High School Football

Week 6 prep football capsules

BLAINE AT ANACORTES

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Anacortes High School

Borderites update: Blaine (3-2, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A) found out just how strong Sedro-Woolley’s defense is last week, falling to the Cubs 37-7 at home. The Borderites didn’t score until they were trailing 30-0, and Blaine’s defense could do little to slow down Sedro-Woolley’s high-powered run game. Riley Fritsch, who became the first 100-yard rusher against the Cubs’ defense, ran for 103 yards and a TD. QB Nate Kramme struggled, completing 4 of 18 passes for 25 yards and an interception.

Seahawks update: Anacortes (1-4, 0-3 NWC 2A/3A) hung with Ferndale until halftime, but the Seahawks’ defense succumbed to the Golden Eagles’ second-half run game, taking a 49-14 loss. The Seahawks trailed only 21-14 at half, thanks to league-leader in touchdown receptions Ty Johnson, who hauled in his seventh and eighth TD passes. P.J. Monroe led Anacortes’ rushing attack with 35 yards on 19 carries.

Player to watch: The Borderites’ run game wasn’t itself last week. Look for Jon Fakkema and the rest of the big boys up front to get it going against Anacortes

Herald’s pick: Blaine 31-14

LYNDEN AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Lions update: No. 1-ranked Lynden (5-0, 3-0 NWC 2A/3A) pulled away from Sehome in the second half to earn a 35-17 win last week at home. Lucas Petersen put together a big performance in the absence of Trent Postma’s and Scooter Hastings’ offensive production. Peterson caught six passes for 127 yards and three TDs and also ran for 35 yards. QB Sterling Somers went 14 of 21 for 243 yards and three TDs.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (3-2, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A) got behind early and could never catch up to Squalicum, losing to the Storm 38-28 last week on the road. Quarterback Mason Schwetz threw for 215 yards, three TDs and two INTs. Hunter Jacobson led the Tigers’ receiving corp with 100 yards and a TD on four catches, and Tavion Swanson and Wyatt Jorgensen also logged touchdown grabs. Jae Evans and Curtis Carlson ran for 41 yards apiece.

Player to watch: With the injury status of several Lynden standouts still uncertain, expect Petersen again to have an expanded role in the Lions’ offensive attack.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 35-14

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Civic Stadium

Cubs update: No. 7-ranked Sedro-Woolley (5-0, 3-0 NWC 2A/3A) put together another dominant defensive performance, beating Blaine 37-7 last week. The Cubs for the fourth time this fall limited an opponent to seven points or less. Twelve different Sedro-Woolley backs received carries, and Quinten Roppell scored twice on the ground. Devin Willard finished 6 of 7 for 93 yards and threw for three touchdowns. The Cubs’ defense held Blaine’s passing attack to 6 of 28 passing for 54 yards.

Mariners update: Sehome (2-3, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A) stayed with Lynden for a quarter and a half but ultimately couldn’t hang with the top 2A team in the state, falling 35-17 on the road. Taylor Rapp accounted for 160 yards (68 rush, 92 receiving) and two TDs. Quarterback Aaron Nichols earned his first start and completed 17 of 34 passes for 212 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

Player to watch: In order to take down the Cubs, the Mariners will need big plays to crack Sedro-Woolley’s defense. And no one is averaging more yards per catch than senior Gunnar Nelson, who has seven catches for 277 yards and three TDs.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 28-10

SQUALICUM AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Ferndale High School

Storm update: Squalicum (3-2, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A) built a three-touchdown halftime lead and held on in the second half to earn a 38-28 home win over Burlington-Edison last week. Running back Jordan Campbell ran for a game-high 145 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and quarterback Christian Jorgensen threw for 297 yards and three TDs. Ben Peterson recorded nine catches for 146 yards and two scores

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (2-3, 2-1 NWC 2A/3A) relied on its ground game to earn a lopsided 49-14 road win against Anacortes last week. The Golden Eagles compiled 520 rushing yards. Daniel Jones accounted for 220 and three touchdowns, and Marcus Nightingale added 140 yards and two TDs.

Player to watch: Campbell provided Squalicum the rushing yards it has been yearning for, and the Storm will need more of Campbell’s hard running against Ferndale.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 27-20

MOUNT BAKER AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Mountaineers update: No. 6 Mount Baker (4-1, 2-0 NWC 1A) rallied from two scores down at halftime to earn a 33-25 win against Meridian last week at home. Zach Yurchuk set up Liam Short’s go-ahead touchdown with a long run late in the fourth, and Ruvim Tikhonov sealed the game with a pick-six on the Trojans’ final possession. Short ran for a season-high 217 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and Yurchuk chipped in 81 yards and a score. Tikhonov caught all of Mason Bass’ four passes for 42 yards. Johnny Mata recorded two of Mount Baker’s four interceptions, and Yurchuk had one to go with Tikhonov’s. Mount Baker’s rush defense was tremendous, allowing just 72 yards on 24 carries for a 3-yard per carry average.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (4-1, 1-1 NWC 1A) capitalized on turnovers and used its run game to post a 27-point third quarter to beat Nooksack Valley 48-20 on the road last week. The Lyncs compiled 210 rushing yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground. Jordan Jansen led the charge, rushing for 112 yards and a score on 18 carries. Jake Van Berkum scored three rushing touchdowns, and Lucas Roetcisoender had two. The LC quarterback also threw for 159 yards on 13 of 23 passing. Nathan Rusnak led Lynden Christian receivers with 71 yards on six catches, and Alex Vander Velden had three grabs for 55 yards.

Player to watch: Junior linebacker J.T. Keeney made several big plays last week against Meridian. The Mountaineers again will need him at his best in order to slow down Lynden Christian’s rushing attack.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 31-20

NOOKSACK VALLEY AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Site: Meridian High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (2-3, 0-2 NWC 1A) entered the half tied with Lynden Christian last week, but a number of turnovers and struggles on defense allowed the Lyncs to hang 27 points on the Pioneers in the third quarter. Nooksack Valley’s defense continued to struggle against the run, giving up 210 yards and six touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tanner Myhre again put up big numbers, throwing for 244 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 94 yards on 15 carries. Willy Kingma caught a game-high nine passes for 133 yards and two TDs. Adam Mydland also caught a touchdown.

Trojans update: Meridian (3-2, 1-1 NWC 1A) used its dynamic passing game and a crafty trick play to build a two-score lead over Mount Baker last week, but the Trojans couldn’t stop the Mountaineers in the second half and took a 33-25 road loss. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow threw for a season-high 314 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions. Kyle Young led the Trojans’ receiving corps with six catches for 93 yards and touchdowns on receptions of 27, 20 and 14 yards. Dakota Jones and Nick Dritsas combined to run for 85 yards on 20 carries.

Player to watch: Junior wide receiver Marcus McGuinn flashed his ability to be a big-play receiver multiple times last week. McGuinn has the height, speed and hands to be a terrific pass-catcher. All he needs is to build a strong rapport with Tutterrow. Look for McGuinn to carve out a big role against Nooksack Valley at home.

Herald’s pick: Meridian 35-28

BELLINGHAM AT BELLEVUE CHRISTIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11

Site: Lake Washington High School

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (2-3) used its rushing attack against Friday Harbor to earn a 21-19 win last week at home. The Red Raiders recovered a late fumble to seal the win, and the victory was Bellingham’s second straight after losing 15 in a row. Senior back Tanner Aliff, fresh off his 449-yard, seven-touchdown performance, was back at it again, this time rushing for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Kalien Hayes and Mitchell Osorio each ran for 38 yards, and Nick Knutson completed two passes for 24 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Eric Thompson. The Red Raiders’ defense held Friday Harbor to 211 total yards (185 rush, 26 pass) and also recorded an interception.

Vikings update: Bellevue Christian (0-5) trailed 36-7 at halftime and took a 49-7 loss against Cascade last week on the road. The Vikings are giving up an average of 35.2 points per game and have only scored 35 total points this season. Bellevue Christian’s losses have come against Granite Falls, Port Townsend, La Conner, Chelan and Cascade. Mount Baker beat Cascade earlier this season 42-6 on the road.

Player to watch: Although Aliff has been outstanding the past two weeks, amassing 677 yards and nine touchdowns, Hayes is arguably Bellingham’s most potent weapon. His touches have been limited in past weeks, but he has the ability to break out any given game. Look for the standout senior to run wild on winless Bellevue Christian.

Herald’s pick: Bellingham 35-21

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