3A No. 3 Ferndale (7-0) at 2A No. 3 Lynden (6-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Rollie DeKoster Field, Lynden
Skinny: It wasn’t long ago when Ferndale boasted a trigger man at quarterback with sprinter skills in Jake Locker. Now it is Lynden’s turn with quarterback Josh Kraight (81-of-139, 1,101 yards, 14 TDs; 549 rushing yards, seven TDs), a three-year starter who gets everything rolling for the defending 2A state champions. Last season was a real trial for coach Jamie Plenkovich and company at Ferndale. Their 5-5 season was the first non-winning campaign of the coach’s eight-year tenure at the school. Senior leadership has been behind the program’s strong recovery, and running backs Alex Conley (team-high 92 carries, 950 yards), Hank Hilts and Richmond Baardsen will test interior of Lions’ defense. After losing four games in a row in the series (2005-08), Lynden is on a three-game winning streak in one of Whatcom County’s best rivalries, including a 27-7 victory in 2011.
TNT pick: Lynden, 31-28.