Prep Roundup - Week 2

Russo has big Friday (Photo by Kim Grinolds)

This weekend's high school football action was marked more by how many key injuries there were as opposed to the number of outstanding games. It seemed as if upsets were more due to top players being unavailable as anything else. Kyle Trew, Derrick Bradley and Matt Tuiasosopo were just three of many players that found themselves on the training table as opposed to the football field. Here's what three of our rotating panel of experts said about games they saw this weekend.

Kevin Lustgarten (JCFootball.com) - #70 for Kamiak, Bobby Dockter, looks like a player. Could be a real major force next year. While still a bit slow of foot, he seems capable on both sides of the ball. Just needs to get more physical and bring it on every play. Kamiak's star running back, Derrick Bradley, was hurt (ankle; crutches) on game's first play. Whitney Wilson's (see below) brother told me that the running back is 'holding out for Nebraska' to come calling.

Kamiak has a bunch of big OLs aside from Docktor.

The TE for Edmonds-Woodway (Casey Tyler) towers over everyone and looks to be a good blocker. He did not, however, run good routes. Seemed like he would just scoot down field and raise his hand, "Look at me, look at me!" That hand popped up in the air every time he went down field.

Kyle Trew was dominating in the first half; he didn't play for some reason in the second half. Just stood on the sidelines holding his helmet. Sick? Also, I did not see him playing on defense in the first half. At the next level he would be either a fullback or defensive player (think: Ty Eriks). Relies on his size and decent speed to gobble up yards as a tailback at HS level. Gets three or four yards running and then 3 or 4 yards after contact.

I liked Whitney Wilson for Kamiak, the little WR/KR/S. He made a huge play towards the end of the game that could have tied things up. Just a fly pattern where the QB threw to a spot on the sideline and Wilson blew by his defender and caught the ball (~55 yards) for a TD. He's a pretty elusive KR, too. I was told by his brother, with whom I was sitting, that Boise St., Idaho State...teams of that caliber, are recruiting Wilson. Oregon State a little bit. The coaches didn't do enough to get the ball in Wilson's hands after the star RB was hurt. They should have put him at RB and pitched to him as he was clearly Kamiak's best player (after Bradley was hurt). The 2nd string tailback messed up his knee, too.

The QB for Kamiak, Gary Rogers, is a tall prototypical drop-back guy--and only a junior. Made a ton of mistakes such as fumbled snaps, but at times looked real good. Although not real mobile, he could be a nice prospect in a year. Ran a real good two-minute offense and was pretty darned effective out of the shotgun. He must be about 6-4.

Bill Nance (TheFinalScore.TV) - I caught the Oak Harbor-Lake Stevens game Friday night. Both were 1-0 coming in after big wins on opening night. The player-of-the-night was Oak Harbor's Grant Bull. He's a 6-1, 195-pound wide receiver/slot back. Grant caught touchdown passes of 37 and 58 yards. Both were on slant patterns about 10-15 yards down the middle that he broke for TDs. He also ran for a touchdown on a nice 38-yard sweep where he locked up two DBs at about the 15 with a nice fake to the sideline and cut back inside. He finished with 125 yards on three catches. On defense he had an interception. (Editor's note: Oak Harbor cruised past LS for a 36-6 win.)

Ron Siegel - Saw Lakes demolish Seattle Evergreen 56-10. Lakes almost scored at will against the Wolverines. Akeem Anthony and Anthony Russo are the two best backs on one team you will see this year in Washington. Viliamu Kuaea (6-3, 300) is a man playing with boys at this level. QB Jeff Wells (6-3, 200) does it all for the Lancers. QB, SS and does all PAT's, FG's and all the kick-offs. DL Russ Stanberry (6-2, 250) will play somewhere next year as will LB Derek Coxson (6-0, 200). He is all over the field.

Todd Milles (Tacoma News Tribune) - I saw Steilacoom's Danny Wilm, who is certainly a college prospect as a 6-0, 175 pound junior. He rushed for 187 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries, has great cutback ability and has the speed to break long gainers on the outside, as he did with five runs of 20 or more yards in the 28-0 victory Friday over North Mason. Wilm needs bulk, does not show he likes the contact as much as a RB should, and could be a good NCAA Div. II or III recruit, probably as a defensive back, in which he also plays for Steilacoom.

Joe Razore - Reggie Bush may be fast, but my vote for the best running back on the west coast goes to De La Salle's Maurice Drew. Though hobbled by an ankle injury he displayed the same explosiveness as players like Barry Sanders and Marshall Faulk. Along with Drew, I was very impressed with the athletes in the Spartan secondary and wide receiver corps. The quickness of their d-backs is something that us Washingtonians don't see very often. In local action, Bellevue's defense shut-out their opponent for the second straight week. Interlake was riddled by the Wolverine secondary which picked off five passes. Linebackers Jeff Dicks and Lee Driftmier were very quick to the ball and both delivered their share of crushing hits. The Wolverines (2-0) should be tested next week by Issaquah High School (2-0).

Here's a quick rundown of this past weekend's top prep performers.

Travis Lindgren (Curlew) - Romped for 487 yards, 22 carries, 8 TDs in a 66-46 win over Mansfield.

Anthony Russo (Lakes) - Scored 5 touchdowns, 2 running, 2 on passes and one on a 61-yard punt return, as the Lancers defeated Evergreen 56-10.

Jordan Carey (Capital) - Carey scored six touchdowns, three rushing, two receiving and one on a punt return as the Cougars thumped Stadium 78-13.

Johnny Lopez (Kennedy) - Ran for a school-record 395 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns as fourth-ranked Kennedy beat Fife 42-20

Justice Maidesil (Foster) - Rolled up 346 yards on 25 carries, scoring 4 TD's in a 41-21 triumph over Vashon.

Steven Marley (Prosser) - The sophomore had 292 yards on 31 carries and 3 touchdowns in a 29-19 win over Othello.

Jake Dixon (Black Hills) - Ran 30 times for 273 yards, scoring twice as Black Hills blanked River Ridge 28-0.

Jonathon Stewart (Timberline) - The 10th-grader had another impressive outing, going for 270 yards on 18 carries and scoring twice, including one burst from 98 yards in a 49-21 over Aberdeen

Nick Koller (LaCrosse-Washtucna) - Had 259 yards on 25 carries and two scores in a 56-12 win over Columbia.

James Smith (North Kitsap) - Helped the Vikings defeat Olympic 39-28, running for 257 yards on 29 carries and scoring three times.

Dezmond Cole (North Thurston) - Cole and NT beat Rochester 13-6, and Dezmond was a big reason why, running 23 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Perez (Peninsula) - Riddled Hazen with 255 yards on 30 carries, including 4 scores in a 34-0 win.

Vince Schroder (Tahoma) - Another big game for Schroder, this time 28 carries for 235 yards and a whopping 5 touchdowns in a 34-20 victory over Auburn-Riverside

Kerry Williams (Foss) - Williams led Foss to a 42-13 shellacking of Mount Tahoma, running for 221 yards on 16 carries and scoring 4 times.

Will Thompson (Kentwood) - The junior RB ran for 213 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns as the Conquerors defeated Auburn 21-7

Victor Valle (South Kitsap) - Ran for 212 yards on 14 carries, scoring 1 TD in a victory over Bremerton.

Shane Stonematz (Zillah) - Zillah toppled Toppenish 40-21, due in large part to Shane's 209 yards and 3 TD's rushing.

Johnny Hanson (Tenino) - Hanson had a worthy effort, 202 yards on 24 carries and a score in a 17-12 loss to Washougal.

Brian Ellersick (Mountlake Terrace) - Went 16-29 and threw for 358 yards and 2 TD's as Terrace handled Meadowdale 35-14.

Andy Hudkins (Ilwaco) - Had 168 yards on 7 receptions, inlcuding three for touchdowns in a 56-14 victory over Stevenson

David Lewis (Bethel) - Lewis was the main recipient of the Braves' Johnny DuRocher, catching 5 balls for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 35-7 win over Jefferson.

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