Coach: Dave Ward, third season, 24-10.
Season Snapshot:Cubs’ resurgence has continued under Ward, who was 4-6 in Year 1 and 8-3 last season. Ward is familiar with the atmosphere, having won a 4A title at Oak Harbor in 2006 and coached in back-to-back 2A title games in 2010 and 2011 with Archbishop Murphy.
Two to watch: WB Mason Elms (5-8, 170, Sr.) will take handoffs or direct snaps to fuel the Cubs running game. His fourth-quarter burst for 24 yards broke a 21-21 tie and proved the difference in a semifinal win over Tumwater. DB Anthony Cann (5-9, 150, Sr.) made the defensive play of the semifinal, coming off the edge perfectly to block Elijah Hill’s attempted 41-yard field goal for Tumwater and preserve the Cubs’ one-point victory.
Coach: Curt Kramme, 24th year, 230-54.
Season Snapshot: Lions (12-1) didn’t let a slight falter on October 17, a 37-35 loss at home to Ferndale, derail nearly a decade of dominance. Lynden has rolled over three playoff opponents by a combined score of 126-57.
Two to watch: QB Sterling Somers (6-5, 205, Jr.) completed 15 of 19 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a team-high 108 yards and two more TDs on 17 carries in semifinal win at Ellensburg. WR Jordan Wittenberg (6-0, 185, Jr.) leads the team with 14 receiving TDs, averaging 113 yards a game in catches (1,430 yards). Has caught 14 passes for 327 yards and 4 TDs in three playoff games.
– Doug Drowley