LYNDEN AT FERNDALE
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Ferndale High School
Lions update: Fourth-ranked Lynden edged Bellingham 7-0 last week. The Lions were out-gained in total offense 255-218, their lowest output since Week 1 of the 2006 season.
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Golden Eagles update: No. 6 Ferndale trailed Lewiston of Idaho 7-0 at halftime before winning 35-14. Ferndale picked off two passes and recovered two fumbles, increasing its turnover ratio to plus-9 this season.
Key to the game: There are plenty: Ferndale’s run attack vs. Lynden’s run defense; the Lions’ passing offense vs. the Golden Eagles’ ball-hawking secondary; the chess match between two of the state’s best coaching staffs. It’s all there and that’s why this is the most anticipated game of the season every year in Whatcom County.
ANACORTES AT MOUNT BAKER
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Mount Baker High School
Seahawks update: Anacortes got its first win of the season, a 40-25 victory over Sedro-Woolley, last week. The Seahawks must win this game or they’ll be 0-3 against NWC Class 2A teams and virtually out of the postseason race.
Mountaineers update: Burlington-Edison scored the first three touchdowns and never let up, beating Mount Baker 39-18. The Mounties have the most offensive success when they pass the ball. QB Jon Raney has completed 44 of 82 passes for 720 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Key to the game: Both teams like to take to the air, so whoever defends the pass best could win. Expect another high-scoring game, just like when Anacortes won 54-48 in overtime last year.
BELLINGHAM AT SQUALICUM
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Civic Stadium
Red Raiders update: Bellingham nearly recorded the upset of the season before losing 7-0 to No. 2 Lynden. The Red Raiders’ defense stymied the Lions and held the prolific offense to only 218 yards. QB Zack Halverson was efficient, going 8 of 11 for 91 yards.
Storm update: Squalicum rallied for a 14-7 win over Sehome, getting 108 rushing yards from new RB Brandon Sanford. The Storm defense didn’t budge against the run, giving up only 39 yards on 29 carries, but allowed 179 passing yards.
Key to the game: Bellingham’s defense must rise to the occasion for the second straight week. Squalicum has a power running game and can grind out long, time-consuming drives.
NOOKSACK VALLEY AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Lynden Christian High School
Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley fumbled the ball 15 times in its 28-0 loss to No. 8 Friday Harbor. Reserve QB Tyler Perry replaced injured starter Nick DeGrasse and completed all three of his attempts.
Lyncs update: The Lyncs lost a non-league game 36-6 to No. 2 Meridian last week. Starting QB Kyle Kennaw missed the game with a concussion, and Daniel Ten Broek filled in, completing 12 of 26 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Key to the game: The Pioneers need to hang on to the ball to give their offense a chance to move the ball.
MERIDIAN AT FRIDAY HARBOR
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Site: Friday Harbor High School
Trojans update: Second-ranked Meridian rushed for 203 yards in its 36-6 win over Lynden Christian. The Trojans’ 18-game winning streak is the longest in the state.
Wolverines update: No. 8 Friday Harbor had its way at Nooksack Valley, winning 28-0, despite totaling only 169 yards of offense. QB Michael Ausilio ran for two touchdowns and RB Eric Nash had a team high 53 yards on 14 carries.
Key to the game: Friday Harbor attempted only six passes against Nooksack Valley, so Meridian must stop the Wolverines’ running attack.
TAHOLAH AT LUMMI
Time: 2 p.m. Saturday
Site: Lummi Nation School
Chitwhins update: Taholah is 3-0 after outscoring opponents 144-46. The beat Crescent 56-8 last week.
Blackhawks update: The third-ranked Blackhawks beat then-No. 5 Lake Quinault 54-38 last week in a Pacific Coast 1B League game. The Blackhawks lead their conference in scoring with 200 points.
Key to the game: The last time these teams met, Lummi won 73-24. If the Chitwhins can’t stop the Blackhawk’s high-scoring offense, it could be another blowout.