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Football State Playoffs Seeding Announced 

November 4, 2018 

The waiting is over for six Whatcom County prep football teams. The pairings for the opening round of the state playoffs are out. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released the brackets Sunday, following a meeting of the Football Seeding Committees earlier in the day at the WIAA offices in Renton. 

Two of the three 1A squads will be the home team next weekend. Meridian is the highest seed at No. 4. The Trojans (6-4) will play host 13th seeded Elma. According to that game will be played at Civic Stadium Saturday at 7:00pm.  Lynden Christian (8-2) is the 6th seed and will host the 11 seed Cascade Christian (7-1) Saturday at 1:00pm at Civic Stadium. 


9th seeded Mount Baker (7-4) will hit the road. The Mountaineers will face 8th seed Montesano (7-2) Saturday at Montesano at 6:00pm 


In the 2A ranks, it's Lynden (9-0) hosting Eatonville (8-1) in a match-up of the No. 3 and No. 14 seeds. That game is Saturday 11/10 at 4:00pm at Civic Stadium. 13th seed Sehome (8-3) will travel to battle 4th seeded Liberty (8-2) at Liberty High School Friday at 7:00pm 


Squalicum (8-2), was seeded 14th by the committee in the 3a classification. The Storm will play a road game versus 3rd seeded Mountain View (9-1). According to Squalicum coach nick Lucey that game will be played Saturday November 10th at 6:00pm at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver. 

While the first-round matchups were determined by the seeding committees – dates, times and locations will be determined by each host WIAA District. It is anticipated that all game details will be finalized and added to the WIAA brackets by noon on Monday, Nov. 5.

The three seeding committees each consisted of 10 members, primarily made up of current or retired WIAA football coaches, with an additional two members serving on all three committees. 

“The members of these committees have covered a lot of ground, communicated with a lot of coaches during the season and seen a lot of teams this year,” said WIAA Executive Board Member and Committee Chair Greg Whitmore. “I’m proud of the work they’ve put in to create what we think are fair brackets that hopefully will result in competitive and exciting tournaments.”

On either local squad is still a week away from a possible state berth. Lummi Nation has to play and win in the quad-district tournament this coming week to advance to the state playoffs. The Blackhawks (5-3) will host Crescent on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00pm. The 1B state bracket will be released November 11th. 

Information via WIAA press release used in this story

- Doug Lange 

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