PHOTOS: Doug Lange & Blake Witman
Prep Football: Four on to the Quarterfinals
November 12, 2018
A four-pack of Whatcom County prep football teams are heading off to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Three squads in the 1A classification and one in the 2A, with all four playing Saturday November 17th.
The single-A ranks of the Northwest Conference is looking dominant with Mount Baker, Meridian and Lynden Christian all advancing courtesy of convincing wins last Saturday. The Mountaineers thumped Montesano 48-7. Meridian downed Elma 40-21 and Lynden Christian blanked Cascade Christian 20-0 at Civic Stadium.
Mount Baker (8-4) will continue to try and win on the road. The Mountaineers face a tall task with a 1:00pm match-up against the defending champion Royal Knights (11-0) at David Nielsen Field in Royal City.
Something has to give in this match-up. Mount Baker is the top scoring team out of Whatcom County averaging 36.3 points per game. The Knights, the top-ranked team in the 1A, has surrendered just 27 points all season long with 6 shutouts in their past 7 games.
According to Meridianfootball.com Twitter feed, Meridian will also play at 1:00pm, as the 4th seeded Trojans host 5th seeded Colville at Civic Stadium. The Indians easily beat Connell 48-7 last week in the round of 16.
It's the second meeting of the year between Meridian (8-3) and Colville (8-2). The Trojans won 27-14 in their regular season match-up in Peshastin on September 8th. Dawson logan ran for 3 touchdowns and passed for another in a game Meridian never trailed.
Lynden Christian hits the road for the quarters. The Lyncs get a 5:00pm game versus Hoquiam at French Field in Aberdeen. The Grizzlies shutout Stevenson 49-0 last week. Hoquiam has been knocked out of the 1A playoffs in the quarterfinal round the last three years. Meridian beat them last year and Mount Baker ended their season in 2016.
In the 2A, Lynden will remain at Civic Stadium this week. They looked very good "at home" with an opening round 34-14 win over Eatonville. The Lions improved to 10-0 on the season.
Tumwater comes to Civic for a 4:00pm game on Saturday. The Thunderbirds slipped past Prosser 21-14 last week. Tumwater (10-1) lost to Hockinson last year in the 2A championship game. The Thunderbirds got the better of Lynden last year in the opening round of the state playoffs, winning 23-21. Lynden beat Tumwater 38-28 back in 2013 to claim the state title.
Mount Baker vs. Royal 1:00pm at David Nielsen Field in Royal City
Meridian vs. Colville 1:00pm at Civic Stadium in Bellingham
Lynden vs. Tumwater 4:00pm at civic Stadium in Bellingham
Lynden Christian vs. Hoquiam 5:00pm at French field in Aberdee
- Doug Lange