LC rolls to season-ending win

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 8, 2013 

Just like the weather, the Lynden Christian football team did not let up in a 50-7 win over Life Christian Academy on Friday Nov. 8.

The win was a nice way for LC (6-6) to wrap up their season, after falling on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Class 1A Northwest District mini-playoffs.

The scoring started early for the Lyncs on Friday, as they drove the ball 75 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of the game.

"We started off by putting our seniors out there, and we went no huddle," Lynden Christian coach, Galen Kaemingk said. "We were able to keep it simple, and those guys set the tone and got us an opening touchdown."

The only one on the field who wasn't a senior for the Lyncs was sophomore quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender, who stepped in at the beginning of the season after an injury to Lynden Christian's expected starter.

"He was thrust into that role and has really responded well," Kaemingk said. "He's gotten blitzed and hit a lot. He never complains - just gets up and keeps playing."

Roetcisoender kept playing well Friday, passing for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Each player whom Roetcisoender threw to - Alex Vander Velden, Josh Hornstra and Zach Roetcisoender - had a touchdown reception.

"I had great protection, great wide receivers, " Lucas Roetcisoender said. "Everybody just did awesome out there tonight. We shared the ball well."

Roetcisoender hopes to continue to build on his success on Friday and throughout the season.

"It was a great season with lots of lessons learned," Roetcisoender said. "I'm excited for the future."

Four LC running backs - Josh Friberg, Blake Mellema, Jordan Jansen, and David Bladies - scored a touchdown on the ground, as the Lyncs utilized a number of different weapons and rushed for 295 yards.

The defense and special teams did more than their fair share, causing six fumbles and recording four interceptions.

"Our defense did a great job at getting turnovers for us all year," Kaemingk said. "I'm not surprised, especially on a night where the ball is a little slippery."

Life 0 0 7 0- 07

LC 29 7 7 7- 50

First quarter

LC - Josh Frisberg 1 run (2 pt conversion Roetcisoender to Vander Velden)

LC - Blake Mellema 2 run (Trevor Kamena kick good)

LC - Jordan Jansen 15 run (kick good)

LC - Hornstra 20 pass from Roetcisoender (kick good)

Second quarter

LC - Vander Velden 29 pass from Roetcisoender (kick good)

Third quarter

Life - Breen 66 pass from Absten (Andrew Gesell kick good)

LC - Zack Roetcisoender 14 pass from Lucas Roetcisoender (kick good)

Fourth quarter

LC - David Bladies 3 run (kick good)

Life LC

First downs 9 21

Rushing Att-Yards 29-103 44-295

Comp-Att-Int 8-18-4 6-11-0

Passing yards 122 110

Penalties-yards 5-40 4-25

Fumbles-lost 6-2 1-1

Individual leaders

RUSHING - Life: Lionel Hampton Jr. 4-12, #10 5-14, Michael McKay 5-22, Taylor Roelofs 12-51, Kevin Breen 2-10, Sam Absten 1-(-6). LC: Josh Friberg 9-43, Jordan Jansen 17-108, Blake Mellema 1-2, Lucas Roetcisoender 2-20, Jake Van Berkem 10-76, David Bladies 4-6, Joe Kooiman 1-40.

PASSING - Life: Taylor Roelofs 7-15-3-56, Sam Absten 1-3-1-66. LC: Lucas Roetcisoender 6-11-0-110.

RECEIVING - Life: Wyatt Dunlap 3-25, Michael McKay 2-0, Sam Absten 2-31, Kevin Breen 1-66. LC: Alex Vander Velden 4-76, Josh Hornstra 1-20, Zack Roetcisoender 1-14.

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