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Was there any movement in the Whatcom County football rankings for Week 7?

Mount Baker’s Thomas Barbo fights for yardage against Meridian Oct. 6.
Mount Baker’s Thomas Barbo fights for yardage against Meridian Oct. 6. eabell@bhamherald.com

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank heading into Week 7 in the latest power rankings:

Ferndale

1. Ferndale (6-0): No. 2 Golden Eagles have out scored their three 3A Wesco North opponents 122-23. Things figure to get a bit more difficult this week with a trip to visit No. 8 Oak Harbor in a game that will play a large role in deciding the 3A Wesco North champion. Last week: No. 1

Meridian

2. Meridian (6-0): No. 3 Trojans have now beaten three teams currently ranked in the top 10 in Class 1A – No. 6 Cascade Christian, No. 9 Mount Baker and No. 10 Nooksack Valley. They can clinch at least a tie for the 1A NWC title with a victory against Lynden Christian. Last week: No. 2

Nooksack Valley

3. Nooksack Valley (4-2): Last week’s loss to Lynden Christian was a little bit of a surprise for the 10th-ranked Pioneers. They look to right the ship against Mount Baker – the last team they beat three weeks ago on their first trip through the 1A NWC gauntlet. Last week: No. 3

Mount Baker

4. Mount Baker (4-2): Though the Mountaineers find themselves two games behind Meridian in a three-way tie for second place in the 1A NWC, they’ll get to host two of their three games during the second half of the league schedule, with games against Nooksack this week and Meridian in Week 9. Last week: No. 4

Squalicum

5. Squalicum (4-2): The Storm got back on track and even flexed some defensive muscle in last week’s non-league win over Snohomish. Now Squalicum needs to keep growing as it prepares for a Week 8 game at Ferndale and Week 9 against Arlington. Last week: No. 5

Lynden

6. Lynden (3-3): The Lions currently sit ninth in the 2A Northwest District RPI rankings. They can’t afford any more missteps against either Anacortes this week or next week against Burlington-Edison if they hope to earn one of the 2A NWC’s automatic berths into the Week 10 district playoffs. Last week: No. 6

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (3-3): Anybody who doubted the Lyncs were capable of being a factor in the 1A NWC race was forced to rethink things after LC beat Nooksack Valley last week. Can the Lyncs knock off another highly ranked opponent this week against Meridian? Last week: No. 7

Bellingham

8. Bellingham (3-3): After allowing just 20 points in the first two weeks, combined, the Red Raiders defense has surrendered 33.3 points per game over the past four weeks. They’ll need to ratchet that average down with games against Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and Lakewood left on the schedule. Last week: No. 8

Blaine

9. Blaine (0-6): The Borderites this week added a Week 10 non-league game against Sehome – the team they got their last win against last year. Before then, Blaine will look to end what is now an eight-game losing streak against either Lakewood Friday or Burlington-Edison in two weeks. Last week: No. 9

Sehome

10. Sehome (0-6): While the Mariners have yet to notch their first win in more than two years, there are some positives to pull out of the first six games of 2017. Sehome is averaging 20.7 points per game this year – better than a touchdown more than the 12.1 points it averaged last year. Last week: No. 10

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