Sehome at Cascade Christian
Time: 10 a.m.
Site: Husky Stadium
Mariners update: Sehome lost some steam last season after earning a state berth in 2013, finishing with a 3-7 record, but the Mariners are hoping to return to form this fall. Facing the defending Class 1A state champs will be an excellent test right to start the year. The Mariners have a promising reworked line, some strong athletes, and it will be interesting to see how Sehome’s defense holds up against Cascade Christian.
Cougars update: No. 1-ranked Cascade Christian returns after winning a Class 1A state title, and the Cougars are in line to have another good season. Cascade Christian lost some key pieces from its state championship team, but coach Randy Davis believes the Cougars can be successful by relying on their defense.
Key to the game: If the Mariners can stay on the field on offense, work the clock and limit big players, there’s no reason to think the Mariners can’t hang with the Cougars.
Player to watch: Taylor Rapp will give the University of Washington coaches a little showcase of what they’ll be seeing from him the next few years.
Prediction: Cascade Christian 33-21
Omak at Lynden Christian
Site: Lynden Christian High School
Pioneers update: Omak struggled last season, finishing with a 2-7 record, but if there is any consolation it is the fact it won its final two games. Last year the Pioneers opened the year with a 45-6 defeat to the Lyncs.
Lyncs update: Lynden Christian has improved each season under coach Galen Kaemingk, and this year the Lyncs will be looking to finally break through by earning a state berth. Three-year starting quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender will have to play well to overcome some of the youth spread throughout LC’s roster.
Key to the game: Lynden Christian will get a great opportunity to test out its new backfield, and the ability to establish the run against the Pioneers could be key.
Player to watch: David Bladies received some high praise from Kaemingk, and he could potentially be the Lyncs’ answer at running back.
Prediction: Lynden Christian 38-10
Kamiakin at Ferndale
Time: 5 p.m.
Site: Ferndale High School
Braves update: Kamiakin’s aspirations are high as it returns seven starters on both sides of the ball. The Braves have a strong offensive line and should be led by a sturdy defense. Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said his offensive line is one of the biggest he’s ever had.
Golden Eagles update: Ferndale is coming off a disappointing season in which is finished with a 3-6 record, its lowest win total in recent memory. But Ferndale brings back a lot of talent and will get a big test right off the bat against a 3A power in Kamiakin.
Key to the game: Can the Golden Eagles’ front match Kamiakin’s? If Ferndale can dictate the trenches, that would go a long way in determining the outcome.
Player to watch: Nick Bartel was a player coach Jamie Plenkovich said progressed nicely during the offseason. His line play will be essential.
Prediction: Kamiakin 24-20