PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Lynden starts a new era in 2013 by not looking back

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 5, 2013 

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Lynden's Jaremy Martin on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Bellingham.

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The names and faces have certainly changed for the Lynden football team in 2013, but coach Curt Kramme's message hasn't. He still wants his team focusing only on the next game - even the next snap.

"If you start focusing on the end result, I believe your focus is not in the right place," Kramme said. "It needs to be on in the moment and in the present, and the wins and losses will take care of themselves."

Kramme preached a similar narrow focus to the teams that won back-to-back Class 2A state titles the past two years.

Only three starters return from the 2012 state title game - receiver Jalani Phelps, linebacker Jaremy Martin and defensive lineman Trent Postma. Though Lynden will have 19 new starters, they're not dealing with a completely inexperienced group, as many of this year's starters saw playing time last year.

"I was thinking about it the other day, and this year's seniors got to practice four extra weeks as sophomores during the postseason and four extra weeks last year during the postseason," Kramme said. "That's nearly an extra season of practice against some high-quality opponents - last year's senior class. I'd like to think that will help them."

Many of this year's seniors have been chomping at the bit to get on the field for the first snap, including athletic offensive linemen like Trevor Lange and Bryce Sterk. Tristan Campbell will join them at center, while a couple of sophomores are battling to play alongside right tackle Kody Ames, who played scout-team quarterback and receiver last year.

They'll likely be blocking for junior quarterback Lucas Petersen, who won the starting job with his ability to run and throw. Cameron Wainwright also likely will lead a few drives per game.

"The hard thing is not to compare him (Petersen) to Josh (Kraght)," Kramme said. "He's not going to be Josh, but we think he can be comparable to other quarterbacks we've had since we started running this system - Alex Ellig, Jordan Hastings or Chris Bolt. ... He's going to be able to run the ball, and he can throw it well."

Postma already has shown he has the ability to be a standout at running back, rushing for 293 yards and five touchdowns in relief of the graduated Luke Christianson.

Phelps is getting college looks at receiver after catching 30 passes for 569 yards and seven TDs last year. Scooter Hastings will give Lynden another tall, athletic receiver, while Jordan Wittenberg has emerged as a slot, and there is a battle for the fourth receiving spot.

Martin and Postma will make the Lions strong at linebacker, while Phelps, Sterk and Hastings give them plenty of speed, height and athleticism at defensive end.

Lacrosse transfer Blake Browning figures to be disruptive at nose tackle, while Jonah Wilson, Lange and Campbell should also see time on the line. Rudy Mendoza and Petersen should be a good safety tandem, while Jacob Boland will man one corner and be joined by Wainwright or Wittenberg at the other.

COACHES PERSPECTIVE

"The biggest thing is not to compare ourselves to last year. We need to find our own identity. I keep telling the kids we don't need to win by 40 every week - we only need to win by one. We don't need to try to be those guys from last year. Those guys were one of the best, if not the best team, to ever come through Lynden High School." - Lynden coach Curt Kramme

KEYS TO THE SEASON

1. Don't look back

Comparisons simply won't be fai,r after Lynden graduated arguably the best class the county has ever seen. The Lions need to build their own identity.

2. It all starts up front

Lynden lost all five offensive linemen, including two NCAA Division I recruits. The Lions have good athletes to replace them, but they must jell.

3. Build from the center out

Jaremy Martin and Trent Postma will be stout at linebacker, and they'll need to be the foundation the rest of the defense can be built around.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jaremy Martin: Senior RB/LB

Hard-nosed and smart, Martin is a rock Lynden can depend on defensively. He's also an athlete the Lions will find a role for on offense.

Jalani Phelps: Senior WR/DE

Already getting college looks as a receiver, Phelps also will move up to defensive end, where his speed and athleticism should be disruptive.

Trent Postma: Junior RB/LB

Enough of an athlete coaches found a spot for him up front last year, Postma will move to linebacker. He'll also be a standout at running back.

Lucas Petersen: Junior QB/DB

Won starting job at QB and compares favorably with many former Lynden signal callers. Also will be part of what figures to be a strong safety duo.

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 7 King's (at Husky Stadium) 1 p.m.

Sept. 13 Anacortes* 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Mount Baker 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Sedro-Woolley* 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 Sehome* 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Bellingham (at Civic Stadium)* 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 Burlington-Edison* 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Ferndale* 7 p.m.

Oct. 31 Squalicum* 7 p.m.

*NWC 2A/3A game

2012 RESULTS

13-1, 7-0 NWC 2A/3A

Aug. 31 at King's L 42-39

Sept. 7 at Anacortes* W 42-0

Sept. 14 Mount Baker W 55-14

Sept. 21 Sedro-Woolley* W 42-12

Sept. 28 at Sehome (at Civic Stadium)* W 41-0

Oct. 5 Bellingham* W 43-13

Oct. 12 at Burlington-Edison* W 34-7

Oct. 19 Ferndale* W 49-14

Oct. 25 at Squalicum (at Civic Stadium)* W 49-7

CLASS 2A NORTHWEST DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

Nov. 2 Sultan W 47-28

CLASS 2A STATE PLAYOFFS

Nov. 10 Mark Morris (at Civic Stadium) W 42-14

Nov. 17 at Sumner W 42-7

Nov. 23 Capital (at Tacoma) W 48-21

Dec. 1 Tumwater (at Tacoma) W 41-7

*NWC 2A/3A game

2012 STATISTICAL LEADERS

RUSHING

Player Att. Yards Avg. TD

Luke Christianson 179 1,502 8.4 22

Josh Kraght 127 894 7.0 16

Trent Postma* 40 293 7.3 5

PASSING

Player Cmp. Att. Yards TD Int.

Josh Kraght 178 269 2,740 32 10

RECEIVING Rec. Yards Avg. TD

Zach Vis 52 929 17.9 10

Jalani Phelps* 30 569 19.0 7

Dak Shagren 34 445 13.1 6

*Returning player

2013 ROSTER

No. Player Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

1 Jalani Phelps Sr. 6-3 185 WR/DE

2 Daniel Doering So. 5-10 160 WR/DL

3 Sterling Somers So. 6-4 195 QB/DB

4 Lucas Petersen Jr. 6-3 180 QB/DB

5 Noah King So. 5-10 150 WR/DB

6 Kadyn Williams Sr. 5-10 165 RB/DB

7 Parker Harrison Sr. 6-3 185 WR/DB

8 Rudy Mendoza Sr. 5-9 160 WR/DB

9 Jordan Wittenberg So. 5-11 175 WR/DB

10 Cameron Wainwright Sr. 6-0 170 QB/DB

12 Christian Payne So. 5-7 135 WR/DB

13 Per Wolfisberg So. 6-2 150 K/WR/DB

14 Jonah Wilson Sr. 5-10 185 DL

15 Jacob Boland Sr. 5-11 175 WR/DB

17 Marcus Landeros So. 5-9 185 RB/LB

18 Ben Colwell So. 6-2 190 QB/DE

20 Blake Browning Jr. 5-9 180 DL

21 Kollin George Jr. 5-8 135 WR/DB

22 Trey Shagren Jr. 6-2 180 WR/DB

23 Ryan Eriksen Sr. 6-0 160 WR/DB

27 Tristan Moffat So. 5-11 155 WR/DB

29 Jared Swarthout Jr. 5-10 180 DL

30 Travis VanZanten So. 5-10 165 RB/LB

33 Alex Otano-Guenther Sr. 5-8 160 K/RB/LB

34 Nathan Gomes So. 5-9 180 RB/LB

35 Colby Spady Sr. 5-9 155 RB/DB

36 Dimitriy Telega Sr. 5-11 180 RB/DL

37 Trent Postma Jr. 6-0 190 RB/LB

38 Kordel Clarks Jr. 6-2 180 WR/DE

39 Dalton Oligschlager So. 5-10 170 RB/LB

41 Jaremy Martin Sr. 6-2 240 RB/LB

42 Brady Patrick So. 5-9 150 WR/DB

43 Jeevan Brar Jr. 5-10 195 OL/LB

44 Matt Higman Jr. 6-3 195 WR/DE

45 Jared Moffat Jr. 6-3 180 WR/DE

46 Domingo Salas Sr. 6-1 170 WR/DB

47 Amir Adams Sr. 5-4 130 WR/DB

50 Jensen Mayberry So. 5-9 215 OL/LB

51 Cole Hayes So. 6-3 215 OL/DL

52 Brian Gorrebeeck Sr. 6-4 270 OL/DL

53 Joshua Bennett Sr. 6-0 225 OL/DL

54 Kyle Higman Jr. 6-3 210 OL/DL

56 James Cuny Jr. 5-9 170 OL/DL

57 Chad DeBoer Jr. 5-9 210 OL/DL

58 Oscar Diaz Jr. 6-3 300 OL/DL

59 Tony Garcia So. 5-11 170 OL/DL

60 Tristan Campbell Sr. 6-0 180 OL/DL

61 Matt Vrieling Jr. 5-10 175 OL/DL

63 Chase Marcoff So. 6-0 210 OL/DL

64 Derron Dunnigan Jr. 5-8 225 OL/DL

65 Colin Bovenkamp Jr. 5-10 180 OL/DL

67 Jon Rouse Sr. 6-3 260 OL/DL

68 Logan Wainwright So. 5-10 170 OL/DL

69 Ryan Leach So. 6-0 170 OL/DL

70 Russel Moretto Sr. 5-11 230 OL/DL

71 Caden Lair So. 6-2 210 OL/DE

72 Bryce Sterk Jr. 6-4 220 OL/DE

73 Trevor Lange Sr. 6-0 290 OL/DL

74 Carson Smith So. 5-10 180 OL/LB

75 Alex Kildall Sr. 6-2 230 OL/DL

76 Hunter Harrison Jr. 6-2 250 OL/DL

77 Kody Ames Sr. 6-4 210 OL/DE

79 Marcus McKee Jr. 6-0 200 OL/DL

82 Jordan Harrington So. 5-7 140 WR/DB

83 Andy Herrera So. 5-9 155 OL/DL

85 Jovany Jose So. 5-7 150 WR/DB

88 Scooter Hastings Jr. 6-7 200 WR/DE

90 Christian Baker So. 5-9 195 OL/DL

94 Juan Melecio Jr. 5-6 175 OL/LB

96 Nathanial Fleishman So. 6-1 200 OL/DL

98 Nui Labat-Alconcel So. 6-2 180 RB/LB

99 Jake Johnston Jr. 5-9 230 OL/DL

Reach Sports Editor David Rasbach at 360-715-2271 or david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com .

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