High School Football

Week 9 prep football capsules

BLAINE AT LYNDEN

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Lynden High School

Borderites update: Blaine (4-4, 2-4 NWC 2A/3A) fell behind early and suffered a 62-14 home loss to Squalicum last week. The loss was the Borderites’ second straight. Blaine trailed 21-7 at the end of the first and 35-14 at half. Running back Riley Fritsch had another strong game, running for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. The Borderites gave up several big plays, including a 90-yard kickoff return, a 70-yard interception return and a 61-yard TD pass.

Lions update: No. 3 Lynden (7-1, 5-1 NWC 2A/3A) bounced back from its first defeat with a huge 33-30 road win over previously unbeaten Sedro-Woolley. The Lions led 33-15 before Sedro-Woolley scored two late TDs. Quarterback Sterling Somers and his receiving corps dominated the Cubs’ stingy defense. Somers completed 19 of 30 passes for 360 yards, three TDs and an interception. Jordan Wittenberg recorded seven catches for 166 yards, and Scooter Hastings hauled in six catches for 111 yards and three touchdowns.

Player to watch: Sophomore linebacker Quinlan Vasey has stepped up in senior Trent Postma’s absence, and the Lions will rely on him to help slow Blaine standout running back Riley Fritsch.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 42-21

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT SEHOME

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Civic Stadium

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (5-3, 3-3 NWC 2A/3A) easily handled Anacortes at home last week, beating the Seahawks 49-14. Quarterback Mason Schwetz ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and completed 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and two scores. Lorenzo Mationg ran for 61 yards, and the Tigers’ defense held Anacortes to just 189 (144 rush, 45 pass) total yards.

Mariners update: Sehome (3-5, 2-4 NWC 2A/3A) got back on track last week, snapping a three-game skid with an impressive 42-21 win over Ferndale at home. The Mariners’ defense held Ferndale’s run game in check for the most part, allowing 226 yards and two TDs. Senior quarterback Aaron Nichols accounted for six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 225 yards. Marcus Montag, Tyler Hruby and Gunnar Nelson each caught touchdown passes.

Player to watch: Daton Nestlebush made the most of his first real opportunity last week. Look for the junior back to carry over his momentum against Burlington-Edison.

Herald’s pick: Burlington-Edison 27-21

SEDRO-WOOLLEY AT FERNDALE

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Ferndale High School

Cubs update: No. 6 Sedro-Woolley (7-1, 5-1 NWC 2A/3A) attempted to rally late but ultimately suffered its first loss of the season, a 33-30 home defeat, to Lynden last week. The Cubs ran well, compiling 373 yards on 40 carries, but Sedro-Woolley’s usually stingy defense gave up a season-high 360 passing yards. Running back Quinn Carpenter ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Mason Elms racked up 139 yards and a TD on five carries.

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale (3-5, 3-3 NWC 2A/3A) endured a setback last week, losing to Sehome 42-21 on the road, one week removed from earning a dramatic upset over Lynden. Leading back Marcus Nightingale was limited to only 21 rushing yards on nine carries, but Ben Broselle picked up the slack, carrying eight times for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

Player to watch: The Golden Eagles will need a talented defender such as Taylor Bellefeuille to step up against a powerful Sedro-Woolley rushing attack.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 34-20

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Mount Baker High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (5-3, 2-3 NWC 1A) led by two scores at halftime but couldn’t hang on late, taking a 27-24 loss to Nooksack Valley at home last week. LC only ran for 77 yards on 24 carries, and quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender threw for 164 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Alex Vander Velden led the Lyncs with five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

Mountaineers update: No. 8 Mount Baker (6-2, 4-1 NWC 1A) had its six-game win streak come to end last week, as the Mountaineers suffered a 10-9 road loss to Meridian. The Trojans made a short field goal as time expired. Liam Short ran for 203 yards and a TD — Baker’s only TD of the game on a 40-yard run. The Mountaineers didn’t complete a pass.

Player to watch: Baker can seal a 1A NWC title with a win. Expect coach Ron Lepper to get the ball to lead back Liam Short early and often.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 21-14

MERIDIAN AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Trojans update: Meridian (5-3, 3-2 NWC 1A) bounced back from a shutout loss with a 10-9 win against previously unbeaten-in-league Mount Baker. Kicker Joel Eschbach drilled a 19-yard field with just seconds remaining in the contest. Running back Nick Dritsas carried 17 times for a team-high 111 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow completed 9 of 19 passes for 99 yards and an interception. Kyle Young led all receivers with three catches for 61 yards. Meridian’s defense yielded 240 rush yards at a clip of 6.7 yards per carry, but the Trojans didn’t allow a pass completion.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (3-5, 1-4 NWC 1A) earned its first league win of the year, coming from behind on the road to beat Lynden Christian 27-24. The Pioneers were very balanced on offense, running for 217 yards while passing for 218. Quarterback Tanner Myhre ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. He also completed 21 of 33 passes for 218 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Connor Beard had a game-high nine catches for 71 yards, and Josh Gimmaka had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Nooksack Valley’s defense only gave up 77 yards of rushing, by far its season-best performance.

Player to watch: Running back Nick Dritsas has emerged as the Trojans’ lead back the past three weeks. Look for him to find running lanes against a Pioneers’ defense that performed admirably a week ago.

Herald’s pick: Meridian 31-24

BELLINGHAM AT HIGHLINE

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

Site: Highline Memorial Stadium

Red Raiders update: Bellingham (4-4) had its four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Class 2B opponent La Conner last week at home. The Red Raiders lost 21-14. Bellingham throughout the night found itself navigating long fields, while La Conner had far better starting position. The Red Raiders led 14-7 until La Conner took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Bellingham’s final drive to tie the game stalled just shy of the Braves’ red zone. Running back Tanner Aliff for the fifth-straight week surpassed 200 yards. The senior carried 36 times for 243 yards and scored both of the Red Raiders’ TDs. Bellingham didn’t complete a pass and gave up 257 rush yards.

Pirates update: Class 2A Highline (1-7, 0-6 Seamount 2A/3A) suffered its sixth straight loss last week, falling to Renton 35-3 at home. The defeat was the fourth time this season the Pirates have been held to six points or less. Highline’s only win, a 34-12 victory against Nathan Hale, came in Week 2. Highline has lost two close games, one to Evergreen 22-21 and one to Hazen 26-20. Running back Malik White leads the Pirates this year with 594 rush yards and three touchdowns on 134 carries. Quarterback Kyle Tief leads the team in passing, completing 74 of 179 passes for five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Player to watch: Trent Helming made several big defensive plays last week, helping the Red Raiders get three turnovers. He should play a big role again against Highline.

Herald’s pick: Highline 24-14

ANACORTES AT SQUALICUM

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

Site: Civic Stadium

Seahawks update: Anacortes (1-7, 0-6 NWC 2A/3A) was no match against Burlington-Edison’s tough defense last week, as the Seahawks suffered a 49-7 road loss. The defeat was Anacortes’ sixth straight. P.J. Monroe highlighted Anacortes’ night, running for a team-high 98 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Joe D’Amelio chipped in 51 rushing yards on nine carries. Quarterback Camden McLaughlin completed 3 of 16 passes for 45 yards. He also threw an interception. McLaughlin is 6 of 29 the past two games. The Seahawks managed 189 yards of total offense, and Anacortes’ defense gave up 331 yards (230 rush, 101 pass).

Storm update: Squalicum (6-2, 4-2 NWC 2A/3A) had its offense clicking again last week, as the Storm earned a 62-14 road victory over Blaine and locked up a postseason berth as the NWC’s No. 3 seed into the 2A Northwest District playoffs. It was the Storm’s fourth-straight win. Squalicum had several big plays, including a 90-yard kickoff return for touchdown by Ben Peterson and a 70-yard pick-six by Jack Wendling. Receiver Josiah Westbrook hauled in three touchdowns that were part of a six-catch, 41-yard outing. Quarterback Christian Jorgensen completed 17 of 21 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Manchester ran for a team-best 89 yards and a touchdown. The Storm defense shut down Blaine’s passing game, limiting the Borderites to 54 passing yards. Squalicum also had two picks.

Player to watch: The Storm worked Westbrook back into the mix last week after the standout junior hadn’t logged a reception since Week 4. He could be in line for another big game against Anacortes.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 42-14

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