Tom Tri thrives on the big-play offense. So there could be plenty of fireworks from his West squad in the Class 4A/3A East-West All-State Football Game for 7 p.m. Friday at Lions Field in Moses Lake.
At least, he hopes so.
Tri, head coach at Lake Stevens High School, admits the defense has had the upper hand in practices this week, in part because O-linemen aren’t familiar with his spread formation.
The East team, coached by Jon Eagle of Camas, will also operate out of the spread, Tri said. Does he expect a high-scoring game?
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“I would say yes, but I’m a little bit hesitant right now, only because I think the defenses are ahead of the offenses in terms of execution,” he said Thursday.
He said linebacker Michael Cummings of Lynnwood’s Meadowdale High School has been “extremely impressive” along with defensive end Kevin Shelton from Auburn. Tri had high praise for the defensive line in general.
Steffin Church of Kentlake is likely to start at quarterback for the West and share time with Chris Becerra of Glacier Peak (Snohomish). Bothell’s Danny Wilson leads the running backs.
The annual game, played in Everett last summer, features many of the state’s top graduating high-school seniors. Noticeably absent are Skyline (Sammamish) quarterback Max Browne, the Gatorade National Player of the Year who enrolled early at USC, and UCLA-bound linebacker Myles Jack of Bellevue.
The East team features a few players from Western Washington, including three from Peninsula (Austin Wheat, Kyle Self, Daniel Portillo) and two from Federal Way (Rod Jones Jr., D’Londo Tucker).
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