High School Football

Seven Whatcom County football teams won in Week 1, but which was most impressive?

Austin O’Bryan looks to pick up yardage against Blaine Sept. 1 at Nooksack Valley.
Austin O’Bryan looks to pick up yardage against Blaine Sept. 1 at Nooksack Valley. eabell@bhamherald.com

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank after Week 1 in the latest power rankings:


1. Ferndale (1-0): The Golden Eagles were looking strong after an impressive win over a Canadian school. Cole Semu’s five-touchdown performance shows he’s ready to carry the load for the offense, but Ferndale needs to develop a supporting cast to keep defenses honest.


2. Lynden (1-0): The Lions were equally as impressive as the Golden Eagles, following an emotional victory in Week 1, when they honored legendary coach Curt Kramme. Even though Ferndale is no longer on the NWC schedule, this is still one of the biggest games of the year for Lynden.


3. Squalicum (1-0): Triston Smith picked up right where he left off last season, rushing for 300 yards and two TDs on 28 carries in a win over Gig Harbor. Quarterback Spencer Lloyd also made a good first impression with two rushing TDs and 147 yards passing.

Mount Baker

4. Mount Baker (1-0): The Mountaineers looked strong against a Class 3A school in Week 1. Now Mount Baker will have to show some of its legendary toughness and grit this week, as it makes a nearly 4 1/2 -hour bus trip north to Vernon, B.C., to face a Canadian school Friday.

Nooksack Valley

5. Nooksack Valley (1-0): Casey Bauman was impressive in his first game of the year, throwing for a county-high 223 yards and two TDs. But the loss of dynamic running back Tre Silva to a broken ankle could end up hurting the Pioneers on both sides of the ball this season.


6. Meridian (1-0): Meridian has “to play better everywhere” and is a “long ways away from where we want to be,” coach Bob Ames said after a 20-14 win over Anacortes last week. They’ll try to make those improvements against a former Whatcom County League foe.

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (1-0): The Lynden Christian defense is for real – throwing a shutout on the scoreboard and limiting Bellingham to 22 rushing yards and 27 carries in Week 1. Now they Lyncs just need to get a bit more production than seven points out of their offense.


8. Bellingham (0-1): The Red Raiders defense was almost equal to the task against Lynden Christian, pitching a shutout until the game’s closing minutes and allowing just 122 yards of total offense. Now Bellingham offensive line has got to create some time for Nick Knutson and the offense to get things going.


9. Blaine (0-1): Perhaps the biggest surprise of Week 1 was Blaine’s struggles in a 45-6 loss at Nooksack Valley. The Borderites managed just 198 yards of total offense, though Oscar Caridad was a bright spot with 73 yards and a TD. They’ll trying to rebound against Meridian.


10. Sehome (0-1): The Mariners’ losing streak may now be 18, after a what was ruled a red-zone fumble in the final minute relegated them to a one-point loss against Mountlake Terrace, but Sehome definitely looked like a completely different team in Week 1.

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