Week 8 high school football previews

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 24, 2013 

LOPEZ AT LUMMI

Time: 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Lummi Nation School

Lobos update: Lopez (4-1, 2-1 NWFL 1B) suffered its first loss of the season last week in a 68-24 pounding by Neah Bay. The Lobos had outscored opponents 201-124 before that game, in which Neah Bay quarterback Josiah Greene threw for three first-half TDs.

Blackhawks update: Fifth-ranked Lummi (5-2, 2-1) won its second straight, beating Clallam Bay 74-26 last week. Quarterback Logan Toby passed for four touchdowns for a well-rounded Blackhawks attack. One of Toby's TDs was a 37-yarder to Austin Brockie to open the second half, while Devin Cooper had a 1-yard TD run.

Player to watch: Lummi's Deion Hoskins has been Mr. Versatile this year. Not only has he played on the offensive line, but last week he rushed for three touchdowns and caught passes for two others.

Key to the game: This game is for second place in the NWFL 1B standings and most likely a higher seed into the 1B state playoff bracket.

Herald's pick: Lummi 66-28

FRIDAY HARBOR AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Wolverines update: Friday Harbor (3-4, 0-3 NWC 1A) lost its third straight with a 50-7 trouncing by Mount Baker. The Wolverines allowed 430 yards and five TDs rushing in the game, as the Mountaineers averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Friday Harbor also allowed an interception to be returned for a touchdown in the game.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (1-6, 0-3) suffered its fifth straight loss with a 43-18 loss to Lynden Christian last week. Turnovers once again cost the Pioneers, as they gave up the ball four times and now own a minus-13 turnover ratio. Tanner Myhre passed for 163 yards and two TDs, even though he did not connect with leading receiver Curtis Handy (392 yards, 4 TDs).

Player to watch: Joshua Gimmaka has been a steady target for Myhre with 308 yards and three TDs receiving. He'll also need to play a big role on Nooksack's line as they attempt to slow up Friday Harbor running back Nathan Steenkolk.

Key to the game: With the top four teams advancing to the district playoffs, neither team is out of it yet, but a loss in this one would make it awful tough to play meaningful games in November.

Herald's pick: Nooksack Valley 35-24

SQUALICUM AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Storm update: Squalicum (3-4, 1-4 NWC 2A/3A) dropped its third straight with a 48-21 loss to Sehome last week. The Storm was held to 90 yards rushing on 28 carries in the game, while allowing 389 yards and four TDs to the Mariners. Freshman Ben Peterson has become Squalicum's top receiver, as he leads the team with 23 catches for 406 yards and a TD.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (3-4, 2-3) suffered its second straight loss with a 45-24 setback at Lynden in a game that wasn't that close. Curtis Carlson stepped in for usual leading rusher Jae Evans and was about the only bright spot for the Tigers, rushing for 118 yards on 25 carries. The Tigers defense allowed 301 yards rushing in the game.

Player to watch: With the running game producing just 85.3 yards per game the last three weeks, a lot of the pressure has fallen on quarterback Clark Hazlett's shoulders. He passed for 193 yards and a TD last week.

Key to the game: Both teams better approach the game as if it were the postseason, as neither can afford another conference loss and expect to grab one of the three NWC 2A playoff spots.

Herald's pick: Burlington-Edison 35-17

LYNDEN AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Ferndale High School

Lions update: Second-ranked Lynden (7-0, 5-0 NWC 2A/3A) claimed its 20th straight victory with a 45-24 win over Burlington-Edison. Trent Postma did it all, as he got an interception on the game's first play from scrimmage, rushed for 189 yards and a TD and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 91 yards for another score. Jaremy Martin also rushed for 78 yards and a TD.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (6-1, 4-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 61-28 victory over Bellingham last week. The Golden Eagles used 14 ball carriers to rush for 461 yards and nine TDs and did not attempt a pass in the game. Joey Akers had a pair of TDs, while Christian Cameron led the way with nine carries for 62 yards.

Player to watch: Lynden's Sterling Somers passed his first test as Lynden's starting QB in place of the injured Lucas Petersen, throwing for 69 yards and a TD and rushing for two more scores. Things should get a little tougher this week, though.

Key to the game: Lynden has won five straight in the county's biggest rivalry. Big games like this usually come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. Both teams enter with plus-3 turnover ratios.

Herald's pick: Lynden 35-27

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Civic Stadium

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (5-2, 4-1 NWC 2A/3A) rolled to its third straight victory, beating Anacortes 35-7 last week. The Cubs allowed 115 yards of total offense in the game, while Shawn Kennedy (96 yards, TD) and Avery Rooks (98 yards, TD) spurred a Sedro ground attack that gained 373 yards and scored five TDs.

Mariners update: Sehome (3-4, 2-3) thrust itself into the middle of the postseason picture with its second straight win, a 48-21 victory over Squalicum. The Mariners defense allowed a season-low 90 yards rushing in the game, while the offense picked up a season-high 389 and scored four TDs. QB Daniel Ziegler rushed for 105 yards and threw for 193 and three TDs.

Player to watch: A week after not getting a carry in a win over Burlington, Sehome's Taylor Rapp rushed for 137 yards and two TDs last week. He is second to Ziegler with 341 yards and four TDs this season.

Key to the game: For the first time in at least a decade, the Mariners are in an honest-to-goodness playoff race. While Sehome still has some work to do, the Cubs can lock up a playoff spot with a win.

Herald's pick: Sedro-Woolley 33-17

MERIDIAN AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Lynden Christian

Trojans update: Meridian (4-3, 2-1 NWC 1A) suffered a 24-21 loss to Blaine last week. NWC leading rusher Letrez Jones surpassed 1,000 yards with his 166 yards and two TDs in the first half but did not play the second after suffering a concussion. Tanner Tutterrow passed for 220 yards and a TD, while the Trojans defense held Blaine to 82 yards rushing.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (3-4, 1-2) ended a three-game skid with a 43-18 victory over Nooksack Valley last week. Cousins Lucas and Zach Roetcisoender connected four times for 105 yards and three TDs, while Alex Vander Velden added 62 yards on four catches. Josh Friberg rushed for 75 yards and a TD, while LC's defense forced four turnovers.

Player to watch: Meridian's Sam Chambers caught four passes for a season-high 97 yards and a TD last week. He's second on the team with 269 yards receiving this year.

Key to the game: Assuming Jones can go, the Lyncs must find a way to limit the 10.0 yards per carry he's averaged this year. The Lyncs have allowed 5.8 yards per carry so far this year.

Herald's pick: Meridian 42-17

BLAINE AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Mount Baker High School

Borderites update: Blaine (4-3, 3-0 NWC 1A) won its fourth straight 24-21 over Meridian when Peter Benne booted a 32-yard field goal with 2:08 left to play. Josiah Westbrook caught three passes for 92 yards and two TDs in the game, upping his NWC-leading totals to 572 and 11. Cole Muder leads the team with 900 yards and 7 TDs rushing, but was held to 66 on 22 carries last week.

Mountaineers update: Seventh-ranked Mount Baker (6-1, 3-0) claimed its fourth straight victory with a 50-7 win at Friday Harbor last week. Izaiha Schwinden, who is second in the NWC in rushing (909 yards, 12 TDs), ran for 134 yards and a TD. Travis Lindsay caught a TD pas and also returned an interception 40 yards for another score. Liam Short rushed for 156 yards and a TD.

Player to watch: Mount Baker quarterback Andrew Zender rushed for three TDs last week, giving him six in the past three weeks.

Key to the game: Blaine backup quarterback Marcus Potts threw for 154 yards and two TDs after starter Nathan Kramme went down with injury. If the Borderites can continue to pass the ball, it might open up their run game a little more this week.

Herald's pick: Mount Baker 41-20

BELLINGHAM AT ANACORTES

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Site: Anacortes High School

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (0-7, 0-5 NWC 2A/3A) lost 61-28 to Ferndale last week. The 28 points scored was a season high for the Red Raiders. Eric Thompson passed for 136 yards and a TD, while Melvin Deal rushed for 20 yards and a score. It has been a little over a year since Bellingham's last victory, a 28-21 win over Anacortes.

Seahawks update: Anacortes (4-3, 2-3) suffered a 35-7 loss to Sedro-Woolley last week. The Seahawks amassed only 36 yards on the ground and 115 yards of total offense in the game, while allowing the Cubs to run for 373 yards. Andrew Medalia had four catches for 66 yards and a TD, while Nick Monroe led Anacortes with 48 yards rushing.

Player to watch: Bellingham receiver Kailen Hayes took two reverses for 99 yards combined and scored two touchdowns and had four catches for 49 yards and another score last week.

Key to the game: While Bellingham is hoping to end its nine-game losing streak, the Seahawks have a shot to not only complete the Bellingham city school sweep, but also stay alive for a postseason berth with a win.

Herald's pick: Anacortes 38-17

Reach David Rasbach at 360-715-2271 or david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com .

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