High School football Week 10 playoff caps

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 7, 2013 

SULTAN AT LYNDEN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Site: Lynden High School

Turks update: Sultan (5-4, 4-2 CC) beat Coupeville 54-21 last week and have totaled 94 points the past two weeks. Running back Antonio Rivas ran for a team-high 185 yards and five TDs, and teammate James MacKenzie ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Sultan has won three straight since suffering consecutive losses to Lakewood and King's. Cooper Beucherie is the Cascade Conference's leading rusher with 1,021 yards and 10 TDs.

Lions update: No. 2 Lynden (9-0, 7-0 NWC 2A/3A) beat Squalicum 26-7 last week. Running back Trent Postma ran for a career-high 236 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Quarterback Sterling Somers ran for two scores and completed 12 of 21 passes for 132 yards and another touchdown. The Lions gave up only one touchdown for the sixth time this season.

Player to watch: Inside linebacker Jaremy Martin is a monster in the middle, and he'll have a stiff matchup against Sultan's rushing attack.

Key to the game: In spite of Sultan's recent scoring spike, it only managed 12 points combined against Lakewood and King's - arguably the Cascade Conference's two top defensive units. Lynden should handle the Turks, especially if its defense can set the tone early.

Herald's pick: Lynden 28-7

LAKE WASHINGTON AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Kangaroos update: Lake Washington (4-5, 3-4 KingCo) beat Sammamish 31-0 last week. Quarterback Nick Young was 10 of 14 for 132 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and running back Elliott Phillips ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The Kangaroos' defense forced four turnovers, earning its only shutout of the season. Lake Washington's offense is averaging 27 points per game the past five matchups, and its defense is allowing 22.6 points during that span.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (7-2, 6-1 NWC 2A/3A) beat Burlington-Edison 49-10 last week. Shawn Kennedy ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 21 attempts. Three other Cubs each ran for scores, and quarterback Devin Willard completed 4 of 7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Sedro-Woolley's 128 points given up is the third fewest in the Northwest Conference.

Player to watch: Sedro-Woolley running back Clayton Johnson didn't score for the first time in three weeks. He should be a factor against Lake Washington's defense.

Key to the game: Sedro-Woolley has rushed for more than 300 yards six times this year. If Lake Washington can't stop the Cubs' ground attack, they'll most likely be in for a long night.

Herald's pick: Sedro-Woolley 35-14

SEHOME AT LAKEWOOD

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Site: Lakewood High School

Mariners update: Sehome (4-5, 3-4 NWC 2A/3A) beat Bellingham 57-12 last week, and then beat Anacortes 13-10 in a Kansas City Tiebreaker. Quarterback Daniel Ziegler again showcased his athleticism, running for 73 yards and a TD and throwing for 151 yards and three scores against the Red Raiders. Sehome's defense limited Bellingham to 115 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards.

Cougars update: No. 5 Lakewood (9-0, 6-0 CC) beat Class 1A No. 8-ranked King's 17-14 last week, winning a Cascade Conference title. The Cougars limited King's to 19 first-half total yards and led 17-0 before giving up two late TDs. Quarterback Blake Watts rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries and completed two passes for 36 yards and a TD. Lakewood's defense is allowing only 10.5 points per game.

Player to watch: Evan Miksovsky has been Sehome's big-play receiver all season, and he'll need to show up if the Mariners want to upset undefeated Lakewood.

Key to the game: No other team has done it this year, but if Sehome's defense can slow down Watts they have a shot. The Lakewood signal-caller has thrown for 984 yards and 14 TDs with one interception this season and leads the Cougars with 754 rushing yards and 11 more scores.

Herald's pick: Lakewood 28-10

PORT TOWNSEND AT BLAINE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Site: Civic Stadium

Redskins update: Port Townsend (7-2, 2-2 Nisqually) beat Life Christian Academy 38-6 last week. Running back Tim Russell ran for a team-high 120 yards and two TDs, while David Sua recorded 85 yards on 11 carries. Matt Cain ran for two scores and caught a 76-yard TD pass. Port Townsend has won three straight.

Borderites update: Blaine (4-5, 3-2 NWC 1A) lost to Nooksack Valley 40-26 last week. The Borderites couldn't stop the big play and gave up 356 passing yards and four TDs. Cole Muder ran for a team-high 161 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. The 40 points was the most Blaine had given up since a Week 1 loss to Ferndale.

Player to watch: Quarterback Marcus Potts has proved he's capable of leading the Borderites to wins since Nathan Kramme went down in Week 7. Now he'll get his first postseason test.

Key to the game: Port Townsend touts three separate running backs that have more than 800 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Blaine will need a big game from its defense, which has given up a combined 92 points the past two weeks.

Herald's pick: Port Townsend 27-16

MERIDIAN AT CHARLES WRIGHT ACADEMY

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9

Site: Harry E. Lang Stadium

Trojans update: Meridian (5-4, 3-2 NWC 1A) lost to Mount Baker 24-17 last week, and then beat Lynden Christian 28-12 during a mini playoff. The Trojans overcame a 17-point deficit against Mount Baker, pulling even with less than 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Letrez Jones ran for a game-high 192 yards and two TDs on 31 rushes. Sam Chambers caught seven balls for 94 yards.

Tarriers update: Charles Wright (6-2, 4-1 Nisqually) lost to Cascade Christian 48-14 last week. Quarterback Henry Cheney threw for 217 yards on 14 of 24 passing, and the rushing attack managed only 127 yards on 34 carries. No Charles Wright back has more than 600 yards rushing this year, and its defense is giving up 23.9 points per game.

Player to watch: When the Trojans are at their best is when they run the ball, and Spencer Blackburn is a real difference maker along the offensive line.

Key to the game: Meridian has played particularly well its last two games. Starting fast after a long road trip to Lakewood will be very important.

Herald's pick: Meridian 31-20

FERNDALE AT BELLEVUE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Site: Bellevue High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (7-2, 5-2 NWC 2A/3A) shut out Anacortes 38-0 last week. No Ferndale back eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive week, but the Golden Eagles still managed 363 yards on the ground. Quarterback Cooper Clark threw two touchdowns, doubling his season total, and had 93 passing yards.

Wolverines update: No. 1-ranked Bellevue (9-0, 7-0 KingCo) beat Mercer Island 49-7 last week, setting a state record for most consecutive wins (49). The Wolverines are also ranked No. 18 in the country by USA Today and have won 10 of the past 12 Class 3A state titles. Running back Bishard Baker is a future Division I player and extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands.

Player to watch: Ferndale will need all three of its main backs running well against Bellevue. That includes Daniel Jones, who's logged minimal carries the past few weeks.

Key to the game: Bellevue not only is arguably the best team in the state, it's one of the top teams in the country. Ferndale's ability to control clock and limit big plays will be paramount.

Herald's pick: Bellevue 31-7

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