Friday Night Lights Quick Notes

Below is a quick smattering of notes and updates around the area related to tonight’s games.  Remember to watch the #WAFBScores and #ORFBScores channels on Twitter tonight to catch updates in realtime around Washington & Oregon.

South Medford QB Jack Singler, Mail Tribune Photo


Same game, new feel for South Medford [Mail Tribune]

The last time Jack Singler faced the Beaverton Beavers, things didn’t exactly go his way.

When the Metro League squad comes to town tonight, the South Medford senior quarterback has high hopes it will be a different story this time around.

Stoking that optimism is the fact that Singler is a different player from then to now, and he likely has the Beavers to thank for that.

Frontier kicks off ‘Game On’ with Everett-Cascade game [Everett Herald]

Tonight’s Everett vs. Cascade football game will be the first in a series of games Frontier Communications will cover in its new “Game On” program, a post-game highlights package online.

Frontier will captures contests in 7-10 minute “condensed games,” which will feature game highlights, key plays and player and coach interviews. The games will be available on demand 24 hours after the final whistle for free viewing exclusively at

The Washington series will also include Arlington vs. Stanwood on Oct. 8 and Marysville Pilchuck vs. Lake Stevens on Oct. 14.

Bellevue-Skyline Twitter updates from the Plateau [Seattle Times]

If you can’t make it tonight’s big game between Skyline, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, and Bellevue, No. 1 in 3A, I’ll have twitter updates.

KeiVarae Russell will play tonight

KeiVarae Russell has a new nickname.


Teammates of the Mariner running back, who missed last week’s game against Arlington due to an injury he suffered during a moped accident, have been affectionately calling him “Scooter” all week during practice. It’s all in good fun because Russell … er … Scooter has been cleared to play tonight against Mount Vernon, according to Mariner coach John Ondriezek.

Mount Si @ Bothell preview, Sept. 9th 2011… [Washington High School Football blog]

It will be Saturday Night Lights this week at Pop Keenedy Stadium as the Mount Si Wildcats will roll into Bothell to take on the hometown Cougars. The Wildcats come into the game with a record of 0-1 after losing to the Woodinville Falcons 31-10 on home turf. The Cougars on the other hand beat the Union Titans(Vancouver,WA) 27-10 at home, in a game featuring two top 10 teams.

This week’s top high school football games [Statesman Journal]

Thurston (1-0) at South Salem (0-1) 

On the air: KBZY (1490 AM) at 6:45 p.m.; CCTV2 (Comcast 22) at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Outlook: The Saxons lost 55-20 to South Medford at home last week. Jaylynn Bailey ran for a touchdown, and Junior Espitia rushed for one and passed for one. South Salem travels to Canby, Mountain View and West Salem for its next three games. Thurston, which is coached by former South Salem player Justin Starck, defeated West Albany 41-14 last week. Colts quarterback Chad Olson was 13 for 20 passing for 224 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another.

Auburn’s English gives Trojans some O-line love [TNT]

Growing up in American Samoa, Cory English didn’t play much football.

“They had football back at home,” he said, “but we mostly played rugby on the beach.”

It wasn’t until after moving to the United States that the Auburn High standout took to the sport.

 Rainier will kick off a week late tonight [The Olympian]

Although it’s Week 2 of the high school football season, Rainier will have its 2011 season opener tonight.

Last Saturday, the Mountaineers’ season opener with Ocosta was canceled just days before the scheduled kickoff when Wildcats coach Mike Allton phoned Rainier coach Jeff Johnson, saying his team would not make the trip to Rainier. Ocosta was low on numbers and only had 14 eligible players – including five freshmen.
Play with excellence. It is the Richland Bomber football motto. Friday night on SWX they will bring it to Fran Rish Stadium. After losing in the playoffs to Ferris, the team did not just take solace that the loss was to the eventual state champion. Instead they packed up for an intense summer football camp in Boise.
Be sure to check out the predictions from Issaquah Reporter sports writer Kevin Endejan and myself. We’ll both be at Bellevue-Skyline tonight along with our photographer Chad Coleman, so we should have plenty of coverage all-around on that one. But there are story lines for each of the four games with Bellevue ties this week (Bellevue Christian follows its inaugural win with a bye) and we want to take a look at each of them.
Jesuit (1-0) at Sheldon (1-0): A marquee matchup early in the season. Two of the biggest and deepest teams in the state both rolled to victory in Week 1, combining for 118 points in their wins.Sean Meagher: Sheldon
Tim Brown: Sheldon
Mike Richman: Sheldon

Well, we made it through the first week of Greater St. Helens League Football. Not a bad week of picking high school football games.

There was a 4-way tie for the week lead. Each went 9-4, which was one game better than experts Josh, Bryan and wsumj who all 3 went 8-5. NotNewToThis was the first ever winner of a FREE haircut from The Barbers, being the only one of the four who went 9-4 to correctly pick Sherwood over Skyview in the game of the week.