Know Thy Opponent: Mt. Baker

Another week, and another tilt (I like to write ’tilt’, makes me feel like an old-timey sportswriter) against another top-ten league opponent. Our few yet Mighty Trohahns can’t catch a break. Overmatched but not undaunted, Meridian faces 7th ranked Mt. Baker tonight.

Mount Baker completely revamped their offense this year and adopted the Air Raid, after the Mountie coaches attended a coaching clinic/sweatlodge with the WSU staff.  Putting four-and-five wide outs—


They’re still running the ball and still wing’ed T, and a 3-to-1 run to pass ratio.

The Mounties are able to find more runners every year than the Chicago marathon. Carson Engholm leads the team with 563 yards to date, averaging 112 per game. Not only that, FOUR of their five leading rushers average more than 9.5 yard per attempt. That nuts. I don’t think I’d ever throw the ball. And they’re huge up front.

The Herald previews tonight’s game thusly:

Mount Baker at Meridian

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Meridian High School

Mountaineers (4-1, 1-1 1A NWC) update: Mount Baker had to come back to beat Lynden Christian 27-21 in the first game on the new grass surface at Bob Tisdale Field Friday. Carson Engholm led the way, rushing for 169 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in the fourth quarter. Kaleb Bass passed for 78 yards and a TD, all to Thomas Barbo, while Sam Barrett rushed for 69 yards.

Key to the game: The Mount Baker defense has allowed 424.5 yards of total offense, including 248.0 through the air, the past two weeks. How well it is able to slow up Burkett and the Trojans attack could end up deciding this one.

Player to watch: Meridian’s Lukas Hemenway showed he’s a valuable option for the Trojans offense last week, catching a season-high six passes for 126 yards and a TD against the Pioneers.

No radio tonight. Kickoff is 7PM in Lovely Downtown Laurel. Go Trojans.

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