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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


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