Video: Week 3 picks for Whatcom County prep football
Blaine (2-0) at Ferndale (1-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Ferndale High School
Borderites update: First-year starting quarterback Jalen Kortlever impressed again, throwing for 148 yards and four touchdowns to lead Blaine to a 48-0 non-league win over Granite Falls last week. Riley Fritsch added two rushing scores and 157 yards on 13 carries, and the Borderites’ defense limited Granite Falls to 80 total yards of offense.
Golden Eagles update: Justice Powell’s breakout 230-yard, one-touchdown effort wasn’t enough, as the Golden Eagles suffered a thrilling 31-28 non-league back-and-forth loss to Oak Harbor last week on the road. James Hinson threw three touchdown passes — two to Sky Freeman and one to Jackson King.
Key to the game: Given Ferndale star DT Chris Hernandez exited last week’s game early with an injury, Oak Harbor ran all over the Golden Eagles’ defense. It can’t afford the same type of effort against Borderites standout back Fritsch.
Player to watch: Ferndale will need Austin Honeycutt to step up and set the tone up front defensively against Blaine’s run game.
Prediction: Ferndale 21-17
Lynden Christian (2-0) at Bellingham (0-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Civic Stadium
Lyncs update: David Bladies enjoyed a career game, running for a 139 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, and the Lyncs scored 20 unanswered third-quarter points to earn a 37-14 non-league win against Sultan on the road last week. Lucas Roetcisoender completed 10 of 13 passes for 171 yards and two TDs. Nate Hielkema had 130 of those yards and two scores.
Red Raiders update: Bellingham played Sehome close but took a 22-6 non-league loss last week. The Red Raiders struggled offensively throughout, amassing 123 total yards and only 36 rush yards on 26 attempts. Zach Lorenz recorded a fourth-quarter pick-six to prevent being shut out.
Key to the game: The Red Raiders need to generate some offense if they hope to have a chance in this one.
Player to watch: Bellingham running back Isiah Harrington has shown a nice burst with the ball in his hands. If he gets enough touches, he could break one loose.
Prediction: Lynden Christian 35-13
Cascade (0-2) at Mount Baker (1-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Mount Baker High School
Kodiaks update: Cascade suffered a 41-13 non-league loss to Zillah at home last week before losing to 15-9 to Quincy during Week 1. Baker beat Cascade 42-6 on the road last year.
Mountaineers update: Mount Baker rebounded from a Week 1 loss to beat Oroville 69-14 last week at home. Junior running back Jed Schleimer rumbled for 227 yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries. The Mountaineers racked up 491 rushing yards on 42 carries and held Oroville to 82 yards rushing. Jonathan Ehlers, Carson Engholm, Thomas Barbo and Jeremiah Cronk each scored rushing touchdowns.
Key to the game: Last week’s 500-plus yard offensive effort was impressive. If Mount Baker can get anywhere near that against Cascade expect the Mountaineers to add another win.
Player to watch: Carson Engholm has provided a strong compliment to Schleimer this year. Look for him to be a big factor in this one.
Prediction: Mount Baker 45-7
Cascade Christian (1-1) at Nooksack Valley (0-2)
Time: 7 p.m,
Site: Nooksack Valley High School
Cougars update: A week after earning a 28-13 win over Sehome at Husky Stadium, Cascade Christian suffered a 17-7 loss to Orting. The Cougars led 7-0 before giving up 17 second-half points.
Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley generated a lot of offense during its Week 1 loss to Anacortes, but the Pioneers took an ugly 56-0 road loss to Montesano last week. Nooksack Valley showed well against Anacortes during its season-opening loss, taking a 47-33 defeat. Colton Kautz ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns, Joe McNeely and Casey Bauman each threw for more than 160 yards and Michael O’Bryan caught 14 passes for 117 yards.
Key to the game: Nooksack Valley needs to establish some resemblance of a run game in order to open up its passing attack against a strong Cascade Christian defense.
Player to watch: Wide receiver Michael O’Bryan has made a ton of catches through the first two weeks. The Pioneers will need him to be at his best.
Prediction: Cascade Christian 48-14
Squalicum (2-0) at Lynden (1-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Lynden High School
Storm update: Facing Meridian would have been a nice transition from Bellingham before the Storm open league play on the road against perennial state power Lynden, but the Trojans’ decision to forfeit will give the Storm 13 days off before facing the Lions. Squalicum easily handled Bellingham 41-14.
Lions update: Lynden looked like a completely new team during its 53-0 bounce-back win over Lakewood. Sterling Somers was 9 for 9 for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Jacob Hommes ran for 79 yards and two TDs in backup QB duty and also threw for a TD.
Key to the game: Squalicum has the secondary players to hang with Lynden, so the Lions have to pose a serious threat running the ball, something Lynden is yet to do during the season’s first two weeks.
Player to watch: Ben Peterson is a game-changer, and when him and Jordan Wittenberg face off, that alone should be worth the price of admission.
Prediction: Squalicum 24-20
Lummi (1-1) at Seattle Lutheran (2-0)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Site: West Seattle Stadium in Seattle
Blackhawks update: Lummi was forced to forfeit its game last week due to a lack of eligible players. During a Week 1 win against Taholah, the Blackhawks won 40-12 and got a big day out of starting quarterback Jonathan Casimir.
Saints update: Seattle Lutheran hung 36 first-quarter points on Week 2 opponent Oaks before rolling to a 52-0 win. The Saints have outscored opponents this season 112-8 following a Week 1 win over Knight.
Key to the game: Most likely for Lummi conditioning will play a large factor in the outcome. If the Blackhawks didn’t enough bodies to fill a team last week, expect whoever plays against Seattle Lutheran to play a whole lot.
Player to watch: Look for Devon Lawrence to make some big plays for the Blackhawks.
Prediction: Lummi 48-32
Anacortes (2-0) at Sehome (1-1)
Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Site: Civic Stadium
Seahawks update: Running back Payton Beaner ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead Anacortes to a 40-0 non-league win over South Whidbey last week.
Mariners update: Sehome again played musical chairs at the quarterback position last week with three different players lining up under center. None of the three were particularly effective, but Max Diehl did throw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Rapp that sealed the game. Dalton Nestlebush led the Mariners with 61 yards and touchdown on nine carries.
Key to the game: Blaine is the only team that has scored more points (107) in the NWC through the first two weeks of the season than Anacortes (87) has. The Seahawks have done it with a nice mix or run and pass. At the same time, Sehome’s defense has looked really good. The Mariners need to force some three-and-outs and get a few big plays on offense.
Player to watch: Anacortes backs Elliott Horstman and Payton Beaner have shown they are more than capable backs. Linebacker Zach Zimmerman needs to have a big game.
Prediction: Sehome 21-20
Meridian (0-2) at Chelan (0-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Sargent Field in Chelan
Trojans update: Meridian gets back to football following a forfeit due to communication issues between players and coaches last week. Meridian suffered a 36-21 opening-season loss to Hoquiam.
Mountain Goats update: Chelan suffered a 47-0 loss to Okanogan last week. The Mountain Goats lost to Brewster 38-34 to open the season.
Key to the game: Just getting back to football will probably be the best thing for the Trojans. If Meridian can put its troubles behind it and just play hard, the Trojans should come away with a win.
Player to watch: Andrew Logan can make a lot of plays, and should be one to watch against Chelan.
Prediction: Meridian 31-7
Burlington-Edison (2-0) at Sedro-Woolley (2-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Sedro-Woolley High School
Tigers update: Burlington-Edison posted a 35-0 win over Cedarcrest last week.
Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley beat Mount Vernon 40-7 last week.
Prediction: Sedro-Woolley 24-17