First things first on this September-The-Thirtieth.
In a pregame interview, Coach Ames was asked what he expected for his birthday.
“A box full of purple bruises.”
So there’s that.
This birthday express hits the road for Nooksack International Airport this evening. The world-famous Abbotsford Air Show, just across the DMZ from Nooksack, blushes at the aerial displays going on to the south this fall. Casey Bauman and his wingmen have put more pigskin in the air than an entire semester of junior high math class daydreams.
Through just four games, Bauman has thrown for 1090 yards and a staggering 10 touchdowns. Just a junior, Bauman might be the best Whatcom County passer since Doug Pederson. He’s that good. To make matters worse, you never know where he’s going to throw. In a good way. Five Pioneer Aces of the Air have more than 10 receptions, led by Colton Kautz.
The Herald previews tonight’s game thusly:
Meridian at Nooksack Valley
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Nooksack Valley High School
Trojans update: Meridian slipped past Lynden Christian last week after overcoming a tough first quarter to win 34-30. The Trojans fumbled twice during the first quarter but were able to make up for those turnovers with three passing touchdowns from Simon Burkett. Defensively, the Trojans held the Lyncs to 45 yards rushing on 32 attempts (1.4 yards per carry) but did struggle to contain the aerial attack, allowing 263 yards.
Pioneers update: Nooksack Valley lost in an offensive shootout to Mount Baker last week, 44-36. The Pioneers struggled to contain the Mountaineers, allowing 503 total yards – 224 on the ground and 279 through the air. Offensively, Pioneers quarterback Casey Bauman continued his impressive season throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
Key to the game: The Trojans will want to get off to a better start than last week after fumbling twice, especially against an explosive Pioneers offense.
Player to watch: Pioneers wide receiver Tre Silva caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown last week . He’s been one of Bauman’s favorite targets all season.
Herald Prediction: Nooksack Valley 35-30
Guess we shouldn’t even play the games then.
One other bit of housekeeping from the week, the WIAA released its playoff allocations. NWC 1A gets two berths this year. It’ll be fun rooting for our Mounties and Pioneers this year.