The Mount Baker football team made quick work of Lynden Christian with a 51-7 1A Northwest Conference win Friday, Sept. 30.
The Mountaineers got off to a quick start, when junior Carson Engholm bolted down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown less than a minute into the game. During Mount Baker’s second possession, he replicated the previous touchdown, this time from 39 yards.
It wasn’t until the end of the first quarter with 1:17 left that Lynden Christian was able to answer with a touchdown of it own. The Lyncs pulled off a trick play from the 18, when senior quarterback Colby Flint caught a ball thrown from receiver Kalai Jandoc in the end zone. While the successful play was a momentum shift, it turned out to be their only score of the night.
Mount Baker’s running backs were unstoppable, with Engholm tallying 153 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries. He was supported by senior Jed Schleimer, who had 144 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
“Our backs had excellent games tonight,” Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said. “We were always trying to keep the chains moving and keep up the intensity, and they did just that.”
STAYING STRONG IN THE SECOND
While halftime came with Mount Baker in control with a comfortable 30-7 lead, Lepper knew the Mountaineers couldn’t relax.
“They’re a good team and can explode at any moment, so we had to be sure to shut them down after the half,” Lepper said.
DEFENSE STEPS UP
Shut them down they did, with a forced fumble on the 4-yard line and an interception by Engholm during the next possession. The Mountaineers also were able to hit Lynden Christian’s quarterback, sacking Flint twice.
While Lynden Christian was kept out of the end zone after the first quarter, Flint had 124 total yards, 84 of which came on 18 passing attempts, and the Lyncs’ only touchdown.
Mount Baker (4-0, 2-0 1A NWC) will host Meridian on Friday, Oct. 7, while Lynden Christian (1-5, 0-2) will host Nooksack Valley.
MB – Carson Engholm 47 yard run (kick failed)
MB – Engholm 39 yard run (Jonathan Ehlers kick)
MB – Carson Brandland 30 yard run (Ehlers kick)
LC – Colby Flint 18 pass from Kalai Jandoc (Derek Kamena kick)
MB – Ehler 19 FG
MB – Jed Schleimer 5 yard run (Ehlers kick)
MB – Carson Engholm 9 yard run (Ehlers kick)
MB – Jed Schleimer 2 yard run (Ehlers kick)
MB – Carson Engholm 4 yard run (Ehlers kick)
RUSHING — Mount Baker: Carson Engholm 15-143, Jed Schleimer 17-114, Carson Brandland 5-66, Jay Allen 7-23, Junior Camacho 1-7, Sam Barrett 3-3, William Pilat 1-0. Lynden Christian: Gavin Mumford 7-32, Colby Flint 4-22, Jordan Riddle 1-(-10).
PASSING — Mount Baker: Kaleb Bass 5-7-0-83. Lynden Christian: Colby Flint 10-18-1-84, Ty Van Dyken 1-1-0-18
RECEIVING — Mount Baker: Jed Schleimer 1-30, Thomas Barbo 3-38, T.J. Bass 1-15. Lynden Christian: Kalai Jandoc 2-17, Tyson Cline 5-52, Colby Flint 1-18, Erik Vander Velden 2-12, Michael Lancaster 1-3.