Saturday's prep football previews

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 14, 2013 

NOOKSACK VALLEY AT FORKS

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Location: Forks High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley dug a 22-point halftime hole in its season opener and lost 38-18 to Sehome on Saturday, Sept. 7. Tanner Myhre passed for 232 yards and a TD and rushed for 93 yards and another score. Josh Gimmaka was Myhre's top target, catching eight passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Brady Wood caught five passes for 43 yards. The Pioneers limited Sehome to 239 yards of total offense, but three turnovers seriously hurt their cause.

Spartans update: Forks opened the season with a 28-17 loss to Charles Wright on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Spartans jumped out to a 10-0 lead on an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brett Pederson in the second quarter and a field goal by Andrew Armas, and Miguel Morale's 1-yard run gave them the lead again at 17-14 in the third, but Charles Wright put the game away in the fourth. Forks went 4-5 in 2012, including a 35-6 loss at Nooksack.

Player to watch: Running back Daryk Heidt proved to be a valuable second option to Myhre running the ball, as he picked up 57 yards and a touchdown on six carries (9.5 average) against Sehome.

Key to the game: Nooksack Valley entered the season expecting to improve on special teams with more starters available to be used there, but Sehome repeatedly had a short field to work with after long returns. The Pioneers must improve.

Herald's pick: Nooksack Valley 28-17

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT SQUALICUM

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Location: Civic Stadium

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley's first game on its new artificial playing surfaced didn't go as expected, as the Cubs suffered a 13-7 loss to Mount Vernon in their season opener on Friday, Sept. 6. Quarterback Braden Blouin scored Sedro's only touchdown, as he rushed for 23 yards and the score. He also passed for 57 yards, but was intercepted twice. The Cubs managed only 150 yards of total offense. Jacob Kennedy rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries.

Storm update: Though the trip home wasn't quite as smooth with problems getting off the ferry delaying the long trip by a couple of hours, Squalicum was impressive in its season opening 48-28 victory at Kingston on Friday, Sept. 6. Quarterback Clark Hazlett passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, as he had three receivers surpass 90 yards receiving. Nick Manchester also had a big game on the ground, rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (5.2 average).

Player to watch: Squalicum receiver Ben Garcia led the Storm with seven receptions for 95 yards and two TDs, as last year's leading receiver picked up where he left off.

Key to the game: Though it's only Week 2, this game could be vital to both teams' playoff possibilities, with only three teams making it through from the Class 2A Northwest District playoffs this year.

Herald's pick: Squalicum 35-10

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