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SBLive's Top 25 Washington high school football rankings: The top-ranking carousel now stops at ... Yelm!

Scorebook Live 9/27/2022 Hailey Palmer
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WASHINGTON FOOTBALL ALL-CLASSIFICATION POWER RANKINGS

1. YELM TORNADOS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday vs. North Thurston (3A)

Last result: 68-7 win over River Ridge (3A)

Last ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: Outscoring opponents, 216-27, through four weeks. No signs of anyone slowing down the Tornados anytime soon.

2. O'DEA FIGHTING IRISH 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday at No. 3 Eastside Catholic (3A)

Last result: 45-0 win over Seattle Prep (3A)

Last ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: The Fighting Irish are humming along at the midway point of the regular season, but the first big Metro League foe is here.

3. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC CRUSADERS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday vs. No. 2 O'Dea (3A)

Last result: 56-0 win over Roosevelt (3A)

Last ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: Crusaders have made things look easy during league play, but finally meet a team on their level this week with O'Dea.

4. GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday vs. Mariner (4A)

Last result: 16-14 win loss to Rocklin of California

Last ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: Glacier Peak nearly came back from its California road trip with a win against a tough team in Rocklin.

5. EMERALD RIDGE JAGUARS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday at South Kitsap (4A)

Last result: 42-13 win over Curtis (4A)

Last ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Three weeks later and Jaguars are leaving no doubt that opening-weekend loss to Puyallup wasn't who they actually are.

6. LYNDEN LIONS 4-0 (2A)

Up next: Friday at Sehome (2A)

Last result: 24-21 win over Sedro-Woolley (2A)

Last ranking: No. 7

Ranking rationale: It wasn't easy, but one big hurdle is out of the way in Lynden's quest to capture another 2A Northwest Conference title.

7. GONZAGA PREP BULLPUPS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday vs. Ridgeline (3A)

Last result: 28-21 win over Mead (3A)

Last ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: Gonzaga Prep showing it is still one of the teams to beat - not just in the Greater Spokane League, but the state.

8. LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS 2-2 (4A)

Up next: Friday at Jackson (4A)

Last result: 45-6 loss to West Linn of Oregon (6A)

Last ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: The only pretty part of the Vikings' trip down south was the scenic drive. The rest of it was a mess.

9. BELLEVUE WOLVERINES 2-2 (3A)

Up next: Friday vs. Newport of Bellevue (4A)

Last result: 42-0 win over Mercer Island (3A)

Last ranking: No. 6

Ranking rationale: Wolverines have returned to .500 with back-to-back blowouts of 3A KingCo teams they were expected to handle easily.

10. LINCOLN ABES 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday at Bonney Lake (3A)

Last result: 35-21 win over Mount Tahoma (3A)

Last ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: QB Gabarri Johnson continues to run all over opposing defenses and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.

11. KENNEWICK LIONS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Thursday vs. No. 15 Chiawana (4A)

Last result: 21-20 win over Kamiakin (4A)

Last ranking: No. 11

Ranking rationale: Lions came from behind late in the game to get the win over their district rivals and reigning MCC champion.

12. KENNEDY CATHOLIC LANCERS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday at Federal Way (4A)

Last result: 52-0 win over Decatur (4A)

Last ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Kennedy Catholic has found its groove after an opening-weekend loss to Eastside Catholic season three weeks ago.

13. SUMNER SPARTANS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday at No. 20 Graham-Kapowsin (4A)

Last result: 40-10 win over then-No. 10 Puyallup (4A)

Last ranking: No. 17

Ranking rationale: Sumner got back to playing its brand of football and hit Puyallup hard to further shake up the 4A SPSL.

14. LAKES LANCERS 3-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday at Silas (3A)

Last result: 53-7 win over Stadium (3A)

Last ranking: No. 14

Ranking rationale: Bad news for Lancers is that WR David Wells only had four catches last week. Good news is that three of them went for touchdowns.

15. CHIAWANA RIVERHAWKS 4-0 (4A)

Up next: Thursday at No. 11 Kennewick (3A)

Last result: 39-27 win over then-No. 12 Richland (4A)

Last ranking: No. 23

Ranking rationale: Riverhawks now has 4A MCC over contenders Kamiakin and Richland. Now, they will play for the overall league crown.

16. MONROE BEARCATS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday at Mountlake Terrace (3A)

Last result: 70-26 win over Lynnwood (3A)

Last ranking: No. 16

Ranking rationale: Bearcats outdid themselves last week as they scored 70 points – all of them coming in the first half – against Lynnwood.

17. PUYALLUP VIKINGS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday at Rogers of Puyallup (4A)

Last result: 40-10 loss to then-No. 17 Sumner (4A)

Last ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: Vikings had the chance to earn inside track to 4A SPSL title last week, but stalled big time against Sumner.

18. GARFIELD BULLDOGS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday vs. Ballard (3A)

Last result: 48-6 win over Bishop Blanchet (3A)

Last ranking: No. 18

Ranking rationale: Garfield's defense hasn't given up more than one touchdown since Week 1 and could very well keep that going this week.

19. EASTLAKE WOLVES 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Saturday at Woodinville (4A)

Last result: 54-13 win over Issaquah (4A)

Last ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: Wolves' offense rebounded in a big way last week after scoring only seven points the week prior.

20. GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN EAGLES 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday vs. No. 13 Sumner

Last result: 23-0 win over Bellarmine Prep (4A)

Last ranking: No. 20

Ranking rationale: Defending Class 4A champions have made defensive adjustments, resulting in six quarters of shutout football. Back in 4A SPSL race.

21. STANWOOD SPARTANS 4-0 (3A)

Up next: Friday at Arlington (3A)

Last result: 35-3 win over Mount Vernon (3A)

Last ranking: No. 21

Ranking rationale: Spartans are cruising right along and have their first big test in the 3A Wesco this week against Arlington.

22. RAINIER BEACH VIKINGS 3-1 (3A)

Up next: Friday at Roosevelt (3A)

Last result: 48-21 win over Ballard (3A)

Last ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: Offense found its groove again against Ballard and should be able to fall into a rhythm the next couple of weeks leading up to Garfield in Week 7.

23. RICHLAND BOMBERS 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday at Pasco (4A)

Last result: 39-27 loss to then-No. 23 Chiawana (4A)

Last ranking: No. 12

Ranking rationale: Bombers had a chance in the fourth quarter against Chiawana, but  were ultimately dealt their first loss of the season last week.

24. SKYVIEW STORM 3-1 (4A)

Up next: Friday vs. Heritage (3A)

Last result: 48-20 win over Kamiak (4A)

Last ranking: No. 24

Ranking rationale: Three consecutive wins after a loss in Week 1 and the Storm is chugging along right now.

25. TUMWATER THUNDERBIRDS 4-0 (2A)

Up next: Friday vs. W.F. West (2A)

Last result: 56-7 win over Centralia (2A)

Last ranking: Unranked

Ranking rationale: Big wins over North Kitsap (2A) and Kelso (3A) has Bill Beattie's group back in the all-classification rankings.

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