High School Football

NWC makes mark on 2A preseason poll

Lynden's Scooter Hastings is knocked out of bounds by Sedro-Woolley's Anthony Cann and Quinten Dickman-Roppel in the 2A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Tacoma Dome. The Cubs and Lions both enter 2015 ranked in the top three of the Class 2A poll.
Lynden's Scooter Hastings is knocked out of bounds by Sedro-Woolley's Anthony Cann and Quinten Dickman-Roppel in the 2A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Tacoma Dome. The Cubs and Lions both enter 2015 ranked in the top three of the Class 2A poll. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The last Class 2A prep football that was played in Washington state featured two Northwest Conference teams — Sedro-Woolley and Lynden — in the state championship, where the Cubs ran to a 42-13 victory.

It comes as no surprise, then, that both the Cubs and Lions received first-place votes in the Associated Press Washington state Class 2A poll, as they prepare for the 2015 season as favorites to contend for the NWC title.

The Cubs will start the season ranked No. 1 after receiving seven first-place votes. Tumwater, which was beaten by Sedro-Woolley in last year’s state semifinal, is ranked second with three first-place votes and Lynden comes in at No. 3 with two first-place votes.

The Lions return star quarterback Sterling Somers, who tossed 35 touchdowns last year and ran for 10 more last year. He also put up more than 3,000 yards in the air and 500 on the ground. He’ll still have primary passing target Jordan Wittenberg to throw to as well. Wittenberg caught 87 balls last year for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Joining the Lions in the Class 2A poll is No. 8 Squalicum, which made its first state tournament appearance in school history last season. The Storm should be strong again under Nick Lucey, who is now in his second year at the helm.

The Storm graduated quarterback Christian Jorgensen, who was the league’s second-best passer behind Somers last season, but return speedy wideout Ben Peterson, who was second in receiving yards in the NWC last year with 851 on 55 catches to go along with eight scores. He’ll join Josiah Westbrook and Damek Mitchell to form one of the speediest offenses in the league.

At the Class 1A level, Mount Baker will start the season ranked No. 8. Coach Ron Lepper’s Mounties are coming off three straight state berths and will return Paul Lebedev, Jed Schleimer and Jemiah Cronk.

Lummi is the only other Whatcom County team ranked, coming in at No. 3 in the Class 1B poll. The Blackhawks fell to Neah Bay in the state semifinals last year and lost a large crop of players from that team, but still return key pieces such as Hank Hoskins and Trazil Lane.

The Blackhawks are a favorite to return to the state tournament yet again, as they have for the past 11 years including a state title in 2010. At the 1B level, Neah Bay comes in at No. 2 despite winning the title last season. Liberty Christian instead takes over the top spot.

Other No. 1s include Class 4A Camas, 3A Eastside Catholic and 1A Cascade Christian.

Games begin Friday, Sept. 4.

Washington Football Prep Poll

Class 4A

1. Camas (4)

0-0

98

2. Lake Stevens (1)

0-0

78

3. Gig Harbor (1)

0-0

72

4. Gonzaga Prep

0-0

67

4. Chiawana (2)

0-0

67

6. Union

0-0

66

7. Bothell (3)

0-0

64

8. Graham-Kapowsin

0-0

43

9. Skyline

0-0

16

10. Federal Way

0-0

9

Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 3A

1. Eastside Catholic (8)

0-0

107

2. Bellevue (3)

0-0

100

3. O’Dea

0-0

79

4. Auburn Mountain View

0-0

57

(tie)Marysville-Pilchuck

0-0

57

6. Peninsula

0-0

48

7. Kamiakin

0-0

45

8. Lincoln

0-0

40

9. Mt. Spokane

0-0

17

10. Lakes

0-0

16

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Meadowdale 9. 12, Wilson, Woodrow 7.

Class 2A

1. Sedro-Woolley (7)

0-0

110

2. Tumwater (3)

0-0

104

3. Lynden (2)

0-0

96

4. Hockinson

0-0

67

5. Prosser

0-0

65

6. Ellensburg

0-0

56

7. North Kitsap

0-0

44

8. Squalicum

0-0

35

9. Clarkston

0-0

30

10. W. F. West

0-0

23

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Woodland 9. 11, Burlington-Edison 9.

Class 1A

1. Cascade Christian (4)

0-0

90

2. Royal (2)

0-0

80

3. Colville

0-0

79

4. Zillah (4)

0-0

76

5. Freeman (1)

0-0

74

6. Eatonville

0-0

44

7. King’s

0-0

39

8. Mount Baker

0-0

37

9. Charles Wright Academy

0-0

22

10. LaCenter

0-0

17

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Connell 12. 12, Montesano 9. 13, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 7. 13, Cascade (Leavenworth) 7.

Class 2B

1. Napavine (4)

0-0

92

2. Okanogan (4)

0-0

82

3. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (2)

0-0

75

4. North Beach

0-0

53

5. Toledo

0-0

42

6. Colfax

0-0

35

7. Pe Ell Willapa Valley

0-0

30

8. Raymond

0-0

28

9. Reardan

0-0

26

(tie) Brewster

0-0

26

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Adna 25. 12, Life Christian Academy 12. 13, Waitsburg-Prescott 7.

Class 1B

1. Liberty Christian (4)

0-0

84

2. Neah Bay (5)

0-0

77

3. Lummi

0-0

59

4. Republic

0-0

47

5. Touchet

0-0

45

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Cusick 20. 12, Naselle 9. 13, Garfield-Palouse 7.

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