Prep football preview: Curtis vs. Union

CurtUnionCURTIS (1-0) vs. UNION (1-0)

When, where: 4:30 p.m., Friday; McKenzie Stadium, Evergreen HS, Vancouver

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Last week: Curtis beat Kentwood 35-24; Union beat Federal Way 46-35

Last meeting: Union won 42-14 in 2014 state preliminary round.

Players to watch: Curtis QB Gage Ferguson rushed for 122 yards and passed for 159 vs. Kentwood; Union QB Jordan Lawson threw for 269 yards and six touchdowns in the win over Federal Way.

Game notes: Curtis rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Kentwood. … Ferguson rushed for 119 of his 122 yards in the second half. … Curtis coach Chad Paulson, a former Washington State player, is in his first year at Curtis. … Tristan Beard had 109 receiving yards and two TDs. He also had a momentum-swinging interception. … Union beat Curtis twice last season, once in the regular-season in University Place and in the state preliminary round in Vancouver. … Union WR Keithen Shepard caught seven passes for 119 yards and two TDs. Nate Kuratli had 108 receiving yards and two TDs.

The Prep Proletariat says: “This is a different Curtis team than the one Union beat twice last year. But it is also a different Titan team. Teams will need to defend against Lawson and the Union passing game, opening things up for Rey Green and the Titan ground attack. UNION 31, CURTIS 21

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