The Lynden Lions had over 350 yards on offense and held an explosive Sedro-Woolley Cubs rushing attack to only 14 points, but what really stood out to Lions coach Curt Kramme was special teams, specifically the kicking game.
Kramme and the Lions wanted to kick away from the Cubs returners, especially Bryce Hornbeck, but as good as the kicking game was, it did falter at the beginning when the Lions punted to Hornbeck, who weaved his way to a 57-yard touchdown to give the Cubs a 7-0 lead. That was the last time Hornbeck touched the ball on a return.
The Cubs as a whole struggled in the return game after the Lions adjusted, having Nick Parris pooch-kick the ball to the middle – or just kick it away from Hornbeck.
“Our kicking game really stood out, especially on kickoffs tonight,” Kramme said.
Kicking stands out in Blaine-Bellingham game
Kickers from both teams had solid outings in Friday night’s Bellingham-Blaine matchup. Blaine’s Kyle Sentkowski made a career-long 40-yard field goal with 3:02 left in regulation to tie the score at 17-17. Sentkowski also made all three of his extra-point attempts.
Bellingham kicker Joseph Worley also made a critical field goal, kicking a 12-yarder to break a 14-14 tie with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. Worley made both of his extra-point attempts, gained 1 rushing yard and 13 receiving yards.
Ferndale defense shuts down Arlington
Ferndale’s defense held Arlington to just under 200 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers in Arlington’s first WESCO clash.
Arlington quarterback Campbell Hudson tried to revive his team in the beginning of the second half following Ferndale’s 28-point second quarter, but the methodical drive ended with an interception in the end zone. Unable to pick up anything on the ground, the Golden Eagles took to the air. Hudson, a junior, attempted 26 passes.
Ferndale took the opposite approach, rushing for 310 yards in a Wing-T offense that kept Arlington lunging for shoestrings all evening. Ferndale quarterback James Hinson managed the game well, completing 5 of 7 passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Ferndale next plays at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Mount Baker slides past Nooksack in a shootout
Record-setting runner Jed Schleimer, never one to shy away from contact in his four varsity seasons, couldn’t have been more impressed with fellow senior T.J. Bass and much-improved junior Carson Engholm in unbeaten Mount Baker’s 44-36 win over Nooksack Valley.
“T.J. is just a monster; he really is a beast,” said Schleimer. “And Carson (who rushed for 113 yards on 14 carries), now he just embraces contact.”
Bass, a 6-foot-5, 266-pound tight end/defensive lineman, said he has committed to play football on scholarship at Idaho.
Bass and linebacker Hayden Linderman, a junior, were the primary reasons that Nooksack’s fine junior quarterback, 6-5 Casey Bauman, was tackled for losses five times.
Schleimer, who scored four touchdowns and combined for 179 receiving and rushing yards, said he, too, would welcome a college offer.
Bauman completed 29 of 44 passes for 326 yards, surpassing 1,000 yards for the season in four games. He found three receivers seven times each: Michael O’Bryan (70 yards and one touchdown), Tre Silva (55 yards and one score) and Austin O’Bryan (67 yards). Running back Colton Kautz, who scored three touchdowns, made five catches for 102 yards.
It isn’t often fans at Bob Tisdale Stadium get to see more than 600 passing yards in a game, but Bauman and Baker sophomore Kaleb Bass, who went 11 of 14 for 279 yards, made that possible. In all, the teams combined for 891 yards on 120 plays from scrimmage in the wild Class 1A Northwest Conference opener.
Montag shines at new position
Despite dropping its fourth straight game this season, Sehome may have found an answer to its offensive woes.
The Mariners trailed Anacortes 14-7 at halftime when coach Bob Norvell moved his best athlete, Marcus Montag, into the backfield. Montag rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries and was the spark that brought Sehome to within one score in the fourth quarter.
Montag also had a team-high 75 receiving yards, including a 23-yard touchdown on a lob from Michael Mindnich, on four catches.
Lyncs offense improves against Meridian
After squandering a 14-0 lead in the first quarter of its NWC opener against Meridian, and then ultimately falling 34-30, the Lynden Christian football team looks to turn its season around.
The Lyncs are looking forward, not back at their 1-3 start this season or their 5-5 record a year ago.
“If you would have seen us offensively the first week,” coach Dan Kaemingk said. “You’d be amazed at where we are now.”
After managing six points in the season opener against Bellingham, the Lyncs exploded for 30 against Meridian.
“It’s a step forward for us,” Kaemingk said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
“I think our kids gave great effort tonight against a really good team,” he said.
Sorenson adjusts after injury
Squalicum’s Friday night win allowed senior quarterback Garrett Sorenson to get back into his rhythm after not playing since the first week of the season.
Coach Nick Lucey said he was pleased with the way his team protected the ball, Sorenson included.
“Getting Garrett out there, getting him back for the first time since the first half of the first game and a big part of that was just getting the rust off of him and trying to give him a chance to do that,” Lucey said.
Sorenson didn’t skip a beat in his first game back since returning from injury. He extended pass plays with his legs, effectively ran the option and made completions. Sorenson completed 12 passes for 144 yards.