Meanwhile, back at high school football…It’s been 92 weeks since high schools in the State of Washington fired up the Friday Night Lights in the fall. Yes, there were a handful of games played last spring, but with no standings or playoffs, well, it just wasn’t the same. What will this season bring? Let’s not worry about the whole season until we get one Friday Night Fall Game under our belts; and we start with a good one, it’s the Snohomish Panthers hosting the Glacier Peak Grizzlies.

It’s going to be very interesting this year, not only on the field, but, as we’ve seen with a few schools already canceling games, including Lake Stevens, due to positive Covid-19 tests.

SNOHOMISH:  The Snohomish Panthers are the two-time defending Wesco 3A South Division Champions. We can all agree that nobody’s going to count whatever happened during last year’s truncated spring season. A couple names that we’ll be saying a lot tonight are linebacker Brayden Ulrich and fullback Josh Vandergriend; it only seems that those two guys are redshirt seniors. If the Panthers could win this game it will be the first time that Snohomish would get a football victory over their cross-valley neighbors in 10 tries.

GLACIER PEAK: There are some key players to replace for the Glacier Peak Grizzlies coming into this 2021 campaign; with the most notable being running back Ryan Black and standout quarterback Tyson Lang. But with about half of their starting lineup returning on both sides of the ball, the Grizzlies just might be ready to make a run at their first-ever 4A state berth. They made the state playoffs as a 3A team, but a little team called Lake Stevens, and for that matter Monroe, has kept GP on the #2 or #3 line out of the Western Conference, and therefore playing a decidedly better team in the Quad District Playoffs.

Friday night we will come to you live from Veterans Memorial Stadium at Snohomish High School for the competition for the Dick Armstrong Cup. Tom Lafferty, former Jackson coach Joel Vincent and Steve Willits will be on the call starting at 6:30 pm on KRKO AM 1380; FM 95.3; streaming live at www.krko.com and available anywhere on the KRKO App.

Tom Lafferty is the Sports Director at KRKO/KKXA Radio. He is a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame; the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame; the recipient of the Dave Duvall Award from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District One and the Joe Martin Award for Service to baseball's Northwest League. Tom Lafferty & Steve Willits are co-hosts of Prep Sports Weekly, Thursdays at 7 pm on KRKO.