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King’s Scrimmages 2015 [Photo/Video] -- 06/24/2015, 5:06 pm

For at least six years, Meridian has traveled to King’s High School every June to participate in 11-on-11 controlled scrimmages.

Among the team attending this year were King’s, LaCenter, Lincoln, Cleveland, Bellevue Christian, Sultan and Blaine. During the morning session, Meridian got a chance at Lincoln, Cleveland, King’s and Bellevue Christian.

There’s a handful of pictures in the Photo Gallery, and some raw video clips.

Bonus assignment, identify all the different practice jerseys worn by Meridian today.


Random Recap: 1976 Game #5, Meridian 16 – Lynden 7 -- 06/10/2015, 10:58 am

1976 Game #5: Meridian 16, Lynden 7

No taps for Meridian after late rally tops Lynden, 16-7

From the Bellingham Herald

by Dick Beardsley

Meridian High football coach Bob Ames ripped the cap from his head, thrust a fist skyward and let rip a warwhoop that lasted several seconds.

Then he cupped his hands around his mouth and screamed across at the Lynden High side of the field: “Yeeaah! Yeeaah! Let’s have Taps! Hey! Let’s have Taps! Play Taps over there!”

On Friday night the spider was eaten by the fly. Meridian, with only 25 players suited up, had just scored 16 points in the last 8:05 to defeat mighty Lynden 16-7 and:

–Claimed first place in the Whatcom County League all for its own.
–Avenged Lynden’s playing of Taps when a Mount Baker High player had been injured the previous Friday.
–Won braggin’rights at the Rondevoo Drive-In.

As Meridian’s cheerleaders clustered about him squealing congratulations, Ames bellowed, “Can we hold our heads up high in the count now? . . . You can hold your heads up at The ‘Voo now!”

Meridian’s script was pure Hollywood and Mrs. Ames provided a classic finishing touch.

As her husband started across the field to receive homage from Lynden Coach Rollie DeKoster, Mrs. Ames rushed onto the field and thrust 20-month-old Christopher into his father’s arms. Ames hoisted his son into the air, planted a wet kiss on his cheek, tucked him under an arm and resumed his march toward DeKoster.

DeKoster traded amenities for a moment, sounded a few squawks about penalties having hurt his team when someone asked what had happened, and departed, leaving Ames alone on stage to savor his side’s triumph.

“They can’t handle this,” Ames said of Lynden, when someone claimed to have overheard an official say he didn’t care “if I ever officiate another Lynden game.”

“They (Lynden) are too used to rubbing people’s noses in it themselves,” Ames added. “Well, we took their best shot, gave ’em a cheap touchdown and then sucked it up . . . And we were hurting. Jeez, it was like an infirmary out there, like a ward at St. Joseph Hospital.”

Ironically, it was the injuries which led to the Hollywood ending. Dudley–as in Dooright–Nightengale, the eventual hero, was little more than a bit player until the fourth quarter.

Nightengale is recently recovered from a broken foot, said Ames, explaining why he used the sophomore sparingly until injuries to Jeff Gorsenger, Mike Kingma and Bill Simmons left little recourse.

“You have to be fair to the kids coming out all the time,” Ames said.

Nightengale’s first gain of the night was for 10 yards around left end behind a wall of blocking linemen for a touchdown with 8:05 left. He repeated the performance for a two-point conversion that overcame a second-quarter Lynden touchdown and provided Meridian with an 8-7 lead.

After Ken Shockey intercepted a Lynden pass two plays later, Nightengale gained all but one of the yards that brought Meridian 50 yards downfield to within six inches of Lynden’s goal.

Shockey fumbled trying to sneak the final six inches–Meridian settled for a safety by Roe Castaneda–and then atoned for that error by running a fake punt 48 yards for the final Meridian score with 34 seconds left.

As Shockey ran toward the end zone, ball held aloft, that’s when Ames let forth with his whoop.

Until then, Lynden had given him good reason to worry.

DeKoster’s side scored first when Steve Groen picked off a Meridian pass and returned it 10 yards to the Meridian 5, setting up a one-yard plunge for the touchdown by Rick Honcoop.

And if one field goal attempt hadn’t fallen short, another just wide and a pass hadn’t skimmed off a receiver’s fingertips in the end zone, Lynden might have taken a 20-0, not a 7-0, lead into the second half.

While much of the second half was played at Lynden’s end, virtually all of the first was at Meridian’s.

And, while the Trojans are alone at the top, the schedule is but half played out. Looming biggest is a replay of Friday’s showdown , on Nov. 5 at Lynden.

“Right now I don’t even care if we win that one,” Ames said. “Well, I DO care, but the way we came back tonight . . . that was sweet.”

Stat Stars

Kenny Shockey
Passing: 81 yards
Rushing: 12-53, 1 td
Interceptions: 1-17

Dudley Nightengale
Rushing; 12-68, 1 td, 1 2pt. conversion
Kick-off Returns: 1-38

Jeff Rohwer
Rushing: 12-51
Receiving: 1-7


Random Recap: 1992 Game #7, Meridian 42, Friday Harbor 6 -- 02/25/2015, 12:33 pm

1992  Game #7:  Meridian 42, Friday Harbor 6

1992 marked the inclusion of Friday Harbor into the mix of the WCL’s football schedule, as each WCL team would face the Wolverines in a game that would count toward the WCL’s standings.  The Trojans’ first trip to San Juan Island marked their first of many wins in the series versus Friday Harbor.

The Trojans opened scoring quickly on their first series, going 61 yards in 5 plays with a 35-yard Bob Bennum to Ty Harrison pass on the first play of the game to move the Trojans’ into Wolverine territory.  Bennum capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.  The Trojans defense then took control over the game that they never lost, holding the Wolverines to minus yardage and no first downs in the first quarter, while adding on two more quick scores:  an 11-yard Bennum to Joey Simmons touchdown pass and a 17-yard connection from Bennum to Kurt Roy.

Leading 20-0 in the second quarter, the Trojans continued to pummel the hosts, holding them to a total of minus-24 yards rushing in the first half and surrendering one first down on the Wolverines’ only pass completion of the game.  Patrick Ames and Rick Paxton ran for 4-yard and 19-yard touchdowns respectively (with both PATs missed, however) for a 33-0 Trojans’ lead at the half.

With the intention of running the ball and keeping the clock moving to make their scheduled ferry, the Trojans eased off the throttle offensively, running the ball 26 times in the second half.  Nick Marino scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, while the Trojans reserve defense surrendered the lone Friday Harbor touchdown of the game on a 70-yard run which would allow the Wolverines to finish the game in positive yardage.  Harrison added a fourth quarter field goal to put the final touch on a 42-6 Trojans romp.

For the game, the Trojans’ defense held the Wolverines to just 64 total yards (1-11 passing for 18 yards and 29 rushes for 46 yards) and just 3 first downs.  Offensively, the Trojan quartet of Ames, Marino, Paxton, and Chris Muenscher ground out over 170 yards while Bennum and Aaron Bass combined for over 130 yards passing.

Stat Stars

Bob Bennum
Passing: 7-12, 123 yards, 2 tds, 0 ints
Rushing: 1 td

Aaron Bass
Passing: 2-3, 11 yards

Nick Marino
Rushing: 7-51, 1 td

Ty Harrison
Receiving: 3-79
Punt Returns: 4-47, 1 FC
Kick-off Returns: 1-14
Punting: 3-96
Kicking: 3 PATs, 1 field goal


Random Recap: 1997 Game #4, Meridian 10-Lynden Christian 0 -- 01/08/2015, 4:43 pm

1997 Game #4:  Meridian 10, Lynden Christian 0

For the first time in recent memory, the 1997 state reclassification left Lynden Christian as a conference “outsider,” existing as a 1A school in a predominantly 2A league for two years.  LC ultimately would win its way to a 1A state championship, despite losing two games to conference 2A opponents (Mt. Baker and Meridian) and both Meridian and L.C. could point to the week 4 clash as their toughest league contest.

Played in driving rain at Laurel, the Trojans scored on their opening possession, keyed by a 55-yard Craig Jensen run and capped by a 1-yard Jensen touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.  Both teams battled in the middle of the field for the next three quarters with neither team able to sustain drives.  The Trojans put the game just safely out of reach in the fourth quarter, sparking their final drive with senior Dominic Chambers returning a punt 22 yards and senior Wade Koning completing 4 of his 4 fourth quarter passing attempts.  All-state kicker Josh Randall connected on one of his season-school-record 9 field goals from 19 yards out to push the final score to 10-0 in favor of the host Trojans.

Defensively, the Trojans defense provided a stalwart effort against 1A all-stater Greg Dykstra, limiting him to just 7 of 17 passing for just 41 yards and  sacking him 4 times.  The Lyncs fared little better on the ground, averaging just 2 yards a rush for the game and never threatening to score on the Meridian D.

Stat Stars
Wade Koning
Passing:  8-16, 81 yards
1 blocked punt

Craig Jensen
Rushing:  12-73, 1 td
Receiving:  1-14


Random Recap: 2000 Game #3, Meridian 39-Blaine 14 -- 01/06/2015, 9:52 am

Random Recap:  2000 Game #3:  Meridian 39, Blaine 14

The state-title-defense campaign of the year 2000 hit the road in week 3 to provide the Trojans a chance to avenge their loss in the last trip to Blaine in 1998.

The game started out competitively, as All-state QB Eli Slesk was intercepted on the Trojans’ first play of the game and Blaine looked to play keep away, pounding away with sophomore running back Matt Timothy 14 times in scoreless opening quarter.

After an early second-quarter goal-line stand, senior Joel Pears took the opening play of the ensuing drive a school-record-tying 99 yards and added the PAT for a 7-0 Meridian lead.  The Trojans would score two possessions later on a 3-yard James Jones run to extend the lead to 14-0 with 3 minutes left in the half.  The Trojans regained possession after a Borderite punt with 7 seconds on the clock at the Blaine 49.  To start the drive, Slesk hit Pears on a short hitch route in the right flat with the Blaine secondary giving a deep cushion to prevent a long pass.  The unintended result was the extra space for Pears to work a little magic, making three Blaine defenders miss in the open field and scoring on the play to push the Trojan lead to 21-0 at the half.

The third quarter began exactly how the second ended, with Slesk connecting with Pears on a 66-yard catch-and-run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to push the lead to 27-0.  After penalties aided a Blaine scoring drive, the Trojans quickly answered with Slesk’s third touchdown pass of the game, covering 27 yards to senior Will Chambers for a 33-7 lead.  Following strikes of 23 yards to Mike Simmons and 27 yards to Pears, Joel scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run to make it 39-7 Meridian entering the fourth quarter.  The Borderites managed one more score against the Trojans reserves in the fourth quarter to make the final 39-14 Meridian.

The Trojan secondary of Pears, Slesk, and Doug Miller were the defensive story of the game, limiting Blaine to just one completion in 13 attempts for 33 yards with interceptions by Miller and Pears.  Offensively, Pears’ production of 134 yards rushing and 180 receiving gave him the distinction of being the first (and still only) player in school history with 100 yards rushing and 100 receiving in the same game and his total of 314 yards from scrimmage stand as third-most in school history in a single-game.

Stat Stars

Eli Slesk
Passing:  13-20, 302 yards, 3 tds, 1 int
Rushing:  4 yards
Punting:  1-30

Mark Simmons
Passing:  1-2, 14 yards, 1 int
Rushing:  2-8

Joel Pears
Rushing:  7-134, 2 tds
Receiving:  6-180, 2 tds
Kick-off Returns:  2-28
Interceptions:  1-0


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