High School Sports

WEEK 8: Football preview capsules

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT BELLINGHAM

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers update: Eighth-ranked Burlington-Edison edged Lynden 28-21 in overtime, taking the inside track on the NWC Class 2A’s top seed to the postseason.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham beat Sehome 33-26, taking a step toward reaching the postseason for the first time in two decades.

Key to the game: The Red Raiders are sick of moral victories (see: close losses to Lynden and Ferndale) and a win over the Tigers would give them cache. Bellingham will have to find a way to gain ground against Burlington’s tenacious defense.

SQUALICUM AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Ferndale High School

Storm update: Squalicum lost 35-22 to Mount Vernon, severely hampering its postseason chances. The Storm has lost three of its past four games

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale crushed Sedro-Woolley 42-20, holding the Cubs to 27 yards of total offense in the first half.

Key to the game: The Storm’s playoff hopes ride on the outcome of tonight’s NWC Class 3A games. Sedro-Woolley must beat Mount Vernon or Squalicum must upset Ferndale to stay alive. To do take care of business itself, the Storm must find a way to limit Ferndale’s offense and keep its speedy skill players from breaking big gains.

MOUNT BAKER AT BLAINE

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Blaine High School

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker had its way at Nooksack Valley, beating the Pioneers 35-6. The Mounties totaled 483 yards of offense.

Borderites update: The Borderites erased a 17-0 deficit, beating Anacortes 27-24 on a late field goal by Patrick Mulholland.

Key to the game: Mount Baker needs a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive. Blaine needs a win to maintain control of its postseason destiny. Expect the best from each team. If the Mounties can contain Blaine’s rushing attack, they’ll have a chance to win.

ANACORTES AT LYNDEN

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden High School

Seahawks update: Anacortes let a 17-0 lead disappear, losing 27-24 to Blaine.

Lions update: Lynden fell 28-21 in overtime at Burlington-Edison. Stymied offensively in the first half, the Lions totaled 161 yards in the second and scored touchdowns on two of their three possessions.

Key to the game: Anacortes needs a win and a Bellingham loss to save its season. With a Week 9 matchup against the Red Raiders looming, that should be all the encouragement the Seahawks need to play their best against Lynden. Anacortes will need to clog the passing lanes, slowing down Lynden’s offense, to keep its hopes alive.

SEHOME AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Meridian High School

Mariners update: Sehome put a scare into Bellingham before falling 33-26.

Trojans update: Meridian beat Lynden Christian 21-7, extending its winning streak to 21 games.

Key to the game: This one is for pride and the Mariners would like nothing more than to end the state’s longest current winning streak. They’ll need to stop RB Sean Hurlbut, who leads the Northwest Conference in rushing and scoring, to do that.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian fell 21-7 to Meridian last week, despite RB David Kooiman eclipsing 100 rushing yards for the third straight week.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley had trouble getting its offense going last week, falling 35-6 to Mount Baker.

Key to the game: This game will likely decide which team will get the NWC 1A’s No. 2 seed. The Pioneers must stop Kooiman and the Lyncs from running to stay close.

CLALLAM BAY AT LUMMI

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday

Site: Lummi Nation School

Bruins update: Clallam Bay won its sixth straight game, defeating Wishkah Valley 40-12.

Blackhawks update: Second-ranked Lummi thumped Oakville 72-28, claiming its fifth straight victory.

Key to the game: This game will likely decide the Pacific Coast 1B League champion. Both teams are 4-0 in conference play. Windy conditions may limit Lummi’s offensive capabilities, so the Blackhawks will need to rely on their speed.

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