The first three weeks of the high school football season have been nothing short of remarkable. Great rivalries make for great games, and I’ve been spoiled the past three Friday nights.
The season opener between the Federal Way Eagles and Rogers Rams at Sparks Stadium brought out King 5 sports anchor Chris Egan and his crew to his hometown for the TV station’s game of the week, and it was a shootout as the Eagles defeated the Rams, 62-42.
It was the third time Federal Way had beat the Rams in the past 10 months.
In week 2, King 5 returned to east Pierce County for the Sunset Bowl between the Sumner Spartans and Bonney Lake Panthers. Sumner broke a two-game losing streak against Bonney Lake courtesy of an emphatic 49-28 victory.
Both sides of the stadium were packed to capacity. About 30 minutes before game began, I tweeted about the packed house. Following the presentation of the Sunset Bowl trophy to the Spartans, the entire Sumner High School student section made a beeline for the field to celebrate with the team.
This past Friday, I covered the annual King of the Hill showdown between Rogers and the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. Both teams went into the game 0-2, but that didn’t stop a large conglomerate of fans from both teams from converging on Sparks Stadium for the battle for bragging rights.
As usual, high school radio announcers Carl Lambert and Ron Crowe sat in the press box and provided east Pierce football fans play-by-play commentary.
The rivalry games are the cherries on top of each football season. They’re just one of the reasons why I love my job so much.
I had a conversation the other day with one of my buddies who said he enjoyed watching high school football just as much as college or the NFL because of the atmosphere.
Most people clamor for a Friday night off of work, but not me. There’s no place I’d rather be on a Friday night than Sparks Stadium in Puyallup or Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at shaun scott@ puyallupherald.com.