High School Football

Prep football Week 2 capsules


Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Ben Prince Field in Oroville

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker endured a rough start to the season, falling to 0-1 with a 35-7 loss to Sedro-Woolley at home. The Mountaineers were limited to 53 rushing yards on 30 carries and scored their lone TD — a 64-yard strike from Balyn Jacoby to Ruvim Tikhonov — long after the game was settled. In fact, Mount Baker’s offense gained only 126 yards against Sedro-Woolley’s defense.

Hornets: Oroville fell to 0-1 following a 28-16 loss to White Swan last week. Running back Dustin Niggs led the Hornets in rushing with 65 yards on 14 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

Player to watch: Senior running back Zach Yurchuk was held in check last week, gaining only 13 yards on six carries. Look for him to bounce back against Oroville.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 21-13


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Civic Stadium

Mariners update: Sehome hung with No. 2-ranked Cascade Christian into the second half, but ultimately fell to 0-1 after a 35-13 loss to the Cougars at Civic Stadium. The Mariners had trouble getting off the field in the first half, as Cascade Christian worked the clock and chewed up ground yards. Quarterback Taylor Rapp helped Sehome claw back, but back-to-back scores toward the end of the third quarter put the Mariners in too deep of a hole to come back. Rapp led Sehome with 132 rushing yards on 10 carries. He also threw a 72-yard first-half touchdown to Gunnar Nelson.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham unveiled its new look under coach Ted Flint, and while the team appeared improved, the Red Raiders suffered a 55-13 loss to Squalicum and fell to 0-1. Early turnovers put Bellingham in a bind, but quarterback Kalien Hayes provided several bright spots. The athletic senior ran for a team-high 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Player to watch: Besides Rapp’s improvisations, the Mariners ground attack didn’t do too much. No other running back gained more than seven yards. Look for senior back Josh Slesk to help get the running game going against the Red Raiders.

Herald’s pick: Sehome 48-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Bulldogs update: Montesano entered the season ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, but after a 33-7 season-opening loss to Black Hills last week, the Bulldogs fell to No. 8 in the latest poll. Montesano had no answer for Black Hills’ passing game. The Bulldogs gave up 356 passing yards and four touchdowns to Black Hills quarterback Chase Morrow. Montesano running backs Kyle Englund and Logan Truax combined for 107 rushing yards.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley came out on the right end of an offensive shootout during its season-opener against Anacortes, winning 49-35 on the road to improve to 1-0. Senior quarterback Tanner Myhre accounted for more than 400 yards of total offense. He threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for 89 yards and two scores. Big tight end Joshua Gimmaka hauled in a game-high six catches for 108 yards and three TDs.

Player to watch: The Bulldogs’ secondary was exposed last week, and that could mean a big night for any one of Nooksack Valley’s pass-catching targets. Connor Beard didn’t get in the end zone last week. Look for that to change this Friday.

Herald’s pick: Nooksack Valley 35-27


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Meridian High School

Storm update: Squalicum earned new coach Nick Lucey win No. 1 last week during the Storm’s 55-13 rout of Bellingham to open the year. Squalicum took advantage of early Red Raiders’ miscues and owned a 35-0 advantage before the end of the first quarter. Seven different Storm players scored touchdowns, but Nick Manchester led the way with 46 yards and two scores on five carries. Senior QB Christian Jorgensen had a nice debut, finishing 10 of 12 for 140 yards and one TD.

Trojans update: Meridian didn’t put up mind-blowing numbers during its season opener against Hoquiam, but the Trojans did enough to earn themselves a 14-7 road win and a No. 8 ranking in the latest Class 1A poll. Senior quarterback Tanner Tutterrow accounted for both of Meridian’s scores, and Nick Dritsas led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 22 carries.

Player to watch: The Storm’s early lead against Bellingham prevented it from throwing much. Coleman Schwab is a strong receiver who could break out.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 31-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Lakewood High School

Lions update: No. 1 Lynden earned its 28th straight win with a 48-22 victory over non-league opponent King’s last week. The Lions used a number of big plays and athletes to get the job done. Trent Postma ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns, including an electric 97-yard score right before half.

Cougars update: Lakewood rallied from 21 points down to take a late fourth quarter lead against Liberty, but the Cougars gave up a rushing touchdown with 1:03 left and took a 27-22 loss in their season opener.

Player to watch: Jensen Mayberry is filling the linebacker void next to Trent Postma that Jaremy Martin left. He gives the Lions another strong player in the middle of Lynden’s defense.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 38-14


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Blaine High School

Tigers update: Granite Falls easily dispatched Bellevue Christian last week during its season opener, winning 36-14. Running back Matt Hamilton highlighted the Tigers’ night, amassing 141 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries.

Borderites update: Blaine is coming off a complete 54-28 manhandling of British Columbia’s Kelowna to open the year. The Borderites starters didn’t play long, and while the offense was up-and-down, Blaine’s starting defense was impressive.

Player to watch: Anthony Ball caught two TD passes last week and also hauled in an interception. The sophomore wideout gives the Borderites a solid playmaker and a great target for quarterback Nate Kramme.

Herald’s pick: Blaine 28-24


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Ferndale High School

Wildcats update: Oak Harbor took a season-opening, back-and-forth 30-28 loss to Monroe last week. The Wildcats lost four fumbles and gave up a game-winning rushing touchdown with just over three minutes to play.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale suffered a 34-14 season-opening loss to Kamiakin last week. Senior back Marcus Nightingale accounted for both of the Golden Eagles’ TDs. He finished with 72 yards on 18 carries and caught a 49-yard touchdown. New quarterback Kyler Schemstand threw 22 times, completing 13 passes for 156 yards.

Player to watch: Daniel Jones led Ferndale in rushing last week with his 88 yards on 14 carries. He’s a nice complement to Marcus Nightingale’s power running and could have a big game against Oak Harbor.

Herald’s pick: Ferndale 21-20


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Turks update: Sultan took early command of its season opener against Shorecrest and rolled to a 42-28 win. The Turks hung 32 first-quarter points on Shorecrest, and running back Andy Sam recorded 172 rushing yards and two TDs on 24 carries.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian went on the road and came back with a lopsided 45-6 win over Omak last week. Quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender threw for two scores, and Jordan Jansen ran for two. The Lyncs‘ defense was impressive, allowing just 81 yards on 41 carries.

Player to watch: Blake Mellema only got four carries last week, but he made the most of them by running for a team-high 89 yards and a TD. Look for him to make an impact on both sides of the ball.

Herald’s pick: Sultan 35-21


Time: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12

Site: Neah Bay High School

Blackhawks update: Lummi suffered a 44-20 season-opening loss to Adrian, Ore. last week. Hank Hoskins’ two early rushing touchdowns helped the Blackhawks build an early advantage, but Adrian outscored Lummi 30-6 in the second quarter to take a commanding lead.

Red Devils update: No. 1-ranked Neah Bay played an 11-man game against Ocosta last week and came away with a 60-0 win. The Red Devils received strong performances from Cole Svec, John Reamer and Cameron Buzzell.

Player to watch: Dino Williams caught a 30-yard touchdown last week, and Lummi will need him to play big again versus rival Neah Bay.

Herald’s pick: Lummi 54-48