Lynden Christian’s football team struck early on offense and put Meridian on its heels en route to a 31-0 win over its Northwest Conference 1A rival on Friday, Oct. 17, at Lynden Christian High School.
Jordan Jansen led the Lyncs with 138 rushing yards on 20 attempts. He also had two touchdowns.
“He was really on a mission tonight,” LC coach Galen Kaemingk said. “He was making guys miss and running through some tackles and on this really muddy field that was really big for us. I’ve known him four years and that’s the best I’ve seen him play.”
Jansen’s 61-yard scamper for a touchdown on his first carry of the game put Meridian in a hole almost right away. From there, the Lynden Christian defense was able to take control.
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The Trojans tried to get the run going with Dakota Jones on the first drive, but he only managed two yards on two carries. So they turned to the pass, which was equally as ineffective, except for a 15-yard completion from Tanner Tutterrow to Kyle Young.
Lynden Christian’s next drive dug an even bigger hole for Meridan, as the Lyncs took 12 plays to score when Lucas Roetcisoender hit Alex Vander Velden for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Tutterrow was unsuccessful passing for most of the game as the Trojans repeatedly went back to the pass to try to catch the Lyncs. He was taken out in the fourth quarter and finished 10 for 31 for 115 yards.
After the Lyncs built their first-quarter, 14-point lead, they relied on the run for the majority of the second quarter to increase the lead to 31 points. A few times in the fourth quarter in what seemed like running situations for LC, Roetcisoender would drop back to pass.
“They had all their guys at the line of scrimmage and we kept going into that brick wall,” Kaemingk said. “They had like nine guys trying to stop the run, so you got to at least try back them off a little.”
Roetcisoender finished the game 5-for-10 passing for 100 yards and two touchdowns for Lynden Christian.
After halftime, the Trojans looked to stop the run and were very effective, holding Jansen to just 29 yards on eight carries in the half.
“They obviously made some adjustments in the second half and started to stop the run game a little bit,” Jansen said.
It didn’t take much to get the defense to perform better, Meridian coach Bob Ames said.
“Just do your job,” Ames said he told the players at halftime. “And we did a lot better. Except for a couple of plays, they might have ended up with minus rushing yards in the second half.”
But Lynden Christian’s defense made some plays of its own. The Lyncs continued to defend the pass well, even when Meridian backup Marcus McGuinn took over.
“You can force them to throw, but you have to be able to stop the run if they do go to it and you have to be get a lead,” Kaemingk said.
Ames knew this LC team would be a tough test after the meeting between the two rivals earlier this season.
“After the last time we played them I thought, ‘Those guys, when they think they can win, they can do anything,’” Ames said.
Lynden Christian did commit 14 penalties for a total of 140 yards, but the Lyncs were essentially unfazed by the multitude of penalties as they held on for the shutout win.
The win puts Lynden Christian at 5-2 overall and 2-2 in NWC play. Meridian falls to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference competition.
LC — Jordan Jansen 61 run (Cody Fransen kick)
LC — Alex Vander Velden 31 pass from Lucas Roetcisoender (Fransen kick)
LC — Jansen 30 run (Fransen kick)
LC — Fransen 20 field goal
LC — Nathan Rusnak 30 pass from Roetcisoender (Fransen kick)
RUSHING — Meridian: Nick Dritsas 13-25, Kevin Castro 2-9, Dakota Jones 3-8, Daniel Young 1-0, Marcus McGuinn 1-0, Tanner Tutterrow 2-(-3). Lynden Christian: Jordan Jansen 20-138, Jake Van Berkum 4-30, Blake Mellema 5-15, Lucas Roetcisoender 3-3.
PASSING — Meridian: Tanner Tutterrow 10-31-115-0, Marcus McGuinn 5-11-74-1. Lynden Christian: Lucas Roetcisoender 5-10-100-0.
RECEIVING — : Meridian: Kyle Young 5-67, Nick Miller 3-51, Nick Dritsas 2-30, Dakota Jones 3-29, Daniel Young 1-7, Kevin Castro 1-5. Lynden Christian: Alex Vander Velden 2-44, Zach Roetcisoender 2-26, Nathan Rusnak 1-30.