BELLINGHAM - With five minutes left in the first half, Trent Postma broke open a seemingly close contest with a 75-yard touchdown run, and the Lynden Lions defeated the Squalicum Storm 26-7 on Friday, Nov. 1, at Lynden High School.
It was 13-0, and although Squalicum was struggling to move the ball, the Storm were able to keep it close with fiery defensive play. That was until Postma broke off the right tackle and outran the Storm defense to the end zone. The extra point made it 20-0 and just like Postma, who finished with 236 rushing yards, the Lions were off to the races. Or so it seemed.
The Lions offense fizzled out in the second half, only scoring once on a 4th-and-11 pass from Sterling Somers to Jaremy Martin with 6:59 left in the game.
"Obviously that was a great pass," Lions coach Curt Kramme said. "Somers missed some chances early, but we won and that's all we are looking for."
Much credit was given to the Storm defense, which played "gutty" according to Storm coach Reed Richardson.
"It was a great effort from Squalicum," Kramme said.
The Storm gave the Lions a scare in the third quarter when quarterback Clark Hazlett found Blake Youtsey for a 7-yard pass with 1:25 left. On the next possession, Somers pump-faked a throw but couldn't hold on to the ball and the Storm's Mike Banks recovered on the Lynden 33-yard line. The Storm were unable to move the ball and what looked like a game-changing play was turned moot.
"We played hard every play," Richardson said. "We are a young team, but we like what we see. We are excited about our young cast of players, but we can't forget to send our seniors out the right way."
The Storm offense continued to struggle in the fourth quarter and were unable to mount a comeback. The Storm tallied four drives without a first down throughout the game, and were unable to move the ball against a strong Lynden defense.
Hazlett finished with 126 yards in the air and 19 on the ground. The Storm's highlight performer was Nick Manchester, who ran the ball nine times for 81 yards.
Lynden started the game with a 77-yard drive ending with a Somers 9-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, the Lions momentarily gave the reins to quarterback Cameron Wainwright, who completed his first two passes. The drive sputtered to a halt at the Squalicum 29-yard line and the Lions gave the ball back to Somers on the following drive.
Somers then took the Lions 73 yards, once again ending with him running the ball in, this time from 10 yards out.
Somers finished with 132 yards on 22 pass attempts and he ran for an additional 51 yards.
"It was a team effort," Somers said. "We grinded it out."
Lynden enters the NWC 2A district tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Lions will play Sultan on Friday, Nov. 8, at Lynden High School. Squalicum's finished sixth of seven teams in the NWC 2A conference and plays one more game to end the year.