Five things to ponder about Week 6 of the prep football season:
Whole new ball game in Big Nine
The jumble at the top of the Big Nine lasted just one week. With Eisenhower losing to Wenatchee (and losing star quarterback Kolney Cassel to a broken leg), and Moses Lake falling to Sunnyside, Eastmont emerged from the rubble as the undisputed league leader at 4-1. Suddenly, the Wildcats’ homecoming game against Sunnyside next Friday became much more intriguing, and Wenatchee (2-3) is back in the mix despite the unavailability of Washington State University-bound lineman Cody O’Connell, who tore his ACL in Week 3 against Eastmont.
After Cassel’s injury, Eastmont running back Darin Hardgrove has moved to the forefront of the Big Nine most valuable player discussion. The senior has topped 100 yards in each game this season, and his season-high 160-yard, three-touchdown performance against Davis put him back in the league lead for most rushing yards (813).
Okanogan may not have been able to stop undefeated Cashmere’s streak of runaway victories, but it at least became the first team to score on Cashmere’s first-string defense this season when Justin Rivas pulled in a 22-yard scoring strike from freshman quarterback Clay Ashworth in the third quarter.
Kodiaks are in the hunt
Cascade finds itself in a first-place tie with Cashmere in the CTL, and it will head into next week’s big matchup with Okanogan with plenty of momentum on its side. The Kodiaks torched Tonasket for 533 total yards, including 399 rushing, and five of their eight touchdowns came on plays of 20 yards or more.
Run like the wind
Quincy’s offense didn’t need much more than the run in its 21-0 win at Chelan. Each of the four Jacks (3-1 Caribou Trail League) to carry the ball picked up at least 62 yards, with Andy Vargas (110 yards on nine carries) leading the 302-yard team effort. They all but abandoned the air, passing for just 13 yards.
Meanwhile the Jacks’ old rival, Ephrata, took to the ground as well to beat Selah 23-6 and improve to 3-2 in the CWAC. Dalton Balentine led the way with 141 yards and three scores for the Tigers.