Lynden opened defense of its three-peat state title by overwhelming the last team to beat it — two years earlier. Six different Lions scored, including Trent Postma, who rushed for 179 yards and a 97-yard TD.
Senior Jonathan Whetnall intercepted three passes, two of which ended long Cougars drives, and caught a TD to help the Lions to a non-conference win. The Lynden offense amassed 511 yards of total offense.
With its passing game grounded, Lynden turned to the legs of Trent Postma and quarterback Sterling Somers to claim its Northwest Conference opener and claim the program’s 30th straight win.
The Lions jumped on top early, and quarterback Sterling Somers passed for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but turnovers and miscues kept Lynden from building any real rhythm in the victory.
After a power outage forced teams to switch ends in the second quarter, Sterling Somers found Lucas Peterson for a 20-yard touchdown that gave the Lions the boost they needed to pull away.
Per Wolfisberg’s 30-yard field goal with four seconds to play saved Lynden’s win streak alive for another week and helped him atone for a missed extra point following a Trent Postma fourth-quarter TD.
Lynden’s 33-game win streak overall and a 55-game run in Northwest Conference games both ended when Ferndale rushed for 292 yards and beat their top-ranked rival for the first times since 2008.
In a title game preview, 6-foot-7 receiver Scooter Hastings hauled in three touchdown passes from Sterling Somers, who passed for 360 yards, as the Lions got back on track with the NWC win.
Sterling Somers passed for 197 yards and three TDs and Trent Postma scored the winning TD on a 6-yard run with 50 seconds to play, as the Lions locked up their sixth-straight NWC 2A/3A crown and the top seed.
Lynden clinched its ninth straight berth to the 2A state playoffs, as the Lions got three receiving TDs from Jordan Wittenberg and overwhelmed a team still seeking its first win in the district playoffs.
Lynden’s defense turned in an impressive performance, keeping the high-scoring Hawks out of the red zone until late in the third quarter when the Lions’ first-round victory was already well in hand.
In its quarterfinal win, Lynden scored an offensive TD, one on defense, one on special teams and added another on a Hail Mary against a Hawks defense that had allowed only 4.8 points per game all season.
The Lions survived freezing, 20-mph winds to advance to its fourth straight 2A title game after Sterling Somers passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more and the defense allowed just 187 yards.
The Cubs ended Lynden’s dream of winning a fourth straight 2A title, holding the Lions to 11 yards rushing and intercepting Lynden quarterbacks five times, including one returned for a TD.