High School Sports

WEEK 9: Football preview capsules


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anacortes High School

Red Raiders update: Bellingham fell 28-14 to Burlington-Edison. A Bellingham win plus a Mount Baker loss sends the Red Raiders to the playoffs.

Seahawks update: Anacortes lost its third straight, falling 40-7at Lynden. Still, the Seahawks can get into the playoffs with a win and some help.

Key to the game: Both teams are playing for their postseason lives. Expect a few trick plays. Bellingham has the running game to grind out yards.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Baker High School

Lions update: Lynden routed Anacortes 40-7, clinching the NWC 2A’s No. 2 playoff seed.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker edged Blaine 8-6 to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Key to the game: The Mounties have to stall Lynden’s offense by bottling the run and disrupting passing lanes. If Baker can do that, it will have chance at getting to the postseason.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison beat Bellingham 28-14, wrapping up the NWC 2A’s top seed to the playoffs.

Mariners update: Sehome nearly ended Meridian’s 21-game winning streak before falling to the Trojans 49-35.

Key to the game: This one’s all about pride for Sehome, as the Mariners have been eliminated from playoff contention.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Vernon High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale held Squalicum scoreless for three quarters before winning 31-8. A win tonight clinches the NWC 3A’s top playoff seed and the conference crown.

Buldogs update: Mount Vernon won its fourth game in a row, beating Sedro-Woolley 20-7 and securing a playoff berth.

Key to the game: Winner gets the NWC 3A’s top seed to next week’s state play-in games. If the Bulldogs can’t stop Ferndale’s offense, the Golden Eagles will be playoff hosts at Civic Stadium on Nov. 3.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Storm update: Squalicum’s chances at getting to the playoffs ended with last week’s 31-8 loss at Ferndale.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley was defeated 20-7 by Mount Vernon.

Key to the game: The playoffs aren’t a possibility for either team, but Squalicum can still finish .500 with wins in its final two games. Squalicum should be able to run on the Cubs’ defense.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Borderites update: Blaine fell 8-6 to Mount Baker. Depending on what other teams do, the Borderites can claim the NWC 2A’s No. 3 spot. Blaine can do no worse than qualify for a mini-playoff on Saturday.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian beat Nooksack Valley 33-20, taking the NWC 1A’s No. 2 playoff seed. RB David Kooiman rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Key to the game: This one has no bearing on the postseason, but each team would like to head into the playoffs on a positive note. Both teams boast powerful running attacks and have shown the ability to pass. Defense will decide the winner.


Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Trojans update: Meridian scored 28 second-half points, erasing a halftime deficit and beating Sehome 49-35. RB Sean Hurlbut ran for 270 yards and six touchdowns.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley lost to Lynden Christian 33-20. The Pioneers now face Meridian in back-to-back weeks, including next week’s playoff meeting.

Key to the game: Meridian opponents have had the same dictum all season: stop Sean Hurlbut. No team has done it yet.


Time: 2 p.m., Saturday

Site: Lummi Nation School

Red Devils update: Neah Bay beat Crescent 32-12 for its fourth straight victory.

Blackhawks update: Lummi gave Clallam Bay its first league loss, routing the Bruins 44-24. A win over Neah Bay would give Lummi the league title.

Key to the game: If Lummi’s receivers can get behind the Red Devils’ secondary, the Blackhawks’ offense will put up plenty of points.