High School Football

Week 5 prep football capsules


Time: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Civic Stadium

Wolverines update: Friday Harbor (3-1) erased a halftime deficit to earn a 39-21 win against La Conner last week. Running back Willie Blackmon scored two rushing touchdowns, and Peter Holt connected with Bill Revercomb for a late touchdown pass. The Wolverines are averaging 38.3 points per game and are giving up 16 points on average.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (1-3) snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 47-30 win against Charles Wright Academy last week. Running back Tanner Aliff put together the sixth best rushing performance in Washington state football history, running for 449 yards and seven TDs on 39 carries. The Red Raiders ran for a combined 538 yards on 60 carries and didn’t attempt a pass.

Player to watch: Aliff carried the load last week, perhaps Jacob Frazier will break out against Friday Harbor.

Herald’s pick: Friday Harbor 28-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Anacortes High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (1-3, 1-1 NWC 2A/3A) committed four turnovers and couldn’t overcome Burlington-Edison’s big plays, as the Golden Eagles suffered a 28-6 home loss last week. Ferndale’s ground game was effective, rushing for 233 yards on 49 carries with Marcus Nightingale’s 63 yards leading the way, but the Golden Eagles couldn’t put the ball in the end zone. Ferndale’s defense gave up only 73 rushing yards, but the Tigers scored on punt and interception returns.

Seahawks update: Anacortes (1-3, 0-2 NWC 2A/3A) is one of two conference teams without a league win. The Seahawks took a 35-7 loss to Lynden, and for the second week in a row was limited to one touchdown. Anacortes had no answer for Lynden’s passing attack, but P.J. Monroe provided a bright spot, rushing for a game-high 128 yards on 17 carries.

Player to watch: Lead back Marcus Nightingale had his roughest outing of the season last Friday. Look for him to get back on track against the Seahawks.

Herald’s pick: Ferndale 42-14


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Blaine High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (4-0, 2-0 NWC 2A/3A) put together another dominating defensive display last week, beating Squalicum 30-7 at home. The Cubs held Squalicum to 56 rushing yards and intercepted quarterback Christian Jorgensen three times. Sedro-Woolley led 14-7 at half and pulled away in the final six minutes. Quinn Carpenter scored two touchdowns on 58 yards rushing, and Carter Crosby recorded 93 yards and two TDs on 17 carries to go with two interceptions. Sedro-Woolley’s defensie is giving up an average of six points per game and 2.06 yards per rush.

Borderites update: Blaine (3-1, 1-1 NWC 2A/3A) rallied to pull off a miraculous comeback win over Sehome last week, beating the Mariners 20-19 on the road. Quarterback Nate Kramme led the Borderites on two touchdown drives in the final nine minutes to capture the win. Kramme found Josh Fakkema for a 3-yard score before hitting Anthony Ball from 12 yards out for the game-winner. Ball recorded 121 yards and a TD on six catches, while Riley Fritsch ran for 85 yards on 15 carries. Kramme threw for 164 yards and ran for another 70.

Player to watch: Sedro-Woolley’s defense is legit, and Riley Fritsch will need to be at his best if the Borderites are to pull off an upset.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolleuy 24-10


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Lynden High School

Mariners update: Sehome (2-2, 1-1 NWC 2A/3A) took a two-score lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on, as the Mariners lost to Blaine 20-19 last week. Sehome gave up two late TD passes en route to losing its first league contest. Taylor Rapp ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and QB Gavin Kaepernick threw for 167 yards and an INT.

Lions update: No. 1-ranked Lynden (4-0, 2-0 NWC 2A/3A) overcame a number of missing starters in its lineup to score a 35-7 win against Anacortes last week. Quarterbacks Sterling Somers and Clark Hazlett combined to throw for 333 yards and three touchdowns. NWC leading receiver Jordan Wittenberg hauled in 159 yards and two TDs on seven catches, and Jonathan Whetnall added 125 yards and a score on six grabs.

Player to watch: Sophomore defensive lineman Brody Weinheimer has been tremendous so far, recording the team’s fourth-most tackles. The Lions will need him to play well against a big-physical Sehome offensive line.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 38-17



Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (3-1, 0-1 NWC 1A) turned the ball over five times, and Meridian scored touchdowns on two of those, as the Lyncs suffered a 27-10 road defeat to the Trojans last week. LC trailed only 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Lyncs gave up two touchdowns in the final quarter. Nathan Rusnak scored LC’s only touchdown, which came on a 63-yard TD pass from Lucas Roetcisoender in the first quarter. Jordan Jansen was held to 57 yards on 15 carries.

Pioneers update: Two key players went down with injury, the Pioneers (2-2, 0-1 NWC 1A) committed 16 penalties and Nooksack Valley’s comeback bid came up short, as it fell to Mount Baker 24-14 last week. Tanner Myhre threw for 327 yards and a 57-yard touchdown pass to Connor Beard. The Pioneers ran for 49 yards on 16 carries, while Mount Baker grinded out 192 rushing yards. Willy Kingma caught a team-high seven passes for 74 yards.

Player to watch: Five different Nooksack Valley receivers have 10 or more receptions this fall. Beard played well last week and could carry that momentum over into this week.

Herald’s pick: Nooksack Valley 27-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Mount Baker High School

Trojans update: Meridian (3-1, 1-0 NWC 1A) ran back two interceptions for touchdowns, and the Trojans earned a 27-10 win over Lynden Christian last week. Both Dalton Biehle and Kevin Castro had pick-six returns. Running backs Dakota Jones and Nick Dritsas combined for 87 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Tanner Tutterrow connected with Jones on a second-quarter 31-yard touchdown pass.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (3-1, 1-0 NWC) built a 10-0 halftime lead and held on late to earn a 24-14 win over Nooksack Valley last week. Liam Short ran for a team-high 76 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and the senior back sealed the game with a late onside kick return for touchdown. Zach Yurchuk accounted for 95 total yards and scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Player to watch: Mason Bass has the reins to Mount Baker’s offense, passing for 170 yards and three TDs this season. Look for the junior quarterback to lead Baker to a win against Meridian.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 20-14


Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison’s defense put together an impressive performance and made several big plays to earn a 28-6 win against Ferndale last week. The Tigers (3-1, 1-1 NWC 2A/3A) were out rushed 233-72 but generated four turnovers. Tavion Swanson returned a first-quarter punt 63 yards for a touchdown, and Timmie Rush ran back an interception 65 yards for a score. Mason Schwetz threw for 129 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Storm update: Squalicum’s offense couldn’t get moving against Sedro-Woolley’s stingy defense last week, as the Storm took a 30-7 loss. Squalicum (2-2, 0-2 NWC 2A/3A) managed just seven first downs and never reached the Cubs’ side of the field in the second half. Christian Jorgensen threw for 177 yards and three interceptions, and Ben Peterson caught a game-high five passes for 83 yards. Jordan Campbell ran for 50 yards and a score on 12 carries.

Player to watch: Jake Burns came up with big plays on defense last week, and the Storm will again need him to play well in order to avoid falling to 0-3 in league play.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 17-14


Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

Site: Lummi Nation High School

Bruins update: Clallam Bay rebounded from a close loss to earn a 62-20 win over Muckleshoot Tribal last week. The Bruins have scored 36 or more points in each one of their four games this season and scored 48, 56 and 62 points in their wins. Clallam Bay is giving up an average of 25.5 points per game.

Blackhawks update: No. 4-ranked Lummi (2-2) cruised to a lopsided 50-16 win over Entiat last week. Austin Brockie scored four times on touchdown runs of 3, 8, 37 and 18 yards. Quarterback Hank Hoskins added three scores of his own, running for TDs of 39, 10 and 68 yards. Lummi was tied at half, but the Blackhawks quickly put the game away in the second half, scoring 30 points in the third quarter and 36 unanswered.

Player to watch: Brockie had a break out game last week , and there’s no reason to expect him not to have a repeat performance against Clallam Bay.

Herald’s pick: Lummi 46-32