Mount Baker football had not traveled to Friday Harbor since 1996. It made the most of its trip, defeating Friday Harbor 50-7 on Friday, Oct. 18, in a Northwest Conference Class 1A matchup.
Andrew Zender got the Mountaineers' scoring efforts started with a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. He later added a 7-yard run to give Mount Baker a 14-0 lead heading into the second.
"We came out a little sluggish," Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said in a phone interview. "They threw a different defense we weren't quite expecting. We got going and we were able to get that lead."
Izaiha Schwinden converted a 6-yard run into a touchdown to open the second quarter, but it was Travis Lindsay's 40-yard interception return for a touchdown that epitomized the strong defensive effort the Mountaineers relied on for the win.
"We had three interceptions in the first half, which set up short fields for our offense," Lepper said. "The defense was the key."
Lindsay would follow his interception return for a touchdown with a 6-yard touchdown reception from Zender to give Mount Baker a 35-0 halftime lead. Zender added a rushing touchdown late for his fourth total TD of the night - third rushing - and Liam Short rounded out the scoring night for Mount Baker with a 14-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"It was a team effort," Zender said in a phone interview. "We all made plays."