This week will mark the end of the regular season for 2A and 3A
football teams, while the 1A Merry-Go-Round will finish a week
The news of the week in 2A is that Friday’s Lake Division city
rivalry between Bellingham and Sehome will not be played. Sehome
will be awarded a win by forfeit, as Bellingham will be unable to
field a full team.
This week will mark the end of the regular season for 2A and 3A football teams, while the 1A Merry-Go-Round will finish a week later.
The news of the week in 2A is that Friday’s Lake Division city rivalry between Bellingham and Sehome will not be played. Sehome will be awarded a win by forfeit, as Bellingham will be unable to field a full team.
The Lake Division, along with KingCo teams, Liberty and Sammamish, are part of their own RPI system. Sehome will finish with a 3-0 Lake Division record, while Bellingham will finish 0-3.
The top three teams in the Lake/KingCo RPI, will advance to Week 9 playoffs against the fourth, fifth and sixth place teams from the Sky Division.
Sehome currently has the top RPI in their division, however, they could be overtaken by Liberty. The Patriots play in a 3A league, which the RPI accounts for. There is also a District 1/2 agreement that states that if Liberty finishes with a KingCo League record that is above .500, they will earn the top RPI spot. They are currently 2-2 with one game left, at home against Mercer Island.
Sammamish, who also makes their home in the KingCo, is playing their league football games in a lower division of the Metro League. Their games are scored by RPI only. They are not part of the same agreement as Liberty.
RPI standings will not be official until all games have been finalized.
The top three teams in the Sky Division standings will have a bye on Friday, November 1, also known as Week 9. The fourth, fifth and sixth place Sky teams will host the top three from the Lake/KingCo RPI. The winners of those three Week 9 games will advance to Week 10 games against the top three from the Sky Division. There are three allocations to state from District 1/2 this year.
Currently, there is a three-way tie at the top of the Sky Division between Sedro-Woolley, Lakewood and Lynden. If two teams end up tied, that will be broken by head-to-head. If three teams (or more) are tied, the order will be determined by the results of a pre-season draw.
On Friday night, Lynden hosts Blaine, Archbishop Murphy visits Sedro-Woolley, and Lakewood is at Burlington-Edison. If Lynden and Lakewood lose, there would be a four-way tie if Archbishop Murphy beats Sedro Woolley.
If the Cubs and Lions finish tied, the Cubs will be the top seed. Lynden has the head-to-head over Lakewood, and in turn, Lakewood has the tiebreaker over Sedro-Woolley.
The 1A’s have two games left, and a lot can still happen as Lynden Christian and Mt. Baker lead third place Meridian one game.
However, the Lyncs and Mountaineers are finished with each other, and have split their two head-to-head games. If they remain tied for first place, the tie will be broken by a pre-season draw.
The third place team will advance to a play-in game at the fourth place team from the North Sound Conference, on Tuesday, November 5. That winner will play at the North Sound champion, the following Saturday.
Squalicum and Ferndale, playing in the 3A Wesco North, are currently tied for third with 3-2 records, with the Storm holding the head-to-head edge. The Golden Eagles finish the regular season Friday, at home against Stanwood. The Storm will host Oak Harbor on Saturday, at Civic Stadium.
Both teams will then host Week 9 Wesco crossover games against the team that holds the same place in the South Division.