Know Thy Opponent: Mt. Baker

The cynic would say the brevity of this post would be due to fatigue and sloth. And the cynic would be right.

But also true is the familiarity of seeing a team again just a few weeks later. Baker is largely known quantity, a hulking mass of menace looming to the East.

The Mounties rebounded strongly after their 1-2 midseason slip. They beat Nooksack soundly in week 7, and finished out a gutty win in the final second last week against LC. The Two Carsons—not a Disney Channel show—each had 100 yards rushing against LC, with Carson Brandland scoring the winning TD with just 27 seconds left in the game.

The Herald previews the game thusly:

Meridian at Mount Baker

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Site: Mount Baker High School

Trojans (8-0, 5-0 1A NWC) update: Meridian held on for a 28-27 win at Nooksack Valley Friday, clinching the outright 1A NWC title and the top seed into the district playoffs. Bryce Vandenhaak had another huge game, rushing for 131 yards and catching six passes for 135 yards and three TDs. Cole Roberts ran for the other score, while Simon Burkett passed for 220 yards and two TDs.

Mountaineers (6-2, 3-2 1A NWC) update: Carson Brandland scored on an 8-yard run with 27 seconds remaining, and Mount Baker locked up the No. 2 seed to the district playoffs with a 18-14 win at Lynden Christian Friday. Brandland rushed for 106 yards, while Carson Engholm had 123 yards and two TDs. Thomas Barbo caught three passes for 56 yards, while the defense allowed just 13 passing yards.

Key to the game: Mount Baker’s defense was exceptional against the run in the first half, too, LC coach Dan Kaemingk said, forcing the Lyncs to make halftime adjustments. The Mountaineers need a similar effort against a Meridian offense averaging 33.6 points per game.

Player to watch: Kaleb Bass passed for 130 yards and a TD in the first meeting with Meridian, which the Trojans won 26-15. If he can cut down on the two interceptions, he could give the Mountaineers an edge in a game that has no playoff implications but each team would love to win.

Kickoff is 7PM at Baker. KGMI is carrying the game on-dial and on-line.

A quick aside on that. Many thanks to Tyler from History of Whatcom County Football for livestreaming last week’s Nooksack game. The video had something like 1800 views during the game, and the second half portion is over 3,000 a week later. That’s pretty cool.

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