High School Sports

Week 1: High school football preview capsules

BLAINE AT LYNDEN

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden High School

Borderites update: The Borderites have loads of momentum coming off a postseason appearance. Second-year coach Jay Dodd has made Blaine into one of the top defensive units in the conference.

Lions update: The defending Class 2A state champs have quite a few starters returning. But Lynden must break in a new quarterback, replacing Chris Bolt.

Key to the game: Blaine has been looking forward to this since it fell 14-0 to the Lions last fall. This one comes down to whichever team makes big plays at opportune moments.

FERNDALE AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Golden Eagles update: QB Casey Locker and OL Kyle Harbine are back, but that’s about all. For the first time in coach Jamie Plenkovich’s four seasons, the Golden Eagles start the season with a group of inexperienced players.

Tigers update: The opposite of Ferndale, Burlington-Edison has a starting lineup with plenty of Friday night experience. The Tigers must start new running backs, but QB Kolby Arendse returns.

Key to the game: Ferndale must contain the athletic Arendse. The perfect Golden Eagles game plan is long, sustained drives that end with touchdowns.

ANACORTES AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Seahawks update: With its quarterback and offensive line returning, Anacortes is a contender for the NWC crown. The Seahawks reached the 2A quarterfinals last season, losing to Centralia.

Mariners update: Sehome stunned the Seahawks with a 35-27 win last fall. Coach Kevin Johnson says the Mariners will be very young, starting a handful of sophomores, this season.

Key to the game: The loaded Seahawks will likely be too much for the youthful Mariners. Sehome can stay close, though, if it doesn’t commit any turnovers.

BELLINGHAM AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Red Raiders update: Bellingham’s only win in 2006 was a 19-0 victory over Sedro-Woolley. The Red Raiders struggled offensively last season, scoring only 51 points in nine games, but should have more weapons now.

Cubs update: Despite going 2-7 in the regular season, the Cubs reached a 3A state play-in game. Sedro-Woolley again is a young team and will have some growing pains.

Key to the game: Bellingham has the athletes to win this game, but the Red Raiders must minimize their mistakes.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT LAKEWOOD

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lakewood High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian edged Lakewood 13-7 last year. That victory was half of the Lyncs’ 2006 season win total — they were 2-7.

Cougars update: Lakewood had a dismal 2006 season, going 1-9 and getting outscored 407-124. Five times the Cougars were held to seven or fewer points

Key to the game: Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons. Improved offensive and defensive lines and returning QB Kyle Kennaw could be enough to lead LC to a win.

SEATTLE LAKESIDE AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Meridian High School

Lions update: The Metro League team hasn’t had much success lately. Lakeside went 1-9 last year and was outscored 349-89.

Trojans update: Meridian beat the Lions 49-0 last year. The Trojans are breaking in plenty of new starters, though, and such a blow out is probably out of reach.

Key to the game: Despite plenty of new starters, Meridian still has difference-makers in Andrei Lintz and Sean Hurlbut.

NEW WESTMINSTER (B.C.) AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Hyacks update: The British Columbia school totaled only 130 yards of offense and turned the ball over four times in last season’s 48-0 loss to the Pioneers.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley is coming off a 5-5 season but must replace some key players. Stepping in to fill the void are a handful of underclassmen.

Key to the game: The Pioneers need to establish a running game, play good defense and gain confidence.

MOUNT BAKER AT SQUALICUM

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Mountaineers update: QB Jon Raney and a couple linemen return as starters for Mount Baker. Raney’s arm won’t let defenses stack the line of scrimmage, but Baker still must find a running attack.

Storm update: Squalicum lost 2,000-yard rusher Chad Clark, but returns a super-sized offensive line. The Storm will be without RB Kevin Miller, who is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in practice.

Key to the game: The Storm returns more starters, especially in the trenches, than the Mounties and that might be enough to carry Squalicum in the first week of the season.

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