Here’s the capsule look at Saturday’s 2A state semifinal between Prosser and Tumwater that we’ll run in Friday’s edition along with a feature on quarterback Ryan Fassler:
Tumwater vs. Prosser
WHEN: Saturday, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Lampson Stadium, Kennewick.
STATE RANKINGS, RECORDS: No. 3 Tumwater 11-1; No. 4 Prosser 11-1.
WHAT’S NEXT: State championship game vs. today’s Capital-Lynden winner, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Tacoma Dome.
PAIRING HISTORY: Tumwater and Prosser have met twice in the postseason and the Mustangs won both in the Tri-Cities. Prosser beat Tumwater 38-31 in the 1992 AA semifinals and 24-13 in the 1999 3A quarterfinals.
STATE HISTORY — Tumwater: Five state titles (2010, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1987), 37-17 overall playoff record. Prosser: Four state titles (2007, 1999, 1993, 1992), four runner-up finishes (2008, 2005, 1995, 1991). 43-20 overall playoff record. The Mustangs own an 8-2 record in semifinal games.
ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS: Tumwater d. Steilacoom 45-22, d. Archbishop Murphy 21-0. Prosser d. Pullman 56-19, d. Othello 15-14.
ABOUT TUMWATER: Sid Otton, who has been the head coach at Tumwater since 1974, owns the state record for career wins with 345 over 45 seasons. Senior RB Andrew Brown, who set a 2A state-meet record while winning the 400-meter dash last spring, has scored 23 TDs, including six on kick returns. Junior RB Christian Cummings has scored six of his 10 TDs in the last four games. Tumwater has scored 11 TDs on defense and special teams and recorded two safties.
ABOUT PROSSER: Since a conference loss at Othello in the third week, the Mustangs have won nine straight and they avenged the Othello setback last week with a gritty 15-14 quarterfinal victory. Senior RB Bubba Frank has topped 100 yards in five of the last six games and has a 7.7-yard average per carry. Senior QB Ryan Fassler owns a 67-percent completion rate with 2,651 yards and 34 TDs. Senior WRs Sterling Clark and Danny Raap have scored 15 TDs each and combined for 1,770 yards.
Here’s a capsule look at Friday’s semifinal between Capital and Lynden from the Olympian:
NO. 5 CAPITAL (10-2) vs. NO. 2 LYNDEN (11-1)
1 p.m. Friday, Tacoma Dome
TV: ROOT Sports
Coaches: J.D. Johnson is in his sixth season at Capital (54-20 record at Capital). Curt Kramme is in his 21st season at Lynden (192-52 record at Lynden).
Road to the semifinals: Capital defeated Lakewood in the first round (47-36) and Burlington-Edison in the quarterfinals (46-19). Lynden defeated Mark Morris in the first round (42-14) and Sumner in the quarterfinals (42-7).
About the Cougars: You can’t talk about Capital without its powerful rushing attack, led by senior RB Kai Van Sickle, who through 11 games has 2,599 yards on 316 carries and 38 touchdowns. The rushing yards and TDs are school records. What’s keyed the running game? The offensive line, stretching from 5-feet-11 to 6-6 and 255 to 290 pounds, could easily be a starting line at a Class 4A program. DE Mat Cox has 62 tackles and a team-best six sacks.
About the Lions: Lynden in the state semifinals? It’s nothing new. The Lions have made five state semifinal appearances in the past six seasons, and since 2006, the team is 7-1 against EvCo teams (loss was 21-10 to Tumwater in 2010). Expect a balance between the pass and rush with QB Josh Kraght (124-for-188, 1,804 yards, 21 TDs) and RB Luke Christianson (1,244 yards, 149 carries, 20 TDs) leading the way.