High school football Week 6 previews

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 10, 2013 

FRIDAY HARBOR AT BLAINE

Time: 5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Blaine High School

Wolverines update: Friday Harbor (3-2, 0-1 NWC 1A) suffered a 32-0 loss last week to Meridian. The Wolverines allowed 402 yards and four TDs on the ground at 8.0 yards per attempt. Nathan Steenkolk rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries, while quarterback C.J. Woods added 64 on seven attempts, but Friday Harbor had only 188 yards of total offense.

Borderites update: Blaine (2-3, 1-0) got fourth-quarter TDs from Josiah Westbrook and Cole Muder to come back and beat Lynden Christian 20-19 last week. Westbrook leads the NWC with 480 yards and nine TDs on 24 receptions, while Muder is third with 625 yards and six TDs rushing. The Borderites have allowed 13.5 points per game the past two weeks.

Player to watch: After throwing nine interceptions the first three weeks, Blaine quarterback Nathan Kramme has been picked off only twice during the Borderites' two-game win streak.

Key to the game: If Blaine can duplicate Meridian's success running the ball from a week earlier, the Borderites, who are averaging 227.8 yards per game, should be in good shape.

Herald's pick: Blaine 35-14

CRESCENT AT LUMMI

Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Lummi Nation School

Loggers update: Crescent (0-5, 0-1 NWFL 1B) suffered a 70-12 loss to Clallam Bay last week. Quarterback Quenton Wolfer scored on a 24-yard run and hooked up with K.C. Spencer four times for 110 yards, but Wolfer was intercepted four times. Injury has kept speedy running back Travis Walker out of action for the past couple of weeks.

Blackhawks update: Lummi (3-2, 0-1) fell 76-32 last week at Neah Bay. The Blackhawks lost five turnovers and four starters to injury before halftime in a game that likely cost Lummi the NWFL 1B North Division title. Devin Cooper rushed for a pair of TDs and Dean Williams caught two more. Cooper has rushed for six TDs, while Williams leads the team with seven TD receptions.

Player to watch: Lummi quarterback Logan Toby was thrust back into the lineup because of an injury to Austin Brockie. The Blackhawks hope Toby, who returned from his own injury, will be able to hold up again this week.

Key to the game: Last week was Lummi's big game of the regular season. How the Blackhawks bounce back will be crucial.

Herald's pick: Lummi 80-12

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Ferndale High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (3-2, 2-1 NWC 2A/3A) overwhelmed Bellingham 61-14 last week. The Cubs used 14 ball carriers to rush for 309 yards and five touchdowns, but none of them was leading rushing Shawn Kennedy. Braden Blouin, Devin Willard and Carter Needham also combined to hit 8 of 9 passes for 219 yards and four TDs in the game.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (5-0, 3-0) beat Squalicum 41-7 last week. Fullback Marcus Nightingale had another big game, rushing for 123 yards and three TDs on 19 carries, leading a rushing attack that piled up 346 yards and five TDs on the ground. The Ferndale defense did a good job getting off the field, holding the Storm to 1 for 11 on third-down conversions.

Player to watch: Ferndale running back Joey Akers showed great explosiveness, rushing for 101 yards and a TD on 15 carries and catching a pass from quarterback Cooper Clark for a 59-yard TD.

Key to the game: Ferndale held Squalicum to 2.1 yards per rush attempt and 132 yards of total offense last week. It won't be easy holding the Cubs that low.

Herald's pick: Ferndale 35-27

SQUALICUM AT ANACORTES

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Anacortes High School

Storm update: Squalicum (3-2, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A) suffered a 41-7 loss to Ferndale last week. The Storm managed only 132 yards of total offense, and 46 of that came on a touchdown pass from Clark Hazlett to Ben Peterson. That also happened to be the only third-down conversion for Squalicum on 11 attempts.

Seahawks update: Anacortes (3-2, 1-2) suffered a 35-14 loss last week at Burlington-Edison. Running back Nick Monroe rushed for 95 yards on 14 carries, while quarterback Jared Douglas rushed for 69 and scored a TD. Douglas also threw for 70 yards and a TD to leading receiver Andrew Medalia (14 catches, 276 yards 6 TDs), but was intercepted three times.

Player to watch: Squalicum leading rusher Nick Koetje-Manchester rushed for 41 yards on eight hard-nosed carries on the Storm's opening drive last week, but was held to 3 yards the rest of the game. He ended up having both legs taped, so how he bounces back could be key.

Key to the game: The loser of this game is pretty much out of the NWC 2A postseason race, with only three teams advancing.

Herald's pick: Squalicum 35-20

LYNDEN AT BELLINGHAM

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Civic Stadium

Lions update: Lynden (5-0, 3-0 NWC 2A/3A) beat Sehome 41-7 last week. Running back Trent Postma surpassed the century mark for the second time this year with 102 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Jalani Phelps caught five passes for 86 yards and two TDs, while sophomore Jordan Wittenburg returned a kickoff 49 yards for a TD.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (0-5, 0-3) suffered a 61-14 loss last week at Sedro-Woolley. The Bellingham defense showed improvement against the run, limiting the Cubs to 5.2 yards per carry - well below the 9.0 the Red Raiders were surrendering entering the game. Tanner Aliff rushed for 89 yards and a TD on just four carries, but Bellingham completed 2 of 17 passes in the game.

Player to watch: Lynden safety Rudy Mendoza has been stellar on defense and is consistently among the team leaders in defensive points and tackles each week on a defense that is allowing just 10.8 points per game.

Key to the game: How many guys will be in red this week? Injuries have taken a toll on Bellingham, which wasn't able to run 11-on-11 drills last week. The Red Raiders entered last week with 23 players in uniform, and lost five to injury.

Herald's pick: Lynden 49-7

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Mount Baker High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (2-3, 0-1 NWC 1A) suffered a 20-19 loss last week to Blaine, after allowing two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Josh Friberg rushed for 67 yards and a TD, while Nathan Rusnak scored the Lyncs' other touchdown on an interception return. Jordan Jansen led the team with 80 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (4-1, 1-0) beat Nooksack Valley 42-21 last week, surviving four turnovers to get the win. Running back Liam Short had a nice game with 86 yards and a TD on 11 carries, while Travis Lindsay had a breakout game with three catches for 89 yards and two TDs. Izaiha Schwinden is fifth in the NWC with 589 yards rushing.

Player to watch: Mount Baker quarterback Andrew Zender had a big game both running the ball (94 yards, 2 TDs) and passing (134 yards, 3 TDs) last week.

Key to the game: The Mountaineers appear poised to make another deep run this season, but they need to get the miscues of last week cleaned up in a hurry.

Herald's pick: Mount Baker 35-14

NOOKSACK VALLEY AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

Site: Meridian High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (1-4, 0-1 NWC 1A) suffered a 42-21 loss to Mount Baker last week. NWC leading passer Tanner Myhre had another big game, rushing for 73 yards and a TD and throwing for 236 yards and two scores. Curtis Handy nabbed one of the TDs among his seven catches for 68 yards. The Pioneers have committed 18 turnovers this season and are minus-11 overall.

Trojans update: Meridian (3-2, 1-0) beat Friday Harbor 32-0 last week. The Trojans allowed 188 yards of total offense and forced a turnover in the shutout. Letrez Jones had a big game, rushing for 231 yards and three TDs, while Bryce Garcia chipped in 140 and another score. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow passed for 119 yards and had a TD to Jacob Plagerman.

Player to watch: Nooksack Valley's Brady Wood emerged as another weapon for Myhre last week, catching nine passes for 104 yards and a TD.

Key to the game: Meridian's pass defense, which has limited opponents to 81.4 yards per game, will be tested by Myhre and the Pioneers, who have averaged 198.2 per game through the air.

Herald's pick: Meridian 27-13

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (3-2, 2-1 NWC 2A/3A) ended a two-game slide with a 35-14 victory over Anacortes last week. NWC leading rusher Jae Evans added 160 yards and two TDs to his totals (733 yards, 11 TDs), while Blake Dimock caught a pair of TD passes from Hunter Anderson in the win.

Mariners update: Sehome (1-4, 0-3) suffered its fourth straight loss 45-7 last week at Lynden. Quarterback Daniel Ziegler leads the team with 388 yards and 5 TDs rushing. He passed for 89 yards and a touchdown last week, but the offense generated only eight first downs. The Mariners' defense is allowing 266.2 yards rushing per game.

Player to watch: In his first year playing varsity football, Evan Miksovsky has developed into Sehome's top receiver. He caught four passes for 55 yards and a TD last week and is fifth in the NWC with 314 yards this season.

Key to the game: Sehome, which has allowed 1,331 yards on the ground at 5.7 per attempt, must find a way to slow up Evans, who is averaging 10.5 yards per carry.

Herald's pick: Burlington-Edison 35-14

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

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