High School Football

Week 8 prep football capsules

SQUALICUM AT BLAINE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Blaine High School

Storm update: Squalicum (5-2, 3-2 NWC 2A/3A) capitalized on a number of Sehome miscues last week, beating the Mariners 52-6 at Civic Stadium. The Storm scored once on special teams and once on defense, and running back Nick Manchester, who finished with a game-high 92 yards on 11 carries, had TD runs of 10 and 2 yards. Christian Jorgensen threw a pair of TD passes, and Damek Mitchell added a 61-yard touchdown run for Squalicum.

Borderites update: Two costly fumble returns for touchdowns and deep pass plays hurt the Borderites (4-3, 2-3 NWC 2A/3A) last week, as they took a 41-22 loss to Burlington-Edison on the road. Blaine lost four fumbles and had two returned 94 and 77 yards for TDs. Running back Riley Fritsch continued his strong season, amassing 252 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries. QBs Nate Kramme and Jalen Kortlever combined to go 7 of 17 for 83 yards with a TD.

Player to watch: Jordan Campbell has been able to focus more on linebacker duties with Nick Manchester back healthy at running back. The Storm will need its standout defender to be at his best in order to stop Blaine’s potent rushing attack.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 31-21

LYNDEN AT SEDRO-WOOLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Sedro-Woolley

Lions update: Lynden (6-1, 4-1 NWC 2A/3A) suffered its first loss in 34 games and snapped its string of 55 straight NWC wins with a 37-35 home loss to rival Ferndale last week. The Lions struggled against the run, yielding 292 rushing yards. Quarterback Sterling Somers had his best game of the year, throwing for 333 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Jonathan Whetnall caught a game-best nine passes for 135 yards and two TDs. Lynden only rushed for 62 yards on 23 carries in standout senior Trent Postma’s absence.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (7-0, 5-0 NWC 2A/3A) had two punt returns for touchdowns courtesy of Mason Elms, and the Cubs used 12 running backs to compile 284 rush yards to earn a lopsided 49-21 win against Anacortes at home. Jacob Farrell and Bryce Hornbeck matched each other with a team-high 62 rushing yards and a touchdown apiece, while Quinn Carpenter added 52 yards and a TD.

Player to watch: Stopping the run won’t get easier this week against run-heavy Sedro-Woolley, and the Lions need senior leading tackler Bryce Sterk to rise up and put together a strong game.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 24-21

FERNDALE AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Civic Stadium

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (3-4, 3-2 NWC 2A/3A) earned a much-needed, possibly season-defining 37-35 win over rival No. 1 Lynden on the road last week. The Golden Eagles ran for 292 yards and did just enough on defense to slow down the Lions. Marcus Nightingale led Ferndale with 126 yards and three TDs on 24 carries, and Justice Powell ran for 101 yards and a score. Ferndale’s defense held the Lions’ rush attack to 62 yards on 23 carries.

Mariners update: Sehome (2-5, 1-4 NWC 2A/3A) took what coach Bob Norvell tabbed as an ugly loss last week, suffering a 52-6 defeat to rival Squalicum at Civic Stadium. The Mariners managed just 123 total yards, including 42 rushing yards on 27 carries. Daton Nestlebush led the club with 19 yards on eight carries. Sehome’s only touchdown was a late 4-yard TD pass from Aaron Nichols to Gabriel Weight.

Player to watch: Junior lineman Chris Hernandez was terrific against Lynden last week, regularly disrupting the Lions’ offense. It figures to be a good matchup between him and Sehome’s robust offensive line.

Herald’s pick: Ferndale 42-14

ANACORTES AT BURLINGTON-EDISON

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Seahawks update: Anacortes (1-6, 0-5 NWC 2A/3A) was no match for undefeated Sedro-Woolley last week, taking a 49-21 road defeat. The Seahawks gave up 284 rushing yards, and allowed two punt returns for touchdowns and a defensive TD. Running back P.J. Monroe highlighted Anacortes’ evening, rushing for a team-best 112 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison’s defense got back on track last week, as the Tigers (4-3, 2-3 NWC 2A/3A) recovered four fumbles and returned two for long touchdowns, beating Blaine 41-22 at home. Quarterback Mason Schwetz completed 9 of 10 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and Curtis Carlson ran for a team-high 78 yards and a TD on eight rushes.

Player to watch: Dynamic offensive weapon Jae Evans has been a big addition back in the Tigers’ lineup. Look for him to burn the Seahawks once or twice.

Herald’s pick: Burlington-Edison 35-14

NOOKSACK VALLEY AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Lynden Christian High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (2-5, 0-4 NWC 1A) hung with No. 6-ranked Mount Baker, but the Pioneers ultimately suffered a 21-11 road loss last week. Quarterback Tanner Myhre completed 29 of 39 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown pass to Adam Mydland, who ran for a team-high 65 yards. Tight end Joshua Gimmaka caught a game-high 10 passes for 117 yards, and Willy Kingma added 54 yards on seven receptions. The Pioneers’ defense gave up more than 200 rush yards for the third straight week.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (5-2, 3-2 NWC 1A) engineered its best defensive performance of the season, shutting out Meridian 31-0 last week at home. The Lyncs limited the Trojans to 51 yards rushing and 188 yards passing. Jordan Jansen had a career day, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns, one to Alex Vander Velden and one to Nathan Rusnak.

Player to watch: LC’s secondary will need to play well to slow down the Pioneers’ passing attack, and Ty Vander Yacht could have a large role in whether or not the Lyncs’ defense thrives.

Herald’s pick: Lynden Christian 41-28

MOUNT BAKER AT MERIDIAN

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

Site: Meridian High School

Mountianeers update: Running back Johnny Mata scored a game-clinching 13-yard touchdown late to lift Mount Baker (6-1, 4-0 NWC 1A) to a 21-11 win against Nooksack Valley at home. Liam Short led the way, rushing for 119 of the Mountaineers’ 250 ground yards. Jed Schleimer and Zach Yurchuk combined for 101 yards. Mount Baker’s defense held the Pioneers to 86 rush yards on 26 carries.

Trojans update: Meridian (4-3, 2-2 NWC 1A) struggled mightily on offense and took a 31-0 loss to Lynden Christian on the road last week. The Trojans ran for only 51 yards on 26 carries, and quarterbacks Tanner Tutterrow and Marcus McGuinn were a combined 15 of 51 for 188 yards and an interception. Nick Dritsas ran for a team-high 24 yards on 14 carries, and Kyle Young led the receiving corps with 66 yards on five catches.

Player to watch: The Mountaineers intercepted Meridian four times last time they met. Look for Jax Toctocan to chip in with both pass rush and coverage responsibilities.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 28-20

LA CONNER AT BELLINGHAM

Time: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

Site: Civic Stadium

Braves update: La Conner (5-2) used a strong rushing attack with several backs to score an easy 41-8 win over Darrington last week. Harrison Orkney and Budda Luna each scored two touchdowns, and Luna led the Braves with 63 rush yards on seven carries. Luna scored on a 5-yard run and a 55-yard punt return. Orkney scored on runs of 20 and 10 yards and chipped in 35 rushing yards. La Conner’s two losses this fall have been to Concrete and Friday Harbor.

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (4-3) won its fourth straight game for the first time since the 2008 season last week with a 49-22 home blowout of Class 2B Orcas Island. Whatcom County leading rusher Tanner Aliff for the fourth straight week eclipsed 200 yards, rushing for 207 and two TDs on 10 carries. Sean Ryder had a punt return touchdown and also finished with 57 yards rushing and a TD. The Red Raiders racked up 496 rushing yards, and held Orcas Island to 65.

Player to watch: Ryder has proved to be a dynamic player for the Red Raiders, and the senior could be in line for another strong day against La Conner.

Herald’s pick: Bellingham 35-28

LUMMI AT LOPEZ

Time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

Site: Lopez High School

Blackhawks update: Lummi (5-3, 2-1 NWC 1B) lost to Neah Bay for the second time this season, this time taking a 50-38 home loss. The Blackhawks gave up 493 rushing yards and seven TDs and generated only 290 on offense. Quarterback Hank Hoskins ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 114 yards and a score to Trazil Lane.

Lobos update: Lopez (6-1, 2-1 NWC 1B) earned a dominating 74-22 league win against Tulalip Heritage on the road last week. The Lobos’ sole loss this fall was a 54-14 defeat to Neah Bay during Week 5.

Player to watch: Devin Cooper made several big plays last week, and the Blackhawks will need him in a key league matchup that could be crucial toward postseason seeding.

Herald’s pick: Lummi 54-36

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