High School Football

While one 1A NWC team moved up, another moved out in the latest state football rankings

Meridian beat Nooksack Valley 50-36 when the teams first met Sept. 29. The two teams will play for the second time Friday.
Meridian beat Nooksack Valley 50-36 when the teams first met Sept. 29. The two teams will play for the second time Friday. eabell@bhamherald.com

While the Nooksack Valley football team dropped out of the Class 1A rankings in the latest Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll, rival Meridian moved up one spot to No. 2.

The Trojans (7-0) and Pioneers (4-3) will meet for the second time on Friday at Nooksack Valley High School in what could be the final high school meeting between quarterbacks Simon Burkett and Casey Bauman. They two, of course, should see each other again at the collegiate level, as Burkett has committed to play for Eastern Washington and Bauman committed to play for Montana State – both of which are in the Big Sky Conference.

Meridian, which received one first-place vote from a statewide panel of sports writers and editors and trails only Royal, wrapped up at least a tie for the 1A NWC title with last week’s 33-20 win over Lynden Christian, while Nooksack dropped its third straight with a 29-12 loss at Mount Baker. That win kept the Mountaineers (5-2) at No. 9 in the 1A rankings, as they prepare to head to Lynden Christian Friday night.

The other two Whatcom County teams to appear in the rankings stayed right where they were this week.

Ferndale remained No. 2 behind unanimous No. 1 Eastside Catholic in the Class 3A rankings after last week’s thrilling 29-28 overtime victory at Oak Harbor. The Golden Eagles (7-0) host Squalicum Friday night in a game they could sew at least a tie for the 3A Wesco North title with a win.

Lummi, meanwhile, stayed at No. 5 in the Class 1B rankings, after its 70-20 win over Crescent last week. The Blackhawks (6-2) travel to play an 11-man game at Friday Harbor Friday.

Camas (4A), Archbishop Murphy (2A), Kalama (2B) and Odessa (1B) received the top spots in their respective classifications.

Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll

Results of a statewide poll of sports writers and editors (first-place votes in parenthesis):

Class 4A

1. Camas (10)

7-0

118

2. Woodinville (1)

7-0

105

3. Richland (1)

7-0

101

4. Monroe

7-0

79

5. Chiawana

6-1

73

6. Graham-Kapowsin

6-1

44

7. Union

6-1

41

8. Puyallup

6-1

33

9. Central Valley

6-1

22

10. Gonzaga Prep

5-2

17

Others receiving 6 or more points: Lake Stevens 9. Skyline 7.

Class 3A

1. Eastside Catholic (12)

7-0

120

2. Ferndale

7-0

92

3. O’Dea

6-1

89

4. Bellevue

6-1

80

5. Kamiakin

6-1

77

6. Timberline

7-0

62

7. Lincoln

6-1

60

8. Edmonds-Woodway

6-1

31

9. Oak Harbor

6-1

26

10. Ballard

5-2

8

Others receiving 6 or more points: Mt. Spokane 7.

Class 2A

1. Archbishop Murphy (12)

6-1

129

2. Hockinson

7-0

103

3. Tumwater (1)

5-2

101

4. Spokane West Valley

7-0

93

5. Fife

7-0

75

6. North Kitsap

7-0 6

5

7. Issaquah Liberty

6-1

60

8. Selah

6-0

38

9. W. F. West

6-1

27

10. Lakewood

6-1

15

Class 1A

1. Royal (11)

7-0

119

2. Meridian (1)

7-0

96

3. Connell

6-1

91

4. Montesano

7-0

85

5. Colville

6-1

72

6. Cascade Christian

6-1

54

7. Okanogan

6-0

43

8. Zillah

6-1

40

9. Mount Baker

5-2

24

10. LaCenter

4-2

14

Others receiving 6 or more points: Granger 12.

Class 2B

1. Kalama (10)

7-0

109

2. Spangle Liberty (1)

7-0

88

3. Napavine

6-1

83

4. Adna

6-1

69

5. Rainier

6-1

45

6. Davenport

6-1

40

7. Manson

7-0

38

8. Pe Ell/Willapa Valley

5-2

33

9. Tri-Cities Prep

6-1

21

10. Concrete

4-2

12

Others receiving 6 or more points: Toledo 10. Asotin 7.

Class 1B

1. Odessa (7)

6-0

88

2. Sunnyside Christian (2)

7-0

73

3. Almira/Coulee-Hartline

6-1

64

4. Cusick

6-1

52

5. Lummi

6-2

32

Others receiving 6 or more points: Quilcene 8. Tulalip Heritage 7.

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