With all four Whatcom County teams scoring victories in the first round of the WIAA football state playoffs last weekend, fans will be treated to a quarterfinal doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Civic Stadium.
Lynden and Mount Baker have scheduled their quarterfinals for Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening, respectively.
Squalicum will get things started, though, when it travels south to face Tumwater in the Class 2A quarterfinals in a 7 p.m. game Friday, Nov. 21, at Tumwater High School.
The Storm (9-2) enters fresh off winning its state playoff debut — a 45-7 trouncing of host Orting on Friday, Nov. 14.
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While Squalicum is a newbie to the state playoffs, Tumwater (11-0) is an old veteran. The Thunderbirds’ 42-24 first-round victory over Fife on Friday represented their 42nd state playoff win. Legendary coach Sid Otton’s bunch will attempt to reach the state semifinals for the third-straight year and the 13th time in program history.
The winner of Friday’s game will move on to face the winner of an all-Northwest Conference quarterfinal between Sedro-Woolley and Burlington-Edison, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Arlington High School.
On the other side of the 2A bracket, Lynden will host Hockinson at 2 p.m. Saturday at Civic Stadium. Pre-sale tickets for the game will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, through Friday at the Lynden High School main office. Tickets will be the same price as they will be at the stadium on Saturday — $8 for adults, $6 for students w/ ASB cards, seniors (65 and older) and children (5-11).
The Lions (10-1) enter after thumping River Ridge 41-21 on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Civic in the first round to earn their 27th win in their last 29 state playoffs games. They look to advance to the state semifinals for a fourth-straight year and the 17th time in program history.
Hockinson (11-0) beat North Kitsap 7-2 in a defensive battle on Saturday. Like Squalicum, last week’s first-round game represented the debut for the Hawks in the state playoffs.
Saturday’s winner likely will travel to the east side of the Cascades for the semifinals to play either Prosser or Ellensburg, who meet on Saturday in Moses Lake.
Mount Baker (9-2) will attempt to advance to the Tacoma Dome and the Class 1A state semifinals for a third-straight year when it hosts Eatonville at 6 p.m. Saturday at Civic Stadium.
The Mountaineers advanced with a 41-28 victory over Montesano on Friday at Civic, while the Cruisers (10-0) enter fresh off a 72-34 win over Charles Wright on Saturday. Eatonville has advanced to the state semifinals five times, but not since 1997.
Mount Baker and Eatonville met in the second round of the state playoffs 20 years ago, with Eatonville winning 45-6.
Saturday’s winner will get either Cascade Christian or King’s in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket will feature a Saturday quarterfinal between Zillah and Leavenworth Cascade and one between Colville and Royal.
After a 71/2-hour trip to the Columbia River Basin last week for the first round in the expanded Class 1B state playoffs, Lummi will get to stay much closer to home in the quarterfinals when it hosts Northwest 1B League foe Lopez Island. The game time had not been finalized at press time.
The Blackhawks (9-3) survived not only the bus lag, but also 4 to 5 inches of snow on the field to wallop Lyle-Wishram 52-0 on Friday. Lummi is seeking its third-straight semifinal appearance and its eighth overall.
The Lobos (8-2) beat Evergreen Lutheran 62-8 on Saturday to advance out of the first round. According to wiaa.com, this is the first trip to the state playoffs for Lopez.
Lummi won the regular-season meeting between the schools 66-28 on Nov. 1 at Lopez.
The winner will face either Lake Quinault-Wishkah Valley or Neah Bay, who play on Saturday. The other side of the bracket features a Friday quarterfinal between Cusick and Republic and one on Saturday between Garfield-Palouse and Liberty Christian.