KINGSTON AT LYNDEN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15
Site: Civic Stadium
Buccaneers update: Kingston (8-2, 6-1 Olympic) beat Franklin Pierce 7-0 last week during the district playoffs. The Buccaneers are averaging 33.9 points per game and allowing an Olympic-league best 15 points per game. Kingston has won eight of its last nine games since losing its season opener to Squalicum 48-28.
Lions update: No. 2-ranked Lynden (10-0, 7-0 NWC 2A/3A) beat Sultan 35-7 last week during the Class 2A Bi-District Playoffs. Trent Postma ran for a team-high 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and Sterling Somers completed 10 of 25 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Lynden's defense has held the opposition to one score for the third consecutive week.
Player to watch: Defensive back Jordan Wittenberg returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown last week and is a dangerous weapon on special teams.
Key to the game: Lynden's strong defense has been the team's hallmark all season. If the Lions' D shows up again, Lynden should be able to march on to the quarterfinals.
Herald's pick: Lynden 28-7
SEHOME AT TUMWATER
Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Site: Tumwater High School
Mariners update: Sehome (5-5, 3-4 NWC 2A/3A) pulled off a stunning 35-13 upset against undefeated Lakewood to capture the school's first state berth since 1999. Daniel Ziegler ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and threw for 87 yards and another two scores. Evan Miksovsky caught his 11th and 12th touchdowns of the year, and Taylor Rapp ran for 136 yards on 12 carries.
Thunderbirds update: No. 1-ranked Tumwater (10-0, 5-0 Evergreen) beat Aberdeen 42-12 last week in the district playoffs. Christian Cummings ran for a team-high 147 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries, helping the Thunderbirds average 9.3 yards per carry. Tumwater's defense is giving up 14.2 points per game.
Player to watch: Taylor Rapp arguably put together his best game of the year last week, amassing 176 total yards. The Mariners will need a big game out of him to knock off top-ranked Tumwater.
Key to the game: Last week Daniel Ziegler sparked Sehome with an early punt return for touchdown. Capturing early momentum will be paramount for the Mariners in another hostile setting.
Herald's pick: Tumwater 35-20
MERIDIAN AT CASHMERE
Time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Site: Cashmere High School
Trojans update: Meridian (7-4, 3-2 NWC 1A) beat Charles Wright Academy 49-0 last week the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament. Letrez Jones surpassed 200 yards rushing for the fifth week, carrying the ball 19 times for 284 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow was extremely efficient, completing 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards. The Trojans' defense allowed only 106 total yards of offense, including 41 rushing yards.
Bulldogs update: No. 5-ranked Cashmere (9-1, 7-0 CTL) beat Medical Lake 54-14 last week during districts. The Bulldogs have won nine straight since losing their season-opener to undefeated Cascade Christian. Cashmere is averaging 44.3 points per game and allowing 17.2 points.
Player to watch: Running back Bryce Garcia had a strong game last week, running for 53 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Key to the game: Meridian's defense has played outstanding of late. They've held their last six opponents, minus Mount Baker, to 1.98 yards per carry. If the Trojans' defense can come up big again, Meridian may leave Cashmere with a W.
Herald's pick: Meridian 34-30
WOODLAND AT MOUNT BAKER
Time: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Site: Civic Stadium
Beavers update: Woodland (9-1, 7-0 Trico) beat Rochester 47-21 last week during a district playoff game. Running backs Eli Whitmire and Hunter Huddleston combined for 269 rushing yards and four TDs on 15 carries. Huddleston also completed 9 of 14 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Woodland is averaging 197 rush yards per game.
Mountaineers update: No. 4-ranked Mount Baker (8-1, 5-0 NWC 1A) was idle last week after earning an automatic Class 1A State Playoff berth. Liam Short ran for a team-high 125 yards and a rushing touchdown two weeks ago against Meridian. Short and Izaiha Schwinden each have 12 rushing scores and are helping the Mountaineers average 7.9 yards per carry. Baker beat Woodland 21-14 last year during the state round of 16.
Player to watch: Izaiha hasn't played a major role during Mount Baker's past two games. Look for the speed back to break out against Woodland.
Key to the game: Woodland's offense is averaging 48.4 points per game. Baker needs to extend offensive drives and prevent the big play on defense.
Herald's pick: Mount Baker 24-14
BLAINE AT LACENTER
Time: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Site: Ridgeland Stadium
Borderites update: Blaine (5-5, 3-2 NWC 1A) beat Port Townsend 35-21 last week during the Class 1A Tri-District Playoffs. Cole Muder ran for a team-high 140 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Quarterback Marcus Potts completed 8 of 12 passes for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Borderites' defense gave up only 67 passing yards and intercepted two passes last week.
Wildcats update: No. 2-ranked LaCenter (10-8, 8-0 Trico) beat Elma 54-28 last week during the district playoffs. The Wildcats' offense amassed 611 yards, and Conner Fulton, Conner Wonderly and Wyatt Aguirre each rushed for more than 130 yards. LaCenter is averaging 49.3 points per game.
Player to watch: Josiah Westbrook was held without a touchdown last week and has the ability to make big plays for Blaine's offense.
Key to the game: Blaine's defense has struggled lately, but it will need to find a way to slow down LaCenter's potent rushing attack.
Herald's pick: LaCenter 41-20
TAHOLAH AT LUMMI
Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15
Site: Lummi High School
Chitwhins update: Taholah lost 70-30 to Wishkah Valley last week during a state playoff seeding game. The Chitwhins are 2-2 in their last four games, averaging 56.5 points and allowing 47.3 points.
Blackhawks update: Lummi (8-2, 4-1 NWFL 1B) beat Evergreen Lutheran 44-12 during the Class 1B Quad-District Playoffs last week. Quarterback Logan Toby threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score. Kavarez Lane caught and ran for a TD, and Dino Williams caught a 59-yard touchdown and a 54-yard TD. Lummi is averaging 52.8 points per game.
Player to watch: Logan Toby has been throwing the ball well lately, and should help Lummi beat a Taholah team it's already beaten 57-16 this season.
Key to the game: Lummi would benefit itself by scoring early to show the Chitwhins it's going to be more of the same during the two teams' second matchup
Herald's pick: Lummi 68-18
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