Week 8 football previews and picks: Oly, Bremerton meet in a crosstown clash; NK looks to stay unbeaten; CK hopes to hold on to the final SSC playoff spot

Week 8 football previews and picks: Oly, Bremerton meet in a crosstown clash; NK looks to stay unbeaten; CK hopes to hold on to the final SSC playoff spot

Olympic (3-1, 5-2) at Bremerton (3-1, 5-2), 6:30 p.m.

There will plenty of hype surrounding this game with two well-matched teams that are crosstown rivals. Both teams have been banged up at times this year, but are expected to have the majority of their injured players back for this one. The Trojans are the more experienced of the two teams and have an offensive line that has allowed two different running backs go for 300 or more yards this season. Give Olympic a slight edge in what should be a great game.

The pick: Olympic, 28-22.

North Mason (0-4, 2-5) at Kingston (1-4, 2-4), 6:30 p.m.

This would have been an easy pick before Kingston running back Garrett Sitting-Dog suffered an injury in the third quarter against Bremerton last week, but I’ll still go with the Bucs here. They’ve simply been the better team in recent weeks while North Mason looks like it’s trending down. We’ll see how much the injury to their top running back affects Kingston.

The pick: Kingston, 22-17.

Port Townsend (1-2, 3-3) at Klahowya (1-2, 1-5), 6:30 p.m.

The Eagles put up a valiant effort last week against the top Nisqually League team, Charles Wright Academy. The Redhawks represent an easier test for Klahowya, and if the team puts up the performances it has in the past two weeks, they should be in line for their second win of the season.

The pick: Klahowya, 28-14.

Capital (2-3, 2-5) at Central Kitsap (3-2, 4-2), 7 p.m.

Both teams have struggled to score against better opponents this season, but it looks like Central Kitsap might be finding its footing a bit. The emergence of freshman Kouper Hall at running back provided the Cougars with a spark last week against North Thurston. There should be enough offense for Central Kitsap in this one to let the defense lead the way again.

The pick: Central Kitsap, 24-14.

Olympia (2-4, 2-5) at South Kitsap (1-6, 1-6), 7 p.m.

The Wolves have averaged just six points in their last four games against four of the top five teams in the SPSL. The offense will have to find another level against the Bears and the defense will have to contend with Olympia receiver Will Anderson, who is averaging 19.2 yards per catch this season and has seven touchdowns.

The pick: Olympia, 28-6.

Port Angeles (0-4, 0-7) at North Kitsap (4-0, 5-2), 7 p.m.

The Vikings have put up 35 or more points against every league opponent except for Sequim so far, and the winless Roughriders are averaging just 12 points per game on offense. Port Angeles’s defense has been better in recent weeks, but North Kitsap should cruise here to set up a potential league title game with Olympic next week.

The pick: North Kitsap, 40-8.

Week 7 record: 5-1.

Season record: 16-2.

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