High School Football: Playoff Schedule Set

10 11 2010

Friday, November 12
Washington 2B – Warden (5-4) at Colfax (9-0) – 7 p.m. (Martin Stadium)
> Early synopsis: Colfax has been the top-ranked team at the 2B level all season long and with good reason.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 419-89, and their closest game was a 38-19 victory over playoff-bound DeSales in the season opener.  The results would be even more lopsided, but head coach Mike Morgan usually calls off his dogs early to prevent further embarrassment to their opponents.  It seems extreme, but if you have seen Colfax play this season, you know what I mean.

Saturday, November 13
Washington 1B Crossover – Colton (4-6) at Cusick (9-1) – 1 p.m. (Gonzaga Prep)

> Early synopsis: Don’t let Colton’s 4-6 mark fool you.  The Wildcats have lost three games by four points this season, as two of their three other defeats were to larger schools.  The chemistry quarterback Josh Straughan and wideout Steve Eacker have working right now will keep any opposing defensive coordinate up at night.  The two hooked up 15 times for 293 yards last week against Gar-Pal, as Eacker broke the 1B state record for receptions in a season with 107 in the process.
As for Cusick, after averaging nearly 60-points a game in the 1B Northeast League, the Panthers are coming off a 54-6 loss to Almira-Coulee-Hartline.

Washington 2A Playoffs – East Valley (5-5) at Clarkston (6-3) – 1 p.m. (Adams Field)
> Early synopsis: Coming off a bye, Clarkston figures to be heavily favored this Saturday.  Not only did East Valley play last Friday, but they had to suit up again Tuesday night against Ellensburg to decide who would get a shot at the Bantams.
Following back-to-back upset losses to West Valley and Pullman during the middle of the season, Clarkston seems to be back on track, looking to live up to the preseason hype when they were ranked number-two in the state.
With all this in mind, don’t sleep on the Knights.  Since losing their league-opener at Clarkston 21-6, East Valley has won four of five, including a 32-14 victory over Ellensburg in the first round of the playoffs earlier this week.

Idaho 1A State Semi-Final – Prairie (8-1) vs Troy (9-0) – 6 p.m. (Kibbie Dome)
> Early synopsis:  There won’t be a lack of bulletin board material for Prairie as they meet Troy for the second time this season.  Two weeks ago, the Trojans won the war of words before kickoff, then backed it up by ending the Pirates two-year reign atop the Whitepine League with a 72-26 pounding.
For the first time since 2007, Prairie will now be a significant underdog in a game, as Troy must deal with the expectations of winning.
Without question, both the Trojans head coach Rob Bafus and the Pirates head coach Travis Mader will have their teams ready to compete.  I’m looking forward to round two!!!

Teams Eliminated for Postseason:
Idaho
5A – Lewiston
4A – Moscow
2A – Grangville, Kamiah, Orofino
1A – Clearwater Valley, Deary, Genesee, Kendrick, Lapwai, Lewis County, Potlatch

Washington
2A – Pullman
2B – Asotin
1B – Pomeroy

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Washington State Announces 2011 Pac-12 Schedule

5 11 2010

2011 Schedule

DATE       OPPONENT
Sept. 3       IDAHO STATE
Sept. 10     UNLV
Sept. 17     at San Diego State
Oct. 1          at Colorado
Oct. 8          at UCLA
Oct. 15      STANFORD
Oct. 22     OREGON STATE
Oct. 29       at Oregon
Nov. 5        at California
Nov. 12     ARIZONA STATE
Nov. 19     UTAH
Nov. 26      at Washington

* Home games in BOLD





jtv: Weekly Press Conferences

28 10 2010

This week’s press conferences are complete.  Idaho head coach Robb Akey talks about Warriors vaunted passing attack and the challenge of playing at Hawai’i.
As for Washington State’s head coach, Paul Wulff boasts about the progress of his team, even claiming he may have the Pac-10’s top offense … in a couple more years.

Idaho Vandals
Robb Akey

 

Washington State Cougars
Paul Wulff





By The Numbers – Tuel Time

25 10 2010

Washington State sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel is making big strides as a passer this season.  In fact – believe it or not – the young signal-caller is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history.

First is a look at what Tuel has accomplished this season.  Then, I forecast what he could accomplish if he stays the course in Setting the Pace.

Here’s a look at Tuel’s 2010 season By The Numbers:

  • First Pac-10 quarterback to reach 2,000 yards passing this season
  • 265 pass attempts and 158 competitions leads the conference
  • Has passed for 200+ yards in all eight games this season (WSU combined for seven such performances the last two seasons)
  • Is the only Pac-10 quarterback that has thrown for at least 200 yards in every game
  • Tuel’s 14 touchdown passes this season are almost as many as WSU has thrown for as a team in the previous two years combine (17).
  • QB efficiency rating is higher the Jake Locker’s (134.7 to 131.4)

Setting the Pace:

  • On pace to break WSU’s all-time record for passing yards as a sophomore (Tuel’s pace: 3,050 yards; Record: 2,891 yards by Alex Brink in 2005)
  • On pace to complete 237 passes, which would rank 4th all-time in school history and surpasses any mark that Jason Gesser, Ryan Leaf or Jack Thomposon put up in their careers.
  • On pace to become just the sixth quarterback in school history to pass for more than 3,000+ yards in a season (The others: Jason Gesser (twice), Ryan Leaf, Alex Brink, Timm Rosenbach and Drew Bledsoe)

NEXT UP ON BY THE NUMBERS: Marquess Wilson, WR





BCS Projected Standings

24 10 2010

This is the first time I’ve tried to predict the BCS standings.  We’ll see how I do in a matter of moments, but by my calculations (and projections), I have Auburn edging Boise State by the narrowest of margins.

Here are my top 5:

          PROJECTED 8/23  
BCS AP HR TEAM Comp% AP % HARRIS % TOTAL
1 1 1 Oregon 0.84 0.94 0.989 0.923
2 3 3 Auburn 0.93 0.874 0.916 0.907
3 2 2 Boise St. 0.88 0.901 0.936 0.906
4 4 4 TCU 0.91 0.86 0.893 0.888
5 5 5 Michigan St. 0.83 0.746 0.789 0.788




jtv: The Sports Buzz LIVE Debuts on KLEW

4 10 2010

After four long years of not having a live Friday night high school football show on KLEW-TV, the wait is over.
The Sports Buzz LIVE debuted last Friday at 11:30 PM, and while there are a few kinks to workout, here’s a look…





That’s WAC: Week Five

4 10 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Non-Conference Record
This Week: 4-1 record, 3-0 vs FBS, 0-0 vs top 25
This Season: 18-18 record, 12-17 vs FBS, 2-6 vs top 25

WAC STANDINGS    
  CONF OVERALL
Boise State  1-0  4-0
Fresno State  1-0  3-1
Hawai’i  1-0  3-2
Nevada  0-0  5-0
Idaho  0-0  3-2
San Jose State  0-0  1-4
Utah State  0-1  2-3
Louisiana Tech  0-1  1-4
New Mexico State  0-1  0-4

Friday, October 1
BYU 16 at Utah State 31 – Final

Saturday, September 25
Idaho 33 at Western Michigan 13 – Final
UC Davis 14 at San Jose State 13 – Final
#3 Boise State 59 at New Mexico State 0 – Final
Cal Poly 17 at Fresno State 38 – Final
#25 Nevada 44 at UNLV 26 – Final
Louisiana Tech 21 at Hawai’i 41 – Final

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 42-58, 532 yds, 4 td vs Louisiana Tech
2. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 30-49, 380 yds, 3 td, 2 int vs Western Michigan
3. Ross Jenkins, SR (LT): 19-26, 215 yds, 2 td, int vs Hawai’i
4. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 12-17, 215 yds, 2 td, int vs Cal Poly
5. Kellen Moore, JR (BSU): 13-18, 196 yds, 3 td vs New Mexico State

Rushing:
1. Vai Taua, SR (NEV): 19 car, 188, 3 td vs UNLV
2. Lamon Muldrow, SR (SJSU): 22 car, 137 yds vs UC Davis
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 13 car, 97 yds, td vs UNLV
4. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 10 car, 94 yds, td vs New Mexico State
5. Derrvin Speight, SR (USU): 23 car, 91 yds, 2 td vs BYU

Receiving:
1. Kealoha Pilares, SR (UH): 18 rec, 217 yds, 2 td vs Louisiana Tech
2. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 10 rec, 197 yds, 2 td vs Louisiana Tech
3. Josh Harrison, JR (SJSU): 5 rec, 119 yds vs UC Davis
4. Richie Casey, SO (LT): 8 rec, 98 yds, td vs Hawai’i
5. Eric Greenwood, SR (UI): 6 rec, 82 yds vs Western Michigan

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
After a disappointing showing last weekend, the Western Athletic Conference bounced back this Friday and Saturday.  Utah State got the party started with a dominant performance against BYU (1-4) on national television, and Hawai’i quarterback Bryant Moniz provided an incredible last call, sending everyone home talking about his 532-yard performance against Louisiana Tech.
Boise State and Nevada continued to solidify their status as national powers this season (might be a stretch for the Wolfpack, but I still believe they will be a 1-loss team come December), while Idaho bounced back after a disappointing loss to Colorado State (1-4) by crushing Western Michigan (1-3) on the road (albeit committing four turnovers).
Fresno State did what they were suppose to against an FCS-foe in Cal Poly (3-2).  The talented (for their classification) Mustangs hung around until halftime, then the Bulldogs put them away in the second half with a solid ground attack that finished with 253 combined yards rushing.
In fact, the WAC was a San Jose State away from a perfect weekend.  The Spartans – who I am now convinced is the least talented team in the conference – were out scored 14-0 in the second half by UC Davis (2-3), who notched just their second victory in school history over an FBS opponent.