Top 150 #66 – 2002 Meridian Trojans

RECORD: 9-1 – COACH: Bob Ames

LEAGUE: 8-0 (1st Place in the NCC)

CLASSIFICATION: 2A – Playoffs: Lost in 1st Round

POINTS PER GAME: 40.2 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 4.4
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +35.8

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Meridian 19, Lynden Christian 13

Week 2: Meridian 6, Mount Baker 3

Week 3: Meridian 59, South Whidbey 7

Week 4: Meridian 51, Sultan 0

Week 5: Meridian 42, Granite Falls 0

Week 6: Meridian 59, Blaine 0

Week 7: Meridian 51, Lakewood 0

Week 8: Meridian 77, North Surrey (BC) 0

Week 9: Meridian 26, Nooksack Valley 7

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Rochester 14, Meridian 12


The 2002 version of the Trojans were loaded with talent, they took care of the regular season, but lost a heart-breaker in the first round of the state playoffs.

Jordan Slesk

Sophomore Jordan Slesk had a great season, especially for his first year as a starting quarterback. He completed 79 passes for 1290 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 1290 yards passing broke the Whatcom County record for a sophomore. He also ran for three touchdowns.

Jesse Alderson

Senior running back Jesse Alderson had another magical season, and he was named the League’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He rushed for 1722 yards (9.9 average) and he became the first player in Whatcom County history to score 30 touchdowns in a season. He was also named All-League 1st Team, as well as All-State 2nd Team. He was joined in the backfield by burly junior fullback, Brady Emmons. He ran for 252 yards (7.6) and four touchdowns, and was named All-League 2nd Team. Senior Colin Morris added 281 yards on the ground (5.7) and three touchdowns.

Matt Hagen

Slesk spread the wealth in the passing game, with seven different players gaining over 100 yards receiving. Sophomore Matt Hagen led the team with 14 receptions, for 188 yards (13.4) and two touchdowns. Junior Cody Bowden and senior Willie Wantz each made huge plays in the passing game, each averaging over 20 yards per catch. Senior tight end Tyler Ruzicka was named All-League 2nd Team, catching eight passes for 141 yards (17.6) and a pair of scores.

Steve Auld

The offensive line was loaded with underclassmen. Juniors Steve Auld, Dustin Knight, Tristan Burgess and Tyler Hazen were all named All-League 1st Team, and collectively, they were a huge reason for Alderson’s record-breaking season. The Trojans ran for over 2600 yards and passed for over 1200 yards.

Brady Emmons

The defense shut five opponents out in a row during the season. Burgess (from the interior) and Bowden (off the edge) controlled the defensive line, and were each named All-League 1st Team. Emmons was named the League’s Defensive Player of the Year, and was dominant at inside linebacker. Auld was also force at linebacker, and was also named All-League 1st Team. They were joined by senior Josh Hurst, who was an All-League 2nd Team selection. Alderson was an All-League 2nd Team pick in the secondary.

Cody Bowden

Senior Josh Ramey was named All-League 1st Team at kicker, and he booted 36 extra points and one field goal. Alderson was named All-State as a kick returner, and handled most of the return duties.

 

Top 150 #70 – 1992 Meridian Trojans

RECORD: 10-2 – COACH: Bob Ames

LEAGUE: 5-1 (T-1st Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: State Semifinalist

POINTS PER GAME: 32.9 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 11.4
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +21.5

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Meridian 35, Nooksack Valley 14

Week 2: Meridian 35, Mount Baker 0

Week 3: Lynden Christian 21, Meridian 7

Week 4: Meridian 35, Lynden 13

Week 5: Meridian 28, Mount Baker 7

Week 6: Meridian 35, Nooksack Valley 8

Week 7: Meridian 42, Friday Harbor 6

Week 8: Meridian 63, Aldergrove (BC) 6

Week 9: Meridian 31, Blaine 14

Mini Play-In Game: Meridian 14, Lynden Christian 6

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Meridian 25, Montesano 17

State Quarterfinals: Meridian 35, Steilacoom 7

State Semifinals: Eatonville 27, Meridian 24


The 1992 Trojans were loaded with one of the best senior classes in Whatcom County history. They started 10 seniors on defense, had the best special teams in the county, and became the first team in Whatcom County history to score over 50 touchdowns in a season.

In his third season at starting quarterback, Bob Bennum had all the tools to lead this team. He completed 88 passes for 1338 yards and 16 touchdowns, to only four interceptions. He also ran for 420 yards (3.8 average) and seven touchdowns, and was an easy selection as the All-League 1st Team quarterback. He finished his career as only the second player in Whatcom County history to surpass over 3000 yards passing (Bellingham’s Sean Linville was the first).

Bob Bennum

The Trojans had a trio of horses in the backfield. Senior Rick Paxton got the bulk of the carries, rushing for 620 yards (5.6) and 12 touchdowns. Senior Nick Marino added 445 yards (5.6) and nine scores, while junior Patrick Ames had 364 yards (4.6) and seven touchdowns. Paxton was named All-League 1st Team, Marino was All-League 2nd Team and Ames was an All-League Honorable Mention selection.

Rick Paxton

The receiving corps was loaded as well, with a trio of seniors that complimented each other very well. Ty Harrison was smooth as silk, catching everything thrown his way, and he could change direction on a dime without losing speed. He finished with 44 receptions for 636 yards (14.5) and eight touchdowns. That made at five players on the team that scored at least seven touchdowns, which was the first time in Whatcom County history that had ever happened. Joey Simmons made huge plays, and had a great knack for breaking tackles. He caught 29 passes for 506 yards (17.4) and four touchdowns. Harrison and Simmons were each named All-League 1st Team.

Ty Harrison

Kurt Roy was a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of player, that was extremely dependable. Usually lining up in the slot, or at tight end, he caught 11 passes for 176 yards (16.0) and four touchdowns. He would be named All-League 2nd Team, and was most likely the best backup quarterback in the Whatcom County League.

Christopher Ames

Being a team that scored 55 touchdowns, the offensive line had to be great, and it was. It was anchored by third-year starter, senior Christopher Ames. The 5-foot-11 215-pound left tackle used his overpowering strength, to go along with his football knowledge, to manhandle his opponents. He was named All-League 1st Team, and was also named All-State 1st Team. He was joined by the perfect pair of pulling guards, seniors Josh Lehman and Jeff Crnich. Lehman had unmatched strength, to go along with his 4.8 40-time speed, and although Crnich was smaller in build, he was nasty and he had great technique. They were both named All-League 1st Team. Senior Kevin Van De Wege was named All-League 2nd Team at center, and senior Greg Vaughn was an All-League Honorable Mention selection as the right tackle.

Josh Lehman

The defensive line was led by Lehman and Crnich as the defensive ends. Meridian would generally get a two or three touchdown lead, forcing it’s opponents to throw, and that was when they got after it. Both were named All-League 1st Team. The interior of the defensive line was filled by Ames, and senior Jason Wiggins. Wiggins became the most improved player on the team throughout the season, and was completely dominant in the post season. Both players were named All-League Honorable Mention.

Jeff Crnich

Simmons led the linebackers from his outside position. Almost a hybrid strong safety/outside linebacker, “The Python” had a knack for being around the ball, and making key plays. He was named All-League 1st Team. He was joined in the middle of the field with Paxton and seniors Greg Anderson and Rich Lane. Paxton and Anderson were named All-League 2nd Team, and Lane was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Joey Simmons

The secondary was loaded with Harrison, Bennum and Roy. Harrison was named All-League 1st Team, and was chosen as the Whatcom County League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named All-State 1st Team. Bennum was chosen All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row, and Roy was an All-League 2nd Team pick. Harrison and Bennum each had five interceptions.

Kurt Roy

Harrison had a tremendous year on the special teams, doing almost everything. He was named All-League 1st Team at both kicker and punter, and was probably the best returner in the League. He kicked 39 extra points, and four field goals (including a 47-yarder in the playoffs). He also average 36 yards per punt, and rarely had a return attempted on his punts, because of the hang time he was able to put on the ball. He also returned 32 punts for 328 yards and a touchdown.

Top 150 #81 – 1995 Meridian Trojans

RECORD: 10-3  –  COACH: Bob Ames

 LEAGUE: 4-2 (T-2nd Place in the WCL)

 CLASSIFICATION: A – PLAYOFFS: State Semifinalist

Scoring Stats “Per Game”
Points: 27.6 – Allowed: 10.5 – Differential: +17.1

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Meridian 68, Granite Falls 0

Week 2: Meridian 25, King’s 0

Week 3: Blaine 6, Meridian 0

Week 4: Meridian 48, Nooskack Valley 8

Week 5: Lynden Christian 13, Meridian 7

Week 6: Meridian 48, Concrete 16

Week 7: Meridian 15, Mount Baker 0

Week 8: Meridian 29, Lakewood 6

Week 9: Meridian 41, Friday Harbor 8

Mini-Playoff Game: Meridian 23, Lynden Christian 7

State Play-in Game: Meridian 19, Chimacum 0

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Meridian 29, Montesano 20

State Quarterfinals: Meridian 21, Steilacoom 0

State Semifinals: Ridgefield 40, Meridian 9


After two non-league blowout wins, the ’95 Trojans lost two of their first three league games, and the chance to make the state playoffs looked grim. But, they came together as a team, rallied down the stretch and surprised everyone, (except maybe themselves) as they rolled on all the way to the Tacoma Dome before losing to the eventual state champion Spudders from Ridgefield.

Jeb Kratzig

Senior Chris Kelly began the season as the starting quarterback, and he completed 34 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns. But, by mid-season, junior Jeb Kratzig had taken over behind center. He was named All-League Honorable Mention and completed 76 passes for 1287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 175 yards and four scores.

Gabe Matheson

Senior running back Gabe Matheson was the Trojan workhorse, rushing for 846 yards (6.7 average) and 14 touchdowns on his way to an All-League 1st Team selection. Junior Travis Patterson nabbed All-League Honorable Mention honors, rushing for 433 yards (5.3) and three touchdowns. Seniors Greg Flockoi and Marshall Watson ran for 331 and 263 yards, respectively.

Shane Stacy

Seniors Shane Stacy, P.J. Trompeter and Art Downs rounded out the wide receiving corps. Stacy ran nearly perfect routes, and led Meridian with 34 receptions for 483 yards (14.2) and two touchdowns. Trompeter showed off his track speed, catching 20 passes for 412 yards (20.6) and three scores. Downs worked the slot, hauling in 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Stacy was named All-League 1st Team, Trompeter was All-League 2nd Team, while Downs was an All-League Honorable Mention selection. Senior Brian Paxton put up huge numbers at tight end, catching 28 passes for 404 yards (14.4) and nine touchdowns. He was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Michael Ames

The senior-laden offensive line was led by Michael Ames who stood out from his guard position, and was named both All-League 1st Team and All-State 1st Team. Seniors Kurt Ingram (All-League 1st Team), Josh Robson (All-League 2nd Team) and Ruben Perez (All-League Honorable Mention) all had standout seasons.

Steve Bernardy

The junior trio of Steve Bernardy, Trevor Corzine and Kelly Smith on the defensive line proved to be a nightmare for opposing backfields. Bernardy and Corzine were both All-League 1st Team picks, with Bernardy also being named All-State 2nd Team. Smith was named All-League 2nd Team, and they were joined on the line by Ames who was named All-League Honorable Mention. Paxton led the linbacking corps, and was named All-League 1st Team. Watson was named All-League 2nd Team, while Flockoi and Nate Bouma were each All-League Honorable Mention picks.

Brian Paxton

Adam Jensen, Trompeter and Matheson teamed to make up the best secondary in the Whatcom County League. Jensen and Trompeter were each named All-League 1st Team, and Matheson was All-League 2nd Team. Stacy was named All-League 1st Team at kicker, booting 19 extra points and a field goal. Junior Ryan Bauthues kicked 13 extra points and a field goal, as well.

 

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.

Meridian Top 15 Extra Points Kicked in a Game

  1. Josh Ramey, 11 vs. North Surrey (BC), 2002
  2. Ty Harrison, 9 vs. Aldergrove (BC), 1992
  3. Josh Randall, 8 vs. Blaine, 1997
  4. Josh Randall, 8 vs. Sultan, 1997
  5. Josh Randall, 8 vs. Ocosta, 1998
  6. Joel Pears, 8 vs. Sultan, 1999
  7. Joel Pears, 8 vs. Elma, 1999
  8. Joel Pears, 8 vs. Granite Falls, 2000
  9. Joel Pears, 8 vs. South Whidbey, 2000
  10. Matt Karuza, 8 vs. South Whidbey, 2003
  11. Andrei Lintz, 8 vs. Sedro Woolley, 2006
  12. Ryder Chance, 8 vs. Sehome, 2006
  13. Multiple players with 7

Meridian Top 15 Receiving Touchdowns in a Game

  1. Ty Harrison, 3 vs. Mount Baker, 1992
  2. Jarrod Karuza, 3 vs. Nooksack Valley, 1999
  3. Jarrod Karuza, 3 vs. John Oliver (BC), 1999
  4. Eli Slesk, 3 vs. South Whidbey, 1999
  5. Corey Culp, 3 vs. South Whidbey, 1999
  6. Jarrod Karuza, 3 vs. East Valley, 1999
  7. Bryan Black, 3 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2005
  8. Brett Himes, 3 vs. Lakeside-Seattle, 2006
  9. Andrei Lintz, 3 vs. Sedro Woolley, 2006
  10. Andrei Lintz, 3 vs. Sehome, 2006
  11. Andrei Lintz, 3 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2007
  12. Mitchell Tripp, 3 vs. Vashon Island, 2008
  13. Ryan Clark, 3 vs. Friday Harbor, 2009
  14. Mitchell Tripp, 3 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2009
  15. Ryan Clark, 3 vs. Lynden Christian, 2010
  16. Ryan Clark, 3 vs. Vashon Island, 2010
  17. Chase Heslep, 3 vs. Friday Harbor, 2011
  18. Zack Gray, 3 vs. Coupeville, 2011
  19. Letrez Jones, 3 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2013
  20. Kyle Young, 3 vs. Mount Baker, 2014

Meridian Top 11 Receiving Yards Per Reception in a Game (Min. 4 rec)

  1. Doug Miller, 35.5 vs. South Whidbey, 2000 (4-142)
  2. Dominic Chambers, 34.3 vs. King’s, 1997 (4-137)
  3. Relijah McMillen, 33.5 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2011 (4-134)
  4. Mitchell Tripp, 32.5 vs. Friday Harbor, 2010 (4-130)
  5. Mike Simmons, 31.5 vs. Elma, 2000 (4-126)
  6. Doug Miller, 31.0 vs. Sultan, 2000 (4-124)
  7. Desi Luna, 30.3 vs. Mount Baker, 1984 (4-121)
  8. Joel Pears, 30.0 vs. Blaine, 2000 (6-180)
  9. Corey Culp, 29.0 vs. Elma, 1999 (5-145)
  10. Mitchell Tripp, 28.7 vs. New West (BC), 2009 (10-287)
  11. Bryan Black, 28.2 vs. Blaine, 2005 (5-141)

Meridian Top 15 Receiving Yards in a Game

  1. Mitchell Tripp, 287 vs. New West (BC), 2009
  2. Mike Simmons, 199 vs. Omak, 2000
  3. Joel Pears, 180 vs. Blaine, 2000
  4. Dominic Chambers, 174 vs. Granite Falls, 1997
  5. Mac Van Diest, 167 vs. Lynden Christian, 2003
  6. Dominic Chambers, 166 vs. Toledo, 1996
  7. Doug Miller, 164 vs. Lynden Christian, 2000
  8. Mitchell Tripp, 164 vs. Sequim, 2010
  9. Brett Himes, 163 vs. Sehome, 2006
  10. Eli Slesk, 161 vs. South Whidbey, 1999
  11. Mitchell Tripp, 159 vs. Lynden Christian, 2010
  12. Josh Keough, 156 vs. Bellingham, 2005
  13. Corey Culp, 155 vs. Sultan, 1999
  14. Brett Himes, 154 vs. Lakeside-Seattle, 2006
  15. Eli Slesk, 153 vs. East Valley, 1999
  16. Relijah McMillen, 153 vs. Lakewood, 2012

Meridian Top 15 Receptions in a Game

  1. Doug Miller, 13 vs. Lynden Christian, 2000
  2. Aaron Hayes, 12 vs. Blaine, 1998
  3. Eli Slesk, 12 vs. East Valley, 1999
  4. Mike Simmons, 11 vs. Omak, 2000
  5. Eli Slesk, 10 vs. Nooksack Valley, 1999
  6. Eli Slesk, 10 vs. South Whidbey, 1999
  7. Josh Keough, 10 vs. Blaine, 2005
  8. Mitchell Tripp, 10 vs. New West (BC), 2009
  9. Ty Harrison, 9 vs. Lynden Christian, 1991
  10. Ty Harrison, 9 vs. Lynden, 1992
  11. Doug Miller, 9 vs. Castle Rock, 2000
  12. Joel Pears, 9 vs. Castle Rock, 2000
  13. Jon Murray, 9 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2001
  14. Matt Karuza, 9 vs. Nooksack Valley, 2004
  15. Josh Keough, 9 vs. Bellingham, 2005
  16. Josh Keough, 9 vs. Blaine, 2005
  17. Andrei Lintz, 9 vs. Sedro Woolley, 2006
  18. Brett Himes, 9 vs. Sehome, 2006
  19. Tait Slesk, 9 vs. Sequim, 2010