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Week 6 Eastside high school football matchups

Posted Friday, October 06, 2006 by King County Journal Staff

October 06. 2006 12:00AM

Week 6 Eastside high school football matchups

By King County Journal Staff

Game of the Week
No. 3 Eastlake (4-0, 4-1) at Lake Washington (3-1, 4-1)

Where/When: Lake Washington HS, today, 7:30 p.m..

Last season: Eastlake 35, Lake Washington 21.

Scouting Report: Two years ago when Lake Washington was closing in its first Kingco title in 40 years, Eastlake handed the Kangs their only loss of the regular season. The two teams return to Lake Washington tonight. This time, the Wolves sport the unblemished league record and are eying the best regular-season finish in Eastlake's relatively short history. Lake Washington 2 with its new and improved ground-based offense 2 is no slouch, either. Under first-year coach Mike Merrill, the Kangs' wing-T attack leads 4A Kingco in rushing, averaging 268.6 yards a game. But Eastlake's defense, under the tutelage of coordinator Don Bartel, ranks second in 4A Kingco at stopping the run. The Wolves are allowing opponents 91.6 rushing yards a game this season, though they allowed a season-high 140 yards to Garfield last week. The loss of tight end Chris Izbicki (sprained shoulder) will hamper Lake Washington's running game. Izbicki, who will sit out at least another week, was one of the Kangs best blockers. Lake Washington quarterback Kirby Young and receiver Gerard Boseman, who are each coming off season-high performances, might have a tough time gaining ground against the Wolves, as well. Eastlake ranks second in 4A Kingco at defending the pass.

Quick slants: Eastlake all-purpose threat Tanor Johnson picked up two more touchdowns during last week's victory against Garfield. Johnson has scored 48 points in five games this season, the second-highest total in the league. ... Lake Washington running back Justin Kim has rushed for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns this season; both marks are league highs. He is more than 400 yards ahead of the next closest player. ... Eastlake quarterback Ryan Robertson threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns last week. Robertson, a junior, leads all 4A Kingco quarterbacks in passing yards (1,131) and touchdowns (11).

Journal's pick: Eastlake wins, 28-7.

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