High School Sports

WEEK 7: Football preview capsules

LYNDEN AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Lions update: After scoring only 10 points in its previous two games, Lynden’s offense finally clicked, leading the Lions to a 47-26 win over Sehome.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison shut down Blaine’s potent running attack and stayed perfect in NWC 2A play, winning 30-8 last week.

Key to the game: The winner of this game will likely capture the NWC 2A’s top seed to the Week 10 district crossover games. Both teams possess speed. The Tigers’ secondary has had some lapses this season. If Lynden can take advantage of that, it might be the difference.

BLAINE AT ANACORTES

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anacortes High School

Borderites update: Blaine’s running attack was bottled up in its 30-8 loss to Burlington-Edison last week. A win over Anacortes would help the Borderites maintain control of their playoff destiny.

Seahawks update: Anacortes’ offense stalled last week, totaling only 150 yards in its 23-7 loss to Mount Vernon. A loss would all but eliminate the Seahawks from playoff contention.

Key to the game: The Seahawks pass the ball well and will test a Blaine secondary that has given up some big plays through the air.

FERNDALE AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale stayed undefeated, edging Bellingham 24-14. The Golden Eagles held the Red Raiders to 55 rushing yards.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley lost its sixth straight game this year, falling 28-14 to Mount Baker.

Key to the game: Ferndale has too much offense and speed for the Cubs to contain. Sedro will have to play its best to hang with the Golden Eagles.

MERIDIAN AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Trojans update: Meridian extended its state-best winning streak to 20 games with a 26-7 win over Nooksack Valley. RB Sean Hurlbut had a big fourth quarter and finished with 165 yards and three touchdowns.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian won a critical Northwest District game 7-3 last week against Friday Harbor.

Key to the game: This time it matters. Meridian beat LC 36-6 three weeks ago, but the Lyncs’ offense is more versatile now with QB Daniel Ten Broek. LC still will have to contain Hurlbut to have a chance.

NOOKSACK VALLEY AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Baker High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley hung with Meridian for three quarters before falling 26-7 in a non-conference game.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker snapped a two-game skid with a 28-14 win over Sedro-Woolley. RB Robert Bumatay ran for a Mounties’ season-high 180 yards in the victory.

Key to the game: Mount Baker can focus on stopping the Pioneers’ running attack. Averaging fewer than eight passes per game, Nooksack Valley’s offense is straightforward.

BELLINGHAM AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Red Raiders update: Bellingham pestered Ferndale before falling 24-14. Jeremy Rick showed his speed when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown against the Golden Eagles. A win is necessary for Bellingham to stay in control of its playoff hopes.

Mariners update: Sehome lost its fifth straight, falling 47-26 at Lynden. The Mariners have shown moments of promise in the past three weeks against Squalicum and Blaine, but haven’t been able to seize upon opportunities.

Key to the game: Rivalry games can be tricky because emotions run high. Sehome can salvage some of its season with a win over Bellingham. To do that, the Mariners must pressure Zack Halverson and not squander opportunities. Bellingham clinches the "City Championship" with a win.

OAKVILLE AT LUMMI

Time: 2 p.m.

Site: Lummi Nation School

Acorns update: Oakville won its first game of the season last week, topping Crescent 48-12.

Blackhawks update: Lummi routed Wishkah Valley 70-26. The Blackhawks have scored at least 54 points in their past four contests.

Key to the game: Lummi will move a step closer to the Pacific Coast 1B League title if its offense keeps clicking and its defense continues to clamp down.

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