High School Football

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

Bob Tisdale Field sports a new sod surface as Mount Baker prepared to take on the Lynden Christian Sept. 29 in Deming.
Bob Tisdale Field sports a new sod surface as Mount Baker prepared to take on the Lynden Christian Sept. 29 in Deming. For The Bellingham Herald

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank after Week 5 in the latest power rankings:

Ferndale

1. Ferndale (5-0): The Golden Eagles have looked like a team capable of making some noise once the playoffs roll around, especially with a defense that is limiting opponents to 14.0 points per game. The key now is to keep getting better and keeping everyone healthy. Last week: No. 1

Meridian

2. Meridian (5-0): The Trojans were impressive in taking Round 1 against Nooksack Valley last week, but things won’t get any easier against the team that has won the 1A NWC crown the past five years and prides itself in its physical brand of play. Last week: No. 3

Nooksack Valley

3. Nooksack Valley (4-1): The Pioneers ended up on the short end against Meridian last week, but Round 2 will be at their house in a couple of weeks. More important now is going up against a tough Lynden Christian defense that seems to find a way to slow high-powered offenses. Last week: No. 2

Mount Baker

4. Mount Baker (4-1): The Mountaineers had to work to avoid falling to 0-2 in 1A NWC play last week, coming back to beat Lynden Christian late. Friday we’ll find out if this year’s team is a serious contender for its sixth straight league title. Last week: No. 4

Squalicum

5. Squalicum (3-2): A missed extra point that bounced off both the upright and the cross bar is all that separated Squalicum from Oak Harbor last week. This week the Storm will take a break from 3A Wesco North action, facing an opponent from the South. Last week: No. 5

Lynden

6. Lynden (2-3): The Lions hadn’t lost in back-to-back weeks since 2003 before they fell to Sedro-Woolley and Lakewood in Weeks 4 and 5. Lynden still has a good shot to advance to the postseason, but it needs to get back in the “W” column right away. Last week: No. 6

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (2-3): Lynden Christian knew it had a difficult challenge ahead of it heading into the 1A NWC season. The Lyncs almost got one last week at Mount Baker, and they’re still very much in the race for a spot in the district playoffs. Last week: No. 7

Bellingham

8. Bellingham (2-3): The Red Raiders get a break from 2A NWC play this week when they face independent Sehome. Bellingham won last year’s crosstown rivalry game 56-43, and they’d like to build some momentum as they prepare for the final stretch of the regular season. Last week: No. 8

Blaine

9. Blaine (0-5): The Borderites had a furious come back last week and almost got their first win against Anacortes. After falling behind in the second half, a punt block for a TD and a long scoring throw got them within striking distance, but they couldn’t convert from 40 yards out on the game’s final play. Last week: No. 9

Sehome

10. Sehome (0-5): The attitude around the Sehome program has certainly changed, according to coach Kevin Beason. Now the Mariners would like to change some results, too, and what better way to do that than with a win over your biggest and oldest rival? Last week: No. 10

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