High School Football

These three Whatcom County teams made big moves in the latest state football rankings

Nooksack Valley’s Evan Neitling carries the ball against Blaine Sept. 1. The Pioneers jumped into a tie for third place in the latest Class 1A Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll.
Nooksack Valley’s Evan Neitling carries the ball against Blaine Sept. 1. The Pioneers jumped into a tie for third place in the latest Class 1A Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll. eabell@bhamherald.com

The Nooksack Valley football team jumped three spots in the latest Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll, released Wednesday, while Squalicum and Lynden just barely hung onto their top-10 rankings after costly Week 4 losses.

The Pioneers’ 26-14 victory over Mount Baker Friday allowed Nooksack (4-0) to jump into a third-place tie with Montesano in the Class 1A rankings behind unanimous top pick Royal and Connell. The Pioneers hurdled Meridian (4-0), which stayed put at No. 5 after a 28-7 victory over Lynden Christian.

The Trojans host Nooksack Friday in a much anticipated battle that will feature a pair of NCAA Division I committed quarterbacks – Nooksack’s Casey Bauman and Meridian’s Simon Burkett – and will give the winner the early lead in a ultra-competitive 1A Northwest Conference race. Mount Baker (3-1), which dropped from third to seventh after last week’s loss, will host Lynden Christian Friday in the first game on the new and improved grass surface at Bob Tisdale Field.

In Class 2A, Lynden dropped six spots to No. 10 following last week’s 34-20 loss to Sedro-Woolley. Archbishop Murphy remained atop the rankings – though no longer unanimous after a loss to Bellevue – while the Cubs moved back into the poll at No. 8. The Lions (2-2) will attempt to bounce back from their first 2A NWC loss since 2015 when they host Lakewood.

Squalicum also is looking to get back on the right track after a surprising 36-28 loss to Stanwood Saturday, ending a 26-game regular-season win streak that dated back to 2014. The Storm (3-1) dropped to No. 10 in the Class 3A rankings and will next travel to face No. 9 Oak Harbor (4-0).

Ferndale (4-0) remained at No. 4 in the 3A poll behind No. 1 Eastside Catholic, No. 2 O’Dea and No. 3 Kamiakin after the Golden Eagles beat Arlington 41-13. They’ll travel to meet Marysville-Pilchuck Friday.

Lummi (4-0) also stayed at No. 2 in the Class 1B poll after last week’s forfeit win over Muckleshoot Tribal. The Blackhawks, who travel to face No. 3 Sunnyside Christain Thursday, received three first-place votes, while No. 1 Odessa got seven.

Camas (4A) and Kalama (2B) remained atop their respective polls.

Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll

Determined by a statewide panel of sports writers and editors (first-place votes in parenthesis):

Class 4A

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Camas (9)

4-0

108

2. Woodinville (2)

4-0

91

3. Graham-Kapowsin

4-0

87

3. Richland

4-0

87

5. Gonzaga Prep

3-1

61

6. Sumner

3-1

51

7. Bothell

3-1

42

8. Monroe

4-0

36

9. Chiawana

3-1

24

10. Union

3-1

11

Class 3A

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Eastside Catholic (10)

4-0

109

2. O'Dea (1)

4-0

96

3. Kamiakin

4-0

90

4. Ferndale

4-0

72

5. Lincoln

3-1

58

6. Bellevue

3-1

53

7. Timberline

4-0

49

8. Mt. Spokane

3-1

45

9. Oak Harbor

4-0

11

10. Squalicum

3-1

9

Class 2A

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Archbishop Murphy (9)

3-1

115

2. Spokane West Valley (1)

4-0

86

3. Hockinson

4-0

82

4. Tumwater (1)

2-2

79

5. Issquah Liberty (1)

3-1

78

6. Fife

4-0

49

7. North Kitsap

4-0

47

8. Sedro-Woolley

3-1

42

9. W. F. West

3-1

35

10. Lynden

2-2

31

Others receiving 6 or more points: Selah 9.

Class 1A

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Royal (11)

4-0

110

2. Connell

3-0

97

3. Montesano

4-0

76

(tie) Nooksack Valley

4-0

76

5. Meridian

4-0

72

6. Colville

3-1

53

7. Mount Baker

3-1

43

8. Cascade Christian

3-1 2

5

9. Zillah

3-1

22

10. Okanogan

3-0

16

Class 2B

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Kalama (9)

4-0

99

2. Spangle Liberty (1)

4-0

89

3. Napavine

3-1

74

4. Adna

4-0

69

5. Colbert Northwest Christian

4-0

55

6. Rainier

4-0

36

7. Toledo

2-2

33

(tie) Colfax

3-1

33

9. Pe Ell/Willapa Valley

2-2

15

10. Concrete

4-0

14

Others receiving 6 or more points: Asotin 12.

Class 1B

Pl. School

Record

Pts.

1. Odessa (7)

3-0

96

2. Lummi (3)

4-0

88

3. Sunnyside Christian

4-0

81

4. Almira/Coulee-Hartline

3-1

73

5. Republic

3-0

19

Others receiving 6 or more points: Selkirk 12. Tacoma Baptist 12. Quilcene 7.

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