Seaquam Secondary at Sehome
Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
Site: Civic Stadium
Seahawks update: Seaquam is the defending “AA” champion in British Columbia, after beating top-ranked Vernon 35-15 in the 2016 Subway Bowl last December at B.C. Place. The Seahawks have a new coach this season, as Jerry Mulliss retired after 49 years. Jalen and Tyson Philpot, who were then juniors, led the way for Sequam last year.
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Mariners update: Sehome also has a new coach this year in Kevin Beason, and the Mariners nearly ended what is now an 18-game losing streak in a nail-biting 41-40 loss to Mountlake Terrace on Sept. 1. Sehome twice erased double-digit deficits and had a shot to score a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute before what appeared to be a shovel pass inside Mountlake’s 10 was ruled a rally-killing fumble.
Key to the game: Sehome has got to find a way to come out of the locker room stronger. The Mariners quickly fell behind 20-0 before roaring back to take a 27-20 halftime lead. In the second half, Mountlake scored the first 21 points, which proved to be just enough to hold off Sehome.
Player to watch: Sehome quarterback Michael Mindnich showed he can be a threat throwing the ball (148 yards, 2 TDs) and running it (58 yards, 1 TD) in the Mariners’ Week 1 scoring fest.
Prediction: Seaquam 34-28.
Lynden Christian at Cascade Christian
Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
Lyncs update: Lynden Christian’s defense stifled Bellingham in a 7-0 victory over the Red Raiders in Week 1. The Lyncs limited Bellingham to 0.8 yards per carry (22 yards on 27 attempts), piled up seven sacks for 40 yards and also recorded an interception. Ty Van Dyken and Payton Robertson split time at quarterback, with Van Dyken throwing for 41 yards and Robertson amassing 38 yards and a TD.
Cougars update: Fourth-ranked Cascade Christian opened the season with a 41-6 win at Orting. Parker Johnson led the way, passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Tyquan Coleman, who caught just the three passes for 208 yards. Madden Tobeck rushed for 174 yards and a TD on nine attempts.
Key to the game: The Lyncs cannot afford another offensive performance like they had last week against Bellingham, when they rushed for 43 yards on 22 carries and were held to 79 yards passing and a single touchdown.
Player to watch: LC’s leading receiver from last year, Kalai Jandoc, got 2017 off to a positive start, catching four passes for 50 yards, including the game winner in the final minutes.
Prediction: Cascade Christian 20-13.