High School Football

There were major moves in the Week 8 Whatcom football rankings; where does your team check in?

Mount Baker’s Carson Brandland, right, is brought down by Nooksack Valley’s Austin O’Bryan Oct. 13.
Mount Baker’s Carson Brandland, right, is brought down by Nooksack Valley’s Austin O’Bryan Oct. 13. eabell@bhamherald.com

A look at where the 10 Whatcom County 11-man football teams rank heading into Week 8 in the latest power rankings:


1. Ferndale (7-0): Every coach wonders how his team will handle adversity. Things don’t get much more adverse than five turnovers in the first half against the eighth-ranked team in the state. But the Golden Eagles answered the challenge, rallying to beat Oak Harbor in overtime. Last week: No. 1


2. Meridian (7-0): It’s not a surprise that the Trojans have won their first four 1A NWC games and already clinched at least a share for the league title, but it is a bit of a surprise at how they’ve made it look relatively easy. They’ve won the four games by an average of more than two TDs (14.8 points). Last week: No. 2

Mount Baker

3. Mount Baker (5-2): You better believe the Mountaineers aren’t overlooking Lynden Christian the second time around. Three weeks ago, the Lyncs nearly spoiled the opening of Mount Baker’s new football field, forcing the Mountaineers to come back and get a win. Last week: No. 4


4. Squalicum (5-2): The Storm put together its most complete game so far this year in last week’s win over Marsyville-Getchell. They’ll need to be even better Friday against Ferndale in a game Squalicum must win to keep its playoff hopes alive if Stanwood beats Marysville-Pilchuck. Last week: No. 5


5. Lynden (4-3): With Sehome playing an independent schedule, the Lions wrap up their 2A NWC slate a week early. That means this week’s game against Burlington is Lynden’s last chance to earn one of the league’s postseason berths. A win, and Lynden would hold the tie breaker over Burlington, no matter what happens in Week 9. Last week: No. 6

Nooksack Valley

6. Nooksack Valley (4-3): Bad news, first: The Pioneers have dropped three straight after opening the season so strong. Now the good news: They’re not out of the playoff race. A win this week against Meridian would be nice, but even more important, at least in terms of playoff possibilities, is Week 9 against Lynden Christian. Last week: No. 3

Lynden Christian

7. Lynden Christian (3-4): After averaging 188 yards per game on the ground the previous five weeks, the Lyncs were held to 74 last week by Meridian. Look LC to try getting that cranked up again as it looks for wins to secure one of the remaining playoff spots from a tough 1A NWC race. Last week: No. 7


8. Bellingham (3-4): Bellingham has shown it can run the ball and it can pass it – it just doesn’t seem to do both in the same game. Only once this season have the Red Raiders run and passed for more than 100 yards in the same game: a 39-20 win over Sehome in Week 6. Last week, Bellingham was held to 29 yards rushing. Last week: No. 8


9. Sehome (1-6): Finally, the streak is over, and the Mariners have their first win in more than two seasons. The program cast a huge monkey off it’s back, and now it would like to start a run of another kind – a win streak. Sehome certainly has a shot to keep the good vibes rolling this week against Granite Falls. Last week: No. 10


10. Blaine (0-7): Yes, the Borderites are 0-7, and yes they’ve struggled. But they’re better than that record sounds. Four of their seven losses have come by six points or less, including last week’s 32-30 loss at Lakewood. Adding this week’s game against Shorewood gives Blaine two more chances to get a “W.” Last week: No. 9

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