Shelton (0-4, 0-2) at Central Kitsap (3-1, 1-1), 7 p.m.
Mark Keel takes his second crack at getting victory No. 100, and it’s far more likely to happen this Friday with a weaker opponent coming to town. Shelton is 0-4 and its two league games against Capital and Peninsula haven’t been close — neither was its non-league game against 1A Montesano. The Cougars had a tough game last week against Timberline and should be able to rebound nicely and give their head coach triple digits in the win column.
North Kitsap (3-1, 1-1) at Clover Park (2-1, 3-1), 7 p.m.
After resoundingly defeating Bremerton last week, North Kitsap looks to build on that momentum with a road trip to Clover Park. The Warriors are coming off a hard-fought 28-24 loss to Eatonville, a surefire playoff contender, which suggests the Vikings will face a tough opponent.
Olympic (1-1, 1-3) at Port Angeles (1-0, 1-3), 7 p.m.
As long as they are healthy, the Trojans have the skill players and offensive line talent to go toe-to-toe with any team in the league despite their record. Zeke Gillick is averaging 216 passing yards per game and he’s pretty well locked in with receivers Adam Johnson (318 yards, five touchdowns), Darelle White (186 yards, four touchdowns) and Malcolm Dewalt (225 yards, two touchdowns). The road trip up to the Olympic Peninsula is always a tough one, but on paper, this one favors the Trojans.
Bremerton (1-3, 0-1) at North Mason (3-1, 1-1), 7 p.m.
The Knights hope to take advantage of a North Mason team that was beaten for the first time last week by Sequim, and at the same time, rebound from a 49-0 loss to North Kitsap. Bremerton will have their hands full with one of the West Sound’s top running backs in Reese Smelcer, and another big back in Dylan Tupolo, but hope to counter with their own runners, including Rasheed Joiner, Kelo Logova and Darick Dejesus.
Sequim (4-0, 2-0) at Kingston (1-3, 0-2), 7 p.m.
The Wolves are riding high and should be able to keep their perfect record intact against a still-rebuilding Kingston team. Sequim has already dispatched North Kitsap and North Mason, and are in pole position to capture the league title.
Bellarmine (1-3, 1-2) at South Kitsap (0-4, 0-4), 7 p.m.
The Wolves scored their first points of the season last week against Emerald Ridge, but it wasn’t enough to put them in the win column. Bellarmine, too, has struggled this year, picking up its only win so far against Olympia. South Kitsap was able to rack up some decent yardage against the Jaguars, and hopefully the team will be able to finish off a few more scoring opportunities this week against the Lions.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.