Playoff rematches for Lynden, Mount Baker football

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 18, 2013 

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Mount Baker's Izaiha Schwinden (44) runs in for a touchdown as Lynden beat Mount Baker 27-20 in a showdown of unbeaten football teams on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Deming.

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The Lynden football team will face Sumner in the Class 2A state quarterfinals, while Mount Baker will take on La Center in the Class 1A state quarterfinals.

Sound familiar?

It should.

It will be the second straight year of those exact pairings. The only difference this year is the Lions and Mountaineers won't be traveling out of Whatcom County.

Lynden will host Sumner at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Civic Stadium, while Mount Baker will host La Center 23 hours later with a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the same site.

Lummi, the only other remaining Whatcom County football team still alive, will travel to face Wishkah Valley at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Aberdeen in the first round of the Class 1B State Playoffs.

The game is actually a rematch of a 2009 first-round game won by the Blackhawks 66-16, as Lummi went on to advance to the state title game two weeks later.

The Blackhawks (8-2) are coming off a 70-28 win over Taholah on Friday, Nov. 15, in the 1B tri-district playoffs. The Loggers (8-2), meanwhile, beat Lopez 54-37 on Saturday, Nov. 16, to secure their place in the state bracket.

The winner of Saturday's game will move on to the state semifinals to face the winner of the Cusick-Neah Bay game, which is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Silverdale Stadium. The other side of the bracket includes Touchet taking on Wilbur/Creston and Rosalia facing Colton.

Lynden beat Sumner 42-7 at Sunset Chev Stadium last year on its way to a second straight 2A state championship.

This year, the Lions (11-0) enter coming off a 34-0 first-round win over Kingston on Friday. The Spartans also enter with an unblemished record, after they beat Chehalis W.F. West 28-14 in the first round on Friday.

The winner of Friday's quarterfinal moves on to face either Othello or Ellensburg in the 2A state semifinals. The Huskies and Bulldogs will play at noon on Saturday at Central Washington University. The other side of the bracket features quarterfinal showdowns between Tumwater and White River and Prosser and Mark Morris.

Like Lynden, Mount Baker won its quarterfinal last year, topping La Center 24-9 at Battleground.

The Mountaineers (9-1) come in off a 42-7 first-round victory over Woodland on Saturday, while the Wildcats beat Blaine 35-14 in the first round earlier that afternoon.

The winner moves on to face the Cascade Christian-King's winner in the 1A state semifinals. The other side of the 1A brackets features a quarterfinal between Okanogan and Cashmere and one between Freeman and Royal.

The only other Whatcom County high school teams still in action are the Squalicum and Bellingham girls' soccer teams, who will meet at 8 p.m. on Friday at Shoreline Stadium in the semifinals of the Class 2A State Tournament. The Storm is attempting to get to the girls' soccer state title game for the first time in school history, while the Red Raiders are attempting to get back for only the second time, and the first time since 2002.

The winner Friday will face the winner of Friday's earlier semifinal between defending state champion Sumner and Yakima West Valley in a 4 p.m. title game on Saturday at Shoreline.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

CLASS 2A STATE QUARTERFINAL

Sumner at Lynden, 7 p.m. Friday at Civic Stadium

CLASS 1A STATE QUARTERFINAL

La Center at Mount Baker, 6 p.m. Saturday at Civic Stadium

CLASS 1B STATE FIRST ROUND

Lummi at Wishkah Valley, 5 p.m. Saturday at Aberdeen

GIRLS' SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINAL

Squalicum vs. Bellingham, 8 p.m. Friday at Shoreline

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