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Prep football Week 4 preview

Video: Week 4 picks for Whatcom County prep football

Sports writers Andrew Lang (@andyde44) and Joshua Hart (@JTHart23) discuss this week's highlighted games including Squalicum-Sedro-Woolley, Ferndale-Burlington-Edison and Blaine-Sehome and give their picks for all of this week's contests involving
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Sports writers Andrew Lang (@andyde44) and Joshua Hart (@JTHart23) discuss this week's highlighted games including Squalicum-Sedro-Woolley, Ferndale-Burlington-Edison and Blaine-Sehome and give their picks for all of this week's contests involving

Sedro-Woolley (2-1, 0-1 NWC) at Squalicum (3-0, 1-0 NWC)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Civic Stadium

Cubs update: Sedro-Woolley committed two crucial turnovers at inopportune times and took a 21-7 Northwest Conference loss to rival Burlington-Edison last week. The Cubs threw an interception inside Burlington-Edison’s 5-yard line and then throw a pick-six to seal the loss. Thor Wagoner led Sedro-Woolley’s run-heavy attack with 118 yards on 15 rushes.

Storm update: Squalicum’s defense shut down Lynden, and junior quarterback Garrett Sorenson had a big night, leading the Storm to a 27-0 Northwest Conference road win over the Lions last week. Sorenson threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 86 yards and another score.

Key to the game: Squalicum outplayed Lynden up front last week. The Storm will get an even stiffer test this week against the Cubs’ power run game. If Squalicum can rise to the challenge again, they should leave Civic with a win.

Player to watch: Jake Burns was all over the place last week. Expect him to make some more plays this week against the defending 2A champs.

Prediction: Squalicum 28-14

Lynden (1-2, 0-1 NWC) at Anacortes (2-1, 0-1 NWC)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anacortes High School

Lions update: Lynden struggled moving the ball against Squalicum, star quarterback Sterling Somers exited during the second quarter with an injury and the Lions suffered a 27-0 Northwest Conference home defeat last week. Lynden’s backup quarterbacks went 4 of 15.

Seahawks update: Anacortes couldn’t stop Sehome’s rushing attack last week and couldn’t get its own offense going, taking a 16-3 Northwest Conference road loss last week. The Seahawks yielded 325 rushing yards and only ran for 116 yards themselves. Starting quarterback Camden McLaughlin was 10 of 24 for 94 yards and two interceptions.

Key to the game: Lynden was outworked up front against King’s and Squalicum. With Somers’ status uncertain, this game gives the Lions an opportunity to assert themselves in the trenches. If Lynden can get a run game going, they should be good to go.

Player to watch: Davis Bode is a big body who can infuse more physical play into the Lions. Look for him to step up this Friday and help Lynden get a win.

Prediction: Lynden 28-7

Sehome (2-1, 1-0 NWC) at Blaine (2-1, 0-1 NWC)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Blaine High School

Mariners update: With no established starting quarterback, Sehome leaned on its stingy defense and effective run game to earn a hard-fought 16-3 Northwest Conference win over Anacortes at home last week. Running back Kevin Sun emerged, running for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Jace Rinker went for 77 on eight carries.

Borderites update: Blaine took a touchdown lead into halftime against Ferndale but was outscored 20-0 in the second half, taking a 34-20 Northwest Conference road loss to Ferndale last week. Running back Riley Fritsch was bottled up most of the night with the exception of a 76-yard TD run, and QB Jalen Kortlever threw two first-half touchdowns.

Key to the game: It’s pretty simple. If Blaine can take away Sehome’s run game, it should bounce back with a win.

Player to watch: Already defensive end/wide receiver Layton Hagee has shown a proficiency for making big plays in the pass game. He’s a solid contributor on defense, too.

Prediction: Blaine 20-14

Charles Wright Academy (0-3) at Bellingham (0-3)

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Site: Civic Stadium

Tarriers update: Following two blowout losses, Charles Wright lost a narrow 52-48 shootout against Vashon Island last week. The Tarriers led late but were outscored 22-7 in the fourth quarter.

Red Raiders update: Bellingam managed just 169 total yards last week and took a 35-7 home loss to Lynden Christian last week. Running back Isiah Harrington offered a bright spot, rushing for 106 yards on 20 carries.

Key to the game: The Red Raiders have been outmatched during their first three games, but now the schedule lightens up. If Bellingham can execute its offense with more proficiency, look for it to add win No. 1.

Player to watch: Look for Ethan Fields to make a few plays on both sides of the ball.

Prediction: Bellingham 28-21

Ferndale (2-1, 1-0 NWC) at Burlington-Edison (3-0, 1-0 NWC)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Burlington-Edison High School

Golden Eagles update: Ferndale rebounded from a rough first half to take a 34-20 Northwest Conference home win over Blaine last week. Justice Powell ran for a team-high 90 yards and two touchdowns, and Sky Freeman logged 109 receiving yards, a TD and also returned a first-quarter interception for a touchdown. Quarterback James Hinson completed 8 of 13 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Tigers update: Burlington-Edison got a huge Northwest Conference road win last week, knocking off No. 1-ranked Sedro-Woolley 21-7. Joe Daniels had a fourth-quarter pix-six to seal the game, and Payton Henderson led the Tigers with 54 rushing yards and a touchdown. Hunter Anderson completed 7 of 9 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Key to the game: Burlington-Edison is a physical team, has a stable of strong running backs and a capable quarterback in Hunter Anderson. Ferndale needs another strong defensive effort to come away with a win.

Player to watch: Chris Hernandez made a big impact last week, and Ferndale will need him again against Burlington-Edison.

Prediction: Ferndale 28-24

Meridian (1-2) at Lynden Christian (3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lynden Christian Schools

Trojans update: Meridian went on the road last week and earned a decisive 49-14 non-league win over Chelan. Sophomore quarterback Simon Burkett had a big game, throwing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Dritsas ran for a team-high 99 yards and a score and also logged a team-high 76 receiving yards. Marcus McGuinn caught three passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian scored an unanswered 35 points against Bellingham last week, earning a 35-7 non-league road win. Running back David Bladies ran for a game-high 112 yards and three touchdowns, and Lucas Roetcisoender threw for 155 yards and a score. Zach Roetcisoender hauled in four passes for 108 yards and a TD.

Key to the game: With Burkett and Dritsas and Marcus McGuinn, the Trojans have one of the better passing attacks in the league. The Lyncs’ secondary will need to be at its best.

Player to watch: Look for Koby Smith to help Meridian’s defense slow down David Blaides and LC’s run game.

Prediction: Meridian 35-17

Nooksack Valley (0-3) at Mount Baker (3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Mount Baker High School

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley completed its brutal non-league schedule with a 42-8 home loss to Cascade Christian. Quarterback Casey Bauman completed 16 of 28 passes for 104 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Bauman also led the Pioneers with 56 yards. Joe McNeely logged 21 receiving yards and a TD.

Mountaineers update: Mount Baker rumbled to a decisive 52-0 non-league home win over Cascade Leavenworth last week. The Mountaineers ran for 344 yards, and Jed Schleimer accounted for 216 of those and four touchdowns. Carson Engholm ran for 41 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Mason Bass ran for a 16-yard TD. Baker’s defense only gave up 44 pass yards.

Key to the game: Nooksack Valley has to be more efficient on offense if it hopes to compete with a talented Mount Baker defense.

Player to watch: Look for Maxwell Tolman to make some big plays against Nooksack Valley.

Prediction: Mount Baker 45-7

Entiat (2-1) at Lummi (0-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lummi High School

Tigers: Entiat didn’t play last week following a forfeit win from Tulalip Heritage. The Tigers won the week before, beating Manson 36-34 before losing the season opener to Republic, 56-44.

Blackhawks update: Lummi, with only 14 players, traveled to play Seattle Lutheran and earned a 72-64 win. The game was called after three quarters due to lack of light. Quarterback Jonathan Casimir threw for 469 yards and eight touchdowns, and Free Borsey caught 10 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns. He added a sixth on a kickoff return. Raven Borsey has seven catches for 173 yards and four TDs.

Key to the game: A big key for the Blackhawks will be conditioning. With such a thinly stretched roster, many of the Blackhawks will have to play every snap.

Player to watch: Free Borsey should be back at it this week against Entiat.

Prediction: Lummi 58-40

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