Lynden heads to east side; Mount Baker, Lummi to play in Tacoma Dome

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 24, 2013 

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Lynden's Trent Postma runs through the Bucs defense as Lynden beat Kingston 34-0 in a 2A State Football playoff game at Civic Stadium on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Bellingham.

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For the first time since 2006, a Whatcom County football team will have to head over Snoqualmie Pass to the east side of the Cascades for the holiday weekend.

Rather than taking its normal route to the Tacoma Dome for the Class 2A state semifinals, Lynden will instead head to Moses Lake for a 1 p.m. game Saturday, Nov. 30, against Ellensburg at Lion Stadium.

The Lions' last had to make the trip to the east side in 2001, when they beat Yakima 30-24 in overtime at Kennewick. Since then, they've played eight semifinals in the Tacoma Dome.

Meridian was the last team from the county to play a semifinal anywhere other than in the dome, when it beat Royal 13-7 in overtime in the 2006 Class 1A state semifinals in Kennewick.

That year also marked the only time Whatcom County sent three teams on to play for state championships in their three classifications - Lynden (2A), Meridian (1A) and Lummi (1B).

That's a feat the county hopes to duplicate this year.

In addition to Lynden, Mount Baker (1A) and Lummi (1B) will be playing in state semifinals this weekend, but both the Mountaineers and Blackhawks will get to stay indoors.

Lummi will kick off the big weekend with a 4 p.m. game against Neah Bay on Friday, Nov. 29. The game will mark the second straight year the Northwest 1B Football League rivals have met in the semifinals and the fourth time in five years. The one year they did not square off in the semifinals - 2011 - they played in the first round.

Though Lummi grabbed victory in the 2009 and 2010 semifinals, Neah Bay has won the past two postseason match ups, including 40-30 last year.

The Red Devils (11-0) advanced to the semifinals with an 80-28 win over Cusick on Friday, Nov. 22, while the Blackhawks (10-2) beat Wishkah Valley 57-22 in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 23, to set up the showdown.

Mount Baker (10-1) heads to the semifinals for the second straight year and the second time in program history and will face Cascade Christian at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. The Mountaineers enter hoping for a different outcome than last year's 28-6 loss to eventual state champion Montesano in last year's state semifinal.

The Cougars (12-0) are back in the state semifinals after a one-year absence, which ended a string of five straight trips to the semifinals.

The Mountaineers beat Woodland 42-7 in the first round before eliminating La Center 63-33 on Saturday, while the Cougars advanced with a 28-21 first-round win over Montesano and a 37-13 quarterfinal win over King's on Saturday.

Lynden advanced to the 2A semifinals for the third straight year with a 34-0 first-round win over Kingston and a 54-21 win over Sumner on Friday.

Ellensburg (12-0) is making its third semifinal appearance and seeks its first semifinal win since it went on to win the Class 3A state title in 1973. The Bulldogs advanced this year with a 27-6 win over Colville and a 20-13 quarterfinal victory over Othello.

STATE SEMIFINALS

CLASS 2A

Saturday, Nov. 30

? Lynden vs. Ellensburg (at Moses Lake), 1 p.m.

? Tumwater at Prosser (at Pasco), TBD

CLASS 1A

Saturday, Nov. 30

? Mount Baker vs. Cascade Christian (at Tacoma Dome), 1 p.m.

? Cashmere vs. Freeman (at Spokane), TBD

CLASS 1B

Friday, Nov. 29

? Lummi vs. Neah Bay (at Tacoma Dome), 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30

? Touchet vs. Rosalia (at Pasco), TBD

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