As I was finishing this, news came of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Our Prayers with them.
Good morning Trojans fans. It seems that true football weather is finally upon us, and one can only hope the ill winds bear better fortunes for the Mighty Trohahns tonight.
Once again, there’s not much mystery tonight. We all pretty much know what Baker is about and they know us. It was a whisker close one three weeks ago, with Tanner Tutterow having a career game throwing for 322 yards. Like so many, the game came down to turnovers and containing the run. Liam Short went for 200+ against us, obviously far too many.
Just a matter of going out and getting it done.
The Herald previews tonight’s game thusly:
MOUNT BAKER AT MERIDIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24
Site: Meridian High School
Mountianeers update: Running back Johnny Mata scored a game-clinching 13-yard touchdown late to lift Mount Baker (6-1, 4-0 NWC 1A) to a 21-11 win against Nooksack Valley at home. Liam Short led the way, rushing for 119 of the Mountaineers’ 250 ground yards. Jed Schleimer and Zach Yurchuk combined for 101 yards. Mount Baker’s defense held the Pioneers to 86 rush yards on 26 carries.
Trojans update: Meridian (4-3, 2-2 NWC 1A) struggled mightily on offense and took a 31-0 loss to Lynden Christian on the road last week. The Trojans ran for only 51 yards on 26 carries, and quarterbacks Tanner Tutterrow and Marcus McGuinn were a combined 15 of 51 for 188 yards and an interception. Nick Dritsas ran for a team-high 24 yards on 14 carries, and Kyle Young led the receiving corps with 66 yards on five catches.
Player to watch: The Mountaineers intercepted Meridian four times last time they met. Look for Jax Toctocan to chip in with both pass rush and coverage responsibilities.
Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 28-20
In the new NWC 1A mini-roundrobin format, there’s not a ton to say about the second leg other than once more round the mulberry bush. Each of these games are crucially important to post-season. You gotta go out and win the game.
MERIDIAN AT LYNDEN CHRISTIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17
Site: Lynden Christian High School
Trojans update: Meridian (4-2, 2-1 NWC 1A) earned a lopsided 43-15 win against Nooksack Valley at home last week. Running back Nick Dritsas put together a breakout performance, rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Dakota Jones chipped in 91 yards and a score on 14 carries, and Tanner Tutterrow threw for 173 yards and two TDs, both to Kyle Young. Meridian’s defense limited Nooksack Valley’s rushing attack to negative 18 yards.
Lyncs update: Lynden Christian (4-2, 1-2 NWC 1A) struggled mightily against Mount Baker’s run game and took a 31-20 home loss last week. The Lyncs gave up 348 rushing yards and four TDs. Jordan Jansen led LC with 50 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and Lucas Roetcisoender completed 13 of 28 passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Alex Vander Velden and Jake Van Berkum each caught TD passes.
Player to watch: Young has scored five touchdowns in the past two games and will look to continue his hot streak against LC.
Herald’s pick: Meridian 28-14
LC did give up a ton of rushing to Baker, which didn’t attempt a pass. They did move the ball on the Mounties however. Jordan Jansen had some success on the ground and Lucas Roetcisoender completed 13 passes for 2 TDs.
KGMI is showing us the love tonight, on-air and online. Pre-game starts at 6:35.
For all the pomp, pageantry, and parades, we might as well add Homecoming as an opponent. Coach Dad always is a little leery of big games played during Homecoming week for distraction reasons, and this game is as big as they get.
Once again, the path to the Northwest Conference winds through the Nooksack Valley of Death.
You’d get carpal tunnel syndrome sooner than you could replicate Tanner Myhre‘s gaudy videogame-like offensive numbers this year. Tanner Football is closing in on 2000 yards of total offensive production, and the season is not even halfway done. The Pioneers have roughly 300 offensive snaps so far, and 80% of them are Tanner Football throws or runs. He’s throwing it, running it, tucking it, and probably making the footballs too; his game is that complete.
Combined with stingy defense and you got the perennial Pioneer Panzer to try to stop.
The Herald previews the game thusly:
NOOKSACK VALLEY AT MERIDIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10
Site: Meridian High School
Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (2-3, 0-2 NWC 1A) entered the half tied with Lynden Christian last week, but a number of turnovers and struggles on defense allowed the Lyncs to hang 27 points on the Pioneers in the third quarter. Nooksack Valley’s defense continued to struggle against the run, giving up 210 yards and six touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tanner Myhre again put up big numbers, throwing for 244 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 94 yards on 15 carries. Willy Kingma caught a game-high nine passes for 133 yards and two TDs. Adam Mydland also caught a touchdown.
Trojans update: Meridian (3-2, 1-1 NWC 1A) used its dynamic passing game and a crafty trick play to build a two-score lead over Mount Baker last week, but the Trojans couldn’t stop the Mountaineers in the second half and took a 33-25 road loss. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow threw for a season-high 314 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions. Kyle Young led the Trojans’ receiving corps with six catches for 93 yards and touchdowns on receptions of 27, 20 and 14 yards. Dakota Jones and Nick Dritsas combined to run for 85 yards on 20 carries.
Player to watch: Junior wide receiver Marcus McGuinn flashed his ability to be a big-play receiver multiple times last week. McGuinn has the height, speed and hands to be a terrific pass-catcher. All he needs is to build a strong rapport with Tutterrow. Look for McGuinn to carve out a big role against Nooksack Valley at home.
Herald’s pick: Meridian 35-28
Good morning Trohahn fans. Another great night for football, but aren’t they all?
Meridian hits the highway tonight to play a surging Mt. Baker team. After dropping the first game to an extremely strong Sedro team, Baker has been on a tear. In the last three games, the Mounties have scored 120 points whilst giving up only 26.
Mt. Baker pulled off the shocker last week, not so much in winning, but by completely shutting down the county’s offensive juggernaut in Nooksack. Winning the game decisively 24-14, the Baker defense took NVQB Tanner Myhre out of the game, allowing only 327 passing yards. Anytime you can hold a QB under 350 yards passing, you’ve got a great chance in winning the game.
Baker’s offensive scheme is familiar: Primarily wing-T run with other 2 back formations mixed in. However, more problematic for defensive planning this season, they are not relying on a single featured back. Three Baker Backs have between 200 and 235 yards rushing and averaging at least 5.8 yards per carry: Liam Short, Zach Yurchuk and… wait for it… Jed Schleimer. But you knew that was coming. QB Mason Bass (pretty sure of the former Meridian Bass’s) is throwing just enough (170 yds, 3 TDs) to not be ignored.
MERIDIAN AT MOUNT BAKER
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3
Site: Mount Baker High School
Trojans update: Meridian (3-1, 1-0 NWC 1A) ran back two interceptions for touchdowns, and the Trojans earned a 27-10 win over Lynden Christian last week. Both Dalton Biehle and Kevin Castro had pick-six returns. Running backs Dakota Jones and Nick Dritsas combined for 87 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Tanner Tutterrow connected with Jones on a second-quarter 31-yard touchdown pass.
Mountaineers update: Mount Baker (3-1, 1-0 NWC) built a 10-0 halftime lead and held on late to earn a 24-14 win over Nooksack Valley last week. Liam Short ran for a team-high 76 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and the senior back sealed the game with a late onside kick return for touchdown. Zach Yurchuk accounted for 95 total yards and scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Player to watch: Mason Bass has the reins to Mount Baker’s offense, passing for 170 yards and three TDs this season. Look for the junior quarterback to lead Baker to a win against Meridian.
Herald’s pick: Mount Baker 20-14
No radio for this one, so pack your hatchet and hardtack and head out into the woods for the 7PM kickoff.
Good luck Trojans.
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Homecoming Football Game
Friday, October 10th 7:00PM
Good morning Trohana. Tonight, the preseason is over. We’re back into the familiar confines of the WCL to play Lynden Christian at home, 7PM.
It’s no secret that LC has spent some time in the football wilderness. For WhatCo old timers, the notion of LC going 5-5, 4-6, and 2-8 in their last 3 seasons is borderline unbelievable. The Lync’s last played a state, round-of-16 playoff game in 2007 and last won a playoff game in 2003 (beating Port Townsend before losing to Meridian in the quarterfinals at Civic).
It hasn’t been since 2005 that LC won its first three games, and the past three seasons the Lyncs own a 2-13 mark in conference games. During coach Galen Kaemingk’s four-year tenure, his team has never beat Meridian nor Mount Baker and its only win against Nooksack Valley came a season ago.
Hard to believe it’s been that long, and extremely concerning because everything eventually reverts to the mean. And for Lynden Christian, the mean is good football.
As the article notes, the Lyncs are playing their best ball in a long time and were ranked 7th in the most recent AP poll.
LC is averaging 42.6 points per game, 6.3 yards per rush and junior quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender has excelled thus far, completing 69 percent of his passes for 368 yards and six touchdowns with only two interceptions.
But defense, under coordinator Dan Kaemingk, has been the Lyncs’ strength. Besides only giving up 13 points through three games, LC’s rush defense is yielding 2.6 yards per carry and the pass defense has surrendered a measly 118 yards. Last year’s defense allowed 5.6 yards per carry.
They’re putting up a ton of points and playing darn near lights-out defense, only giving up 13 points so far. LC crushed eastside power team Omak in Week 1, blasted Cascade League favorite Sultan Week 2, and shut-out city mouse Bellingham last week.
Three LC primary ball carriers—Jordan Jansen, Blake Mellema and Jake VanBerkum—are averaging more than 6.1 yards per carry, and as a team LC averages 214 yard per game on the ground. QB Lucas Roetcisoender passes enough (123 yds/game) to keep defenses from completely selling out against the run. Not much is new about the LC offense. They’re still committed to inside & outside powers, traps, and toss. They’re just doing it better.
All this to say, it looks like Lynden Christian has it all together this season. Could be a long night for the Trojans.
LYNDEN CHRISTIAN AT MERIDIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26
Site: Meridian High School
Lyncs update: Lynden Chrisitan (3-0) put together another dominant performance last week, beating non-conference Bellingham at home 41-0. The Lyncs took advantage of great field position and for the third straight week held an opponent to a touchdown or less. Jordan Jansen ran for 108 yards and three TDs on 18 carries, and LC’s defense, which ranks second in the NWC against the run, limited the Red Raiders to 119 total yards of offense.
Trojans update: Meridian (2-1) bounced back from a loss with a lopsided 35-0 win at home against non-conference Chelan. The Trojans started slow after early turnovers, but scored 29 points in the second half. Tanner Tutterrow, Isaiah Thompson and Kevin Castro each ran for TDs, and Tutterrow threw two touchdown passes. Dakota Jones ran for 90 yards on 17 carries.
Player to watch: Kyle Tiemersma has played a role in the Lyncs’ strong defensive start. LC will need a big game out of him as it begins conference play.
Herald’s pick: Meridian 24-20
No radio coverage tonight, watch Twitter for updates.
Good luck, Trojans.
Update 9:20AM, some more from local Chelan media below
Good morning Trohahn fans. If you listen closely, you can hear the trip-trap of hooves as the Chelan Goats make their way over the pass for tonight’s game in Lovely Downtown Laurel.
Chelan is 0-2 on the year so far, losing by 2 points to Brewster in the season opener, and then fading in the second half to lose to Okanogan (who appears to be an early contender in EWa 1A by the way) 27-43.
QB Eli Jenkins was just 9 of 22 passing in that game, but made the 9 completions count, going for 196 yards and 2 long touchdowns. Donny Watson caught 1 pass for 85 yards and a TD. Operating almost entirely out of shotgun, Chelan can move the ball through the air. They’ll also try to get the corners on jet sweeps and run Jenkins on QB traps.
CHELAN AT MERIDIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19
Site: Meridian High School
Mountain Goats update: Chelan suffered a 43-27 loss to Okanogan last week and fell to 0-2. The Mountain Goats led 14-7 at halftime but gave up 23 fourth-quarter points.
Trojans update: Meridian hurt itself with turnovers last week and couldn’t find a defensive solution for Squalicum’s offense, as the Trojans lost 48-14 to the Storm and fell to 1-1. Meridian ran for only 43 yards on 12 attempts. Marcus McGuinn spelled Tanner Tutterrow at QB in the second half and threw for 164 yards and two TDs.
Player to watch: Nick Miller leads the Trojans this year in receptions with eight, and Meridian will need him to get its offense rolling.
Herald’s pick: Meridian 23-14
“This week will be the biggest challenge of them all,” said Chelan Football Coach Travis Domser. “We have broken down both of Meridian’s games and they have a good football team and program. They lost to a very talented 2A school last week.”
Chelan travels to Bellingham Friday to take on the Meridian High School in non-league action. After losing to the Okanogan Bulldogs 42-28, Coach Domser remarked that the Goats played the best half of football since he began coaching the team. “They had 54 yards total in the first half and 30 of that came on a one pass play.”
Our guys now have two games of experience and we know we can play,” he said. “However, we need to play 48 minutes and not just 24.”
“Meridian is well coached and have a program with a fantastic head coach who has one of the most successful programs over the past 25 years.”
Tonight’s game will be on air and online courtesy of 790AM KGMI.
Good luck Trojans.
Good afternoon, Trojan fans. Another beautiful evening for football tonight, kicking off 7:00PM in lovely downtown Laurel.
SQUALICUM AT MERIDIAN
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12
Site: Meridian High School
Storm update: Squalicum earned new coach Nick Lucey win No. 1 last week during the Storm’s 55-13 rout of Bellingham to open the year. Squalicum took advantage of early Red Raiders’ miscues and owned a 35-0 advantage before the end of the first quarter. Seven different Storm players scored touchdowns, but Nick Manchester led the way with 46 yards and two scores on five carries. Senior QB Christian Jorgensen had a nice debut, finishing 10 of 12 for 140 yards and one TD.
Trojans update: Meridian didn’t put up mind-blowing numbers during its season opener against Hoquiam, but the Trojans did enough to earn themselves a 14-7 road win and a No. 8 ranking in the latest Class 1A poll. Senior quarterback Tanner Tutterrow accounted for both of Meridian’s scores, and Nick Dritsas led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 22 carries.
Player to watch: The Storm’s early lead against Bellingham prevented it from throwing much. Coleman Schwab is a strong receiver who could break out.
Herald’s pick: Squalicum 31-17
Might get ugly. Perhaps mercifully, no radio coverage tonight. But y’all will be there anyway.
From the good news side of the ledger, first year coach Ty Harrison took barely more than 11 Meridian kids on the C-Team to Squalicum yesterday and beat the Storm, all 50 of them, 20-12. Great to have you, Ty.
After squeaking one out in sweltering Hoquiam, Meridian hosts the equally hot Squalicum Storm Friday for the 2014 home opener.
Squally absolutely pasted Bellingham last week, 55-13. In Nick Lucey’s first game as the Storm’s head coach, everything pretty much worked. Squally scored 7 touchdowns in the first half, after which they put on the coasters a little bit. Bellingham didn’t score until the fourth quarter against Squalicum backups.
In every possible instance, Squalicum’s athleticism peered through.
Nick Lucey, in his first game at the helm of the Storm football team, watched on as Josiah Westbrook, Nick Manchester, Damek Mitchell and his senior quarterback, Christian Jorgensen, put on an offensive display Bellingham simply couldn’t solve in a 55-13 win Friday night, Sept. 5, at Civic Stadium.
“I was really proud with the energy the boys brought,” Lucey said. “We’re trying to establish our brand of football, trying to be physical and be aggressive. I thought we saw a lot of pads popping.”
It didn’t take long for the highly-anticipated offense to strike, putting together an 11-play, 75-yard opening drive capped by a Manchester 3-yard score to take a lead Squalicum would never relinquish.
But the sustained drive did more than punctuate the start of Lucey’s era — it illustrated the weapons he’s working with and the offensive potential they posses.
Jorgensen, operating out the shotgun and pistol the entire game, hit Mitchell with a nice touch pass for 18 yards, followed by a beautiful 22-yard gain down the seem to sophomore wideout Ben Peterson.
Squally QB Christian Jorgensen finished an extremely efficient 10 of 12 passing, 110 yards and a touchdown. Starting back Damek Mitchell had 3 carries for 69 yards and a TD, but seemingly everyone else on the team had carries as well.
Coach Lucey comes to Squalicum primarily through college coaching experience, but also some high school experience with his father, Bob Lucey, at Curtis. Lucey looks to run spread football, and distribute the ball to a variety of playmakers, rather than a single feature back or receiver.
That group of seniors starts with quarterback Christian Jorgensen, who has been waiting his chance to get the keys to an offense. Lucey raved about Jorgensen’s offseason leadership, ability to orchestrate an offense and overall arm talent he presents the team.
He’s fit in flawlessly with Lucey’s spread-offense system, and the Storm coach praised his ability to quickly grasp concepts.
“He has the quarterback ‘it’ factor,” Lucey said. “He just has a presence about him. He’s a guy that everyone follows. You watch him throw mechanically, he’s awesome. … He’s picked up the offense as well as the college quarterbacks I’ve had. I couldn’t ask for much more than to have him in the driver’s seat in what we are doing.”
The Mighty Trohahns have played Squally just twice, in 2008 and 2009, and lost both.
In just a few hours, the Mighty Trohahns board the bus for the first game of the year, a 7:00PM kickoff at Hoquiam. It’s a long haul but at least there’s football at the other end of it.
Last year, a young, inexperienced Grizzlies roster struggled to keep pace in the Evergreen 1A. This year, starting this Friday at home against Meridian, the roster is more experienced and prepared for a tougher league schedule in the Evergreen 2A/1A League.
“Last year, only a few of the guys really played varsity ball; so, we were starting over,” HHS head coach Rick Moore said. “I think, for the most part, we’re more experienced. We have a lot of guys with varsity experience. All of the experience (from 2013) they picked up should pay off.”
Hoquiam (2-7 last season) increased its roster by 10 from last season and the improved depth will help.
— Jordan Nailon (@ChronNailon) August 27, 2014
Hoquiam is loaded at the skill positions, which allows for a lot of flexibility in formation. The Griz can line up in two-back, under center to run powers and counters, and spread out in shotgun to throw, or bring those players back to the heart of the formation with motion to still run power.
At quarterback, junior Jeff Capoeman and sophomore Gregory Dick are in competition to take over the starting position. Both right-handed signal-callers found time on the varsity field in the second half of last season.
Behind Capoeman and Dick in the offensive backfield, four tracksters will compete for playing time — Michael Harris and Dante Lopez at fullback and Tyler White and Artie Johnson at tailback.
In the passing game, wide receivers Jerod Steen, Kenny Wakefield, Vince Tran, Anthony Nash, Austin Edwards and Jack Adams III will be targets in Hoquiam’s pro set/spread offense.
— Jordan Nailon (@ChronNailon) August 27, 2014
This past weekend, Hoquiam played in a jamboree at Montesano, in the Bulldogs’ rebuilt stadium no less, to start off the season.
Hoquiam's Michael Harris (6) had some nice plays tonight, including a TD. Hoquiam lost both match ups tonight though pic.twitter.com/UdhnCyB1Zq
— Aaron Lavinsky (@DW_ADLavinsky) August 30, 2014
Elma 14, Hoquiam 12
Two conversions by all-Evergreen 1A League placekicker Steven Persell proved the difference in perhaps the most competitive of the contests.
After opening the mini-game with a 20-yard run, Hoquiam’s Tyler White scored on an 8-yard jaunt three players later. The Grizzlies also scored on the last of their 10 allotted plays when Michael Harris punched it in from one yard out. Neither conversion, however, was successful.
Breaking tackles near the line of scrimmage, Elma’s Rio Ortega shook free on what was officially a 40-yard scoring run to trim the decifit to 12-7. Although no plays were supposed to originate from beyond the 40-yard line, the ball on this occasion was marked closer to the 43 after Persell was nailed for a loss on the previous play.
The Eagles also scored on their next possession. After hitting Justin Spencer on a 23-yard completion, junior quarterback Tristan Robinette took it in on a keeper from 4 yards out.
Tenino 7, Hoquiam 0
Zeb Chamberlain’s 13-yard halfback pass to Spencer Brewer on fourth down represented the lone marker against Hoquiam. Guzman again tacked on the PAT.
Hoquiam’s Bubba Dick and Jeff Capoeman each turned in decent performances in dividing time at quarterback. Dick scrambled 26 yards on the Grizzlies’ final play, but was taken down on the Beaver 5.
— Jordan Nailon (@ChronNailon) August 27, 2014
MERIDIAN AT HOQUIAM
Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5
Site: Olympic Stadium
Trojans update: Meridian is coming of a 2013 Class 1A state playoff appearance, but unfortunately for the Trojans much of last year’s talent graduated. Coach Bob Ames does return veteran quarterback Tanner Tutterrow (1,639 pass yards, 11 TDs). One of the biggest questions is how will Meridian replace Letrez Jones’ production. Ames plans on using Cody Bachman, Nick Dritsas, Dakota Jones and Nick Miller. The Trojans also have to replace nearly their entire offensive line, with an exception to Blake Carson.
Grizzlies update: Hoquiam struggled last season, putting together a 2-7 overall record. Defense seemed to be a major problem, as the Grizzlies gave up an average of 27.1 points per game and surrendered 35 or more points five times.
Player to watch: Ames usually keeps secrets close to the vest, but he did point out how he’s looking forward to seeing Koby Smith at linebacker. He could be one to watch.
Herald’s pick: Meridian 31-10