High School Football

Previewing Week 2 of the high school football season

Video: Week 2 picks for Whatcom County prep football

Sports writers Andrew Lang (@andyde44) and Joshua Hart (@JTHart23)
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Sports writers Andrew Lang (@andyde44) and Joshua Hart (@JTHart23)

Lakewood (0-1) at Lynden (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden High School

Cougars update: Lakewood didn’t score late until its non-league contest against Liberty last week and suffered a 14-6 loss. Last year the Cougars took a 38-21 home loss to Lynden.

Lions update: Lynden struggled offensively last week against King’s and took a 21-14 loss, its second straight defeat dating back to last year’s Class 2A state title game. The Lions managed just 34 rushing yards on 24 carries, but the return of Brody Weinheimer this week may give Lynden the spark it needs. The Lions’ defense yielded 234 rushing yards.

Key to the game: The Lions need to establish some physicality and a bigger push up front. If the Lions can generate more offensive consistency, expect them to get a bounce-back win.

Player to watch: Lynden was out-gained on the ground by 200 yards last week, so senior two-way starting lineman Caden Lair has the chance to give the Lions a big boost this week.

Prediction: Lynden 24-14

Bellingham (0-1) at Sehome (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Red Raiders update: Bellingham trailed 41-0 by halftime and took a 41-14 loss to city-rival Squalicum last week. Both of the Red Raiders’ touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. Isiah Harrington scored on a 5-yard run, and Ethan Fields caught a 20 yard TD pass from QB Nick Knutson.

Mariners update: Sehome led Cascade Christian, the defending Class 1A state champs, by a touchdown at halftime last week during the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium, but Sehome gave up 21 unanswered points to end the game. Injuries knocked out Sehome’s first- and second-string quarterbacks, putting a halt to the Mariners’ offensive attack.

Key to the game: If Bellingham stands a chance, it needs to make some big plays early and make someone else beat the Red Raiders other than standout Taylor Rapp. Last year the Mariners cruised to a win over Bellingham.

Player to watch: Sehome junior defensive back and wide receiver Anton Arena made some big plays last week. Look for him to carry that over this week against the Red Raiders and contribute on both sides of the football.

Prediction: Sehome 48-14

Blaine (1-0) at Granite Falls (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Hi Jewel Stadium in Granite Falls

Borderites update: Blaine opened the season with a dominating 55-20 non-league win over New Westminster at home last week. Riley Fritsch headed the Borderites’ run game, logging 221 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. New starting quarterback Jalen Kortlever impressed during his debut, throwing for 234 yards and a pair of scores.

Tigers update: Granite Falls trailed 24-6 at halftime against Bellevue Christian last week, but despite a second-half rally, the Tigers ended on the wrong end of a 30-27 non-league loss.

Key to the game: The Borderites racked up 461 total yards last week in what was an impressive all-round offensive display. If Blaine can get offensive production even remotely to what it got against New Westminster, expect the Borderites to be 2-0.

Player to watch: Kortlever looked great Week 1. Let’s see if he can emulate what he did again during Week 2 on the road against Cascade Conference opponent Granite Falls.

Prediction: Blaine 42-14

Lynden Christian (1-0) at Sultan (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Sultan High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian outscored Omak 21-7 during the third quarter and rolled to a 36-12 non-league victory at home last week. David Bladies led a potent Lyncs’ rushing attack that churned out 222 yards, and Lucas Roetcisoender threw for 211 yards, 105 of which went to Zach Roetcisoender on five catches. Nathan Wynstra and Nate Hielkma caught a touchdown apiece.

Turks update: Sultan couldn’t get anything going last week against Shorecrest and took a 25-2 non-league loss. The Turks managed only 82 total yards of offense, and their only points came in the form of a third-quarter safety.

Key to the game: Sultan couldn’t surpass the 100-yard threshold last week, so if Lynden Christian puts a solid defensive game together, the Lyncs should be able to cruise.

Player to watch: Zach Roetcisoender opened his season with a 100-yard game. Look for the senior wideout to have another big game.

Prediction: Lynden Christian 35-7

Ferndale (1-0) at Oak Harbor (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Oak Harbor High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale rushed for more than 300 yards and threw for 108 en route to earning a riveting 35-34 overtime win over No. 7-ranked Kamiakin at home last Saturday. Ben Broselle ran for 150 yards and a TD on eight carries, and Taylor Bellefeuille ran for two scores and 50 yards on 15 rushes.

Wildcats update: Oak Harbor yielded 21 first-quarter points and took a lopsided 55-6 non-league loss to Monroe last week. The Wildcats were held under 100 total yards.

Key to the game: Look for Ferndale to continue to be balanced offensively. With Oak Harbor’s lack of offense firepower, a couple Ferndale touchdowns could be enough.

Player to watch: Sky Freeman made a game-saving tackle last week. That’ll be hard to top, but he should play an integral role in this one, too.

Prediction: Ferndale 48-17

Oroville (1-0) at Mount Baker (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Baker High School

Hornets update: Class 2B Oroville reeled off 26 unanswered points to open its game last week against White Swan and came away with a 32-12 win. Quarterback Nathan Hugus threw for 201 yards and four TDs.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker gave up 14 points in the first quarter to Sedro-Woolley, the defending Class 2A state champs, but played the Cubs even the rest of the way, taking a 20-7 road, non-league loss. Jed Schleimer led the Mountaineers 161 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Key to the game: Mount Baker’s defense played well against one of the more talented 2A offenses in the state last week. If the Mountaineers bring similar play this Friday, count on Baker earning its first win of the year.

Player to watch: Kolten Zender, as a lineman and linebacker, every time out plays a role in setting Baker’s physical tone, and he’s always making an impact on games.

Prediction: Mount Baker 35-10

Nooksack Valley (0-1) at Montesano (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Montesano High School

Nooksack Valley update: A batch of early mistakes cost the Pioneers during their season opener, as Nooksack Valley took a 47-33 non-league loss to Anacortes last week. The Pioneers got a lot from their passing game. Joe McNeely threw for 163 yards and a TD, and Casey Bauman threw for 186 yards and a score.

Bulldogs update: Montesano, which was ranked No. 10 last week in Class 1A, struggled mightily on defense during a 55-32 non-league loss to Black Hills.

Key to the game: Nooksack Valley enjoyed some offensive success last week, and if the Pioneers can get into a rhythm early offensively, perhaps Nooksack Valley can make a game of this one.

Player to watch: Joe McNeely played a huge part in last week’s game. Look for the senior to again be featured at quarterback and in the run and pass game.

Prediction: Montesano 35-28

South Whidbey (1-0) at Anacortes (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anacortes High School

Falcons update: South Whidbey picked up a 27-14 win over Coupeville last week. The Falcons scored three times in the game’s final six minutes.

Seahawks update: Anacortes rolled to a 47-33 non-league victory against South Whidbey last week, as quarterback Camden McLaughlin threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Prediction: Anacortes 28-27

Sedro-Woolley (1-0) at Mount Vernon (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Vernon High School

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley opened its Class 2A state title defense with a 20-7 non-league win over Mount Baker. Bryce Hornbeck led the Cubs with 96 yards on seven carries.

Bulldogs update: Mount Vernon struggled offensively against Burlington-Edison and took a 45-7 non-league loss.

Prediction: Sedro-Woolley 38-7

Burlington-Edison (1-0) at Cedarcrest (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Cedarcrest High School

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison rolled to a 45-7 win over rival Mount Vernon last week.

Red Wolves update: Cedarcrest went on the road last week and picked up a 36-23 non-league win over Sammamish.

Prediction: Burlington-Edison 35-21