High School Football

‘They just scored, so I knew we had to come back strong’

Mount Baker running back Sam Barrett looks for daylight against the Lynden Christian defense during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 29, in Deming.
Mount Baker running back Sam Barrett looks for daylight against the Lynden Christian defense during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 29, in Deming. For The Bellingham Herald

Mount Baker christened the newly sodded Bob Tisdale Field with a 27-21 come-from-behind victory over Lynden Christian Friday night in a 1A Northwest Conference game.

Mount Baker (4-1, 1-1 1A NWC) rode the legs of senior tailback Carson Engholm, who had 169 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, culminating in a 31-yard, game-winning touchdown run with 1:39 remaining.

Trailing Lynden Christian (2-3, 0-2 1A NWC) 21-19 with less than three minutes to play, the Mountaineers marched down the field before handing off to Engholm at the Lyncs’ 31-yard line. Engholm weaved and danced his way past defenders for the winning score.

“They just scored, so I knew we had to come back strong,” Engholm said.

Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper praised Engholm for stepping up when the Mountaineers needed it the most.

“He made some plays when we needed it down the stretch,” Lepper said. “He got some key first downs for us, and had some tough runs, where we didn’t block it the way it was supposed to be blocked. He made some plays happen for us.”

In the final minute and a half , the Lyncs converted three-straight third-down plays, all catches from senior wide out Kalai Jandoc, finally making their way to the Mountaineers’ 16.

But with three seconds left, a pass sailed over the head of Jandoc, who was being covered by Engholm, out the back of the end zone.

Early going

Lynden Christian struck first, on a 7-yard quarterback keeper from VanDyken.

Engholm helped the Mountaineers take the lead on a pair of touchdown runs to make it 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Mount Baker senior wideout Thomas Barbo made it 19-7 on a 9-yard touchdown catch.

But a 65-yard touchdown catch by Jandoc pulled the Lyncs within five, before an 8-yard touchdown run by Jordan Riddle gave the Lyncs the lead with 6:12 left.

“I think each kid to a man would say they could have tackled better than we did tonight,” LC coach Dan Kaemingk said. “The last play was some broken tackles; that was a microcosm for tonight.”

Kaemingk still saw some improvement and hope going forward, thanks to a balanced offensive performance.

“Ty VanDyken has some really good throws, and Jordan Riddle really carried the load for us,” Kaemingk said. “It was good to see we could balance that with some passing, which has been a struggle for us. A huge step forward for the passing game.”

Star of the game

Despite utilizing a three-pronged rushing attack of Engholm, Sam Barrett and Carson Brandland, Engholm was the one who shined. Four of his first five rushes and 10 of 16 overall went for more than 15 yards.

Turning point

Mount Baker’s red zone stand, holding a 19-14 lead, with seven minutes left set Mount Baker up for the win. Mountaineer junior defensive back Michael Kentner had a sack on second-and-one, which led to the Lyncs’ VanDyken taking two shots into the end zone before turning it over on downs.

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