High School Football

Week 5 football power rankings see big shake up; where does your team check in?

Ferndale’s James Hinson intercepts a pass intended for Arlington’s Dylan Simmons in the end zone Friday, Sept. 22.
Ferndale’s James Hinson intercepts a pass intended for Arlington’s Dylan Simmons in the end zone Friday, Sept. 22. For The Bellingham Herald

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank after Week 4 in the latest power rankings:


1. Ferndale (4-0): The Golden Eagles have passed their first four tests this season with flying colors, and last week’s win over Arlington was impressive. Now the key its to avoid falling into a trap against Marysville-Pilchuck – a team they should beat. Last week: No. 1

Nooksack Valley

2. Nooksack Valley (4-0): If you didn’t believe in the Pioneers before last week, you definitely should after they picked up a statement win over Mount Baker in their 1A Northwest Conference opener. Things don’t get any easier for the next five weeks. Next up a trip to Meridian. Last week: No. 6


3. Meridian (4-0): Trojans also got their 1A Northwest Conference season off to a strong start with a win over Lynden Christian. The winner of Friday night’s showdown with Nooksack Valley will have the early upper hand in the race for the top seed into the district playoffs. Last week: No. 5

Mount Baker

4. Mount Baker (3-1): After Friday’s loss to Nooksack Valley – the Mountaineers’ first 1A NWC loss since 2014 – Mount Baker finds itself in the unusual position of needing to make up ground in the league standings. They hope to start doing that against Lynden Christian. Last week: No. 2


5. Lynden (2-2): The Lions hope to bring a little consistency to what’s been an up-and-down season so far this year. To do so, they’ll need to limit the mistakes they made last week – four turnovers against a good team like Sedro-Woolley is almost always going to lead to trouble. Last week: No. 4


6. Squalicum (3-1): Still thinking that Saturday’s 36-28 final score was a misprint? Squalicum certainly wishes that was true. Any more setbacks in 3A Wesco North play could make things awful difficult on a team seeking its fourth straight trip to state. Last week: No. 3

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (2-2): Just because they’re not getting as much statewide attention as the other three teams in the conference, don’t forget about the Lyncs. This team is plenty capable of getting into the thick of the 1A NWC postseason race with a couple of wins. Last week: No. 7


8. Bellingham (2-2): Though it’s only two weeks into the 2A Northwest Conference season, the Red Raiders kept their postseason hopes alive with last week’s one-point victory over Blaine. Next up comes another nearly must-win game at Burlington-Edison. Last week: No. 8


9. Blaine (0-4): A little bad luck against Bellingham put the Borderites’ postseason hopes on life support. With just three teams advancing out of the 2A NWC this year, Blaine likely needs to win out to get back into the picture. Right now, they’ll be happy to start with a win over Anacortes. Last week: No. 9


10. Sehome (0-4): The Mariners made some strides last week, after taking a couple of steps back. It will be difficult for them to end what’s now a 21-game losing streak at King’s this week, but the important thing is for Sehome to keep moving forward. Last week: No. 10