The Mount Baker football team ran for 360 yards against Sultan, topping the Turks 41-14 on Friday, Sept. 13, at Sultan High School.
The Mountaineers got out to a quick 21-point lead following three consecutive rushing touchdowns, one of which was by quarterback Andrew Zender, with the other two coming from Joey Walton. Walton led Mount Baker with 152 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
"I thought he ran the ball really hard," Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said in a phone interview. "He took angles away with his speed."
Liam Short added a 50-plus yard night on the ground, with Izaiha Schwinden adding more than 70 of his own for the Moutaineers.
"I thought Liam Short ran the ball well inside tonight," Lepper said.
With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Mount Baker received the ball and drove 75 yards, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Zender to Seth Bass.
Zender was 4 for 4 throwing during that drive.
"I think he got settled in a bit," Lepper said of his quarterback. "He missed a couple of throws in the first half, but in that drive he was money."
Sultan's offense was able to drive on Mount Baker at times during the first half, but the Turks were never able to capitalize on good field position.
"It was a bend but don't break kind of thing," Lepper said of his defense. "We had a couple chances in the first quarter to hang our heads, but we held the line, and I thought our kids matured a bit in how we handled adversity."
Mount Baker (2-0) hosts Lynden (2-0) on Friday, Sept. 20.