LYNDEN - Not even the lights at Lynden's Rollie DeKoster Field could stop the Class 2A No. 1-ranked Lions against Sehome.
Lynden received a pair of key first half special teams plays from Jordan Wittenberg and Jacob Boland, quarterback Lucas Petersen threw for three touchdowns and the Lions rallied for a score before halftime with two sets of west end zone lights out, as Lynden earned a 45-7 Northwest Conference Homecoming victory Friday, Oct. 4, in Lynden.
Sehome (1-4, 0-3 NWC 2A/3A and Lynden (5-0, 3-0 NWC 2A/3A) appeared even throughout most of the first quarter. Each team ended their first offensive possessions with no points, but that all changed within a span of 10 seconds.
Wittenberg returned a punt 55 yards down to Sehome's 4-yard line, and Petersen scored a rushing touchdown the ensuing play.
The Lions were up 14-0 a mere six seconds later.
After Petersen's TD plunge, Boland recovered a pooch kick by Lions kicker Alex Otano-Guenther. Petersen threw a post route to Jalani Phelps for a 28-yard score the next play.
"We start every practice with special teams," Lynden coach Curt Kramme said. "We really tell the guys that it's important. We're not a NFL program or a college program, so we are going to play our top-line guys, because those plays are just as important and sometimes more important than the so-called regular plays because of the opportunities for big plays to happen."
The Lions again went into quick-score mode just before the second quarter ended, thanks to a Lynden defense that didn't allow a first down until 33 seconds were left until halftime.
Petersen capped a nine-play, 38-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Phelps for his second of the night to put Lynden ahead 21-0 with 1:17 left until the break.
But right after Sehome earned its first first down during the following drive, two sets of lights at Rollie DeKoster Field went out, causing a loud gasp from those in attendance. Both Kramme and Sehome coach Bob Norvell agreed to play the rest of the half heading only into the east end zone.
The momentary stoppage in play didn't affect the Lions.
Boland intercepted Sehome quarterback Daniel Ziegler with less than 30 seconds to go. Petersen followed with a 48-yard inside screen pass to Phelps, who took the ball down to the Mariners' 24. After an incomplete pass, Petersen heaved a ball to the end zone as time expired, and Scooter Hastings used his 6-foot-7 frame to pluck the ball out of the air, giving the Lions a 28-0 halftime lead.
Sehome never recovered.
Lynden's defense shut down the Mariners' rushing attack and improved on 11.7 allowed points per game it had coming into the contest.
"They've been awesome all season long," said Kramme of his defense. "They really have. I tip my hat to the kids. They're the ones out there doing it."
Lions running back Trent Postma scored on a 12-yard TD run midway through the third to give Lynden a 35-0 lead. The junior back finished with 102 yards on 16 carries. Wittenberg added another score, returning an attempted onside kick 49 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and backup kicker Per Wolfisberg drilled a late 29-yard field goal.
Sehome's Evan Miksovksy scored the Mariners' only touchdown. He caught a 20 yard pass from Ziegler early in the fourth quarter.
Ziegler led Sehome's rushing attack with 39 yards, and Austin Vosburgh added 31 yards on eight carries.
"I think we played hard," Sehome coach Bob Norvell said. "We were close, real close, but a play or two here and there and it starts to go down. I liked the way we competed. I think that 20 to nothing could easily have been 14-7, and we would have been battling for it."
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Sehome 0 0 0 7- 7
Lynden 14 14 7 10- 45
LYN - Lucas Petersen 4 run (Alex Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Jalani Phelps 28 pass from Petersen (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Phelps 6 pass from Petersen (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Scooter Hastings 24 pass from Petersen (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Trent Postma 12 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
SEH - Evan Miksovsky 20 pass from Daniel Ziegler (Samuel Diehl kick)
LYN - Jordan Wittenberg 49 kickoff return (Otano-Guenther kick)
LYN - Per Wolfisberg 29 field goal
First downs 8 19
Rushing Att-Yards 30-107 39-200
Comp-Att-Int 9-24-2 10-20-1
Passing yards 148 150
Penalties-yards 9-80 5-25
Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1
RUSHING - Sehome: Daniel Ziegler 9-39, Gary Vanieperen 9-17, Austin Vosburgh 8-31, Blaise Black 1-2, Max Diehl 1-7, Kevin Sun 1-9, Gavin Kaepernick 1-2. Lynden: Trent Postma 16-102, Lucas Petersen 11-47, Jaremy Martin 2-8, Colby Spady 4-17, Sterling Somers 3-23, Travis Vanzanten 1-2, Nathan Gomes 1-1.
PASSING - Sehome: Daniel Ziegler 6-15-1-89, Gavin Kaepernick 2-7-1-59, Austin Vosburgh 1-2-0-0. Lynden: Lucas Petersen 9-16-1-138, Sterling Somers 1-4-0-12.
RECEIVING - Sehome: Evan Miksovsky 4-55, Gary Vanieperen 1-19, Samuel Diehl 2-27, Joe Guevara 1-47, Daniel Ziegler 1-0. Lynden: Jalani Phelps 5-86, Scooter Hastings 3-48, Trent Postma 1-4, Parker Harrison 1-12.
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