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Know Thy Opponent: King’s -- 11/07/2014, 1:24 pm

Good morning Trohahn fans.  Tonight we get a chance to decide on another week in cleats or early fittings for high-tops.  My vote is for cleats, but I’m also the guy who famously went 0-for-10 in layups in freshman PE.

We’re at King’s tonight, somewhat familiar territory, having last played there in the 2010 quarters, and that went ok. But different years and different teams.

After dropping the first two games of the year to Lynden (no shame in that) and Lakeside, King’s went on a 7-0 tear in Cascade Conference play.  While the other 1A teams in the conference really aren’t that good, the Knights got quality wins against 2A Lakewood (16-12) and Archbishop Murphy (17-7).

Koa Wilkins, the junior QB, has 264 offensive attempts, slightly more than half of the team’s total.  And yet the Knights aren’t solely bound to the quarterback position. Sophomore back Andrew Cline averages better than 8 yards per carry. Seventeen players have caught a pass, and four receivers have 16 catches or more.  Their offensive scheme is not overly complex, allowing players to focus on execution.  The Knights don’t beat themselves with mistakes and unforced turnovers.

King’s High School is at 19303 Fremont Ave North, Seattle.  Parking is tricky there.  They do have several smaller lots, but a lot of street parking as well.

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King’s has a history of streaming their games online. However, it’s not clear whether this game will be or not.  If you can’t make the game, it would be worthwhile to check kingsschools.org/live or new.livestream.com/Kstvonline2013 to see if anything is available. KPUG/KGMI are not carrying the game.

The Herald previews the game thusly:
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

MERIDIAN AT KING’S

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

Site: King’s High School

Trojans update: Meridian’s late come-from-behind bid fell short last week against Nooksack Valley, as the Trojans (5-4) suffered a 22-20 Northwest Conference loss. Meridian, the NWC’s 1A No. 2 seed, cut its deficit to two points as time expired, but the Trojans’ two-point conversion attempt failed. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow threw for 81 yards and two touchdowns, and Dakota Jones ran for a 71-yard touchdown. Running back Nick Dritsas led the Trojans with 110 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Kevin Castro added 30 yards on 14 carries. Kyle Young and Marcus McGuinn caught TD passes. The Trojans’ defense allowed 208 total yards (119 rush, 89 pass).

Knights update: King’s (7-2) has won seven straight games since dropping its first two to start the season. The Knights won the Cascade Conference title and earned the CC No. 1 seed. Last week King’s beat Cedar Park Christian 43-0 and held the Eagles to just 39 yards of offense. Knights quarterback Koa Wilkins rushed for 48 yards and completed 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Carl Sather caught two TD passes, and Jackson Hand and Ryan Fransen caught touchdowns.

Key to the game: King’s quarterback Koa Wilkins is a dynamic player who can burn defenses with both his legs and his arm. Meridian’s secondary needs to play well, and its pass rush needs to be effective yet disciplined enough to contain Wilkins’ scrambling ability.

Player to watch: Kyle Young has been an invaluable target in Meridian’s pass game this season. He’s caught seven touchdowns and has 500 yards receiving. Against King’s, a team that’s scored plenty, Meridian will most likely have to throw the ball. Young could be in line to have a big game.

Herald’s pick: King’s 34-21


Meridian to Play at King’s, Nov. 7 -- 10/31/2014, 4:36 pm

Despite the disappointing loss last night, Meridian will play in the district qualifiers as the NWC’s #2 seed against King’s, at King’s, on Nov. 7 at 7:00PM.  The winner advances the the state round-0′-16 playoffs and the loser is done for the year.

Playoffs?

King’s plays in the 1A side of the Cascade Conference with Cedar Park Christian, South Whidbey, and Sultan.  They’re 7-2 on the year.  King’s lost to Lynden and Lakeside in the first two weeks of the season and now have won 7 straight.  Last night they blew out Cedar Park Christian 43-0.

 


Know Thy Opponent: Nooksack (But you knew that already) -- 10/30/2014, 10:26 am

Does anyone like these Thursday night games? Short week of prep and then the kids still have to be at school early the next morning.

Before we go any further, remember that the Nooksack fans are organizing a Red Out tonight in support of Marysville Pilchuck.

The Pioneers kept their powder dry last week and beat Lynden Christian in a blowout, 27-24. Tanner Myhre once again was the lead horse on the Conestoga, rushing for 163 yards and passing for 218.  More notable, Tanner had 67 offensive attempts, 34 rushing and 33 passing.  The next highest on the team was 9. Even in this season of spooky suspense, there’s no mystery where the Pioneers are keeping their treats.

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Meanwhilst, the Trojans are stuck with the tricks.  The key to the game for the Mighty Trohahns is how many kids show up tonight suited and healthy.  Less than 25 suited for the Baker game.

The Herald previews the game thusly:
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

MERIDIAN AT NOOKSACK VALLEY

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Site: Nooksack Valley High School

Trojans update: Meridian (5-3, 3-2 NWC 1A) bounced back from a shutout loss with a 10-9 win against previously unbeaten-in-league Mount Baker. Kicker Joel Eschbach drilled a 19-yard field with just seconds remaining in the contest. Running back Nick Dritsas carried 17 times for a team-high 111 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Tanner Tutterrow completed 9 of 19 passes for 99 yards and an interception. Kyle Young led all receivers with three catches for 61 yards. Meridian’s defense yielded 240 rush yards at a clip of 6.7 yards per carry, but the Trojans didn’t allow a pass completion.

Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley (3-5, 1-4 NWC 1A) earned its first league win of the year, coming from behind on the road to beat Lynden Christian 27-24. The Pioneers were very balanced on offense, running for 217 yards while passing for 218. Quarterback Tanner Myhre ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. He also completed 21 of 33 passes for 218 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Connor Beard had a game-high nine catches for 71 yards, and Josh Gimmaka had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Nooksack Valley’s defense only gave up 77 yards of rushing, by far its season-best performance.

Player to watch: Running back Nick Dritsas has emerged as the Trojans’ lead back the past three weeks. Look for him to find running lanes against a Pioneers’ defense that performed admirably a week ago.

Herald’s pick: Meridian 31-24

In a nice bonus for a Thursday night game, KGMI is broadcasting on-air and online.

Kickoff is 7:00 at Nooksack.


Nooksack Organizing “Red Out” for Thursday Night’s Game in Support of MPHS -- 10/27/2014, 2:13 pm

Nooksack assistant coach TJ Ackerman asked me to pass along this message from Brian Pike at NV.

Friends family and fellow whatcom county residence help us this Thursday evening by showing the marysville community some love and support. We are organizing a RED OUT event at the Nooksack vs Meridian game. We will be taking a picture at about 630 Thursday evening under the score board. All invited to attend. I have seen how our community can come together in support of our children now let’s show how we can come together for another communities children. My family is closely tied to one of the victims and tied to many at the school and I am sure there others that are also. Please share this to pass the word.

MPHS


Know Thy Opponent: Mt. Baker, at home this time -- 10/24/2014, 1:37 pm

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


Know Thy Opponent: Lynden Christian, again -- 10/17/2014, 1:51 pm

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.

The Herald previews the game thusly:
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

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.

Go Tro-hahns.


Know Thy Opponent: Nooksack -- 10/10/2014, 12:16 pm

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.

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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

 


Know Thy Opponent: Mt. Baker -- 10/03/2014, 11:10 am

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 ShortZach 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.

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The Herald previews the game thusly:
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

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.


Leaders & Legends 2014 Tickets Now Available -- 09/26/2014, 2:45 pm

Leaders & Legends 2014-a

Leaders & Legends

Celebrating our history & tradition
Saturday, October 11th at 2:00PM
Meridian High School Auditorium

A Dessert Social & Short Program

Tickets $5—On Sale Now

A Fundraiser supporting
Meridian Football & Scholarship Program

Contact: Michelle 360-303-8832
Homecoming Football Game
Friday, October 10th 7:00PM
Trojan Field


Know Thy Opponent: Lynden Christian -- 09/26/2014, 2:30 pm

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).

But this paragraph from the Herald’s look at the Lyncs this morning is both the most incredulous, and most worrisome.
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

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.
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

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 JansenBlake 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.

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All this to say, it looks like Lynden Christian has it all together this season.  Could be a long night for the Trojans.

The Herald previews the game thusly:
From www.bellinghamherald.com:

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.