High School Sports

WEEK 11: Prep football preview capsules

CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS

MOUNT VERNON AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. today

Site: Civic Stadium

Bulldogs update: Mount Vernon surged to a 20-0 advantage and won easily at Renton, dispatching the Indians 20-9. RB Jess Miller eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale routed Peninsula 41-9 last week, clinching its fifth straight state playoff appearance.

Key to the game: Two weeks ago, Ferndale escaped Mount Vernon with a 13-10 overtime victory. The Bulldogs held the Golden Eagles to their lowest point total and less than four yards per carry. If Mount Vernon’s defense can repeat that effort, the Bulldogs have a good shot at winning. If Ferndale figures out how to beat the Bulldogs’ run defense, the Golden Eagles should have no trouble.

CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS

BLAINE AT FIFE

Time: 7:30 p.m. today

Site: Sunset Chevy Stadium, Sumner

Borderites update: Blaine advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 1998 with its 46-33 win at Cedarcrest. The Borderites rushed for 332 yards in the first half against the Red Wolves.

Trojans update: Fife walloped Klahowya 49-21 last week, securing its second straight trip to the state playoffs. RB Tyler Cardin rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries in the game. The Trojans (8-2) forfeited a win against Yelm and lost 21-7 to Mount Vernon in Week 5.

Key to the game: For Blaine, it’s simple: contain Cardin. If the 5-foot-7, 160 pounder gets loose, the Borderites will be in for a long night. Fife, however, hasn’t played a team with a defense as stingy as Blaine’s.

CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS

LYNDEN AT CENTRALIA

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday

Site: Centralia High School

Lions update: Lynden throttled South Whidbey 41-0, holding the Falcons to 100 yards of total offense. In their last three games, the Lions have outscored opponents 116-13.

Tigers update: Centralia won its third straight game, beating Hockinson 49-14. The Tigers piled up 531 yards of offense, including 389 on the ground, in the victory. Centralia’s last loss was a 26-20 defeat at second-ranked Tumwater.

Key to the game: There’s a history here — these teams met in the state finals last season where Lynden emerged with a 14-10 victory. The difference will be if the Lions, who are allowing an average of 3.4 yards per carry, can contain Centralia’s running attack.

CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS

CASTLE ROCK AT MERIDIAN

Time: 6 p.m. Saturday

Site: Civic Stadium

Rockets update: Castle Rock beat Onalaska 33-14 last week. The Rockets employ a shotgun spread offense, similar to what Lynden runs. QB Clint Burgoyne has thrown for 1,566 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Trojans update: Meridian beat Nooksack Valley for the third time this season, winning 42-14 last week. The Trojans rushed for 382 yards in the victory.

Key to the game: The Trojans haven’t faced an offense like Castle Rock’s and will have to make the necessary adjustments. Meridian must get the ball to RB Sean Hurlbut and TE Andrei Lintz.

CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT KALAMA

Time: 5 p.m. Saturday

Site: Kalama High School

Lyncs update: The Lyncs dismantled Cedar Park Christian on Tuesday, winning the state play-in game 39-6. RBs Niels Brisbane and David Kooiman each cracked 100 yards rushing. LC allowed 182 yards of total offense.

Chinooks update: Kalama lost its first game of the season last week, falling 14-6 to Montesano. In his 11th season, coach Mark Buchanan won his 100th game two weeks ago. Chris Pierce and Trevor McCain each have several 100-yard rushing games.

Key to the game: Kalama might have more talent, but the Lyncs can shorten a game with their big 0-line and running game. If LC’s offense can grind out long drives that result in points, and get a few defensive stops, the Lyncs will be there at the end. Never underestimate a Dan Kaemingk-coached defense.

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