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
Random Recap: 1976 Game #5: Meridian 35, Blaine 0
From The Bellingham Herald:
Meridian Stays atop WCL with 35-0 Win over Blaine
When Bob Ames accepted the head coaching job at Meridian his friends told him he was nuts. They told him Meridian would never win.
Guess who is having the last laugh?
“Yeah, it’s pretty funny,” Ames said after his Trojans romped to a 35-0 win over Blaine here [Laurel] Thursday night. “When I left Mount Si to come here, my buddies told me I’d be lucky to get these kids to put their socks on right.”
Actually, Ames has done a lot more than that. He has transformed a perennial loser into a powerhouse. The win over Blaine kept the Trojans at the top in the Whatcom County League with a 5-1 mark.
Last year at this time, Meridian was 0-6.
“The kids know me and I know them,” Ames explained when asked about the about-face. “We’ve been together three years now, and everything seems to be meshing pretty well.
“We’re the same team we were last year,” he added. “Only now we’re a year older and a lot more mature and confident.”
The game, played in dense fog, turned out to be a cakewalk for the Trojans as they totaled 364 offensive yards while limiting Blaine to 150.
Junior quarterback Ken Shockey threw for 124 of Meridian’s yards, including touchdown passes of 49 and 59 yards to his brother, Terry.
The 49-yarder was the first touchdown Terry has scored as a prep. Naturally, he was elated that his brother threw it.
“This is something we’ve been talking and thinking about for a long time,” said Terry, a senior. “We worked out together all summer. Throwing passes and thinking about what it would be like to do it for real.”
Sophomore running back Dudley Nightingale, who rejoined the squad last week after recovering from a broken ankle, rushed for 105 yards on 16 attempts. Jeff Rohwer added 53, while the younger Shockey had 43.
Despite being shut out, the Borderites moved the ball well on the ground, with Lowell Highley gaining 70 of the team’s 140 rushing yards.
“Actually,” Ames noted, “Blaine moved the ball better than anyone we’ve played so far. I don’t feel too good about that.”
But Ames did feel good enough to invite his squad to Pizza Haven for lunch today.
“School is out (teacher work day),” Ames said, “so the kdis can have some fun.”
But it will be back to the drawing board for Ames and his Trojans as a rematch with Mount Baker looms ahead next Friday night in Deming.
The Mounties handed Meridian its only loss earlier this season (10-8) on the Trojans’ home field.
“We want this next one,” Ames said. “Playing them up there will be tough,” but our kids should remember what happened last month.”
The Trojans have now shut out three of their six opponents: Blaine twice (20-0 and 35-0), Lynden Christian (21-0) and Nooksack Valley (33-0).
“We’re doing as well as we had hoped,” Ames said. “We’re taking ‘em one at a time because that’s the only way to do it.”
With Baker, Nooksack and Lynden primed for another shot at his club, Ames isn’t planning to savor his current status much longer than the brief lunch at the pizza parlor.
“We’re on top, and all it means right now is burning the midnight oil twice as long,” he noted. “Everybody will be gunning for us now. The toughest part is just ahead.”
But no one will be taking Meridian lightly. Ames’s friends certainly won’t. Not any more.
Passing: 124 yards, 2 tds
Punt Returns: 1-7
Rushing: 16-105, 1 td
Rushing: 7-53, 1 td
Receiving: 2-108, 2 tds
Kick-off Returns: 1-15
Scoring: 2 tds, 3 PATs, 1 2 pt. conversion
1991 Game #5: Meridian 15, Mt. Baker 12
The 1991 season marked the end of the WCL’s scheduling system (in place since the 1979 season) whereby each league team played each other twice, excepting one matchup. The Trojans and the Mountaineers met just once during the ’91 campaign in Week 5 in Laurel.
The Trojans would start junior backup quarterback Kurt Roy in the contest, as starter Bob Bennum had been suspended the previous week for an apparent run-in with an official. As per WIAA rules, Bennum would also sit out the next contest, unless an appeal could show he had been found guilty of “a crime he did not commit.” Trojan coach Bob Ames was told minutes before the game that after an appeal and review that Bennum, in fact, should not have been suspended and was reinstated for the Mt. Baker game. Roy did, however, start the contest, leading the Trojans to a first down before punting on their opening series and giving way to Bennum for the rest of the game. The first half turned into a defensive struggle, with neither team mounting a serious scoring threat, leaving the game tied 0-0 at half.
The Trojans continued their stout defense in the third quarter, holding the Mounties without a first down in the third quarter. The Trojans took the lead in the third with Bennum connecting with fellow junior Ty Harrison on a 45-yard touchdown toss. The Trojans converted a successful “swinging gate” option play for the two-point conversion with Harrison scampering in for an 8-0 lead. The Trojans would allow Baker to cut the lead to two, however, on their next offensive series when Bennum was intercepted by Mountaineer linebacker Andy Martin, who returned the pick 50 yards for a score. The Mounties failed on their conversion attempt and trailed 8-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
With the game heading into its waning moments and the Mountaineers unable to move the ball against the Trojan defense, Meridian mounted a drive keyed by Rick Paxton runs and short throws to Renier Elenbaas and Joey Simmons that took the Trojans to the 1-yard line of Baker. Looking for an icing score, Bennum kept the ball on a “Veer Read” and then looked to pitch. The pitch ended up on the ground at the 5-yard line where Mountaineer Brian Gardner scooped it up and returned it 95 yards down the Trojan sideline for a 12-8 late game lead.
With one final possession to win, the Trojans needed just three plays to score, with Bennum connecting with late-game hero Simmons on a 65-yard catch-and-run to win the game. The Harrison extra point pushed the lead to 15-12–the final margin after a sack of Baker quarterback Ryan Fleming and interception sealed the game. For the game, the Trojan defense held the Mt. Baker rushing duo of Gardner and Brandon Sirguy to just 2.0 yards per rush on the game, and limited Fleming to just 4 of 10 passing for 49 yards and 2 interceptions. Offensively, Bennum threw for over 200 yards for first time in his career and Joey Simmons’s first 100 yard receiving game (all in the fourth quarter) solidified both players’ status as top WCL gamebreakers over the remainder of their careers.
Passing: 14-22, 233 yards, 2 tds, 1 int
Rushing: 19 yards
Passing: 1-2, 9 yards
Kick-off Returns: 1-18
Kick-off Returns: 1-10
Receiving: 5-85, 1 td
Punt Returns: 2 FC
Scoring: 1 td, 1 2 pt. conversion, 1 PAT
Receiving: 4-112, 1 td
Kick-off Returns: 1-25