BURLINGTON - Lynden quarterback Josh Kraght isn't particularly tall or large, but he showed Friday, Oct. 12, against Burlington-Edison why he is a force to be reckoned with.
On the opening possession of the game, Lynden picked apart the Tigers on a seven-play, 61-yard drive, capped by an impressive 34-yard quarterback draw by Kraght. From there, Lynden continued to add on to its lead, defeating Burlington-Edison 34-7 in a Northwest Conference 2A/3A game.
"He's a difference maker," Lynden coach Curt Kramme said. "That first touchdown run he had was pretty well defended by Burlington, but he just cut back and was gone."
Kraght led the Lions with 156 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries to go along with his 193 yards passing and two throwing touchdowns.
Aside from Kraght's strong performance, Lynden was able to leave with a win Friday because of its ability to overcome the conditions. Steady rain fell much of the game, making the field and the ball slick and difficult to handle.
"We battle through (the conditions) well," Kraght said. "Coach Kramme knows how to work the elements, and it was nice to run the ball and complete a few passes to keep them honest."
Both teams struggled with turnovers, with Lynden turning the ball over twice despite recovering two of its own fumbles, and Burlington-Edison committing three turnovers despite fumbling the ball five times. Dropped passes were a problem for both teams as well, hurting Burlington-Edison on numerous occasions.
The Lions' defensive unit shouldn't be overlooked either, only conceding 144 passing yards and seven points.
"I was very pleased with our goal line defense," Kramme said. "We don't care how many yards, as long as you don't cross that last white line."
Lynden (6-1, 5-0 NWC 2A/3A) doesn't have long to enjoy this win, as it hosts undefeated Ferndale (7-0, 5-0 NWC 2A/3A).
"Ferndale league game is always a great rivalry," Kramme said. "It's a little more meaningful this year because it will affect our playoff status if we don't win."
Lynden 7 14 7 6- 34
Burlington-Edison 0 0 0 7- 7
LYN - Josh Kraght 34 run (Alex Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Luke Christianson 2 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Phelps 16 pass from Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Kraght 5 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
BE - Dalton Schwetz 1 run (Tanner Gates kick)
LYN - Christianson 12 pass from Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
First downs 21 15
Rushing Att-Yards 40-228 37-153
Comp-Att-Int 15-29-2 12-27-2
Passing yards 193 144
Penalties-yards 2-25 3-35
Fumbles-lost 2-0 5-1
RUSHING - Lynden: Josh Kraght 23-156, Luke Christianson 11-61, Cameron Wainwright 2-11, Trent Postma 2-2, Ryan Mouat 2- -2. Burlington-Edison: Jeff Bajema 14-34, Jae Evans 13-95, Dalton Schwetz 9-18, Tyson Frazier 1-6.
PASSING - Lynden: Josh Kraght 15-29-2-193. Burlington-Edison: Dalton Schwetz 12-27-2-144.
RECEIVING - Lynden: Zach Vis 4-52, Luke Christianson 4-36, Jalani Phelps 3-45, John Shine 2-46, Dak Shagren 2-14. Burlington-Edison: Peter Isaacson 5-70, Jae Evans 2-23, Austin Von Herbulis 2-26, Darren Arndt 1-12, Timmie Rush 1-7, Brandon Stransky 1-6.