High School Football

Week 10 prep football district playoffs capsules

CEDAR PARK CHRISTIAN

AT MOUNT BAKER

Time: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: Civic Stadium

Eagles update: Cedar Park Christian (2-7) gained only 39 total yards last week during a 43-0 loss to King’s. The shutout came a week after the Eagles snapped a four-game winning streak against Sultan. Cedar Park Christian has been outscored 292-115 this fall. Senior back Caleb Piscuc leads the Eagles with 550 yards and three touchdowns. He’s averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (7-2) put together its strongest defensive performance of the year, blanking Lynden Christian 20-0 in a Northwest Conference 1A game last week. The Mountaineers locked up a NWC 1A league title with the win. Baker’s defense limited the Lyncs to 93 total yards, including 25 rushing yards on 20 carries. The Mountaineers used a balanced rushing attack on offense. Team leading rusher Liam Short ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and Jed Schleimer added 90 yards and a score on 11 carries. Quarterback Mason Bass completed only one pass, but it was a 32-yard touchdown to Ruvim Tikhonov.

Key to the game: The Mountaineers have room for improvement, namely the pass game, but Baker has been solid all year defensively. It posted its first shutout last week against Lynden Christian, and if the Mountaineers can stop Cedar Park Christian during its first few drives, the Eagles could be in for a long night.

Player to watch: Mount Baker linebacker J.T. Keeney has been solid this year against the run, and the Mountaineers are arguably coming off their best performance of the season. Look for the Baker junior and the rest of the defense to have another strong outing en route to a state berth.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 35-7

MERIDIAN AT KING’S

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: King’s High School

Trojans update: Meridian’s late come-from-behind bid fell short last week against Nooksack Valley, as the Trojans (5-4) suffered a 22-20 Northwest Conference loss. Meridian, the NWC’s 1A No. 2 seed, cut its deficit to two points as time expired, but the Trojans’ two-point conversion attempt failed. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow threw for 81 yards and two touchdowns, and Dakota Jones ran for a 71-yard touchdown. Running back Nick Dritsas led the Trojans with 110 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Kevin Castro added 30 yards on 14 carries. Kyle Young and Marcus McGuinn caught TD passes. The Trojans’ defense allowed 208 total yards (119 rush, 89 pass).

Knights update: King’s (7-2) has won seven straight games since dropping its first two to start the season. The Knights won the Cascade Conference title and earned the CC No. 1 seed. Last week King’s beat Cedar Park Christian 43-0 and held the Eagles to just 39 yards of offense. Knights quarterback Koa Wilkins rushed for 48 yards and completed 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Carl Sather caught two TD passes, and Jackson Hand and Ryan Fransen caught touchdowns.

Key to the game: King’s quarterback Koa Wilkins is a dynamic player who can burn defenses with both his legs and his arm. Meridian’s secondary needs to play well, and its pass rush needs to be effective yet disciplined enough to contain Wilkins’ scrambling ability.

Player to watch: Kyle Young has been an invaluable target in Meridian’s pass game this season. He’s caught seven touchdowns and has 500 yards receiving. Against King’s, a team that’s scored plenty, Meridian will most likely have to throw the ball. Young could be in line to have a big game.

Herald’s pick: King’s 34-21

CEDARCREST AT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Red Wolves update: Cedarcrest (5-4) had its three-game win streak snapped last week with a 19-13 loss to Archbishop Murphy. The Red Wolves gave up a long fourth-quarter touchdown pass with the game tied at 13. With the loss, Cedarcrest claimed the CC’s No. 3 seed into the district playoffs. Cedarcrest’s Colson Scott and Liam Thomas each ran for touchdowns. The Red Wolves have been outscored by opponents 205-195 this fall.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (8-1) overcame a 28-13 fourth-quarter deficit to earn a 35-28 Northwest Conference win against Ferndale last week. The Cubs earned the NWC’s No. 2 seed into the district playoffs. Running back Quinn Carpenter ran for a team-high 100 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Mason Elms turned in a tremendous performance, rushing for 46 yards and a score and catching two passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Devin Willard was 6 of 11 for 116 yards and two TDs. Sedro-Woolley’s defense gave up 317 rushing yards but no passing yards to Ferndale.

Key to the game: All season the Cubs have punished defenses with their potent rushing attack. If Cedarcrest can’t get off the field, expect Sedro-Woolley to roll.

Player to watch: Mason Elms is one of the most dynamic players in the NWC. He should be a true difference maker in the postseason.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 38-14

SQUALICUM AT ARCHBISHOP MURPHY

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: Everett Memorial Stadium

Storm update: Squalicum (7-2) won its fifth straight game with a lopsided 42-0 win over Anacortes last week. The Storm enter the postseason as the Northwest Conference’s No. 3 seed, and its seventh win set a new school record. Squalicum’s offense has been clicking lately, averaging 52 points per game during its last three outings. Quarterback Christian Jorgensen is 33 of 45 for 576 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions during that span. Nick Manchester ran for 59 yards and two TDs against Anacortes, and Coleman Schwab led the Storm with three catches for 111 yards and a score. Quinn Carpenter and Josiah Westbrook also caught TD passes. The Storm defense, which earned its first shutout of the year, limited the Seahawks to 142 yards of total offense.

Wildcats update: Archbishop Murphy (7-2) scored a late touchdown to earn a 19-13 win over Cedarcrest last week. The Wildcats finished third in the Cascade Conference and earned the CC No. 2 seed into the 2A district playoffs. ATM quarterback Nolan Rogge connected with receiver Anfernee Gurley for a 75-yard touchdown on a screen pass that put the Wildcats in front of Cedarcrest. Gurley ran for 84 yards to go with his game-winning catch-and-run. The Wildcats have three rushers (Kerry Jackson, Taylor Gipson and Rogge) who each have run for more than 500 yards.

Key to the game: The Wildcats love to run the ball and provide unique, offensive looks. Squalicum is yielding 4.8 yards per carry, which ranks in the middle of the NWC. If the Storm can get some three-and-outs and limit long, clock-draining ATM drives, Squalicum could be in good shape to earn its first state berth in program history.

Player to watch: Jordan Campbell is about as good of a linebacker at stopping the run as there is in the NWC, and the Storm will need him to be at his best against Archbishop Murphy.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 28-17

SHORECREST AT LYNDEN

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: Civic Stadium

Scots update: Shorecrest (0-8) suffered a 48-0 home loss to Meadowdale last week. The shutout was the second straight for the Scots, who have had an underwhelming season, to say the least. Shorecrest’s closest loss was a 42-28 Week 1 defeat to Sultan, which owns a 1-6 record in the Cascade Conference. The Scots only have scored 28 points since that Week 1 loss. Shorecrest gave up 24 first-quarter points last week and trailed 48-0 by halftime.

Lions update: Lynden (8-1) solidified the Northwest Conference’s No. 1 seed and an NWC title with a 28-21 home win over Blaine last week. Running back Trent Postma returned from injury to score a game-winning 6-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Sterling Somers threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns, while Postma compiled 120 yards on 19 carries. Jordan Wittenberg caught a game-high seven passes for 143 yards and a score, and Scooter Hastings had six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Lions’ defense, for the seventh time, allowed 20 or more points.

Key to the game: Shorecrest has been outscored 155-7 the last three weeks and has scored 28 points since Week 1. As long as Lynden shows up, this one shouldn’t be much of a contest.

Player to watch: Postma is back and healthy. The Lions have had some struggles against the run lately, but look for Postma to help Lynden get back on track defensively.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 45-0

BURLINGTON-EDISON AT LAKEWOOD

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: Arlington High School

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (6-3) struggled offensively but pulled out a 21-13 road win over Sehome last week to sew up the Northwest Conference’s No. 4 seed into the district playoffs. Quarterback Mason Schwetz threw for only 14 yards, but led the Tigers with 86 rush yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Lorenzo Mationg added a ground score, and Tavion Swanson ran a kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown. Burlington-Edison’s run defense was tremendous, limiting the Mariners to 32 yards on 29 carries.

Cougars update: Lakewood (6-3) won its fifth straight game last week with a 47-6 home win against Granite Falls. The Cougars rushed for 406 yards and seven different players scored touchdowns. Blake Watts led Lakewood with 97 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. The Cougars scored 21 first-quarter points and led 41-6 at the half. All seven of the Cougars’ touchdowns were rushing scores.

Key to the game: Between defense and special teams, Burlington-Edison has eight touchdown returns. If the Tigers can make a game-changing play or two, Burlington-Edison is strong enough to earn an upset, just like Sehome got over Lakewood last year.

Player to watch: Jae Evans flashed glimpses of his play-making ability last season, but he hasn’t had a break out game this fall. He could be the difference in this one against Lakewood.

Herald’s pick: Burlington-Edison 24-21

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