PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Lyncs look to toughen up physically, mentally in 2013

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 5, 2013 

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Lynden Christian's Josh Hornstra on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in Bellingham.

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It was early in last year's game against Nooksack Valley that Lynden Christian football coach Galen Kaemingk realized that his team had a problem.

"They took the opening kickoff and ran it back all the way, and you could see the air went out of us like a balloon," Kaemingk said. "I was like, 'Come on guys, it's the first quarter. It's not like it's two minutes to go in the game.' The last couple of years, we haven't responded well to adversity. Those are the lessons I think we've got to get to start winning games. We need to get a little tougher."

A new attitude is exactly what the Lyncs got when they welcomed back Dan Kaemingk - the man who led them for 21 seasons including to their only state championship in 1997 - back onto the coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.

"Dan likes to come after people defensively," Galen Kaemingk said. "He likes pressure and trying to come up with different schemes and still be sound. He likes to be aggressive."

The Kaemingks will rebuild the LC defense from the ground up, as only Joe Kooiman returns on the starting defensive line. Seniors Josh Friberg and Josh Hornstra will be joined at linebacker by junior Blake Mellema and senior Nick Price, who moves up from the secondary after taking last year off.

The Lyncs also will be young in the defensive backfield, with no seniors but plenty of speed in Jordan Jansen, Alex Vander Velden, Nathan Rusnak and Zach Roetcisoender. The speed of the secondary could play a big role in helping support the run and cutting down on the 6.3 yards per carry the Lyncs allowed last year.

With his cousin working to improve the defense, Galen Kaemingk can devote more of his focus to the offense.

"You can see things different from that perspective," he said. "Last year I still was trying to do more with the defense."

The offense returns its leading passer from last year in junior Daulton Hommes, who seems to be recovering nicely from a knee tweak he suffered during a summer basketball tournament. Kaemingk said the Lyncs should feed off Hommes' leadership the same way the basketball team does.

"He's used to calling plays and taking charge of things," Kaemingk said. "The kids really respond to that."

Friberg is the Lyncs' most experienced returning running back. He has good size, while Jansen and Rusnak will bring a little more speed to the position. Mellema and Jake Van Berkum also could see some carries, as LC plans to utilize the pistol to take advantage of its team speed.

The Lyncs graduated a pair of 500-yard receivers, but juniors Ty Vander Yacht, Kaden Bratt and Vander Velden, who returns after missing most of last year with a broken foot, join sophomore Roetcisoender to make what Kaemingk figures will be a formidable quartet.

The return of senior offensive linemen Micah Hahn, Zach Oswald and Price after a year off gives LC "a little breathing room at an area we were really worried about," Kaemingk said. The trio will join Kooiman, Cole Stump, Anthony Anker and Terrel Brown.

COACH'S PERSPECTIVE

"Anybody can be a frontrunner when things are going well. But it's how we respond to adversity that's really going to make the difference. I think generally our attitude, as much as anything, will help get us through the challenges of the season." - Lynden Christian coach Galen Kaemingk

KEYS TO THE SEASON

1. Get some confidence

The last couple of years have been tough at LC. A big win early in the NWC 1A schedule could make the Lyncs believe they can respond to adversity.

2. Coach K's way

LC struggled on defense last year, allowing 25.3 points per game. The Lyncs should be much more aggressive with Dan Kaemingk directing the defense.

3. Utilize speed

The Lyncs have a quite a bit of speed at running back and receiver, and they hope to use it to put pressure on opposing defenses in a number of ways.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Josh Hornstra, Senior TE/DL

A versatile player that had 318 yards receiving last year at tight end, Hornstra could also carry the ball and be a vital part of LC's defensive improvement.

Joe Kooiman, Senior OL/DL

The Lyncs will definitely will look to him for leadership, as he is one of the few returning starters on both the offensive and defensive lines this season.

Daulton Hommes, Junior QB/DB

Hommes split time behind center last year, and Lucas Roetcisoender might see some snaps this year, but Hommes is a natural leader and threw for 902 yards in 2012.

Josh Friberg, Senior RB/LB

Friberg is a little more physical than some of the Lyncs' other running backs, and he led the team with 369 yards last year. He also returns at linebacker.

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6 Omak 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 Friday Harbor 6 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Coupeville 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Anacortes 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 Blaine* 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Mount Baker* 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 Nooksack Valley* 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 Meridian* 7 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Friday Harbor* 7 p.m.

*NWC 1A game

2012 RESULTS

4-6, 0-5 NWC 1A

Aug. 31 at Omak W 39-0

Sept. 7 at Friday Harbor L 21-14

Sept. 14 Coupeville W 51-14

Sept. 21 Anacortes W 21-14

Sept. 28 at Blaine* L 30-0

Oct. 5 Mount Baker* L 43-26

Oct. 12 at Nooksack Valley* L 51-16

Oct. 19 at Meridian* L 28-7

Oct. 26 Friday Harbor* L 38-14

Nov. 3 at Bellevue Christian W 36-14

*NWC 1A game

2012 STATISTICAL LEADERS

RUSHING

Player Att. Yards Avg. TD

Josh Friberg* 73 369 5.1 6

Jordan Jansen* 57 255 4.5 4

Will Scholten 38 128 3.4 4

PASSING

Player Cmp. Att. Yards TD Int.

Daulton Hommes* 49 94 902 6 4

RECEIVING Rec. Yards Avg. TD

Levi Yander Yacht 32 571 17.8 5

Truman Van Dalen 37 563 15.2 4

Josh Hornstra* 23 318 13.8 1

*Returning player

2013 ROSTER

No. Player Yr. Pos.

1 Josh Heutin Jr. TB/DB

2 Taiji Van Dalen So. WR/DB

8 Trevor Kamena Sr. K/P

9 Daulton Hommes Jr. QB/DB

10 Kaden Bratt Jr. WR/DB

11 Ty Vander Yacht Jr. WR/DB

12 Nick Price Sr. WR/LB

15 Lucas Roetcisoender So. QB/LB

16 Colby Flint Fr. QB/DB

20 Josh Friberg Sr. RB/LB

22 Nathan Rusnak Jr. RB/DB

24 Tyson Cline Fr. WR/DB

26 Jeremiah Dunn Fr. WR/DB

28 Zach Roetcisoender So. WR/DB

31 Jordan Jansen Jr. RB/DB

32 Nathan Wynstra Fr. RB/LB

33 Jake Van Berkum Jr. RB/LB

35 Josh Hornstra Sr. TE/DL

43 Nolan Greenough So. RB/LB

48 David Bladies Fr. RB/LB

50 John-Mark Stromberg So. OL/DL

51 Joe Kooiman Sr. OL/DL

54 Cole Stump Jr. OL/LB

55 Daniel Doucet So. OL/DL

56 Jack Roosma Fr. OL/LB

58 Jeff Hamstra Jr. OL/DL

60 Sebastian Canfield Jr. OL/DL

64 Jaron Sutton Fr. OL/DL

65 Isaac Fulik Fr. OL/DL

66 Josh Jacobson Fr. OL/DL

68 Zach Oswald Sr. OL/DL

70 Kolton Kothuis Fr. OL/DL

71 Terrel Brown Jr. OL/DL

76 Eric Vree So. OL/DL

77 Micah Hahn Sr. OL/DL

78 Anthony Anker Sr. OL/DL

79 Cody Spoelstra Sr. OL/LB

80 Alex Vander Velden Jr. WR/SE

82 Nate Hielkema So. TE/DB

84 Eaton Anderson Fr. TE/LB

86 Blake Mellema Jr. RB/LB

87 Gavin Mumford Fr. WR/LB

88 Kyle Tiemersma So. RB/DL

89 Jevin Holleman So. RB/LB

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

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