The 10th-ranked Lynden football team was held scoreless in the second half in a 26-14 2A Northwest Conference loss to visiting Lakewood Friday night.
The Lions (2-3, 1-2 2A NWC) committed four turnovers during the final two quarters and six overall.
Both of Lynden’s first half touchdowns came on quarterback keepers. The first score came midway through the first quarter on the legs of junior starter James Marsh, while sophomore Brock Heppner drove into the end zone with 4:37 to go in the second quarter.
Lynden took a 14-6 lead into the half, but the Lions weren’t able to get much of anything going through the air. The quarterbacks combined to go 4 for 10, with an interception and just 50 yards at halftime.
In the second half, the Lions watched Lakewood chip away. Cougars quarterback Austin Lane completed a 10-yard pass to the 6-foot-5 Jonathan Cox III to pull them within two. Running back Spencer Neiffer carried his second touch of the day to the left side to put the Cougars ahead 19-14.
A 78-yard bomb completed the scoring, as senior C.J. McClellan ran for 30 yards after the catch to complete the win.
Player of the game
Lane had a big stat line, with 24 for 36 passing for 338 yards. He threw three touchdowns and spread the ball around, getting the ball in the hands of eight different receivers.
Unsung hero of the game
The Lions’ offensive line consistently beat the Cougars’ defensive front off the snap, paving the way for the running game and keeping Lynden in the game. The offensive front also pushed through the Cougars on the goal line to make the first-half quarterback sneak touchdowns possible.
“We came in and wanted to run the ball,” Lynden coach Blake VanDalen said. “We were able to do that well.”
Both starting quarterbacks were responsible for a lot of plays through the air and on the ground. Marsh threw the ball 15 times and rushed 20 times for 118 yards. In addition to his 36 pass attempts, Lane ran 16 times.
The game was over when
With less than four minutes on the clock, the Lions, who were behind by one score, marched down the field. But the threat ended when Heppner threw an interception, his second of the night. McClellan’s big touchdown catch and run followed.
Brock Heppner’s year in school corrected Oct. 2, 2017.