High School Football

Just 2 regular-season weeks remain; which Whatcom football teams can punch their playoff tickets?

Lynden defensive back Bo Bovenkamp, right causes Anacortes running back Peyton Beaner to fumble as Lynden linebacker Gage Bates moves in For the tackle during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 13.
Lynden defensive back Bo Bovenkamp, right causes Anacortes running back Peyton Beaner to fumble as Lynden linebacker Gage Bates moves in For the tackle during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 13. For The Bellingham Herald

Lummi at Friday Harbor

Time: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Site: Friday Harbor High School

Stanford Hoskins
Stanford Hoskins

Blackhawks (6-2) update: No. 5 Lummi picked up its first league win of the season, beating Crescent 70-20 Friday. Coach Jim Sandusky said it was the first game this year the Blackhawks had all their pieces available for action. That included quarterback DeShawn Lawrence, who had a big game, play maker Caleb Revey, who continues to impress, and a strong defense.

Wolverines (2-4) update: Friday Harbor suffered a 20-10 loss to Concrete on Friday. The Wolverines allowed 232 yards rushing on 45 attempts (5.2 average) in the game and 134 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The program’s two wins this season came 14-0 over La Conner Sept. 22 and via forfeit over Darrington Oct. 6.

Key to the game: This will be an 11-man game – Lummi’s second of the season. It won its first Oct. 7 at Concrete 20-18. It’s important that the Blackhawks win this one, as well, to carry momentum into next week’s important battle with Neah Bay.

Player to watch: Sandusky said Lummi was able to get its running game going the past couple of games, and that in addition to Lawrence, Stanford Hoskins had stepped up and played a big role in that improvement.

Prediction: Lummi 35-10.

Mount Baker at Lynden Christian

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Lynden Christian

Mountaineers (5-2, 2-2 1A NWC) update: No. 9 Mount Baker clinched at least a tie for a district playoff spot with Friday’s 29-12 victory over Nooksack Valley. Carson Engholm rushed for 91 yards and two TDs in the game, Carson Brandland had his first triple-digit game with 173 yards and two TDs on 22 rushes. He also passed for 58 yards, including three completions to Thomas Barbo for 45 yards, while the defense held Nooksack to 226 yards passing.

Kalai Jandoc
Kalai Jandoc

Lyncs (3-4, 1-3 1A NWC) update: Lynden Christian kept things close but fell 33-20 at Meridian Friday. After averaging 188.0 rushing yards per game the previous five weeks, the Lyncs were held to 76 by the Trojans – their second lowest total of the year. Jordan Riddle led the way with 51 yards and a TD on 16 carries, while Ty Van Dyken passed for 152 yards and a TD but was intercepted twice. LC also allowed Meridian 459 yards of total offense.

Key to the game: The first game was a good one in Week 5, as Mount Baker claimed a 27-21 victory. Led by Engholm’s 194 yards and three TDs, the Mountaineers rushed for 299 yards – a number the Lyncs must trim Friday.

Player to watch: Kalai Jandoc was the Lyncs top offensive weapon last week, catching seven passes for 110 yards and a TD. He leads the team with 488 receiving yards and six touchdowns this season.

Prediction: Mount Baker 31-27.

Meridian at Nooksack Valley

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Trojans (7-0, 4-0 1A NWC) update: No. 2 Meridian clinched at least a share of the 1A NWC title with a 33-20 win over Lynden Christian Friday. Simon Burkett had his fifth 300-yard passing game, throwing for 324 yards and a season-high five TDs. Four of them went to Byrce Vandenhaak, who finished with six catches for 205 yards. Cole Roberts rushed for 97 yards on 13 carries, while the Trojans defense held LC to 76 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Jordan Veening
Jordan Veening

Pioneers (4-3, 1-3 1A NWC) update: Nooksack Valley dropped its third straight 29-12 at Mount Baker Friday. Casey Bauman passed for 226 yards but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. He did rush for a pair of scores for the Pioneers’ only points. Austin O’Bryan rushed for 84 yards on 10 carries and caught five passes for 71 yards. Nooksack’s defense has allowed 241.3 yards per game in its four 1A NWC games this year.

Key to the game: Meridian claimed the first meeting between the schools 50-36 in Week 5, though the duel between Bauman and Burkett was pretty much a push – Bauman had 339 yards and five TDs passing, while Burkett threw for 353 yards and four TDs. The next time these two likely face off, they’ll be in the Big Sky Conference in college.

Player to watch: Jordan Veening was Bauman’s top target last week, catching seven passes for 86 yards. He leads the team with five TD receptions and is third with 390 yards receiving.

Prediction: Meridian 42-31.

Bellingham at Anacortes

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Anacortes High School

Nick Knutson
Nick Knutson

Red Raiders (3-4, 1-3 2A NWC) update: Bellingham’s faint playoff hopes came to an end with a 59-20 loss to Sedro-Woolley Saturday. Connor Wallace scored a pair of touchdowns, rushing six times for 27 yards and TD and returning nine kickoffs for 216 yards and a TD. Spencer Lee also had a big game, catching eight passes for 136 yards and a TD. Over the past four weeks, the Red Raiders have allowed an average of 38.0 points per game.

Seahawks (3-4, 1-3 2A NWC) update: Anacortes allowed eight touchdowns in a 56-20 loss to Lynden Friday. Anacortes got its scores on a 50-yard TD pass from Trystan Lowry to Tyler Blouin, Jake Hendrick’s heads-up recovered fumble he took into the end zone and a rushing TD by Trevor Beaner. Lowry is second in Skagit County with 1,108 yards and 16 TDs passing, while Blouin was the top receiver (616 yards).

Key to the game: The Red Raiders managed just 29 yards rushing last week. They’ll want to improve on that number to help keep Lowry and Blouin and the Seahawks’ big play passing attack off the field.

Player to watch: Bellingham quarterback Nick Knutson last week passed for 173 yards and a touchdown – his eighth of the year and the 35th of his career, which broke the previous school record.

Prediction: Bellingham 28-20.

Lynden at Burlington-Edison

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Eric Martin-Mann
Eric Martin-Mann

Lions (4-3, 3-2 2A NWC) update: Lynden won its second straight, beating Anacortes 56-20 Friday. James Marsh had a big game, passing for 179 yards and two TDs and rushing for 45 yards and two more scores. Brock Heppner and Austin Anderson also threw for scores, and Bo Bovankamp, Aaron Weidenaar, Carson Bode and Anthony Baird all caught TD passes. Weidenaar led the way with three receptions for 78 yards, while Bode had four catches for 67 yards.

Tigers (4-3, 3-1 2A NWC) update: Burlington dropped a non-league meeting with La Center 48-20 Friday. Quyntin Frazier led the Tigers with 81 yards, including an 18-yard TD, on 11 caries and quarterback Isaac Lindsay passed for 165 yards and a TD and leads Skagit County with 1,127 yards this year. But the Burlington defense allowed Wyatt Dodson to rush for 309 yards and five touchdowns.

Key to the game: This is Lynden’s final 2A NWC game of the season, and a win would clinch a spot in the bi-district playoffs for the Lions. A loss doesn’t altogether eliminate them, but they’d have to go to the RPI rankings to see if they can sneak in.

Player to watch: Lynden’s Eric Martin-Mann returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown last week to set the tone for the Lions and added 87 yards and another TD on nine carries.

Prediction: Lynden 31-28.

Granite Falls at Sehome

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers (4-3) update: Granite Falls surprised 1A power King’s with a 15-14 Cascade Conference victory Friday. Brayden Counsellor rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and Camden Landrum, who rushed for 96 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Granite Falls twice had to block a potential game-winning field goal attempt by King’s in the game’s closing seconds, as the Tigers were flagged on the first blocked attempt.

Brett Meggyesy
Brett Meggyesy

Mariners (1-6) update: Sehome ended a 23-game losing streak and handed coach Kevin Beason his first win with a 41-13 victory over Seton Catholic Saturday. Dylan Roberts led the way, rushing for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Melloy Nelson caught four passes for 71 yards and a TD, and Junior Arreloa returned a kickoff 50 yards for another score. Michael Mindnich returned as Sehome’s primary signal caller and threw for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Key to the game: Now that one long streak is over, there’s nothing the Mariners would like more than to start another – this one a winning streak. Carrying momentum over from last week’s victory is vital for Sehome.

Player to watch: Brett Meggyesy has been a valuable receiver for Sehome this year. He had four catches for 65 yards last week, and is second on the team with 258 yards and three TDs receiving.

Prediction: Sehome 27-21.

Squalicum at Ferndale

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Ferndale High School

Storm (5-2, 2-2 3A Wesco North) update: Squalicum played perhaps its most complete game of the season in a 55-20 victory over Marysville-Getchell Friday. Triston Smith returned from injury to rush for 167 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, while Spencer Lloyd added 107 yards and four TDs on 16 attempts and threw for 179 yards and another score. Ja’Lique Martin caught seven passes for 105 yards and a TD and had an interception.

Mikhail Varetskiy
Mikhail Varetskiy

Golden Eagles (7-0, 4-0 3A Wesco North) update: No. 2 Ferndale claimed a thrilling 29-28 overtime victory over Oak Harbor Friday and now need a win to clinch at least a tie for the 3A Wesco North title. Cole Semu surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau with 136 yards and three TD runs, including one in OT. Jacob Broselle also had some crucial carries, rushing for 104 yards on 12 attempts, while Conner Obergottsberg caught a 28-yard TD from James Hinson.

Key to the game: Though it allowed 252 yards passing, Ferndale’s defense made the difference against Oak Harbor, overcoming five first-half turnovers and limiting the run-oriented Wildcats to 79 yards on 40 attempts. They’ll be tested again by Smith and Lloyd this week.

Player to watch: Mikhail Varetskiy was one of the major disruptors up front for the Golden Eagles last week, as he and his line mates seemed to live in the Oak Harbor backfield. He also had a sack, and the defense recorded a safety.

Prediction: Ferndale 41-28.

Blaine at Shorewood

Time: 8 p.m. Friday

Site: Shoreline Stadium

Chase Abshere
Chase Abshere

Borderites (0-7) update: Blaine came close to picking up its first win of the year in a 32-30 loss at Lakewood Friday. Julian Gonzalez rushed for 202 yards and a TD, giving him 457 yards and four scores the past three weeks. No other back carried the ball in the game. Cam Ellis threw for 288 yards and three TDs, as Dalton Mouw caught three passes for 100 yards and a TD and Cruz Rodriguez added four catches for 54 yards and a score.

Thunderbirds (3-3) update: Shorewood, which is playing an independent schedule this year, beat Sultan 35-7 Friday, as all three Thunderbird victories this season have come against Cascade Conference opponents. Shorewood intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble in Friday’s game, though it also turned the ball over five times. The Thunderbirds held the Turks to 133 yards passing and 152 rushing.

Key to the game: This game was not added to the Borderites’ schedule until Monday, so neither team has had a full week to prepare, but it could provide a great opportunity for Blaine to get a “W.” Four of its seven losses this year have come by six points or less.

Player to watch: Blaine’s Chase Abshere caught a team-high six passes for 134 yards and a TD last week. He stands third in Whatcom County in terms of receiving yardage with 37 catches for 605 yards and seven TDs this season.

Prediction: Blaine 35-21.

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