High School Sports

WEEK 9: Football preview capsules

BELLINGHAM AT ANACORTES

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.

LYNDEN AT MOUNT BAKER

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.

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT SEHOME

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.

FERNDALE AT MOUNT VERNON

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.

SQUALICUM AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

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.

BLAINE AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

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.

MERIDIAN AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

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.

NEAH BAY AT LUMMI

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.

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