LYNDEN - Lynden sophomore Sterling Somers had only about 24 hours to think about making his first varsity start after he saw starting quarterback Lucas Petersen go down with a broken wrist while making a tackle in a practice session under the lights on Thursday, Oct. 17.
"Lucas had an unfortunate injury, so I had to step in and play the role," Somers said.
That kind of matter-of-fact personality gave his teammates all the confidence that Somers would do just that.
"Honestly, it was really cool, because as soon as Lucas went down, none of us were really worried," running back Trent Postma said. "We knew Sterling had the right mindset, and he's a hard worker, and we knew he would get the job done."
And it never hurts to have two body guards weighing a combined 430 pounds of muscle standing on either side of you.
Spurred by 267 yards rushing by Postma and Jaremy Martin, the second-ranked Lions out ran Burlington-Edison 45-24 in a foggy Class 2A/3A Northwest Conference showdown to claim their 20th straight victory Friday, Oct. 18, at Lynden High School.
Somers passed for 69 yards and a touchdown and added two more scores on 1-yard keepers in a respectable first start behind center.
"It's a team game," Lynden coach Curt Kramme said. "We preach that all the time, that nobody by themselves is going to do too much, although Trent Postma made an argument against that tonight. He was awfully good."
Not only did Postma lead the Lions (7-0, 5-0 NWC 2A/3A) with 189 yards and a TD on 15 carries, he returned the kickoff to open the second half 91 yards for another touchdown.
And if that weren't enough, he added an interception on the first play from scrimmage in the game.
"I think that was a game changer," Postma said. "You never know what the first drive is going to be like, because we both come out there jacked up and ready to go. That first pick definitely got the momentum swinging our way."
It only took him only two carries from there - a 20-yarder, followed by a physical 10-yard run carrying Tigers defenders into the end zone - to put Lynden on top only 43 seconds into the game.
That was only the start of Lynden's rushing dominance, as the Lions used both Postma and Martin in the backfield at the same time through much of the night.
"We went to the two-back formation, which hasn't been a big part of our offense in the past, but I just figured when you've got two guys like that, you've got to get them in the ballgame," Kramme said. "Not only are they both excellent runners, they're excellent blockers. I thought we controlled the running game tonight, and I thought that was a big key to our success."
Martin bruised Burlington for 78 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 1-yard run on Lynden's third possession, giving the Lions a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
"We just pounded as hard as we could," Postma said. "We didn't think we'd get this many yards, honestly, but we love to run the football."
The duo's running, as well as a couple of well-timed passes, helped set up Somers' scoring runs in the second quarter, as Lynden took a 28-3 lead into halftime.
"In our system, the backup quarterback gets almost as many reps in practice during the week," Kramme said. "It's not like he (Somers) has been sitting on the sideline doing nothing. He's been getting a lot of practice in."
And the low-key Somers seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
"It was a great experience - fun to be out here and playing," he said.
As good a job as Somers did running the Lynden offense, junior Trey Shagren was just as outstanding filling in for Petersen at safety, as he helped the Lions pitch a shutout through the air and hold the Tigers to just 76 yards of total offense through the first 24 minutes.
"Our defense has been really good all season long," Kramme said. "I don't know if people realized how good of defense we've been playing, and Lucas has been a big part of that. For Trey to step in like that, it was great. He actually played last week, filling in for Rudy Mendoza who was nursing a little bit of a sore leg. We put him on the shelf a little, and for the last two weeks he's done a great job."
Lynden put the game away in the third quarter with Postma's kickoff return for a touchdown and a 14-yard TD pass from Somers to Scooter Hastings, who finished with a team-high three catches for 49 yards.
Like Lynden, Burlington-Edison (3-4, 2-3) was without a key offensive component, as leading rusher Jae Evans did not step on the playing field on Friday. Curtis Carlson picked up some of the slack, though, rushing for 118 yards on 25 carries, but he was the Tiger's lone bright spot through the first 21/2 quarters, as Lynden dominated to enter its showdown with Ferndale with an unblemished record.
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Burlington 0 3 7 14- 24
Lynden 14 14 14 3- 45
Lyn - Trent Postma 10 run (Alex Otano-Guenther kick)
Lyn - Jaremy Martin 1 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
BE - Tanner Gates 31 FG
Lyn - Sterling Somers 1 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lyn - Somers 1 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lyn - Postma 91 kickoff return (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lyn - Scooter Hastings 14 pass from Somers (Otano-Guenther kick)
BE - Hunter Jacobson 20 pass from Rudy Mataya (Gates kick)
BE - Mataya 9 run (Gates kick)
Lyn - Otano-Guenther 36 FG
BE - Zachary Larson 27 pass from Robert Summers (Gates kick)
First downs 14 15
Rushing Att-Yards 48-219 38-301
Comp-Att-Int 4-17-1 6-15-1
Passing yards 95 69
Penalties-yards 6-30 5-55
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
RUSHING - Burlington-Edison: Curtis Carlson 25-118, Timmie Rush 2-12, Rudy Mataya 8-44, Eli Aguilar 6-21, Blake Dimock 1-2, Nathan Osborn 1-(-4), Robert Summers 2-16, Brennan Hamidou 2-5, Tavian Swanson 1-5. Lynden: Trent Postma 15-189, Jaremy Martin 12-78, Sterling Somers 6-21, Tanner Holmes 3-6, Ben Colwell 2-7.
PASSING - Burlington-Edison: Rudy Mataya 3-16-1-68, Robert Summers 1-1-0-27. Lynden: Sterling Somers 6-15-1-69.
RECEIVING - Burlington-Edison: Blake Dimock 2-48, Hunter Jacobson 1-20, Zachary Larson 1-27. Lynden: Cameron Wainwright 1-9, Jalani Phelps 2-11, Scooter Hastings 3-49.
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