High School Football

While one team tries to keep its fading hopes alive, the other just wants to end its losing skid

Bellingham running back Connor Wallace, left, attempts to avoid a Sehome tackler Oct. 6 at Civic Stadium.
Bellingham running back Connor Wallace, left, attempts to avoid a Sehome tackler Oct. 6 at Civic Stadium. For The Bellingham Herald

Sehome at Seton Catholic

Time: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Site: Seton Catholic, Vancouver

Jacob Kaepernick
Jacob Kaepernick

Mariners (0-6) update: Sehome’s losing streak grew to 23 straight with a 39-20 loss to Bellingham Friday. Dylan Roberts rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while Mellow Nelson had two catches for 26 yards and the Mariners’ other score. Nelson leads the team with five touchdown catches this year, while Brett Meggyesy has three.

Cougars (4-3) update: Seton Catholic suffered its second straight 1A Trico loss, falling 48-7 at White Salmon Friday. The program was suspended in 2016 after it didn’t have enough players turn out, allowing players to join Kings Way Christian for the year. Jonathan Stell was an all-league running back, with five 100-yard games for Kings Way last year.

Key to the game: This game was a mid-season addition to Sehome’s schedule, and it’s been a while since the Mariners have traveled more than four hours for a game. The bus ride home would seem a whole lot shorter if they can find a way to notch their first win.

Player to watch: Jacob Kaepernick stepped in at quarterback for Sehome last week, after Michael Mindnich saw most of the action through the first five weeks. He passed for 95 yards and a TD, but was intercepted four times by Bellingham.

Prediction: Seton Catholic 35-27.

Sedro-Woolley at Bellingham

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday

Site: Civic Stadium

Cubs (3-3, 2-1 2A NWC) update: Sedro-Woolley suffered a 48-20 loss to Burlington-Edison Friday – its second setback in as many weeks. Though Carter Trammell found Brent VanderVeen for a 4-yard TD pass following an early turnover, the Cubs allowed the game’s next 41 points. Bryson Barlett rushed for 68 yards on seven carries, while Cody Pittis rushed for 63 yards and a TD on three carries.

Ethan Fields
Ethan Fields

Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2 2A NWC) update: Bellingham took a break from 2A NWC play to pick up a 39-20 win over crosstwon rival Sehome Friday. Connor Wallace had a big game, rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded two of the Red Raiders’ four interceptions in the game. Quarterback Nick Knutson passed for 110 yards and a TD and rushed for another.

Key to the game: Bellingham needs another big game defensively. In addition to the four interceptions, the Red Raiders limited Sehome to 200 yards of total offense. Another strong effort like that could keep them in this one.

Player to watch: Ethan Fields checked a number of boxes for Bellingham last week, rushing for 30 yards and a TD on eight carries, catching six passes for 88 yards and another score and recording an interception.

Prediction: Sedro-Woolley 38-17.