State playoff first-round football preview: Mountain View vs. Lakes
When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at Harry Lang Stadum, Lakewood (3A state playoff). Webcast: www.carlclick.com .
Last meeting: First meeting.
At stake: Berth in state quarterfinals against Eastside Catholic/Bellevue winner
Last week: beat Nathan Hale 56-21 in 3A state preliminary game.
Players to watch: QB David Wood (66-102-1470 passing, 20 TDs); RB Levonte Littlejohn (69-769 rushing, 12 TDs); RB Cedric Dozier (16-158 rushing, 3 TDs; 17-377 receiving 3 TDs); WR Ma’ne Manaea (17-301 receiving, 2 TDs); OL Zach Banner.
Notes: The Lancers’ roster is a Who’s Who of college recruits. Manaea has made a verbal commitment to Colorado. Dozier has committed to California. … The blue-chip recruit is Banner (6-9, 310 pounds), who has made visits to Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. … Lakes is ranked No. 2 by the Seattle Times. … Lakes scored 33 points or more in every game, 56 or more in seven games. … The Lancers’ closest game this season is a 33-13 win over Peninsula of Gig Harbor on Sept. 30. … Lakes has one common opponent with Mountain View. Lakes beat Auburn Mountainview 63-7 on Oct. 20.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (8-2)
Last week: beat Auburn Mountainview 57-9 in 3A state preliminary game.
Players to watch: QB Riley O’Dell (33-71-835 passing, 8 TDs); RB Michael Rivers 103-836 rushing, 14 TDs; RB Eddie Richardson (81-467 rushing, 5 TDs).
Notes: Mountain View has averaged 45 points in its eight wins, but only 11 in its two losses. … Rivers has been the Thunder’s first option in the running game. He rushed for 129 yards last week, and has rushed for four 100-games in the last four weeks. … The Thunder are seeking their first state-tournament win since reaching the 4A semifinals in 2002.
Bottom line: Lakes is REALLY good. The Lancers have the size up front and the speed outside to give Mountain View’s running game problems. QB O’Dell may be a key player for the Thunder.
What the Score Czar says: Scoreczar.com is a website run by Vancouver’s Scott Odiorne that uses computer ranking based points scored, points allowed, strength of schedule and other factors. The Score Czar’s predicted score is Lakes 37, Mountain View 24. The computer says Lakes to 13 points better than Mountain View. The Columbian will take the Lancers -13 points. (Sorry, Thunder, it’s not you; it’s them).
Columbian’s pick: Lakes.
Fans’ pick: Lakes (57 percent)