Top 150 #87 – 2007 Meridian Trojans

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.

Sean Hurlbut

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.

Andrei Lintz

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.

Austin Childs

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.

Cody Sorenson

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.

Ryder Chance

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.

Top 150 #143 – 2007 Bellingham Red Raiders

 

RECORD: 7-5  –  COACH: Doug Trainor

 LEAGUE: 3-3 (3rd Place in the 2A NWC)

 CLASSIFICATION: 2A – PLAYOFFS: State Quarterfinalist

Scoring Stats “Per Game”
Points: 17.8 – Allowed: 19.3 – Differential: -1.5

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Bellingham 34, Sedro Woolley 6

Week 2: Bellingham 33, Mount Baker 19

Week 3: Blaine 24, Bellingham 13

Week 4: Lynden 7, Bellingham 0

Week 5: Bellingham 20, Squalicum 13

Week 6: Ferndale 24, Bellingham 14

Week 7: Bellingham 33, Sehome 26

Week 8: Burlington-Edison 28, Bellingham 14

Week 9: Bellingham 18, Anacortes 8

State Play-in Game: Archbishop Murphy 28, Bellingham 6 (Bellingham ruled the winner because of rules violation)

State Playoffs Round One: Bellingham 23, Mark Morris 13

State Quarterfinals: Prosser 35, Bellingham 6

 


 

The 2007 Red Raiders were an interesting team. They advanced to the state playoffs because of a rules violation, they gave up more points than they scored, yet it was the first time reaching the playoffs in 20 years, and they haven’t since.

Bellingham senior class
Bellingham senior class

Senior quarterback Zack Halverson was a big (6-2 210), strong gun-slinger. He completed 103-of-239 passes for 1173 yards and eight touchdowns. He also ran for six scores, and was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Jeremy Rick
Jeremy Rick

Junior running back Jeremy Rick became the only the second underclassmen in school history to run for over 1000 yards in a season (Chance McClellan ran for 1111 yards as a junior). Rick finished with 1136 yards on 191 carries (6.0 average) and eight touchdowns. He also caught four passes and was named All-League 1st Team. Senior Taylor Perry ran for 720 yards on 131 carries (5.5) and three scores, and was named All-League Honorable Mention. Junior Michael Gonzalez chipped in with 158 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart

Senior wide receiver J.T. Fitzgerald had an abundance of athletic ability, and he caught 28 passes for 412 yards (14.7) and four touchdowns. Another senior, Pete Carlson, also had a great season at wide receiver with 29 catches for 327 yards (11.3) and two scores. Fitzgerald was named All-League 2nd Team while Carlson was an Honorable Mention. Senior receiver Michael Takemura hauled in 16 passes for 152 yards (9.5) and a touchdown, while junior tight end Max Nelson (6-2 210) also caught 16 passes for 176 yards (11.0) and a score, and he was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Bellingham kickoff
Bellingham kickoff

Senior Holman Faatili (6-1 230) led the force of offensive linemen, and was named All-League 2nd Team. Junior Kyle Stewart (6-3 225) and sophomore Chase Neilan (6-1 200) also stood out, and they were both named All-League Honorable Mention. Bellingham amassed over 2000 yards on the ground, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 18 touchdowns.

Faatili was all over the field from his linebacker position, and was named All League 1st Team. Fitzgerald and Perry were an amazing duo in the defensive backfield, and were each named All-League 2nd Team. Perry returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Rick was also a standout in the secondary, and he was named All-League Honorable Mention. Sophomores Walter Hathaway, and Neilan, were each named All-League Honorable Mention. Hathaway as a defensive lineman and Neilan as a linebacker.

Junior Jack Morgan handled the kicking duties, connecting on 11 extra points. Rick demonstrated his amazing skills as a kick returner, and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against Ferndale.