High School Football

Week 11 prep football capsules

Class 2A State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Site: Orting Stadium

Storm update: Squalicum (8-2) raced out to a three touchdown lead over Archbishop Murphy last week and rolled to a 44-16 district playoff win on Friday, Nov. 7, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The win clinched the Storm its first state playoff berth in program history. Nick Manchester ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, scoring from 56 and 19 yards. Ben Peterson caught a team-best five passes for 69 yards, including an 11-yard TD reception. He also ran a punt back 73 yards for a score. Quarterback Christian Jorgensen completed 12 of 20 passes for 183 yards and two TDs. The win was six straight for the Storm, which is averaging 43.6 points during the streak.

Cardinals update: Orting (5-5), which finished fourth in the South Puget Sound League, kicked a go-ahead field goal with 11 minutes left and crafted an impressive goal-line stand to beat Lindergh 17-14 last week during a district playoff game. The win sent the Cardinals to state for the third consecutive season. Orting’s offense is led by senior quarterback Eddie Prong.

Key to the game: The Storm’s defense has improved each week under defensive coordinator Doug Trainor. Squalicum is allowed an average of 10.6 points per game during the past five contests, which is a drastic improvement from the 26.8 points it allowed the first five games of the season. Coach Nick Lucey placed an emphasis on defensive discipline this week against Orting, and if the Storm can play assignment football, it should be OK.

Player to watch: Don’t expect Squalicum to come out timid in its first-ever state playoff game. That attitude should permeate from Jorgensen, who has been rock solid all year. Look for the signal-caller to use all his weapons and lead the Storm to the quarterfinals.

Herald’s pick: Squalicum 35-20

Class 1A State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Site: Civic Stadium

Bulldogs update: Montesano (6-3) locked up its seed in the Class 1A State Playoffs with a 42-14 win over rival Elma two weeks ago. The Bulldogs didn’t play last week. Senior quarterback Anthony Louthan accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, while compiling 251 total yards. Tanner Birdsall and Kyle Englund are two of Montesano’s top running backs, and Kylar Prante gives the Bulldogs an effective receiver in the pass game. The last time Mount Baker and Montesano met, the Bulldogs beat the Mountaineers 28-6 in the 2012 Class 1A state semifinals.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (8-2) easily dispatched Cedar Park Christian 70-13 last week during a winner-to-state district playoff game at Civic Stadium. The Mountaineers led 49-0 by halftime in what was not much of a contest. Quarterback Mason Bass completed 5 of 8 passes for a season-high four touchdowns. He finished with 140 yards passing. Carson Schmidt caught two TD passes, and Ruvim Tikhonov and Johnny Mata each recorded one. Mount Baker’s top running back Liam Short was rarely needed. Jed Schleimer ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, and Thomas Barbo ran for 56 yards and a TD. The Mountaineers’ defense limited Cedar Park Christian to 31 rushing yards.

Key to the game: Mount Baker and Montesano have many similarities. Both teams cherish possession, like to be physical and have strong kicking games. If the Mountaineers can avoid negative plays and out-physical the Bulldogs, Baker could be looking at a state quarterfinal berth.

Player to watch: Coach Ron Lepper placed an emphasis on Mount Baker’s ability to take care of the football. That responsibility falls heavily on Bass, who put together his best game of the year last week.

Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 24-21

Class 2A State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Site: Sedro-Woolley High School

Bearcats update: W.F. West (6-3) made a goal-line stand with seconds to play, earning a 28-21 win over Woodland last week. Running back Nick Anglin led the Bearcats with three TDs.

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley (9-1) exclusively relied on its potent ground attack to score a lopsided 42-13 district playoff win against Cedarcrest at home last week. The Cubs ran for five touchdowns and had a special teams score. Quinn Carpenter ran for 77 yards and two TDs.

Key to the game: Sedro-Woolley should be fine relying on its strong run game, but if the Cubs can be more balanced offensively, expect Sedro-Woolley to roll.

Player to watch: Mason Elms is a game-changer and could be the difference in this one.

Herald’s pick: Sedro-Woolley 34-14

Class 1B State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Site: Lyle High School

Blackhawks update: Lummi (6-3) put together a dominating performance last week, beating Rainier Christian 54-8 during a Class 1B Quad-District Playoff game at Lummi. The Blackhawks led 48-0 before the Mustangs scored. Quarterback Austin Brockie threw four touchdowns and added a rushing score. He finished 12 of 22 for 189 yards. Dino Williams led the Blackhawks’ receiving corps with seven catches for 121 yards and touchdowns of 43 and 62 yards. Jacob Roberts scored twice, once on a 9-yard reception and again on a 45-yard interception return. Trazil Lane also caught a touchdown pass from Brockie. Lummi starting quarterback Hank Hoskins wasn’t used in the win, but should be in the lineup moving forward.

Cougars update: Lyle-Wishram (5-3) earned a 56-32 win over Knight during its last game two weeks ago. Lyle has won four straight after starting the season 1-3. The Cougars’ three losses came against Hosanna Christian, Ilwaco and Neah Bay, which Lummi has lost to twice this season. Lyle lost to Neah Bay 58-6. The Cougars are led by quarterback Gavyn Nelson, who has the ability to use his legs as well as him arm.

Key to the game: While winning the turnover battle is one of football’s most-used cliches, protecting the football will be paramount as Lummi journeys through state. It’s a point coach Jim Sandusky has emphasized all year.

Player to watch: Roberts has turned into a true play maker, and the Blackhawks will be counting on him throughout the Class 1B State Playoffs. He’s proven to be effective in the run game, pass game and on the defensive side of the ball. He scored twice last week and could be in line to find more paydirt this Friday.

Herald’s pick: Lummi 60-22

Class 2A State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15

Site: Civic Stadium

Hawks update: River Ridge (9-1) earned a 57-14 win over North Mason last week to qualify for the state playoffs for the third time in program history. The Hawks’ nine wins are the most in team history. Quarterback Kobe Key completed 15 of 18 passes for 249 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Chris Leiba hauled in eight catches for 165 yards and four touchdowns, including one rushing, and Michael Key ran for 164 yards on 18 carries. River Ridge led 35-7 at the half thanks to a 21-point second quarter.

Lions update: Lynden (9-1) had no trouble beating winless Shorecrest last week during a district playoff game at Civic Stadium. The Lions led 28-7 at half and cruised to a 42-7 win. Jordan Wittenberg caught three touchdown passes, recording five receptions for 43 yards. Trent Postma ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Sterling Somers completed 8 of 12 passes for 118 yards and four TDs. Lynden’s defense was tremendous against the run, giving up just 2.9 yards per carry. It also intercepted Shorecrest twice. The win was the Lions’ largest margin of victory since their Ferndale loss, and also it marked the ninth straight season Lynden has qualified for the state playoffs.

Key to the game: River Ridge last week displayed how well it can move the football through the air, as quarterback Kobe Key tossed five TD passes. Luckily for the Lions, they have been exceptional in defending the pass. Lynden is giving up an average of 161.5 passing yards, has allowed 13 TDs and has 12 INTs. Making the Hawks one dimensional could go a long way in helping Lynden advance.

Player to watch: Wittenberg has provided the Lions with consistent play on both sides of the ball this season. He’s the leading receiver in the NWC and his ability to slow down River Ridge’s passing attack from his cornerback position will be key.

Herald’s pick: Lynden 35-28

Class 2A State Playoffs


Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Site: North Kitsap High School

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison (7-3) scored a major 49-7 road upset win over Lakewood last week. Tarren Lautenbach caught nine passes for 181 yards and a TD, and Lorenzo Mationg ran for a team-high 73 yards and two TDs.

Buccaneers update: Kingston (4-7) earned a shocking 20-19 OT upset over Franklin Pierce last week. Both teams scored touchdowns in overtime, but the Buccaneers scored a dramatic win after blocking Franklin Pierce’s PAT.

Key to the game: The Tigers are playing their best right now. If they can carry over the momentum from previous weeks, they should be in good shape.

Player to watch: Mason Schwetz has come on of late and could be in line for a big game.

Herald’s pick: Burlington-Edison 27-14