High School Sports

WEEK 2: Preview capsules


Time: 7 p.m. Site: Ferndale High School

Mariners update: For the second year in a row, Sehome opened with an upset of Anacortes. The Mariners made the most of turnovers and new QB Scott Pelo showed poise, tossing two touchdowns in the 25-19 win.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale ran past Burlington-Edison 25-10. The Golden Eagles might be the fastest team in the conference. Ferndale did have some problems with fumbles, coughing up the ball five times.

Key to the game: Ferndale edged Sehome 26-19 last year, so the Mariners shouldn’t be intimidated. Sehome capitalized on turnovers last week and that should give the Golden Eagles extra incentive to hold on to the ball tonight.


Time: 7 p.m. Site: Blaine High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley had a tough opener, falling 34-6 to Bellingham. The Cubs averaged more than four yards per carry, led by running back Derek Garcia’s 114 yards.

Borderites update: Blaine struggled at Lynden, losing 31-13. The Borderites’ offense was held to 199 yards, but most of that came late in the second half when the game had already been decided.

Key to the game: The Borderites get a chance to shore up the offense and give the defense some more experience against the overmatched Cubs.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden High School

Bulldogs update: Class 3A Mount Vernon beat Bishop Blanchet 28-14 last week, getting production from QBs Ray Walser and Josh Etringer. The pair combined to complete 14 of 23 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Colin Findley-Meier returned a kick 92 yards for a touchdown.

Lions update: New QB Tate Dallas had the offense rolling, passing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan Gaylord caught two TDs and picked off two passes.

Key to the game: Mount Vernon is improving, but the Lions are still a better team. If Lynden can duplicate last week’s effort, it might repeat last season’s 42-21 win over the Bulldogs.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Cougars update: Lakewood was outplayed at home by Lynden Christian, losing 25-14. The Cougars rushed for an astonishing minus-58 yards on 17 carries.

Storm update: Squalicum stubbed its toe a bit in its 21-0 win over Mount Baker, but the Storm had plenty to be happy about, too. RB Aldo LeVain rushed for 122 yards and the massive offensive line opened huge holes.

Key to the game: The Storm will clean up its mistakes and be a better team tonight. That’s bad news for a Lakewood team that couldn’t run the ball last week.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Crusaders update: Holy Cross from Surrey, B.C., has not yet played a game this season.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian turned in the stat of the week when it held Lakewood to minus-58 rushing yards in its 25-14 win. The Lyncs have a big line to get behind and rushed for 273 yards.

Key to the game: The Lyncs must keep running the ball on offense and stuffing the run on defense.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Meridian High School

Mount Douglas update: Mount Douglas has not yet played a game this season, It was 1-3 in its conference last fall.

Trojans update: Meridian handled Class 3A Seattle Lakeside 43-0. RB Sean Hurlbut rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and also totaled 93 receiving yards and a score. New QB Max Crook threw for 178 yards, but was picked off twice. The Trojans allowed 184 yards of total offense.

Key to the game: Local teams typically do well against the Canadian schools


Time: 5 p.m.

Site: Lummi Nation School

Centennial update: Cenetennial has not yet played a game. It was 1-3 in its conference last season.

Blackhawks update: Lummi walloped a Pateros team that reached the Class 2B semifinals last season 62-36. Lummi will not be charging admission at the gate, instead asking fans to make a donation to the food bank.

Key to the game: Depth could be an issue for the Blackhawks as they face a school of about 1,800 students.


Time: 7 p.m. Saturday

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Vikings update: Orcas Island was shut out 13-0 by Friday Harbor last week.

Pioneers update: The Pioneers trailed halfway through the fourth quarter against New Westminster, B.C., but rallied for a touchdown and then Tom Reynolds sealed the win with an interception. NV did allow 310 rushing yards.

Key to the game: Nooksack will have to improve its defense.


Time: 7 p.m. Saturday

Site: Civic Stadium

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker’s inexperience showed in its 21-0 loss at Squalicum. The Mounties couldn’t match the Storm’s size, but that won’t be an issue against the Red Raiders.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham beat Sedro-Woolley 34-6, rushing for 271 yards on 32 carries (8.5 yards per carry). New QB Zack Halverson completed 9 of 18 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Key to the game: If the Red Raiders can run against the Mounties like they did against the Cubs, Baker will be in for a long evening.