our preview and pick segment this morning a little bonus. As we’ve been telling you today, there is a huge event going on down in Spanaway tonight that directly impact Mount Si High School’s football team.

SPSL 4A FOOTBALL
SPSL “PIGTAIL” PLAYOFF GAME – SUMNER VS. ROGERS (PUYALLUP) VS. CURTIS (UNIVERSITY PLACE)
ART CRATE STADIUM, SPANAWAY, FIRST GAME AT 7:00 P.M.
#3 AND #4 SPSL PLAYOFF SEEDS TO BE DECIDED; #4 SEED TO MEET MOUNT SI @ MSHS SATURDAY

Tonight’s “mini-games” are to decide which two of these three teams will advance into the week 10 opening round playoff this weekend. The #3 seed will travel to Kentwood for a Saturday night game at French Field while the #4 seed meets the Wildcats at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon at MSHS.

A quick rundown on the format again for you in case you didn’t see our item earlier and that is each of the mini-games will follow a “Kansas” tiebreaker format, in which both teams playing in a particular contest are guaranteed two possessions, with the team scoring the most points in those possessions winning. If the two teams are tied after the two possessions, then the game continues until there’s a winner.

According to CascadiaPreps writer Ryland Spencer, who is also a member of the WIAA football seeding committee and a friend of the blog on Twitter, there was a coin toss which Curtis won, giving them a first-round bye. Sumner and Rogers will play first then the loser of that game will play Curtis afterward. Seeding would then presumably be decided following the completion of tonight’s games on how the regular season head to head matchup fared, and we’ve noted all that in our capsules below. But we’ll see. If one thing is any indication, Mount Si will probably send a load of scouts down tonight – Kentwood the same – and many if not all of them will be carrying notepads and video cameras with them. So expect the Wildcat players to be doing a ton of film study the next couple of days. A ton of it.

Tale of the tape
Sumner: Sumner is 6-3 this fall, and beat Curtis but fell to Rogers. They opened the season with a pair of big shutout wins over South Kitsap and Olympia, outscoring those foes 94-0 in the two games.

Under center for the Spartans is senior QB Austin Gronedahl. He’s completed 45 of 92 passes for almost 600 yards and three touchdowns. From looking at their stats on MaxPreps, Sumner appears to be a mostly ground team, which could prove to be an advantage against the Wildcats if the rain falls heavily on Saturday, which is in the forecast, and they end up playing Mount Si. They’ve got almost 1,800 yards on the ground as a team this year and it’s been a fairly balanced load, led by junior Bryan Falk, who has 71 carries for almost 500 yards and four touchdowns. Also keep an eye on senior Bryce Bostick (48 carries, 245 yds, 6 TD’s) and junior Ra’Sun Williams (29 carries, 213 yds, 3 TD’s). From the looks of this, Sumner appears to be a lot like Wildcat Kingco 4A rival Newport in how they do things, although Gronedahl, as we’ve noted from his stats, is capable of delivering through the air if need be.

Falk also leads the receivers, with 17 catches for 211 yards, so he’s a durable two-way threat.

Top defenders include senior Tyler Ruch (90 tackles, leads team in that category) and senior Drew Senatore (35 tackles but nine for loss including seven sacks).

Curtis: Curtis is also 6-3, having fallen as noted to Sumner but also beating Rogers. They come in off a 47-14 win last Friday over Olympia, and played SPSL second-place team Graham-Kapowsin tight this season, falling by just one point, 27-26, to GK in a game October 12.

Stats are not entirely available for the Vikings, but from what they have posted on MaxPreps, here’s a list of players to keep an eye on: junior QB Kyle Russell, senior RB/WR Marlon Jones Jr., and sophomore RB Caleb Kwalalon.

Rogers: Rogers, from Puyallup, is 5-4, with a loss to Curtis but as noted beating Sumner. They come in off a Puyallup city rivalry loss last Friday at Sparks Stadium to Puyallup.

No stats are available for the Rams but a look at their roster gives us a couple of names you should pay attention to – senior QB Makaio Gillespie, junior RB Nick Taylor and senior receivers Minwoo Cho and Nate Cochran.

SVSJ picks: Sumner d. Rogers, Curtis d. Rogers
SVSJ projects to face Mount Si: Curtis

Last week: 1-1 (Woodinville def. Mount Si, Liberty def. Cedarcrest; we picked Mount Si and Liberty respectively)
Season: 13-5

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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