The fifth ranked fifth-ranked Meridian Trojans went on the road for their first taste of 1A Northwest Conference action and handled Lynden Christian 28-7 Friday.
Facing senior quarterback Simon Burkett and his litany of offensive weapons was always going to be a test for the Lynden Christian cornerbacks. Even though Shane Whittern and Jordan Riddle gave maximum effort, Burkett was putting the ball in spots his receivers had no choice but to make the catch.
“I think he’s going to be everybody’s problem,” Lynden Christian coach Dan Kaemingk said of Burkett. “These throws are lobs for most high school quarterbacks, but with him they’re lasers.”
The Trojans were first to score, but had their extra point attempt blocked and returned by Riddle to set up Lynden Christian’s lone touchdown.
From there, Meridian was in control, as it went up 21-7 at halftime. Dawson Logan scored the only touchdown of the second half with a 30-yard touchdown run.
Lynden Christian’s schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Lyncs play Mount Baker followed by undefeated Nooksack Valley before starting over again at Meridian Oct. 13.
“That’s the way it’s going to be for the next five games,” Kaemingk said. “It’s as much of a gauntlet as any group I’ve coached has had to go through.”