RECORD: 11-1 – COACH: Bob Ames
LEAGUE: 5-0 (1st Place in the 1A NWC)
CLASSIFICATION: 1A – PLAYOFFS: State Quarterfinalist
Scoring Stats “Per Game”
Points: 33.3 – Allowed: 11.4 – Differential: +21.9
GAME BY GAME:
Week 1: Meridian 43, Lakeside-Seattle 8
Week 2: Meridian 53, Mt. Douglas, BC 19
Week 3: Meridian 22, Sedro Woolley 6
Week 4: Meridian 36, Lynden Christian 6
Week 5: Meridian 16, Friday Harbor 0
Week 6: Meridian 26, Nooksack Valley 7
Week 7: Meridian 21, Lynden Christian 7
Week 8: Meridian 49, Sehome 35
Week 9: Meridian 50, Nooksack Valley 14
State Play-in Game: Meridian 42, Nooksack Valley 14
State Playoffs: 1st Round: Meridian 35, Castle Rock 0
State Quarterfinals: Montesnao 21, Meridian 7
The 2007 Trojans came off their third state championship in eight years, and were on a roll. After a dominating regular season, their dream was cut short in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
Junior Max Crook led the team in his first year as a varsity starting quarterback. He completed 83 passes for 1330 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also ran for 177 yards and five more scores. He had two major weapons to get the ball to, either by handing off or through the air. One of those weapons was senior running back, Sean Hurlbut. He led the county in rushing with 1735 yards (7.2 average) and ran for 25 touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 279 yards (17.4) and four scores. His seven 2-point conversions were also tops in the league, and he went on to be named All-League 1st Team at running back. He was also named the League’s Offensive Player of the Year and was All-State 1st Team.
The other main offensive threat for the Trojans was 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, Andrei Lintz. He lined up in the backfield, at tight end, and even split out wide. The ultimate match-up disaster for the defense, Lintz caught 35 passes for 628 yards (17.9) and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball for 442 yards (8.2) and five more scores. The future Washington State Cougar was named All-League 1st Team and All-State 1st Team at tight end. Sophomore Bo Norris ran hard, gaining 255 yards (6.7) and two touchdowns. Senior Chris Warren caught nine passes for 113 yards (12.6) and was named All-League 1st Team.
Senior Austin Childs led the Meridian offensive line, and was named All-League 1st Team as well as All-State 1st Team. Fellow seniors Rory Pitsch and Kai Rick also bullied the opposition at the line of scrimmage, and were each named All-League 2nd Team. They helped the Trojan offense amass over 4000 yards and 54 touchdowns.
The black and gold defensive front was a force. Lintz was named the League’s Defensive Player of the Year. Norris and Childs were each also named All-League 1st Team. Rick and Pitsch, along with fellow senior Marshall Foster, were all named All-League 2nd Team. Senior linebacker Cody Sorenson was one of the hardest hitters in the league and was named All-League 1st Team, and was joined by senior Kevin Mount, who was named All-League 2nd Team. Hurlbut and Warren led the secondary, each being named All-League 1st Tem. Warren led the team with six interceptions, returning them for 147 yards.
Junior Ryder Chance connected on 36 extra points and was named All-League 1st Team, and Lintz averaged over 33 yards per punt. Lintz and Warren each returned kickoffs for touchdowns, and Hurlbut averaged over nine yards per punt return, with a touchdown return against Mount Douglas.