Bellingham at Blaine
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Blaine High School
Red Raiders update: Bellingham played its first league game in three years last week and lost to Lynden 34-14. Ethan Fields played wildcat quarterback in what was a surprise to Lynden as he threw a touchdown on the Red Raiders’ first drive. Lynden limited Bellingham to eight points the rest of the game. The Red Raiders finished with 163 rushing yards but allowed 268.
Borderites update: Blaine struggled against Sedro-Woolley in a key league game last week, losing 52-20. After starting the season 2-0, the Borderites allowed 346 rushing yards and 35 points in the second half after trailing17-7 at the half. Running back Riley Fritsch finished with 127 yards and scored twice.
Key to the game: The Red Raiders will have to key on Fritsch after struggling against the run last week.
Player to watch: Blaine quarterback Jalen Kortlever threw three interceptions last week, but he’ll try to bounce back in a game that could decide which team moves on to the postseason.
Herald prediction: Blaine 31-21
Lynden at Sedro-Woolley
Time: 7 p.m.
Lions update: Sixth-ranked Lynden handled Bellingham last week 34-14, as Jacob Hommes and Brody Weinheimer combined for 237 yards on the ground. Hommes also threw for 113 yards. Defensively, the Lions held the Red Raiders to 77 yards through the air and 163 on the ground. Sedro-Woolley has beaten the Lions three straight times, dating back to the 2014 2A state title game.
Cubs update: Fifth-ranked Sedro-Woolley eased past Blaine last week 52-20 behind 346 rushing yards and four forced turnovers. Bryce Hornbeck rushed for 219 yards on 12 carries, returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and recorded an interception. The Cubs added another two interceptions while also forcing a fumble.
Key to the game: The Lions will have to contain the Cubs’ rushing attack, which includes Hornbeck and others.
Player to watch: Lynden wide receiver Rylan Severson had 86 receiving yards last week and could play a big role in opening up a tough Sedro-Woolley defense.
Herald prediction: Sedro-Woolley 31-21
Anacortes at Sehome
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Civic Stadium
Seahawks update: Anacortes fell to Burlington-Edison last week 28-0, as the Seahawks struggled to score throughout and dropped two potential touchdown passes. Quarterback Trystan Lowry was 10 for 24 with 160 passing yards, and running back Michael Aydelotte rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries.
Mariners update: Sehome lost a close game to Lakewood last week 14-12 after throwing a last-minute interception. The Mariners’ offense could never get anything going and was only able to rush for 89 yards on 27 carries and threw for only 107 yards.
Key to the game: Sehome’s offensive line has to create more space for the Mariners’ rushing attack and improve upon the 3.3 yards it averaged per attempt last week.
Player to watch: Mariners wide receiver Ben Dauber only caught two passes last week despite being targeted often. He’ll try to improve this week against Anacortes.
Herald prediction: Anacortes 21-14
Lynden Christian at Meridian
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Meridian High School
Lyncs update: Lynden Christian was able to secure its first win last week – a 14-13 victory over Cashmere – to improve its record to 1-2. The Lyncs’ defense stifled Cashmere, but the Lyncs were only able to rush for 52 yards on 22 carries. The Lyncs also fumbled five times, losing three, which is something coach Dan Kaemingk wants his squad to stop.
Trojans update: Meridian lost 34-33 to Cascade Christian on a blocked extra point in last week’s nonleague game. The Trojans rushed for 327 yards, but quarterback Simon Burkett threw one interception. He also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while Andrew Logan caught a touchdown pass from Burkett.
Key to the game: The Lyncs struggled to run the ball last week and will want to improve upon their 2.4 yards per attempt to beat the Trojans.
Player to watch: Meridian’s Bryce Vandenhaak ran for 150 yards on 14 carries last week and will look to keep that up.
Herald prediction: Meridian 35-14
Nooksack Valley at Mount Baker
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Mount Baker High School
Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley beat Coupeville 47-14 last week. After falling behind 7-0, the Pioneers lit up the scoreboard. Running back Colton Kautz ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns, and Tre Silva added two on the ground and one more receiving. Quarterback Casey Bauman completed 6 of 7 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Mountaineers update: Mount Baker handily beat Port Townsend last week 56-7 behind 338 rushing yards. Jed Schleimer continued his dominance with 159 rushing yards, with his backup, Carson Engholm, adding 88 yards. Defensively, the Mountaineers held Port Townsend to 113 rushing yards and 65 passing yards, and Port Townsend didn’t score until the fourth quarter.
Key to the game: In a clash of vastly different offenses, the Mountaineers want to rely on their bread-and-butter running game, while the Pioneers will look to exploit the Mountaineers’ defense through the air.
Player to watch: Mount Baker’s Engholm, will look to provide a change of pace for the Mountaineers this week.
Herald prediction: Mount Baker 42-31
Ferndale at Arlington
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Arlington High School
Golden Eagles update: Ferndale skated by South Kitsap 56-41 last week. Ferndale racked up 608 total yards and had three rushers with at least 145 yards each. Big plays burned Ferndale defensively, as it allowed touchdown passes of 66, 70 and 73 yards.
Eagles update: Arlington handled Marysville-Getchell last week 47-26. The Eagles allowed 226 rushing yards but only allowed 135 passing yards while holding Marysville-Getchell’s quarterback to a 33 percent completion rate.
Key to the game: Arlington struggled to contain the run last week, and Ferndale will try to take advantage with its dominating rushing attack.
Player to watch: Ferndale’s Winterhawk Leighton and his fellow offensive linemen paved the way for the Golden Eagles’ rushing attack to pile up 500 yards last week, and he’ll look to do that again.
Herald prediction: Ferndale 38-24
Squalicum at Stanwood
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Stanwood High School
Storm update: Squalicum picked up its first Class 3A Wesco North Division triumph last week, 48-15 over Marysville-Pilchuck. For the second straight week, starting quarterback Garrett Sorenson was out with an injured shoulder, but Ben Peterson filled in admirably throwing, for three touchdowns, rushing for two and returning a kick for one. Coach Nick Lucey said Sorenson should return this week.
Spartans update: Stanwood was shutout last week 41-0 against Oak Harbor. The Spartans struggled on both sides of the ball, allowing 460 yards of offense, including 408 rushing yards. Offensively, the Spartans rushed for zero yards and quarterback Karl DeBoer threw three interceptions.
Key to the game: The Storm will have to follow its game plan and not come out slow against a Stanwood squad it should easily beat.
Player to watch: Squalicum’s Sorenson is returning from a shoulder injury after being out since Week 2. He’ll try to fit right back into that productive offense.
Herald prediction: Squalicum 49-17
Orcas Island at Lummi
Time: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Site: Lummi Nation School
Vikings update: Orcas Island is 0-2 on the season after forfeiting its game last week against Concrete. The forfeit came on an agreement that Concrete would “play down” to eight-man football, even though it could field an 11-man team. At the time of the forfeit, Orcas Island was up 44-22.
Blackhawks update: Last week, the Blackhawks trounced Taholah 62-14 in a nonleague game. Free Borsey had 103 receiving yards and a touchdown, as well as an interception returned for a touchdown. Trazil Lane also caught two touchdown passes and rushed for one.
Key to the game: The Blackhawks have outscored opponents 165-66 this season and will use that high-powered offense to their advantage against the Vikings.
Player to watch: Lummi’s quarterback Dashawn Lawrence threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns last week, and he will look to build off that success.
Herald prediction: Lummi 62-21
Simon Burkett’s interception total corrected in Lynden Christian-Meridian preview capsule Sept. 26, 2016.