Week 3 high school football previews

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 20, 2013 

LUMMI AT TAHOLAH

Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Taholah High School

Blackhawks update: Third-ranked Lummi fell to 1-1 with a 36-28 loss to La Conner last week. Though they won the turnover battle last week, the Blackhawks were outgained 485 to 290. Logan Toby passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns for Lummi, including a 67-yard TD pass to Willie Jones. Deion Hoskins and Austin Brockie were the top rushers with 26 yards, apiece.

Chitwins update: Taholah opened its season last week with a 56-12 victory at Oakville. Terrence Jones rushed for a pair of touchdowns and caught another from Keanu Curleybear. Wade Purdy also rushed for a pair of TDs and had three interceptions on defense. Curleybear passed for 50 yards and two TDs, and Jon Jackson rushed for another TD.

Player to watch: Lummi's Dean Williams caught six passes for 125 yards and a TD last week. He will be a key part of getting the big-play offense back on track.

Key to the game: The Blackhawks piled up 338 passing yards and 293 rushing yards and won 63-26 when the two teams met last year in the first round of the Class 1B State Playoffs. If Lummi can put up anywhere near those numbers, it should be fine.

Herald's pick: Lummi 58-24

SQUALICUM AT BELLINGHAM

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Civic Stadium

Storm update: Squalicum fell to 1-1 with a 63-3 loss to Sedro-Woolley last week. Four turnovers and an all-around bad day hurt Squalicum's cause on, as it was out rushed 361 to 19. Freshman Ben Peterson was one of the few bright spots with five catches for 55 yards, giving him team highs with 10 catches and 145 yards this year. Nick Manchester has 167 yards and two TDs on 34 carries.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham fell to 0-2 with a 42-21 loss at Burlington-Edison last week. After getting blown out 48-0 by Mount Baker in Week 1, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 13-0 lead last week. But rush defense once again was their downfall, as they allowed 353 yards and five TDs. Bellingham had a pair of 100-yard rushers with Tanner Aliff (136 yards, 2 TDs) and Melvin Deal (129 yards, 1 TD).

Player to watch: Look for Storm quarterback Clark Hazlett to put last week's nightmarish 8-for-20, three-interception, one-fumble effort behind him. He passed for 303 yards and three TDs in Squalicum's season opener at Kingston and has plenty of strong targets.

Key to the game: Bellingham has allowed only 68 yards through the air so far, but that may be because opponents have hit them for 734 yards and 12 TDs on the ground at 9.2 yards per attempt.

Herald's pick: Squalicum 42-7

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley improved to 1-1 with a 63-3 victory over Squalicum last week. The Cubs ripped the Storm for 361 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Shawn Kennedy did the biggest damage, rushing for 145 yards and four TDs. Mason Elms caught five passes for 114 yards and two TDs, while Kennedy added a TD catch. The physical Cubs limited Squalicum to 19 yards rushing.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley improved to 1-1 with a 42-14 victory at Forks last week. Tanner Myhre had a big week, rushing for 117 yards and a TD on eight attempts and passing for 195 yards and three TDs. Joshua Gimmaka and Hunter Whittern each had TD catches. Gimmaka leads the team with 150 yards and two TDs receiving. The Pioneers have passed for 457 yards and rushed for 404, and the team owns a plus-4 turnover ratio.

Player to watch: Nooksack Valley junior Curtis Handy is making a big difference catching the ball (six receptions, 120 yards, 2 TDs) and running (5 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD), and the Pioneers will need him to come up big on defense.

Key to the game: Sedro-Woolley was simply too physical for Squalicum between the tackles last week. The Pioneers, who are a bit smaller, must find a way to slow them up.

Herald's pick: Sedro-Woolley 31-17

LYNDEN AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Mount Baker High School

Lions update: No. 1-ranked Lynden improved to 2-0 with a 51-14 victory over Anacortes last week. In his first two weeks directing the Lions' offensive attack, quarterback Lucas Peterson has passed for 290 yards and two TDs. Last week he also rushed for 42 yards and three TDs. Trent Postma rushed for 153 yards and a TD last week. He ranks eighth in the NWC with 229 yards and is averaging 10.0 yards per attempt.

Mountaineers update: Sixth-ranked Mount Baker improved to 2-0 with a 41-14 victory at Sultan last week. The Mountaineers rushed for 373 yards and four TDs on 41 carries (9.1 average). Joey Walton led the way with 146 yards and two TDs on just five carries. He has 228 yards and a team-high four TDs. The Mount Baker defense has been outstanding, allowing only 14 points so far this season.

Player to watch: At 6 foot, 7 inches, Scooter Hastings has emerged as a big target in more ways than one for Lynden this year. In two games, he has six catches, including a TD, and ranks fifth in the NWC with 151 yards. He

Key to the game: The Lynden defense has not allowed an opponent to score in the first three quarters so far this year, and has allowed 20 points total. Mount Baker, which lost 55-14 at Lynden last year, must find a way to break through.

Herald's pick: Lynden 24-14

LAKEWOOD AT BLAINE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Blaine High School

Cougars update: Lakewood improved to 2-0 with last week's 27-12 win at Meridian. The Cougars used an interception and a fumble return for TDs to take control of the game. Paulmer Gregory led the team with 86 yards on eight carries, while Curtis Patton rushed for a TD. Matt Seiber caught a 20-yard TD pass. The Cougars held Meridian to 84 yards rushing and forced five turnovers.

Borderites update: Blaine fell to 0-2 with a 35-34 loss to Lord Tweedsmuir (B.C.), when the Borderites' furious rally from 14 points down ended with a blocked extra point with just 17 seconds left. Josiah Westbrook had an unforgettable game with nine catches for 138 yards and five TDs. He leads the NWC with 238 yards and seven TDs. Cole Muder had his second 100-yard night but is still searching for his first TD of the year.

Player to watch: Blaine linebacker Andrey Baydak has the ability to make big plays on defense, and the Borderites need him and a few others to step up, as they have allowed 7.9 yards per carry so far and have allowed 690 yards and nine TDs in the first two weeks.

Key to the game: Big plays have killed the Borderites. They have allowed eight scoring plays or 25 or more yards so far this year, including five from beyond midfield and must find a way to shore that up as they try to avenge last year's 22-20 loss.

Herald's pick: Lakewood 27-21

GARFIELD AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Ferndale High School

Bulldogs update: Garfield fell to 1-1 with a 27-6 loss to Fife last week. It opened the season with a 10-6 win at Franklin. The Bulldogs suffered a 62-12 loss to Ferndale last year, after allowing the Golden Eagles to rush for 330 yards on 28 carries.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale rolled to 2-0 with a 48-21 victory over Sehome last week. The Golden Eagles rushed for 449 yards and seven TDs and now have 937 yards and 14 TDs on the ground and have averaged 8.1 yards per carry. Ferndale has three backs that already have surpassed 200 yards - Joey Akers (295 yards, 5 TDs), Marcus Nightingale (255 yards, 2 TDs) and Daniel Jones (249 yards, 5 TDs).

Player to watch: A ground game goes nowhere without linemen like Ferndale's Hunter Grunhurd up front. Coaches challenged the Ferndale offensive front to be more physical last week, and it answered the call.

Key to the game: Ferndale has outscored opponents 48-0 in the first half so far this year. If the Golden Eagles jump out to another big lead this week, it should be a long trip home for the Bulldogs.

Herald's pick: Ferndale 56-7

SEHOME AT ANACORTES

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Anacortes High School

Mariners update: Sehome fell to 1-1 with a 48-21 loss to Ferndale last week. Sehome was gouged for 449 yards and seven TDs on the ground. Taylor Rapp rushed for 44 yards and caught five passes for 34 more, but left the game right before halftime when he landed hard on his neck. Daniel Ziegler passed for 166 yards and a TD and rushed for 52 yards, while Evan Miksovsky caught 5 passes for 111 yards and a TD.

Seahawks update: Anacortes fell to 1-1 with a 51-14 loss at Lynden last week. The Lions rushed for 249 yards and five TDs, averaging 7.8 yards per attempt. P.J. Monroe was Anacortes' top back with 72 yards and a fourth-quarter TD. Quarterback Jared Douglas has passed for 249 yards and two TDs this year, but he threw two interceptions last week. Andrew Medalia is his top receiver with six catches for 129 yards and both TDs.

Player to watch: If Rapp is unable to go, Sehome will need to look to others to generate some offense. Austin Vosburgh proved to be a worthy alternative, rushing for 47 yards and his second TD of the season last week.

Key to the game: With all its bulk up front, you'd expect Sehome to be strong against the run, but so far they've allowed 598 yards and 9 TDs this year to the tune of 6.7 yards per carry. The Mariners must improve on those numbers.

Herald's pick: Sehome 38-21

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT COUPEVILLE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Coupeville High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian fell to 1-1 with a 49-21 non-conference loss to Friday Harbor. The big play killed LC, as all seven Wolverine scores came from at least 20 yards out, including an 80-yard blocked field goal return for a TD and a 55-yard fumble return for a TD. Alex Vander Velden had big plays of his own, catching three passes for 154 yards and two TDs. He's second in the NWC with 234 yards and 4 TDs this year.

Wolves update: Coupeville fell to 1-1 with a 41-0 loss at Port Townsend last week. The Wolves, who opened with a 32-0 win over Bellevue Christian, without five starters and were especially thin at linebacker, coach Tony Maggio told the Peninsula Daily News. Port Townsend took advantage, rushing for 461 yards and averaging 13.6 yards per carry. Wolves nose guard Nick Streubel is being recruited to play in college.

Player to watch: Sophomore quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender has stepped in nicely for the injured Daulton Hommes. He threw for 271 yards and three TDs, but was intercepted twice last week. He is fourth in the NWC with 372 yards and five TDs.

Key to the game: LC appears to have a ground game capable of taking advantage of Coupeville, as the Lyncs have rushed for 359 yards and three TDs this year. Jordan Jansen leads the way with 153 yards and one score.

Herald's pick: Lynden Christian 28-14

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT MOUNT VERNON

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Site: Mount Vernon High School

Tigers update: Fourth-ranked Burlington-Edison moved to 2-0 with a 42-21 win over Bellingham last week. Jae Evans did most of the damage, rushing for 248 yards and five TDs to lead the Tigers back from an early 13-0 hole. He leads the NWC with 373 yards and seven TDs and is averaging 21.9 yards every time he touches the ball. Rudy Mataya has four receptions for 54 yards and two TDs.

Bulldogs update: Mount Vernon moved to 2-0 with a 21-3 victory over Stanwood last week. Tristan Brock threw for a TD and had two interceptions on defense, one of which he returned for a TD. Brandon Hayman rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 15 caries. The Mount Vernon defense, which has allowed 10 points this year, limited Stanwood to 57 rushing yards and picked up six sacks and three interceptions.

Player to watch: Hunter Jacobson provides a nice complement to the speedy Evans, as he's rushed for 155 yards and 1 TD on just seven attempts so far this year.

Key to the game: Mount Vernon limited Sedro-Woolley, a team that rushed for 361 yards last week against Squalicum, to just 93 yards and 3.3 yards per carry in Week 1. Can the Bulldogs slow up Burlington's ground game?

Herald's pick: Burlington-Edison 21-17

MERIDIAN AT TRI-CITIES PREP

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Site: Peshastin-Dryden Sports Complex, Pasco

Trojans update: Meridian fell to 0-2 with a 27-12 loss to Lakewood last week. Turnovers have killed the Trojans so far, as they're already minus-8 for the year. The Cougars returned two of their five turnovers for TDs last week. Letrez Jones had a big game for Meridian rushing for 74 yards and a TD and catching five passes for 109 yards and another score. Tanner Tutterrow passed for 113 yards and a TD, but left the game after a hard hit.

Jaguars update: Tri-Cities Prep dropped to 1-1 with a 34-29 loss to Irrigon (Ore.) last week. Despite the loss, Rama Rudolph rushed for 300 yards and a TD on 34 carries and helped Prep control the ball for 33 minutes, 26 seconds. He has 403 yards and four TDs so far this year. LB Joseph Porch had 14 tackles and a sack. Dane Pedersen has passed for 257 yards and two TDs this year.

Player to watch: Meridian reserve quarterback Jamison Hodge passed for 41 yards last week after Tutterrow was injured. He needs to be ready to go if Tutterrow isn't this week.

Key to the game: This is the second straight year Meridian started the year 0-2 with losses to Burlington-Edison and Lakewood. Last year, the Trojans rebounded by winning four straight. This year, they have a long trip to face a team that just missed making the top 10 in the Class 2B poll.

Herald's pick: Tri-Cities 28-21

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

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