High School Football

Which Whatcom County football teams moved up in the latest power rankings?

The Lynden football takes the field to play Bellingham Sept. 15 at Civic Stadium.
The Lynden football takes the field to play Bellingham Sept. 15 at Civic Stadium. eabell@bhamherald.com

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank after Week 3 in the latest power rankings:


1. Ferndale (3-0): The Golden Eagles have certainly been the most impressive team in the county during non-league play, but now they start the 3A Wesco North portion of their schedule off with quite a test in No. 10 Arlington. Ferndale’s defense should be tested. Last week: No. 1

Mount Baker

2. Mount Baker (3-0): The Mountaineers are anxious to finally play a game on their newly sodded field next week, but they have quite a test this week, as they open 1A NWC play with a trip to Nooksack Valley. The Pioneers should challenge Baker’s defense. Last week: No. 3


3. Squalicum (3-0): It’s hard to drop the Storm a spot because it “only” won by 10 points last week, but Squalicum’s defense just hasn’t looked the same so far this year. On top of the 70 it allowed in Week 2, Marysville-Pilchuck made a little bit of a comeback last week. Last week: No. 2


4. Lynden (2-1): The Lions recovered nicely from a difficult loss to Ferndale in Week 2. Now they have another tough test facing Sedro-Woolley – a team that has made things tough on them the past couple of years. Winner takes the early lead for the 2A NWC title. Last week: No. 4


5. Meridian (3-0): The Trojans keep finding ways to win, and last week’s victory over then-No. 4 Cascade Christian was impressive. This week Meridian will try to find a way past a Lynden Christian squad that figures to be a competitive 1A NWC race. Last week: No. 6

Nooksack Valley

6. Nooksack Valley (3-0): The Pioneers didn’t drop a spot because of anything they did, rather the fact that Meridian beat a top-five opponent. Nooksack gets its chance to do the same this week, as it opens 1A NWC play against No. 3 Mount Baker. Last week: No. 5

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (2-1): The Lyncs’ win at Cashmere last week was quite impressive, and quarterback Ty Van Dyken showed he can put up some big numbers Meridian, Baker and Nooksack better not overlook this team, even though it didn’t get a top-10 ranking. Last week: No. 7


8. Bellingham (1-2): Everything was looking good for the Red Raiders after Spencer Lee’s 65-yard touchdown catch and run last week, but Lynden’s defense made sure that was as close as they would get. Bellingham hopes to notch its first league win against Blaine this week. Last week: No. 8


9. Blaine (0-3): It’s been a tough first three weeks for the Borderites, who entered with high hopes for the season. Coach Jay Dodd said his team had things to fix in just about every facet of its game following last week’s 42-7 loss to Sedro-Woolley. Last week: No. 9


10. Sehome (0-3): Last week may have been a little bit of a step back for the Mariners, but those are going to happen. What’s important now is to make sure the momentum keeps going in a positive direction, and a win over Anacortes Friday certainly would do that. Last week: No. 10

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