The question comes up all the time in prep circles: Is Lincoln star Connor Kavanaugh a major college quarterback prospect?
'He can play at any level he puts his mind to,' says his coach, Chad Carlson.
Kavanaugh is listed at 6-0, 177 pounds, but the lack of prototypical QB size doesn't rule him out, Carlson says.
'I see a lot of guys at Division I like him,' Carlson says, naming Drew Tate (6-0, 192) at Iowa and the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees when he came out of high school.
'Jonathan Smith, Joe Theismann, those were guys nobody said could make it, either,' Carlson says. 'The most important thing is to look at a guy's record as a starter, and Connor's is almost perfect with the freshmen, the JV and the varsity. He's a winner.'
• Wilson's backup quarterback, Patrick Morgan, is making his mark as a kicker. The 6-1, 185-pound junior went into Thursday's game against Benson with three field goals, of 27, 28 and 47 yards. 'He's a college-bound kicker,' coach Aaron Olsen says.
• No surprise that Grant is one of the state's top teams again. The Generals are going to make their fourth straight playoff appearance in a few weeks. Last season, they lost by three points to Lincoln and easily could have won that game and the PIL title. And that was with a sophomore at quarterback, Andre Broadous, who figured to improve (which he has), and other young players.
Going into Thursday's game against Roosevelt, the Generals were 30-12 in their last 42 games, with two one-point losses. They have been one of the state's highest-scoring teams in recent years, too, averaging 36.6 points in the regular season two years ago and 31.4 last year.
The only surprise came in this week's Associated Press state rankings, when Grant dropped from fifth to sixth - after a 63-0 victory over Franklin.
• Biggest games in the Metro League season: Oct 20 -Westview at Southridge; Oct. 27 -Jesuit at Westview; Nov. 2 -Southridge at Jesuit.
• Longtime prep statistician Doug Fiala of West Linn is at it again. He's generating RPI (rating percentage index) lists of the top teams in Class 6A and 5A. His formula blends a team's winning percentage with the winning percentages of its opponents and the winning percentages of its opponents' opponents.
His 6A top 10 this week, in order: Southridge, West Linn, Jesuit, McMinnville, Lincoln, Westview, Grants Pass, Beaverton, Grant and Aloha. Central Catholic is 12th.
Right off the bat, the list is eye-opening, because Southridge is 3-2, with losses of 24-14 to Lincoln and 28-14 to Grant and victories over McMinnville, Lake Oswego and Sunset.
In 5A, Fiala's top 10: Sherwood, Hermiston, Wilsonville, West Albany, Glencoe, Pendleton, St. Helens, Churchill, Marshfield and Crater. Roosevelt is 17th.
Sherwood lost 28-21 to West Albany, and Hermiston is 3-2, having lost to teams from Walla Walla, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho.
• Southridge defensive back Andrew Keller is on the mend after a hard hit Sept. 22 at Grant left him with a concussion. He's had 'some real bad headaches' but could return by the end of the season, says his father, Jeff Keller, who managed the Murrayhill Little League baseball team to the World Series earlier this year. The Skyhawks' junior went to a Portland hospital for tests shortly after the injury. 'There's a period from about noon to 8 p.m. that day that he still doesn't remember,' Jeff Keller says. 'He had no idea where he was, even in the hospital. We had to keep reminding him.'