The Trojans will take the field for the first time this Saturday when Meridian hosts King’s and Sedro Woolley for a jamboree at 3:30PM.
Meridian used to play some kind of pre-season jamboree every year. In 2000 when the state went to a 10-game regular season, the jamboree was dropped. However, for 2014, the WIAA is allowing it again along with 10 regular season games.
This will be our first chance to see the Trohans hit someone in a different color uniform. I’m sure it will be over in plenty of time to get home to watch the Huskies at 7:30.
Free admission, and the concession stand will be open.
We are officially in crunch time to sell ad space for the MHS football program. Ads can be purchased in a variety of sizes ranging from $50 to $300.
Please contact Michelle Simmons (360.303.8832) to place an ad or renew an ad from previous seasons. Ads are due by September 2.
We appreciate your support of Meridian and it’s student athletes! Go TROJANS!
Michelle Blackburn sent us some pictures of Spencer’s time at the 2014 Earl Barden All-State Game.
Go check out at the rest meridianfootball.com/gallery/index.php/2013-Season/2014-Earl-Barden-All-State-Game.
Twenty-two years later, Ol’ #6 Ty Harrison will be back on the Trojan sidelines, helping to coach receivers and defensive backs.
I hope the kids realize they’re getting coaching from not only one of the all-time Trojan greats, but one of the best in Whatcom County history.
Welcome back, Ty.
One more note that got left off the original 2014 schedule post.
Years ago, teams had the opportunity to schedule pre-season jamborees or scrimmages. That got rolled into the 10th game when the state changed to the 10 regular same game format 10 years ago or so. That is changing for 2014. Teams can play 10 regular season games and a pre-season jamboree.
Meridian is working on scheduling a scrimmage, and hopefully a multi-team jamboree, before the Hoquiam season opener, likely on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Edit: There were some formatting issues in the original post that put the schedule table in a screwy spot. Fixed now.
Good afternoon Trojan fans. We’re under 2 months until the season opener so it’s high time to post the 2014 schedule.
A long road trip early in the season. Meridian opens at Hoquiam. The Grizzlies didn’t have a great season last year but do return a lot of experience and will be huge as always. In week 3, we hosted Chelan.
Edit 2: Confirmed that Chelan is at home this year. Earlier version had that incorrect.
With Blaine back up to 2A this year, the remaining NWC 1A teams play twice this year. That’s a tough go for everyone when it’s only 4 teams in the cycle.
Spencer Blackburn is the Trojans’ lone representative to this year Earl Barden East West All-State game, and Spencer is selling tickets.
The game is on June 21st, 1pm at Earl Barden Stadium (East Valley HS) in Yakima.
For tickets contact Spencer Blackburn 360-201-3722.
Thank you for the support.
1981 Game #3: Meridian 29, Nooksack 6
(From the Belllingham Herald)
Big, big day for Trojans, Mark Stieber
LAUREL–Mark Stieber rushed for 225 yards–his second 200-plus game in a row–and the Meridian defense sacked Nooksack Valley quarterback Dave Zapien six times as the Trojans romped to a 29-6 Whatcom County League victory over the Pioneers.
Stieber scored twice, on runs of 44 and 43 yards, the second one coming on the game’s final play. Randy Manthey scored on a 54-yard pass play from Bob Tutterrow and Brian Martinson had a two-yard scoring run for Meridian on a play set up by Stieber’s 35-yard run.
Nooksack Valley’s only score came on an 11-yard pass from Zapien to Glen Leenders.
Rushing: 26-225, 2 tds
Punt Returns: 3-(-1)
Rushing: 13-56, 1 td
Kick-off Returns: 2-28
Kicking: 3-3 PATs
Receiving: 2-62, 1 td
Passing along some information regarding the Meridian Boosters Auction from Coach Webster Kurz:
First, tickets are going fast and they are $40 a piece. Contact Gina Heslep at Meridian High School for tickets for the auction on March 22.
Two, please consider sponsoring a table or donating a silent auction or live auction item. These donations can be designated to support football and our football booster club. Over the past 4 years, the regular booster club has helped by new varsity football jerseys, equipment, transportation to playoff games, and helped kids pay for the spring football camp who do not have the funds to do so.
You can find more information about the auction on the Boosters Facebook page.
1981 Game #2: Meridian 27, Lynden Christian 6
From The Bellingham Herald:
Stieber Leads Trojans over Lynden Christian
. . . “I guess Coach Ames wanted to take a look at both of us there. I wasn’t totally uncomfortable there last week. I’d played some QB in eighth grade, but nothing since then, and I was a bit rusty.”
Fortunately, his running did not get rusty in the week he was away from playing halfback.
The first bolt came on the Trojans’ second play from scrimmage as Stieber took a handoff over the right side and, after a key block from tight end Brad Ableman, was on his way to the end zone. Brian Martinson’s PAT made it 7-0 with not even four minutes gone.
“The decision to move Mark back was made last Friday,” Ames said of the demise of his grand experiment. “We (the Meridian coaching staff) sat down and agreed he was pretty much our game-breaker and he couldn’t live up to that playing quarterback.”
Stieber’s second score came on a blast up the middle halfway through the second stanza to make the score 13-0 at the half. The Trojans had three other excellent scoring chances but were stopped on downs once at the Lync 17 after Tutterrow bobbled a snap and another time at the Lynden Christian 10. Meridian also suffered an interception at the Lync nine with 36 seconds to go in the half.
The third period was pretty much a carbon copy of the previous two as Stieber scored on a 55-yarder over the left side and the Lyncs’ offense continued to sputter.
Things seemed to be getting brighter for Lynden Christian, however, when the Lyncs blocked Gary Maulin’s first punt attempt of the evening putting them in business at the Trojan 24 with 11:04 to play. But on second down, an apparent catch at the one-yard line by Tim Holleman was disallowed and the possession died at the Meridian 27.
From there, Stieber took over and on fourth down and inches broke off a 64-yarder to really put the game out of the Lyncs’ reach.
The only score for Lynden Christian came when Brent Reinsma culminated a 10-play, 61-yard drive with a three-yard burst up the middle at the 2:06 mark of the final period.
“This is more like the way we can play,” said Stieber. “The line was excellent and the defense was great. Last week we really weren’t ready. We had some people hurt and other people adjusting to new positions.”
He smiled as he uttered the last part of the sentence knowing that, at least for the time being, he was not going to do any more adjusting.
Rushing: 21-268, 4 tds
Punt Returns: 3-38