High School Football

Week 3 prep football capsules


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Anacortes High School

Mariners update: Sehome rebounded from its Week 1 loss and earned a lopsided 38-14 win last week against Bellingham. The Mariners opened a 28-0 first-half lead thanks to two touchdown runs apiece from Taylor Rapp and Josh Slesk. Rapp ran for a team-high 108 yards on 13 carries, and quarterback Gavin Kaepernick earned his first start under center, completing 7 of 11 passes for 135 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Seahawks update: Anacortes relied heavily on running back Julien Collins to earn a 32-17 win against South Whidbey last week to improve the Seahawks’ record to 1-1. Collins ran for 128 yards and a score on 19 carries, and senior receiver Ty Johnson caught four passes for 74 yards and three touchdowns.

Player to watch: Gavin Kaepernick earned his first start last week and put together a solid outing. Look for the junior signal-caller to take another step forward this week against an Anacortes pass defense that’s shown to be vulnerable through the first two weeks.

Herald’s pick: Sehome 28-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Blaine High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale is winless heading into the third week of the season after suffering a 42-23 home loss to Oak Harbor last Friday. Bruising back Marcus Nightingale ran for a game-high 204 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and Austin Honeycutt and Kyler Schemstad each added touchdown runs. The Golden Eagles’ defense struggled shutting down Oak Harbor’s run game, allowing 297 yards on 43 attempts.

Borderites update: For the second week in a row, Blaine earned a blowout win, this time a 56-6 victory over Granite Falls at home. Sophomore back Riley Fritsch, who leads the NWC in rushing through two weeks with 307 yards, ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. Kier Munzanreder complemented him nicely, gaining 90 yards and scoring two TDs. Quarterback Nate Kramme was nearly perfect, completing 10 of 11 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Player to watch: Ferndale’s Christian Cameron ranks second among NWC receivers with 10 catches and he also gives the Golden Eagles a talented cornerback. He’ll be heavily relied on against the Borderites.

Herald’s pick: Ferndale 27-20


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Civic Stadium

Lions update: No. 1-ranked Lynden earned a solid 38-21 road win against Lakewood last week to improve to 2-0. The Lions led 24-0 in the second quarter before Lakewood scored its first touchdown. Junior quarterback Sterling Somers completed 22 of 30 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score but threw three interceptions. Trent Postma ran for 64 yards and a touchdown, and cornerback Jonathan Whetnall recorded three interceptions.

Storm update: Squalicum’s offense again impressed during the Storm’s 48-14 win against Meridian last Friday, as the club improved to 2-0. Squalicum led 48-0 at half in large part to quarterback Christian Jorgensen’s ability to get the ball to his athletic receivers in space. Jorgensen finished 11 of 18 for 280 yards and four TDs. Josiah Westbrook caught two, and Ben Peterson and Damek Mitchell each caught one. The Storm’s defense limited the Trojans to 43 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Player to watch: Senior safety Lucas Petersen is a gifted secondary player who will need a big game against the Storm. Lynden must limit yards after the catch and bottle up Squalicum’s quick, athletic receivers.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 35-21


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Red Raiders update: Following two consecutive losses against the Red Raiders’ city rivals, Bellingham begins playing teams mostly from lower classifications. The Red Raiders suffered a 38-14 defeat to Sehome last week. Kalien Hayes ran for a team-high 80 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and Tanner Aliff added 46 rushing yards. Bellingham’s defense gave up 298 rushing yards on 44 carries.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian followed a season-opening win with a 42-7 victory against Sultan last week. QB Lucas Roetcisoender threw for 159 yards and three TDs, and Jordan Jansen ran for a team-best 94 yards on 15 carries.

Player to watch: The Red Raiders are allowing 7.3 yards per rush through two weeks. Look for Jordan Jansen to take advantage.

Herald’s pick: Lynden Christian 42-24


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Peshastin-Dryden Sports Complex in Peshastin

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker bounced back nicely from a season-opening loss with a 54-6 road win against Oroville. The Mountianeers ran for 369 yards and were led by Jed Schleimer (89 yards), Zach Yurchuk (85) and Thomas Barbo (70). Junior QB Mason Bass earned his first start, completing 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards and three TDs.

Kodiaks update: Cascade took an early lead on Zillah last week, but ultimately suffered a 27-19 loss, dropping to 1-1. Kodiaks running back Dennis Meritt ran for a game-high 95 yards on 15 carries. He scored a late 2-yard TD, and Christian Merritt caught a 64-yard TD pass.

Player to watch: Freshman back Thomas Barbo earned a team-high nine carries last week, and he made the most of them with 70 yards rushing. He could make another strong impact against Cascade.

Herald’s pick: Cascade 30-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Meridian High School

Mountain Goats update: Chelan suffered a 43-27 loss to Okanogan last week and fell to 0-2. The Mountain Goats led 14-7 at halftime but gave up 23 fourth-quarter points.

Trojans update: Meridian hurt itself with turnovers last week and couldn’t find a defensive solution for Squalicum’s offense, as the Trojans lost 48-14 to the Storm and fell to 1-1. Meridian ran for only 43 yards on 12 attempts. Marcus McGuinn spelled Tanner Tutterrow at QB in the second half and threw for 164 yards and two TDs.

Player to watch: Nick Miller leads the Trojans this year in receptions with eight, and Meridian will need him to get its offense rolling.

Herald’s pick: Meridian 23-14


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Lummi Nation School

Saints update: Seattle Lutheran played an intrasquad scrimmage last week but are 1-0 after beating Knight High School 28-6 during Week 1.

Blackhawks update: Lummi dropped its sixth straight game against rival Neah Bay dating back to 2011 by a count of 38-26 last week. The Blackhawks fell to 0-2. Hank Hoskins ran for three scores and threw a 51-yard TD pass to Devin Cooper.

Player to watch: Dino Williams has the potential to go off any Friday night, and he seems due for a big game against Seattle Lutheran.

Herald’s pick: Lummi 54-32



Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20

Site: Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Pioneers update: No. 8-ranked Nooksack Valley is coming off an impressive 40-34 win against Montesano at home. The Pioneers trailed 20-13 in the third quarter but scored 21 unanswered points to put Montesano away. Quarterback Tanner Myhre threw for 280 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 148 yards and four TDs.

Cougars update: No. 2-ranked Cascade Christian handed Orting a 40-21 loss last week to improve to 2-0. The Cougars jumped out to a quick lead thanks to the work of running back Robert Terhune, who accounted for 252 yards and three TDs.

Player to watch: Tanner Myhe has been unbelievable the first two weeks, registering 839 total yards and 12 touchdowns. The Pioneers need the senior to be at his best against Cascade Christian

Herald’s pick: Cascade Christian 41-28


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley dominated rival Mount Vernon last week, blanking the Bulldogs 37-0 while improving 2-0. The Cubs have allowed just one touchdown through two weeks and gave up 34 rushing yards on 27 carries to Mount Vernon. Quinn Carpenter, Carter Crosby and Jay Burger each scored rushing TDs.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison also recorded a shutout last week, beating Cedarcrest 31-0 at home to improve to 2-0. Junior running back Curtis Carlson led the way with 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while quarterback Mason Schwetz completed 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Player to watch: Woolley’s Quinn Carpenter is a force in both the run game and on defense. The Cubs will look for a big game from him against the Tigers.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 35-14