The final night of 1A football is on Thursday. Meridian, Mt. Baker, and Lynden Christian have qualified for District 1 crossovers, but the order of the three remains a mystery.
Meridian will take the outright title if they defeat the Lyncs. If that happens, Mt. Baker will take second place if they beat Nooksack Valley. If the Pioneers knock off the Mounties, then Mt. Baker and LC will tie at 3-3.
What if LC wins at Meridian, and Mt. Baker beats Nooksack? That creates a 3-way tie, in which there will be a draw among those three for the top three spots. There is no loser out in any scenario, so there will not be a mini playoff. Even in a two-way tie, a draw will determine placing and seeds.
The third place team from the NWC will have an extra Tuesday, play-in game on October 30, against the fourth place team from the North Sound Conference. That winner will advance to a Saturday playoff game against the North Sound champion.
Squalicum travels to Snohomish to take on the Panthers, Friday at 7:00pm. Snohomish went 6-0 in the Wesco South. This game is for the top two seeds to the Week 10 3A playoffs. The winner will play the #5 team from the Metro League. The loser will get the #4 from the South Sound Conference.
Ferndale had things fall accordingly last week, and will play Meadowdale, Friday at 8:00pm, at Edmonds Stadium. This is a loser-out contest, while the winner will tackle Eastside Catholic the following week. The Crusaders are the top team in the Metro, and the #1 ranked team in the 3A classification.
In 2A, Lynden, Archbishop Murphy, Burlington-Edison, and Sedro-Woolley have byes this week, and await winners of four other contests being played on Friday.
Lakewood was the fifth place finisher in the Sky Division, so they were combined with the top seven teams, based on RPI, from the Lake Division and the KingCo League. The Cougars were to be matched up with #8-Anacortes. However, the Seahawks have forfeited that game to the Cougars. The Seahawks sighted their athlete’s health as the top priority, as they have suffered several injuries to an already thin roster.
In other 2A games on Friday, (RPI) #7-Cedarcrest travels to #2-Liberty, 7:00pm; #6-Blaine plays #3-Mountlake Terrace, 5:00pm at Edmonds Stadium; #5-Sehome and #4-Bellingham get together for the second week in a row at Civic Field at 7:00pm. These games are loser-out. The winners will advance to Week 10.
Following Friday night’s action, those four winners will be ranked by league coaches, and placed in reverse order against the top four teams from the Sky Division, who have the byes this week. This means that Sky Champion, Lynden will play the fourth-ranked winner from Friday, while Sky #4, Sedro-Woolley, will play the highest ranked winner. Second place, Archbishop Murphy and #3 Burlington-Edison will play against their respective #3 and #2 opponents. Those matchups will be announced late Friday night, or early Saturday morning.
The winners of the Week 10 games will be seeded into the first round of the state tournament, somewhere between #1 and #16 by the 1A/2A Football Seeding Committee. There are three seeding committees this year, who will take on the task of seeding teams for the first round of football state tournaments in all six classifications.
First Look at NWC Post-Season Possibilities
Oct 14, 2018 10:40 PM
By Ted House
The football playoffs are coming up fast for Northwest
Conference teams. The 2A and 3A classifications have one week of
regular season games left, while the 1A’s have two more league
games in front of them, as they all battle for post-season
The football playoffs are coming up fast for Northwest Conference teams. The 2A and 3A classifications have one week of regular season games left, while the 1A’s have two more league games in front of them, as they all battle for post-season position.
In 2A, the Lynden Lions (4-0, 7-0), have won the Sky Division championship, and will receive a first round bye. The Lions have a non-league game this Friday, at home against Vancouver College.
The other four spots in the Sky will be settled this Friday as Sedro-Woolley (1-2) plays at Archbishop Murphy (2-1), and Burlington-Edison (1-2) goes to Lakewood (0-3).
Archbishop Murphy can clinch second place with a win over Sedro-Woolley. The Cubs can grab second place with a win over the Wildcats, combined with a Lakewood win over the Tigers.
There are also two scenarios in which there could be a three-way tie for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or for 3rd, 4th, 5th. Since there is no loser out situation, a three-way tie would not constitute a mid-week mini playoff. Instead, there will be a draw held ahead of time that will seed teams in any three-way tie situation. Ties between two teams will go to the head-to-head winner.
The top four teams in the Sky Division will have Week 9 byes. The fifth place team will be the #1 seed for Week 9 games against the Lake Division. Those teams, along with Liberty and Sammamish, will be ranked for Week 9 play by RPI. The current RPI football rankings for those teams can be found on the Northwest Conference football page.
There are some important games in the Lake Division this week. RPI leader Bellingham (4-0, 5-2), takes on rival and #4 RPI, Sehome (3-1, 4-3). Mountlake Terrace, the current #2, (3-1, 4-3), finishes at Cedarcrest (1-3, 3-4). Liberty (3-1, 5-2), of the KingCo League, and the #3 RPI, ends their regular season at 3A Mercer Island.
Seven of the eight teams in the RPI standings will play in Week 9 games. The fifth place team from the Sky will be the #1 seed in Week 9, followed by the top seven in the RPI. Four 2A teams will qualify for the state round of 16.
In 3A, Squalicum is currently tied for first place with Oak Harbor at 4-1 in the Wesco North standings. The Storm and the Wildcats will break that tie, as they go head-to-head this Friday night in Oak Harbor. The winner will play the South Division champion the following week. The loser will also play the corresponding South Division team.
The top three teams in the North will play crossover games against the top three from the South in Week 9. Those teams will represent the top six seeds from the Wesco into Week 10 Quad District action.
The seventh representative from the Wesco will be the winner of the game between North and South 4th place teams. Ferndale (2-3), is currently in fifth place in the Wesco North. They can take over fourth place if they beat Stanwood (0-5) this Friday, combined with an Arlington win over Marysville-Pilchuck (3-2). The Golden Eagles hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over M-P.
The 1A’s still have two league games to play. The top three advance to the District 1 playoffs against the North Sound Conference. However, the third place team will play in a Tuesday play-in game against the North Sound’s fourth place team. Three will qualify for state.
Meridian and Mt. Baker, both 3-1, play at Tisdale Field on Friday. The Mountaineers won the first meeting 41-20. Lynden Christian (2-2) will clinch no worse than third place with a win over Nooksack Valley (0-4) on Friday.
District 1 & 2 - 2A Football Playoffs
Sep 20, 2018 7:11 PM
By Ted House
With four allocations to state in 2018, the following will be
the outline for the 2A football playoffs for Districts
The top four teams in the Sky Division, based on final
standings (no RPI), will receive a bye in Week 9 (Oct. 26).
The fifth place team in the Sky Division, will be the highest
seed in the Week 9 Playoffs.
With four allocations to state in 2018, the following will be the outline for the 2A football playoffs for Districts 1&2:
The top four teams in the Sky Division, based on final standings (no RPI), will receive a bye in Week 9 (Oct. 26).
The fifth place team in the Sky Division, will be the highest seed in the Week 9 Playoffs.
The top 7 teams in the RPI (Lake Division & KingCo teams) will join Sky #5 in four Loser Out games on October 26. The 2A football post-season bracket has the matchups.
The winners of the four Week 9 games will advance to Week 10 (November 2), where they will be seeded into games against the top four teams from the Sky Division that had the bye in Week 9.
The seeding for the Week 9 winners will be completed using a polling system of league coaches who teams qualified for the post-season. They will be seeded 1-4, and placed in reverse order. This means that the top team from the Sky Division will play the 4th seeded team of the Week 9 winners.
Week 10 matchups will be available early morning, Saturday, October 27.
Changes Made to 2A Football Alignment for 2018
Aug 15, 2018 8:47 PM
by Ted House
(in conjuction with NWC Athletic Directors)
Major alignment changes are in store for 2A classification
football teams in District 1 and District 2, beginning in the 2018
season. The changes involve all 2A teams in the Northwest
Conference, as well as the Cascade, Wesco, and KingCo
First, the Cascade Conference, which has been the rival of the
Whatcom County League and the Northwest Conference for decades, has
disbanded. Granite Falls will drop from the 2A to the 1A
classification, and join fellow 1A teams from their former league,
in the newly formed, North Sound Conference.
Major alignment changes are in store for 2A classification football teams in District 1 and District 2, beginning in the 2018 season. The changes involve all 2A teams in the Northwest Conference, as well as the Cascade, Wesco, and KingCo Conferences.
First, the Cascade Conference, which has been the rival of the Whatcom County League and the Northwest Conference for decades, has disbanded. Granite Falls will drop from the 2A to the 1A classification, and join fellow 1A teams from their former league, in the newly formed, North Sound Conference.
Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest, the other two 2A teams from the Cascade Conference, will join the other nine 2A teams in District 1, forming two divisions in a new “football only” alignment. For all other sports, ATM and Cedarcrest will be members of the Wesco 3A Conference.
For football only, teams have been split into "Sky" and "Lake" Divisions, and assigned based on the strength of their individual programs.
The Sky Division will be the new home to Archbishop Murphy, Burlington-Edison, Lakewood, Lynden and Sedro-Woolley. All games between Sky Division teams will be considered “league” games.
The Lake Division will have Anacortes, Bellingham, Blaine, Cedarcrest, Mountlake Terrace, and Sehome. All games between Lake Division teams will be considered “league”games.
For the post-season, all five Sky Division teams will have a playoff opportunity. Playoff seeding for teams in the Sky Division will be determined by their league standings.
Playoff seeding for the Lake Division will be slightly different. Lake teams, plus Liberty and Sammamish of the 3A Kinco League, will use the RPI system to determine playoff seeding.
The number of teams that will qualify for the post-season will not be known until state allocations are published, early in the school year. District 1 is again hoping for a rotation of a three-berth year, and a four-berth year.
More specific playoff information will be published in early in the season.