Justice Taylor and Lakewood head north to face 2A third-ranked Lynden in a key Northwest Conference clash. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Justice Taylor and Lakewood head north to face 2A third-ranked Lynden in a key Northwest Conference clash. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A look at this week’s top local high school football matchups

GP-Kamiak was canceled, but Arch. Murphy and Lakewood both have pivotal Northwest Conference games.

The Snohomish County high school football season continues Friday night. The Wesco 4A clash between Kamiak and Glacier Peak was canceled, but here’s a look at the two other top Week 6 matchups involving local teams:


Friday night’s Wesco 4A showdown between Class 4A No. 10-ranked Kamiak (5-0) and Glacier Peak (4-1) has been canceled, Glacier Peak athletic director Kevin Judkins confirmed.

Judkins said Kamiak had to cancel the game. An attempt to reach Kamiak athletic director Sean Monica wasn’t immediately successful.

Judkins said Glacier Peak won’t attempt to find a replacement opponent, due to the cancellation occurring so late in the week.


When: 5 p.m., Friday

Where: Civic Stadium (Bellingham)

The skinny: Archbishop Murphy heads north to face Squalicum in a pivotal showdown of 2A top-10 teams in the rugged Northwest Conference. With Squalicum having been a Wesco 3A North football member in recent years, this is the first meeting between these programs since Archbishop Murphy joined the Northwest Conference for football in 2018.

Archbishop Murphy: 3-2, 1-0 Northwest Conference 2A; lost to Seattle Prep 42-18, beat Fife 27-17, beat Sehome 20-10, lost to Lake Stevens 49-14, beat Blaine 46-22

About the Wildcats: Archbishop Murphy faced a tough non-league schedule, with its two losses coming to 3A Seattle Prep and 4A second-ranked Lake Stevens. The Wildcats have leaned on their defense in their two games against 2A foes, limiting Fife to 17 points and Sehome to 10 points. Senior receiver Jelani Guerrero is a big-play threat on offense, with 24 catches for 649 yards and six TDs. Guerrero averages 27 yards per reception and has TD catches of 87, 83, 75, 69, 66 and 40 yards. Senior quarterback Colton Johnson has thrown for 849 yards, eight TDs and one interception since replacing injured starter Kai Lewis in Week 2.

Squalicum: 2-2, 1-2 Northwest Conference 2A; beat Lynden Christian 40-14, lost to Lynden 15-12, lost to Lakewood 14-13, beat Sehome 27-0

About the Storm: After back-to-back losses to 2A third-ranked Lynden and Lakewood by a combined four points, Squalicum rebounded with a shutout of Sehome last week. The Storm’s stingy defense has allowed just 10.8 points and 250 total yards per game, while coming up with 11 takeaways. Senior Trevor Keeley has a team-high three interceptions, including two long pick-sixes last week against Sehome. Squalicum’s offense is led by three-star Washington State commit Djouvensky Schlenbaker, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 34 senior running back in the nation. In three games, Schlenbaker has rushed for 312 yards and four TDs.

Herald pick: Squalicum


When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Lynden H.S.

The skinny: Lakewood travels north to face perennial state power Lynden in another key Northwest Conference 2A clash. Sitting at 1-2 in league play, the Cougars don’t have much margin for error left in the battle for limited postseason berths out of this talent-laden conference. Lynden has won five of the past six matchups between these teams.

Lakewood: 2-3, 1-2 Northwest Conference 2A; lost to North Creek 59-35, beat Lynden Christian 43-30, lost to Sedro-Woolley 44-0, beat Squalicum 14-13, lost to Burlington-Edison 34-31

About the Cougars: Lakewood opened league play with a blowout loss to 2A fifth-ranked Sedro-Woolley in a game that standout senior quarterback Justice Taylor exited early with an injury. The Cougars bounced back the following week with a one-point win over 2A 10th-ranked Squalicum, but suffered a three-point loss to Burlington-Edison last week. Taylor has accounted for 1,024 total yards and 14 TDs in four-plus games of play. The dual-threat quarterback has rushed for 567 yards and seven TDs, while throwing for 457 yards, seven TDs and three interceptions. His favorite target is senior Blake Conyers, who has 16 catches for 217 yards and five TDs.

Lynden: 4-1, 2-0 Northwest Conference 2A; beat Hockinson 24-21, lost to Ferndale 35-25, beat Squalicum 15-12, beat Burlington-Edison 38-35, beat Cedarcrest 51-21

About the Lions: Lynden has thrived in close games this season, earning a trio of three-point wins — including a last-second victory on a game-winning field goal against Burlington-Edison two weeks ago. The Lions’ only loss was a non-league defeat to 3A Ferndale. Junior running back Lane Heeringa has rushed for 457 yards and three TDs, leading a Lynden ground attack that averages 229 yards rushing per game and 5.9 yards per carry. Fellow junior running back Campbell Nolte has added 274 yards rushing and four total TDs. Junior wideout Isaiah Stanley has a team-high 212 yards receiving and four TD catches, while senior Kaleo Jandoc has 207 yards receiving and three TD catches.

Herald pick: Lynden

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