High School Sports

WEEK 3: Football preview capsules

LYNDEN AT SQUALICUM

Time: 7 p.m. Site: Civic Stadium

Lions update: Lynden rolls along, throttling Mount Vernon 41-12 last week for its 11th straight win. Brady Bomber scored three touchdowns in the rout and QB Tate Dallas had another efficient outing, throwing for 177 yards and two TDs. The defense allowed less than 200 yards for the second game in a row.

Storm update: Squalicum routed Lakewood 71-14. QB Zach Victor threw for 147 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout. RB Aldo LeVain has back-to-back 100-yard games and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Key to the game: The Storm must disrupt Lynden’s passing attack. Whether it’s getting a good rush on the quarterback or clogging the passing lanes, Squalicum has to make the Lions falter.

ANACORTES AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Ferndale High School

Seahawks update: For the second season in a row, Anacortes is off to a puzzling 0-2 start. QB Kyle Dixon returned last week and threw for 173 yards, but the Seahawks rushed 36 times for 68 yards.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale scored touchdowns on its first six possessions last week against Sehome. The Golden Eagles are allowing an average of 2.4 yards per carry.

Key to the game: Passing has been Anacortes’ most reliable way to move the ball, and that’s not a good thing when facing Ferndale. The Golden Eagles have picked off three passes this season.

BELLINGHAM AT BLAINE

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Blaine High School

Red Raiders update: Surprising Bellingham is 2-0 and averaging 8.1 yards per carry. RB Jeremy Rick has rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns. QB Zack Halverson has thrown for 223 yards and three TDs.

Borderites update: Blaine bounced back for a season-opening loss at Lynden with a 35-14 win over Sedro-Woolley. The offensive line cleared the way for RB Ben Bohnson to rush for 207 yards and three touchdowns.

Key to the game: Blaine will be the best team Bellingham has faced this season. Both teams run the ball well, so defense and turnovers will be deciding factors.

SEHOME AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Baker High School

Mariners update: Sehome’s offense was humbled in a 56-12 loss at Ferndale, totaling only four first downs. The Mariners’ special teams had some good moments with long returns.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker still is looking for its first win. The youthful Mounties had some success last week with QB Jon Raney throwing for 232 yards and a touchdown. WR Gage Robinson caught six passes for 112 yards and a score.

Key to the game: Mount Baker’s best option to move the ball has been through the air, so Sehome will need to pressure Raney. If the Mariners can’t do that, Baker could win its first game.

DARRINGTON AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Loggers update: Darrington is 2-0, having beaten Class 4A Lake Stevens’ sophomore team 48-14 last week. The Loggers opened the season with a 39-7 non-league win at Seattle Lutheran.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley has been getting it done on the ground and on defense. The Pioneers are averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Key to the game: Nooksack needs to keep pounding the ball and keep a lid on the turnovers.

MERIDIAN AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Trojans update: RB Sean Hurlbut leads the NWC with 344 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He’s outscored nine conference teams by himself. The Trojans have allowed eight first downs this season.

Cubs update: RB Derek Garcia has back-to-back 100-yard games, but Sedro-Woolley doesn’t have much to show for it. All 20 of the Cubs points have come in the fourth quarter.

Key to the game: Meridian won this game 56-0 last year. There’s no real reason why the score won’t be similar.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT RIDGEFIELD

Time: 1 p.m., Saturday

Site: Ridgefield High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian lost 34-9 to Holy Cross, a much larger school from British Columbia. The Lyncs’ offense was held to 167 yards, getting all but 19 on the ground.

Spudders update: Class 2A Ridgefield is coming off a 43-36 win over La Center. Eight turnovers peppered the game, but the Spudders made the most of two interceptions — following them with touchdowns.

Key to the game: LC will have to find a way to contain Ridgefield QB Sean Jung, who passed for 168 yards and rushed for 102 more last week.

LUMMI AT NEAH BAY

Time: 3 p.m., Saturday

Site: Neah Bay High School

Blackhawks update: Lummi fell 34-22 to Centennial, a British Columbia school with 1,800 students. The challenge should make Lummi a better team.

Red Devils update: Neah Bay lost 56-6 in a non-league game to Clallam Bay last week. The Red Devils beat Jubilee Christian 26-6 in their season opener.

Key to the game: Lummi should get back on the winning track with this game.

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