DEMING - Homecoming was everything Mount Baker fans hoped, as the Mountaineers used some early defensive plays to steamroll Lynden Christian 49-14 on Friday, Oct. 11.
Izaiha Schwinden carried Mount Baker on his back, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game - all in the first quarter - on his way to 186 rushing yards.
"He came out tonight, looked good and ran the ball hard," Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said. "That's what we expect out of him."
The scoring kicked off when a Lynden Christian punt was blocked by Andrew Zender and recovered on the 4-yard line by Paul Lebedev. The next play Schwinden ran in for the score and put the Mountaineers on the board with 5:41 left in the first quarter.
A kickoff and four plays later, Schwinden once again took it in for the score after picking off Lynden Christian quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender for the 31-yard interception return with 3:31 left in the first quarter.
To finish the opening quarter fireworks, Schwinden took it 33 yards for the score only two minutes after his previous touchdown.
The five minute Schwinden show lifted the hundreds of fans off their seats and put Lynden Christian in a hole they couldn't climb out of.
"Homecoming had a lot to do with it," Schwinden said about the early statement the Mountaineers made.
Mount Baker scored all 49 of its points - seven touchdowns - before Lynden Christian could get on the board. Only one of the touchdowns was a throw.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 2-0 NWC 1A) tired the Lyncs run defense with 34 carries and 346 yards, a whopping 10.2 yards per carry average.
"I think they wore us down," LC coach Galen Kaemingk said. "We had a couple times where we were on (Schwinden) and we didn't wrap him up. He's a good hard runner."
Lynden Christian added two touchdowns late in the game, both from Josh Friberg runs. Friberg ended the game with 106 yards on 21 carries. He had to take most of the workload when Jordan Jansen went out with an apparent ankle injury on his first run of the day.
Mount Baker faces off against Friday Harbor on the road next week.
Lynden Christian (2-4, 0-2 NWC 1A) goes back home to play Nooksack Valley on Friday.
Lynden Christian 0 0 0 14 - 14
Mount Baker 21 14 14 0 - 49
MB - Izaiha Schwinden 4 run (Alex Tyska kick)
MB - Schwinden 31 interception return (Tyska kick)
MB - Schwinden 33 run (Tyska kick)
MB - Travis Lindsay 15 pass from Andrew Zender (Tyska kick)
MB - Liam Short 3 run (Tyska kick)
MB - Zender 1 run (Tyska kick)
MB - Short 35 run (Tyska kick)
LC - Josh Friberg 9 run (Trevor Kamena kick)
LC - Friberg 1 run (Kamena kick)
First downs 14 16
Rushing Att-Yards 34-156 34-346
Comp-Att-Int 7-18-3 2-5-0
Passing yards 56 23
Penalties-yards 4-30 5-36
Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-3
RUSHING - Lynden Christian: Jordan Jansen 1-3, Josh Friberg 21-106, Blake Mellema 10-37, Lucas Roetcisoender 1-2, Jake Van Berkum 1-8. Mount Baker: Liam Short 11-96, Izaiha Schwinden 10-186, Andrew Zender 5-18, Travis Lindsay 2-32, Jed Schleimer 4-14, J.T. Keeney 2-0.
PASSING - Lynden Christian: Lucas Roetcisoender 7-18-3-56. Mount Baker: Andrew Zender 2-5-0-23.
RECEIVING - Lynden Christian: Zach Roetcisoender 4-16, Josh Hornstra 1-5, Alex Vander Velden 2-35. Mount Baker: Travis Lindsay 2-23.