High School Football

Which way the ball bounced after fumbles made the difference for Lynden Christian

EVERSON – Lynden Christian held No. 6 Nooksack Valley to one play in the first quarter, capitalizing on two fumble recoveries on a punt and a kickoff that led to touchdowns, paving the way for a 28-14 Lyncs victory on Friday, Oct. 6 at Sid Lambert Field.

The fumble recoveries helped, but Lynden Christian (3-3, 1-2, 1A NWC) won this game in the trenches – most notably the offensive lineman who blew up holes in the run-game.

“We knew we had to wear them down with the run, and our O-line did a fantastic job blocking all night,” Lynden Christian’s senior tailback Jordan Riddle said.

Lynden Christian coach Dan Kaemingk also praised the O-lineman.

“What I’m really proud of is, offensively, in the first half, we were able to do about everything we wanted to do, both passing and running the ball,” Kaemingk said. “George DeJong, Jake Likkel, Simon Anker, Max Likkel and Dylan Kaemingk had a heck of a night tonight.”

Though the O-linemen created the holes, senior tailback Jordan Riddle exploited them.

“I think it all comes off Jordan Riddle,” Kaemingk said. “Everybody’s watching film, and he’s a magnet. Every eyeball is on No. 22.”

After stopping the Lyncs on its first possession, Nooksack Valley (4-2, 1-2, 1A NWC) fumbled the punt return, allowing junior Jalen Apol to recover the ball on Nooksack’s 4-yard line.

A couple plays later, the Lyncs’ senior quarterback Ty VanDyken hit junior wide out Kalai Jandoc on a 7-yard touchdown score to put the Lyncs up 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Nooksack again botched the catch, this time recovered by Lyncs’ sophomore Bryce Bouwman on the Pioneers’ 11-yard line.

VanDyken connected with sophomore Zach Sipma for an 11-yard score, giving the Lyncs a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter.

On Nooksack’s first play from scrimmage, with 3:15 left in the first quarter, senior tailback Austin O’Bryan took a handoff 60-yards up the gut and outraced defenders to the end zone, making it 14-6.

After converting on 4th-and-one, Lyncs’ senior tailback Jordan Riddle punched it in from 1-yard out, making it 21-6 with 9:52 left before the half.

With 37-seconds remaining before halftime, VanDyken zipped a pass over the middle to Michael Lancaster 19-yard TD, giving the Lyncs’ a 28-6 lead.

After the break, O’Bryan picked off a pass on the Lyncs’ 35-yard line, setting up sophomore receiver Ryan Veening’s score on a jailbreak quick-screen up the middle, giving the Pioneers their final score, putting the game at 28-14.

Stars of the game

The Lyncs’ dual-rushing threats of tailback Jordan Riddle and quarterback Ty VanDyken kept the Pioneers’ defense off-kilter the entire night. Riddle finished with 186 yard and a score on 36 carries. VanDyken had 20 carries for 77 yards, and three passing touchdowns.

Turning point of the game

The back-to-back fumble recoveries on punt and kick returns for the Lyncs to start the game put the Pioneers in a hole they couldn’t overcome.

Unsung hero of the game

Lynden Christian’s offensive line controlled the clock and blasted holes the entire evening for Riddle and VanDyken.