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Here's why these 6 programs hold No. 1 ranking at outset of 2022 Washington high school football season

All of them at least reached the WIAA semifinals last fall, with Bellevue and Lynden capturing state championships

With summer football officially closing this weekend, here is a look at the top-ranked teams in each classification for 2022 Washington high school football by SBLive WA reporter Todd Milles:

LAKE STEVENS VIKINGS (4A)

Jayden Limar, Lake Stevens football, class of 2023

2021 result: 11-1 record; lost to Graham-Kapowsin in the state title game.

Headliner: Jayden Limar. Arguably the state's top running back is a Notre Dame commit and gives this offense plenty of big-play juice.

Watch out for: Isaac Redford. Last fall, he was, at best, the No. 3 pass-catching option in deep corps. Now, he's the go-to guy as a starting flanker.

Skinny: In terms of star power with the Limar brothers (Jayden, Jayshon) and experience and depth along both fronts, the Vikings are set up best in the classification to take home the gold ball. Brutal non-league slate with Garfield, Bellevue, Eastlake, Federal Way and Oregon powerhouse West Linn before closing the regular season against Glacier Peak.

BELLEVUE WOLVERINES (3A)

Ishaan Daniels, Bellevue football, class of 2023

2021 result: 14-0 record; defeated Kennewick for the state title.

Headliner: Hogan Hansen. The state is full of fantastic tight ends, but his ability as a blocker makes him the best of the best.

Watch out for: Willie Wascher. He played mostly on defense as a ninth grader, but shifts to left tackle and projects as a D1 recruit.

Skinny: The riches are theirs - likely preseason No. 1 all-classification nod and the best candidate to crack SBLive Sports' preseason top 25 rankings. Wolverines will miss the accomplished group of graduated seniors, especially along the offensive line and all-state running back Willie Wang. But the upcoming Wing-T version has much more big-play capability, especially with Lucas Razore returning at quarterback.

LYNDEN LIONS (2A)

Kaedan Hermanutzz, Lynden football, class of 2023

2021 result: 12-1 record; defeated Tumwater for the state title.

Headliner: Lane Heeringa. The battering ram was the go-to running back in the playoffs, and is on the short list of state player of the year favorites.

Watch out for: Troy Petz. Yes, he is an all-state punter. This fall, this speedster could evolve into the state's top three-way threat (WR/CB/KOR).

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