The Meridian football team scored 27 unanswered points, then held off a ferocious comeback attempt to come away with a 34-30 victory over Lynden Christian in a Class 1A Northwest Conference opener Friday, Sept. 23.
The Lyncs took an early 14-0 lead, capitalizing on back-to-back Meridian fumbles in the first quarter.
Lynden Christian wide receiver Michael Lancaster beat a defender down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown, putting the Lyncs up 7-0.
After recovering a Meridian fumble, LC running back Jordan Riddle ran it in from 2 yards out, giving the Lyncs a 14-0 advantage with 4:54 left in the first.
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After a Meridian touchdown pass and a Lyncs field goal, the Trojans’ offense got going and scored 27 consecutive points, giving them a 34-17 lead with 6:30 left in the game.
But Lynden Christian rallied, as quarterback Colby Flint hurled a 52-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kalai Jandoc down the sideline with 4:56 left.
After blocking a Meridian punt, Riddle unleashed a 35-yard touchdown run to pull the Lyncs within four.
But Meridian’s Simon Burkett intercepted a pass with 34 seconds left to seal the win for the Trojans.
STAR OF THE GAME
Meridian running back Tony Schleimer ran for two scores and caught a TD pass to carry the Trojans to victory.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Andrew Logan’s forced fumble and recovery halted Lynden Christian’s comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.
UNSUNG HEROES OF THE GAME
Meridian’s offensive line kept Lynden Christian’s defense at bay and helped open up the running and passing game to ignite Meridian’s comeback.