Friday's prep football previews

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 13, 2013 

FRIDAY HARBOR AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Lynden Christian

Wolverines update: Friday Harbor lost a fourth-quarter lead and the game 20-19 against visiting Anacortes on a night the Wolverines celebrated the 40th anniversary of the program. Nathan Steenkolk rushed for 104 yards and two TDs on 12 carries, but quarterback C.J. Woods hit only one of six passes for 9 yards and was intercepted twice by the Seahawks. The Wolverines were relatively stout on defense, holding Anacortes to 102 yards rushing on 36 carries (2.8 average).

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian opened the season with a 34-3 victory over visiting Omak on Friday, Sept. 6. Sophomore Lucas Roetcisoender passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in his first start. He also scored a touchdown on the ground. Jordan Jansen was the team's top rusher with 95 yards and a TD on 10 carries, while Josh Friberg rushed for 25 yards and a TD on 11 carries. The Lyncs defense held Omak to 151 yards of total offense, including a 3.7 per carry average on the ground.

Player to watch: Junior receiver Alex Vander Velden quickly became Roetcisoender's favorite target last week, as he caught four passes for 80 yards and both touchdowns.

Key to the game: Both teams showed an ability to shut down the run, so whichever team is able to find the solution will have a definite advantage in this non-league battle between teams that will meet again on Halloween.

Herald's pick: Lynden Christian 21-20

FERNDALE AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Civic Stadium

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale ripped off 27 straight points in the first half to cruise to a 47-21 victory over Blaine in its season opener. Joey Akers led the way and was tops in the conference with his 217 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Daniel Jones went for 100 yards and three scores on six carries, while Austin Honeycutt and Marcus Nightingale each scored a TD. Ferndale's rebuilt offensive line seemed to come together nicely, allowing the Golden Eagles to rush for 488 yards and average 8.7 yards per attempt.

Mariners update: Sehome capitalized on Nooksack Valley's mistakes to grab a season-opening 38-18 victory in the first game on Civic Stadium's new turf. Taylor Rapp rushed for 64 yards and two TDs and returned an interception for another score. Daniel Ziegler passed for 72 yards and rushed for 46 yards and a TD. Austin Vosburgh provided a couple of big receptions with a 19-yard TD run and an 18-yard catch, while Jose Ramirez led the team with three catches for 27 yards.

Player to watch: Sehome lineman Austin Rosas is part of a trio of talented junior interior linemen, along with Tyler Haggen and Drew Norvell, who must control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Key to the game: Sehome allowed 5.1 yards per carry to Nooksack Valley last week, so it better find a way to shore that up against a Ferndale squad that will run a whole lot more often.

Herald's pick: Ferndale 35-24

BELLINGHAM AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Burlington-Edison High School

Red Raiders update: Bellingham opened its season with a 48-0 loss to Mount Baker on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Red Raiders amassed only 1 yard on the ground on 21 carries while allowing Mount Baker 381 on 52 carries (7.3 average). Cason Plancich came off the bench to pass for 34 yards after starting quarterback Austin Shenton went down with a knee injury. Eric Thompson was the Red Raiders' top receiver with two catches for 17 yards.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison opened the season with a 42-28 victory over visiting Meridian on Friday, Sept. 6. Hunter Jacobson rushed for 100 yards and a TD on three carries, while Jae Evans tallied a team-high 125 yards and two scores on four attempts. Rudy Mataya caught a 30-yard pass from Mason Schwetz, while Hunter Anderson hit Blake Dimock for a pair of passes, including a TD. The Tigers allowed 411 yards of total offense in the game.

Player to watch: Melvin Deal was the only Bellingham back to finish with positive yardage against Mount Baker, and had three runs of 10 or more yards on the game's final drive to get his team out of the red on the ground and give it a chance for a late TD.

Key to the game: Shenton suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, but whether he or Plancich gets the start, Bellingham is going to have to rely on its passing game. Fortunately, Burlington allowed Meridian 299 yards passing last week.

Herald's pick: Burlington-Edison 49-7

ANACORTES AT LYNDEN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Lynden High School

Seahawks update: Anacortes got a 12-yard fourth-quarter TD pass from Jared Douglas to Andrew Medalia to tie the game, and Kyle Jones kicked the game-winning extra point in a 20-19 season-opening win at Friday Harbor on Friday, Sept. 6. Medalia finished with four catches for 86 yards and two TDs in the game, while Joe D'Amelio represented the Seahawks' other four catches for 70 yards. Eli Gallo rushed for 44 yards, while Nick Monroe had 30 and a TD.

Lions update: Lynden opened the season with a 14-6 victory over King's on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Husky Stadium in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic. Defense was key for the Lions, as they picked up four fourth-down stops in their own territory and came within six seconds of a shutout. Jalani Phelps played a key role from defensive end with one of those stops and caught four passes for 39 yards and a TD on offense. Lucas Petersen passed for 170 yards and a TD in his first start.

Player to watch: With his 6-foot-7 body and long wingspan, receiver Scooter Hastings could quickly become a favorite target for Petersen. He caught three passes for 84 yards and set up a TD with one of his grabs last week.

Key to the game: Lynden had a pair of turnovers in the second half after a pretty effective first half offensively. If the Lions can avoid those miscues and continue get the defensive play they got last week, they will be just fine this year.

Herald's pick: Lynden 35-10

LAKEWOOD AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Meridian High School

Cougars update: Lakewood beat visiting Washington 62-12 in its season opener. Junior quarterback Blake Watts led the way, passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards and three scores on 10 carries. Fellow juniors Brett Bustad, Paulmer Gregory and Curtis Patton also rushed for TDs, while Matt Seiber (two catches, 67 yards) and Randy Anaya (one catch, 60 yards) each had a TD reception. The Cougars beat Meridian 41-28 last year on their way to the first round of the 2A state playoffs.

Trojans update: Meridian dug itself an early hole and ended up losing its opener 42-28 at Burlington-Edison on Friday, Sept. 6. In his first start, quarterback Tanner Tutterrow passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. Letrez Jones rushed for 106 yards and two TDs on 18 carries, while four Trojans receivers had more than 40 yards receiving. The Meridian defense surrendered 243 yards and three TDs on 26 Burlington carries (9.3 average).

Player to watch: Jacob Plagerman was Tutterrow's favorite target, catching seven passes for 113 yards and one TD, though Sam Chambers also caught three passes for 47 yards and a TD.

Key to the game: Meridian turned the ball over six times against Burlington, with the first two leading to Tigers touchdowns and a hole the Trojans had to fight their way out of all night. They must hold onto the ball.

Herald's pick: Lakewood 28-24

MOUNT BAKER AT SULTAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Sultan High School

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker ran all over Bellingham in a 48-0 season-opening victory on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Mountaineers were outstanding defensively, holding the Red Raiders to 73 yards of total offense and negative rushing yardage until the final drive of the game. Mount Baker ended up out-rushing Bellingham 381 to 1. Izaiha Schwinden led the way with 164 yards and two TDs on 16 carries (10.3 average), while Liam Short recorded 69 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.

Turks update: Sultan opened the season with a 21-9 loss at North Mason on Friday, Sept. 6. The Turks led 9-7 entering the fourth quarter. The team entered the season excited about junior quarterback Deion Bonilla and its overall speed and athleticism, as it came off a 4-5 season and a loss to Lynden in the district playoffs. OL/LB Taylor Comfort and QB/DB Antonio Rivas also were key returners.

Player to watch: Joey Walton provided another option in Mount Baker's Wing-T attack last week, rushing for 82 yards and two second-half touchdowns on nine carries (9.1 average).

Key to the game: Despite the 381 yards rushing, Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said he wanted to see his offensive line finish blocks and make sure they carried out the right assignment. Once they do, the Mountaineers could be downright scary on the ground.

Herald's pick: Mount Baker 42-14

LA CONNER AT LUMMI

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Location: Lummi Nation School

Braves update: La Conner opened the season with a 27-6 win over visiting Life Christian Academy on Friday, Sept. 6. Though Hudson Zavala, Will James and Jimmy Brooks each surpassed 60 yards rushing, quarterback Sean Hulbert and junior Matt Finley scored the touchdowns. Hulbert also threw for 90 yards and a score to Taylor Swanson. The Braves went 11-2 last year and advanced to the Class 2B state championship game, before losing 12-0 to Morton/White Pass.

Blackhawks update: Lummi beat Pomeroy 50-28 in its season opener on Friday, Sept. 6. Statistics from the game were not available, but quarterback Logan Toby threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns, according to coach Jim Sandusky, while the team rushed for more than 300 yards. The defense also played well, though Sandusky said he would like to see his team wrap up a bit better.

Player to watch: Lummi LB/RB Devin Cooper is an athlete capable of making big things happen for the Blackhawks on both sides of the ball.

Key to the game: The Braves beat Lummi 26-14 in an 11-man game last year at La Conner. This year will be an eight-man contest, so the familiarity with the rules and pace of the game definitely favors the Blackhawks.

Herald's pick: Lummi 56-48

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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