The score wasn’t even close, with Lynden blowing out divisional opponent Anacortes 35-7 to move to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Northwest Conference competition.
But oftentimes the score doesn’t tell the whole story. A series of costly Lynden turnovers and procedural blunders really hurt its overall performance in this one.
Lynden had no trouble scoring early, putting up two touchdowns in the first quarter while holding the Seahawks scoreless. But as the game progressed, the mistakes began adding up for the Lions. Junior quarterback Sterling Somers, while putting up two scores and an impressive 263 yards, had three interceptions.
“We moved the ball really well,” Somers said. “But all those interceptions were really bad decisions.”
The Lions also had lots of penalties, including one in the redzone which negated a touchdown. The Lions were called for nine penalties for 85 yards.
However, with a combination of excellent defense and some truly spectacular offensive plays, this game was never in doubt.
The lions held Anacortes to only 75 yards passing and one score. Lynden had little trouble moving the ball, putting up 479 yards of total offense.
“We had a really solid performance on defense,” Lions coach Curt Kramme said.
Junior receiver Jordan Wittenberg gave the Lions some excellent offensive plays, including a beautiful 58-yard touchdown catch. Wittenberg ended with two scores and 118 yards receiving.
“Jordan’s a stud,” Somers said. “I’ve been throwing to him since fifth grade, he’s an amazing athlete.”
But Wittenberg limped off the field injured in the fourth quarter, clutching his ankle.
“We think it’s only a sprain,” Kramme said. “But we won’t know for sure for a couple of days.”
The Lions would surely miss Wittenberg, as he was their best offensive tool, running great routes and creating plenty of space for himself downfield.
Kramme acknowledged the miscues, but remained positive about his team’s’ performance.
“A win is a win,” he said. “We’ll take it however we can get it.”
The Lions next play Sehome on Oct. 3, at Lynden in an NWC matchup.
Lynden — Sterling Somers 5 run (Per Wolfisberg kick good)
Lynden — Clark Hazlett 5 pass to Jordan Wittenberg (Wolfisberg kick good)
Lynden — Sterling Somers 58 pass to Jordan Wittenberg (Wolfisberg kick good)
Lynden — Sterling Somers 7 pass to Jonathan Whetnall (Wolfisberg kick good)
Anacortes — Camden McLaughlin 11 pass to Ty Johnson (Zachary Bowman kick good)
Lynden — Lucas Petersen 3 run (Wolfisberg kick good)
LyndenFirst downs1416Rushing Att-yards40-20923-194Comp-Att-Int6-21-117-25-3Passing yards75285Penalties-yards6-309-85Fumbles-lost3-20-0
RUSHING — Anacortes: Julien Collins 14-64, Joe D’Amelio 6-23, P.J. Monroe 17-128, Camden McLaughlin 3- (-6). Lynden: Lucas Petersen 10-40, Sterling Somers 8-75, Jordan Wittenberg 1-7, Clark Hazlett 4-72.
PASSING — Anacortes: Camden McLaughlin 6-21-1-75. Lynden: Sterling Somers 14-21-3-263, Clark Hazlett 3-4-0-22.
RECEIVING — Anacortes: Ty Johnson 4-53, Jay Kiesser 1-12, Joe D’Amelil 1-10. Lynden: Sterling Somers 2-32, Jordan Wittenberg 5-116, Jonathan Whetnall 6-77, Noah King 2-23, Lucas Petersen 2-37.