LYNDEN - Despite a torrid passing attack, Lynden Christian was unable to overcome running back Nathan Steenkolk, who rushed for 215 yards, and the Friday Harbor Wolverines, falling 49-21 in the non-conference battle.
The frustrations for LC began in the first quarter after a nearly 60-yard drive ended in a series of errors beginning with a snap over quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender on first down that resulted in a seven-yard loss. The Lyncs failed to move the ball on the next two downs, setting up Trevor Kamena for a field goal try.
The Wolverines were all over the field goal, one player blocking it with his chest before Peter Holt returned it for an 80-yard touchdown.
"Instead of going up 7-0, we were down 7-0," LC coach Galen Kaemingk said.
Lynden Christian didn't lie down, though. Roetcisoender connected on a 67-yard pass eight minutes later to wide receiver Alex Vander Velden, giving the Lyncs an 8-7 lead.
"My quarterback throws a heck of a ball and I just catch the ball and run," Vander Velden said.
The wide receiver caught three passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, prompting several fans to ask why he isn't on their fantasy teams.
The lead was shortly lived for the Lyncs, who surrendered a touchdown four minutes later before the scoring flood gates opened up.
With 4:43 left in the second quarter and the Wolverines leading by five, Nelson Wynn grabbed a ball out of the Lyncs backfield and returned the fumble for a 77-yard touchdown, putting Friday Harbor up 21-8.
Lynden Christian responded with a big play of its own. In an almost identical play to their previous touchdown, Vander Velden was on the end of another touchdown pass, this one for 57 yards.
The Wolverines then scored four unanswered touchdowns spanning the last three minutes of the first half and the first eight minutes of the third quarter. The run gave the Wolverines a 49-15 lead and put the game out of reach.
The Lyncs added a touchdown late with the Roetcisoender brothers hooking up for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Lucas Roetcisoender ended the day with 271 passing yards while his brother, Zach, caught six balls for 91 yards.
Lynden Christian (1-1) faces Coupeville on Friday, Sept. 20. The Lyncs will get another chance against the Wolverines on Halloween in a season-ending conference matchup.
Friday Harbor 7 22 20 0 -49
Lynden Christian 0 15 6 0 -21
FH - Peter Holt 80 FG block return (Joe Fyrqvist kick)
LC - Alex Vander Velden 67 pass from Lucas Roetcisoender (Alex Vander Velden from Ty Vander Yacht)
FH - CJ Woods 23 run (kick blocked)
FH - Nelson Wynn 55 fumble recovery (Woods run)
LC - Vander Velden 57 pass from Roetcisoender (Kamena kick)
FH - Amer Melic 80 pass from Woods (Willie Blackmon run)
FH - Nathan Steenkolk 30 run (run fail)
FH - Steenkolk 79 run (Fyrqvist kick)
FH - Woods 32 run (Fyrqvist kick)
LC - Zach Roetcisoender 16 pass from Roetcisoender (pass fail)
First downs 15 15
Rushing Att-Yards 48-380 34-173
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 11-24-2
Passing yards 95 271
Penalties-yards 2-30 2-15
Fumbles-lost 4-1 2-1
RUSHING - Friday Harbor: Nathan Steenkolk 15-215, Willie Blackmon 8-10, CJ Woods 13-90, Peter Holt 10-56, Oliver Webb 1-4, Aiden Anderson 1-5. Lynden Christian: Jordan Jansen 8-58, Josh Friberg 7-39, Josh Hornstra 2-(-7), Lucas Roetcisoender 3-1, Blake Mellema 10-54, Jake Van Berkum 4-28.
PASSING - Friday Harbor: CJ Woods 1-3-0-80, Peter Holt 1-1-0-15. Lynden Christian: Lucas Roetcisoender 11-24-2-271.
RECEIVING - Friday Harbor: Amer Melic 2-95. Lynden Christian: Ty Vander Yacht 1-7, Josh Hornstra 1-19, Alex Vander Velden 3-154, Zach Roetcisoender 6-91.