In an historic day, the WIAA announced the state football brackets, as decided on by committees on Sunday.
Three committees, each taking two classifications, met Sunday morning at the Renton headquarters. The committees were composed of football coaches, athletic directors, media members and computer systems like Score Czar or Evans Rankings. By noon, the brackets were announced.
Top priority was getting the first four seeds in the correct order, The Seattle Times reported, and then other factors such as first-round travel times were taken into consideration. The early consensus is that it was a step in the right direction from the random draw that pitted top teams against one another in early rounds in previous years.
For our three local teams awaiting their fates Saturday (the 1B’s eight-team brackets are decided next week), here’s their opponents:
No. 14 Wahkiakum at Tri-Cities Prep — 1 p.m. Saturday at Chiawana High School in Pasco.
No. 11 Reardan at No. 6 Toledo — 1 p.m. Saturday at Kelso High School.
No. 15 Liberty Christian at No. 2 Kalama — 1 p.m. Saturday at Chinook Stadium.
In Oregon, we also have:
No. 9 Clatskanie at No. 1 Rainier — 7 p.m. Friday at Chris Corl Memorial Field.
And still in quad-district play:
Taholah at Naselle — 7 p.m. Friday in Naselle.
Flanagan among state’s best
Woodland’s Tyler Flanagan accounted for 52 of the Beavers touchdowns this season, either with his feet or through the air.
Flanagan leads the state in rushing yardage (1,971) and touchdowns (34), according to MaxPreps stats, after completing his season in a 58-38 defeat to Tumwater.
Silas Perreiah of Northwest Christian-Colbert has 1,860 rushing yards and 24 TDs, and Capassio Cherry of Edmonds-Woodway is third with 1,756 yards and 20 TDs.
Through the air, Flanagan is ranked 17th with 2,012 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Sam Huard of Kennedy Catholic leads the state with 3,615 passing yards and 37 TDs, and Isaac Cordova of Kent-Meridian has thrown for 3,195 yards and 35 scores, and Cale Millen of Mount Si has 3,052 yards and 42 TDs.
More Washington girls playing football
The number of girls playing football is on the rise.
According to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, 38 girls in the state participated during the 2017 football season, up from 28 the year before.
According to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were 2,237 girls nationally playing football of the more than 1 million high school players in 2017.
It is believed that Luverne “Toad” Wise Albert of Alabama was the nation’s first female high school football player during the 1939-40 season. She dressed for games in blouses, thigh-high skirts, bloomers and no football pads. She would come in from the crowd and kick extra points.
Douds has unique retirement
After 53 seasons including 45 as head coach at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, Denny Douds decided it was time to walk away from the game, while his team was still playing.
“I nudged the official in front of me and I said, ‘Sir, we are going to call a fourth timeout. I know that is illegal, you’re going to penalize it, but that’s OK. I am retiring.’ I called timeout with four seconds to go, blew the whistle, the kids came in and I told them this is what we are doing,” said Coach Douds in a story on the school’s website.
Douds didn’t want his retirement to be a distraction, so he put his plan in motion.
“I didn’t want to be a distraction, so I bumped the referee, told him I was going to do something illegal, did the illegal thing, then walked right off the field as everyone stopped and stared, and I peeled out of the parking lot to go get some dinner,” he added.
Douds retired as the winningest active coach in NCAA football with 263 victories.