Defensive effort not enough for Lyncs

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 28, 2013 

Anacortes defeated Lynden Christian 21-0 behind Jared Douglas' 165 yards passing, Friday, Sept. 27, at Anacortes. Douglas threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third for the Seahawks.

Lynden Christian was led by quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender, who was 8 of 17 for 108 yards passing. Roetcisoender went down with an injury toward the end of the first half, and his brother, Zach Roetcisoender, replaced him.

The Lyncs were solid defensively throughout the game. They recovered all four fumbles they forced and grabbed an interception off of Douglas.

Anacortes struck early in the first, scoring on a 43-yard pass from Douglas to Andrew Medalia. The touchdown pass came on just the fourth play of the game.

"They got us with some nice, long passes in the first half," Lynden Christian coach Galen Kaemingk said. "(Douglas and Medalia) are a nice tandem for them."

The Seahawks shut down Lynden Christian's offense on its first drive, forcing the Lyncs into a three-and-out. Douglas ran for an 11-yard touchdown after another four-play drive for the Seahawks.

After they had missed a two-point attempt on their first touchdown, the Seahawks went for it again. They were successful as backup quarterback Tristen Hayes hit Joe D'Amelio with a perfectly placed pass in the back corner of the end zone, which D'Amelio hauled in with one hand.

Lynden Christian's following drive was highlighted by a 16-yard pass from Lucas Roetcisoender to Nick Price, which took the Lyncs right down to the Anacortes one-yard line. The Lyncs ran four rushing plays at the Seahawks to try and score, but were stuffed at the line each time.

The Lyncs' second scoring opportunity near the end zone ended with Lucas Roetcisoender being intercepted by Anacortes' Tristen Harris on the one-yard line.

Anacortes' drive following the interception was capped off by a great pass into the back corner of the end zone from Douglas to Medalia for a 17-yard score.

"We had a couple chances, but they played great defense," Kaemingk said. "A lot of it is there, we just need to clear some things up on offense."

After Lucas Roetcisoender came out with an injury, Zach Roetcisoender took the reins as the Lyncs focused more on rushing in the second half.

P.J. Monroe of Anacortes led all rushers in the game with 77 yards on 11 attempts. Josh Friberg was Lynden Christian's leading rusher with 35 yards on 15 attempts.

Blake Mellema rushed for 28 yards on seven attempts for the Lyncs. His teammate Jordan Jansen added 11 yards.

Anacortes' Medalia led all receivers with 91 yards on five catches. Alex Vander Velden was Lynden Christian's top receiver with four catches for 73 yards.

Lynden Christian's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at home against Blaine.

Lynden Christian 0 0 0 0- 0

Anacortes 14 7 0 0- 21

First quarter

Ana - Andrew Medalia 43 pass from Jared Douglas (run failed)

Ana - Douglas 11 run (Joe D'Amelio pass from Tristen Hayes)

Second quarter

Ana - Medalia 17 pass from Douglas (Kyle Jones kick)

LC Ana

First downs 20 32

Rushing Att-Yards 34-44 32-195

Comp-Att-Int 8-21-2 12-20-1

Passing yards 108 165

Penalties-yards 6-45 6-40

Fumbles-lost 2-0 4-4

Individual leaders

RUSHING - Lynden Christian: Josh Friberg 15-35, Blake Mellema 7-28, Jordan Jansen 4-11, Nathan Rusnak 1-1, Nick Price 1-0, Zach Roetcisoender 4-(-14), Lucas Roetcisoender 2-(-17). Anacortes: P.J. Monroe 11-77, Jared Douglas 6-42, Eli Gallo 6-39, Nick Monroe 6-24, Tristen Hayes 1-7, Logan Sad 1-3, Austin Drawdy 1-3.

PASSING - Lynden Christian: Lucas Roetcisoender 8-17-1-108, Zach Roetcisoender 0-4-1-0. Anacortes: Jared Douglas 12-20-1-165.

RECEIVING - Lynden Christian: Alex Vander Velden 4-73, Nick Price 2-19, Zach Roetcisoender 1-12, Josh Hornstra 1-4. Anacortes: Andrew Medalia 5-91, Joe D'Amelio 4-38, Zach Vance 1-17, Eli Gallo 1-12, Nick Monroe 1-7.

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