High School Football

Week 7 prep football capsules


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Borderites update: Blaine (4-2, 2-2 NWC 2A/3A) scored 21 straight second-half points to earn a 31-19 conference win over Anacortes last week. Borderites running back Riley Fritsch put together a huge performance, rushing for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries. Nate Kramme completed 9 of 13 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Blaine’s defense limited Anacortes’ run game to only 65 yards on 20 carries but gave up 227 yards and three TDs through the air. Anthony Ball and Josh Fakkema each caught a TD pass.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (3-3, 1-3 NWC 2A/3A) came seconds away from knocking off No. 1-ranked Lynden last week, but a late field goal ended the Tigers’ upset bid as they fell 23-21. Running back Curtis Carlson ran for a game-high 94 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and Mason Schwetz was 10 of 15 for 101 yards and a TD. Tavion Swanson led Burlington-Edison with five catches for 56 yards and a score.

Player to watch: Josh Fakkema came up with a big touchdown reception during last week’s win, and he should again give Kramme a solid option in the pass game.

Herald’s pick: Burlington-Edison 28-17


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Lynden High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (2-4, 2-2 NWC 2A/3A) couldn’t finish drives last week and took a 24-17 league loss to Squalicum at home. The Golden Eagles rode Marcus Nightingale for 196 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, but his efforts weren’t enough. Daniel Jones chipped in 86 yards on nine carries and recorded a 43-yard TD late in the game to tie the score. Kyler Schemstad, forced into passing situations, completed only 2 of 10 passes for 26 yards.

Lions update: Lynden (6-0, 4-0 NWC 2A/3A) nearly had its 32-game winning streak snapped last week, but a 30-yard Per Wolisberg field goal in the final seconds lifted the Lions to a 23-21 win. Trent Postma ran for 84 yards on 19 carries in his return to the offensive side of the ball, and Sterling Somers threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Northwest Conference leading receiver Jordan Wittenberg caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Player to watch: Somers showed his poise leading the Lions on their game-winning drive. Lynden will need him at his best during Whatcom County’s largest annual rivalry.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 24-14


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Civic Stadium

Mariners update: Sehome (2-4, 1-3 NWC 2A/3A) hung with Sedro-Woolley for one quarter, but gave up big play after big play en route to losing 49-9 at home last week. Taylor Rapp led the Mariners’ ground game with 45 yards on 13 carries, and quarterback Aaron Nichols completed just 9 of 23 passes for 56 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Sehome’s defense gave up 440 total yards (216 rush, 224 pass).

Storm update: Squalicum (4-2, 2-2 NWC 2A/3A) scored a late touchdown to earn a hard-fought 24-17 league win over Ferndale on the road last week. The win marked the first time in school history the Storm has beat Ferndale. Christian Jorgensen, who was 7 of 13 for 157 yards and two TDs, found Ben Peterson for a 40-yard go-ahead score late. Nick Manchester ran for a team-high 59 yards and a TD on 14 carries.

Player to watch: Ben Peterson has established himself as Jorgensen’s go-to target this fall, and he could be in line for a big game against rival Sehome.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 35-24


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Seahawks update: Anacortes (1-5, 0-4 NWC 2A/3A) played arguably its most competitive league game last week, losing to Blaine at home 31-19. Quarterback Camden McLaughlin had a solid outing, completing 15 of 25 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Ty Johnson added his eighth receiving score, which leads all NWC wideouts, and Joe D’Amelio caught five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (6-0, 4-0 NWC 2A/3A) used a number of big plays to earn a 49-9 win over Sehome last week. The Cubs scored touchdowns of 60, 15, 34, 52, 41 and 38 yards. Quinten Roppel’s five carries for 96 yards and a touchdown led Sedro-Woolley’s rushing attack, which compiled 216 yards. Quarterback Devin Willard illustrated efficiency, completing 9 of 13 passes passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Player to watch: The beauty of Sedro-Woolley’s rushing attack is you never know which one of the Cubs’ many running backs will get the ball. Expect leading rusher Quinn Carpenter to have a big game against the Seahawks.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 42-7


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Mount Baker High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (2-4, 0-3 NWC 1A) couldn’t hang with Meridian and took its third consecutive league loss, this time a 43-15 road defeat. Tanner Myhre was 17 of 31 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, and Connor Beard caught a game-high 139 yards and a touchdown on six catches. Nooksack Valley’s run game recorded negative 18 yards, and the Pioneers’ defense gave up 288 rushing yards and four TDs.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (5-1, 3-0 NWC 1A) won its fifth consecutive game with a 31-20 road win over Lynden Christian last week. The Mountaineers answered LC’s opening score with 21 straight points, and for the second straight week, running back Liam Short ran for more than 200 yards. The senior back accounted for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Mount Baker’s defense recorded three interceptions, giving the unit seven combined picks in the past two weeks.

Player to watch: Ruvim Tikhonov has been a big contributor on both sides of the ball the past two weeks, and he’ll be looking to carry his strong play over against Nooksack Valley.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 35-20


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Trojans update: Meridian (4-2, 2-1 NWC 1A) earned a lopsided 43-15 win against Nooksack Valley at home last week. Running back Nick Dritsas put together a breakout performance, rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Dakota Jones chipped in 91 yards and a score on 14 carries, and Tanner Tutterrow threw for 173 yards and two TDs, both to Kyle Young. Meridian’s defense limited Nooksack Valley’s rushing attack to negative 18 yards.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (4-2, 1-2 NWC 1A) struggled mightily against Mount Baker’s run game and took a 31-20 home loss last week. The Lyncs gave up 348 rushing yards and four TDs. Jordan Jansen led LC with 50 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and Lucas Roetcisoender completed 13 of 28 passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Alex Vander Velden and Jake Van Berkum each caught TD passes.

Player to watch: Young has scored five touchdowns in the past two games and will look to continue his hot streak against LC.

Herald’s pick: Meridian 28-14


Time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18

Site: Civic Stadium

Vikings update: Orcas Island (0-5) suffered a 30-6 home defeat to Friday Harbor last week. The Vikings are allowing an average of 40.8 points this season and are scoring an average of 12.6 points. During Orcas Island’s past two games it has scored only 12 total points. Bellingham beat Friday Harbor two weeks ago 21-19 at home.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (3-3) scored 28 straight points after trailing by a touchdown following the first quarter to earn a 35-21 victory over Bellevue Christian last week. The win was the Red Raiders’ third straight following an 0-3 record to start the year. Running back Tanner Aliff eclipsed the 200-yard threshold for the third straight week, running for 219 yards and two TDs on 27 carries. Kalien Hayes ran for a season-high 167 yards and three TDs on 12 carries, and he completed 2 of 4 passes for 44 yards.

Player to watch: The Red Raiders’ wing-T rushing attack seems to be hitting full stride right now, and while Hayes and Aliff have piled up the yardage, lineman such as Blair Bennett have been behind Bellingham’s success.

Herald’s pick: Bellingham 31-14


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

Site: Lummi High School

Red Devils: No. 1-ranked Neah Bay (6-0, 2-0 NWFL 1B) beat Lopez 54-14 last week and has been beating opponents by an average of 41.6 points. The Red Devils are averaging 54.6 points per game and are allowing an average of just 13 points. Neah Bay beat Lummi 38-26 at home during the two team’s first meeting this year, and the 26 points were the most Neah Bay has surrendered.

Blackhawks: Lummi (5-2, 2-0 NWFL 1B) easily beat Taholah 63-6 in a non-league game last week and also added a league win thanks to a forfeit from Crescent. The Blackhawks took a 43-0 lead over Taholah just 9:08 into the contest. Devin Cooper ran for a 5-yard TD, returned an interception 36 yards for a score and opened the second half with a 86-yard kickoff return for touchdown. Austin Brockie also scored three times.

Player to watch: Jacob Roberts scored twice against Taholah and will be looking for a big game against rival Neah Bay.

Herald’s pick: Neah Bay 42-34