By Steve Mullen
Historic Lincoln Bowl will be the site on Friday night, Nov. 1, as the hometown Abes face the Bethel Braves from Spanaway with the Pierce County League title on the line for the winner.
Each team enters the contest with six wins and no losses in league play, and two tough losses in non–league play. Bethel fell to Four A power houses from both Kennedy Catholic and O’Dea while the Abes dropped two close contests to both Camas and Lake Stevens, the top ranked team in Four A.
Each team is very close to mirror images offensively of each other, as they are large across both sides of the ball with good, athletic players manning both the line backing and defensive back positions. Team speed will be another factor in this game with both teams possessing plenty of it. Time of possession will be a huge factor too, with both teams heavily emphasizing the run. Control of the line of scrimmage will be the determining factor in the final outcome.
While both teams like to run the football, they prefer not to put the ball in the air too much, especially with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter. Another key factor that both teams have no control over will be in play all night long. The weather should be fairly mild and dry, with the game time temperature hovering around 46 to 52 degrees with no wind.
The winner will become the number one seed from the Pierce County League and will host the number six team the Metro League ( from Seattle) while the number two seed will host the Metro League’s number five seed. Both, or either, of the games will be on Friday, Nov. 8 or Saturday, Nov. 9.
Hold on to your seats, it’s high school football playoff time!