High School Football

The top of the Whatcom County football rankings got a slight shake up after Week 2

The Ferndale football team celebrates its Week 2 win over rival Lynden Sept. 8 in Ferndale.
The Ferndale football team celebrates its Week 2 win over rival Lynden Sept. 8 in Ferndale. 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 (2-0): The Golden Eagles showed good resiliency, bouncing back from a 13-0 deficit last week in their win over Lynden. They also showed they don’t need to rely solely on Cole Semu to win games. Both should benefit them once they get to league play next week. Last week: No. 1


2. Squalicum (2-0): So we know the Storm offense can put up some huge numbers again this year, but the big question from last week’s 85-70 win is whether the defensive performance was a one-week lapse or reason for concern. Squalicum needs to shore things up. Last week: No. 3

Mount Baker

3. Mount Baker (2-0): The Mountaineers survived the long bus trip north of the border, and coach Ron Lepper hopes the experience helps prepare his team for some long trips it plans to take come November in the Class 1A state playoffs. Last week: No. 4


4. Lynden (1-1): So the bad news is the Lions lost to their biggest rivals by a touchdown or less for the second straight year. The good news is it doesn’t hurt their standing in the 2A NWC at all, as they attempt to repeat as league champs. Last week: No. 2

Nooksack Valley

5. Nooksack Valley (2-0): Last week’s win at Granite Falls was definitely not as clean as coach Robb Myhre would have liked, but the Pioneers showed they still have plenty of play makers after the loss of Tre Silva to an ankle injury in Week 1. Last week: No. 5


6. Meridian (2-0): Two weeks, two six-point wins. The Trojans are finding a way to get things done when it matters most. But that figures to get much tougher this week as they face a No. 4 Cascade Christian squad desperate for some pay back for last November. Last week: No. 6

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (1-1): OK, the loss to Cascade Christian is in the rear view mirror. But the schedule doesn’t get any easier for LC against Cashmere this week and with the brutal 1A NWC schedule still ahead. How will the Lyncs respond? Last week: No. 7


8. Bellingham (1-1): The Red Raiders looked like a different team rushing for 330 yards last week against Shorewood, compared to 22 yards against Lynden Christian. But now the 2A NWC season starts, and Bellingham opens against the defending league champs. Last week: No. 8


9. Blaine (0-2): The Borderites’ offense showed up last week, scoring 44 points against Meridian, but Blaine has got to improve on defense. In two games it has allowed 95 points and 895 yards of total offense. Good news is they won’t be facing an NCAA Division I-committed quarterback this week at Sedro. Last week: No. 9


10. Sehome (0-2): The Mariners have got to find a way to start quicker this week and end its 19-game losing streak. In Week 1, they spotted Mountlake Terrace 20 points, and last week it was the game’s first 28 points to Seaquam Secondary. Last week: No. 10

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