With the flick of a switch – yes, an actual flick of a switch – Sehome’s chances of upsetting Lynden disappeared.
With the game tied at 7-7 halfway through the second quarter, two stadium lights went out, forcing a halt to the game.
The officials decided to move the game to the other side of the field, the lighted half, after a brief conversation.
It took only one play from there for Lynden to gain the lead for good — a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sterling Somers to Lucas Petersen, the first of three TD connections between the two.
From there, Sehome looked like a different team. The same team that forced Lynden to punt twice and turn the ball over on downs once in its first four possessions, couldn’t seem to stop Lynden anymore as the Lions won 35-17.
The Sehome offense sputtered to a halt after that as well. With senior quarterback Aaron Nichols throwing an interception three plays after the touchdown. It was the first of two picks for the quarterback, who threw 34 times for 212 yards.
“We made a lot of mistakes at the quarterback spot,” Sehome coach Bob Norvell said. “We made a lot of mistakes as a team.”
It wasn’t until when the pressure got high that Nichols stepped up. To end the half, Nichols led a drive that started on his own 27-yard line. The Mariners ended up settling for a field goal, but it was Nichols big fourth-down conversion and smart six-yard scramble that extended the drive.
Late in the game, Nichols hit Taylor Rapp for a 41-yard pass to make it 35-17 and almost hit Rapp, who also had a touchdown run in the game, again on the next possession but fell just short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal.
It was just a case of too little, too late for the Mariners, as they allowed Somers, who threw for 243 yards and ran for 83, and Petersen, who rushed for 35 yards and received for 127, to stomp through them during the second and third quarters, the latter of which also saw the same two lights go out, stopping the game for more than 15 minutes.
Despite putting up a strong fight, there’s no doubt Sehome left disappointed.
“We wanted to win,” Norvell said.
Alas, Lynden picked up its 32nd straight win, much to the delight of the homecoming crowd.
Lyn — Jonathan Whetnall 39 pass from Clark Hazlett (Per Wolfisberg kick)
Seh — Taylor Rapp 5 run (Jonny Reid kick)
Lynden — Lucas Petersen 20 pass from Sterling Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Somers 1 run (Wolfisberg kick)
Sehome — Reid 38 FG
Lynden — Petersen 51 pass from Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Petersen 17 pass from Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Sehome —Rapp 41 pass from Aaron Nichols (Reid kick)
LyndenFirst downs1521Rushing Att-yards29-15733-138Comp-Att-Int18-35-216-25-1Passing yards217282Penalties-yards13-947-56Fumbles-lost1-10-0
RUSHING — Sehome: Taylor Rapp 12-68, Tyler Hruby 5-50, Kevin Sun 2-4, Aaron Nichols 8-30, Josh Slesk 2-5. Lynden: Lucas Petersen 9-35, Dalton Ohligschlager 4-11, Sterling Somers 17-83, Jordan Wittenberg 2-11, Clark Hazlett 1-(-2).
PASSING — Sehome: Aaron Nichols 17-34-2-212, Gavin Kaepernick 1-1-0-5. Lynden: Sterling Somers 14-21-0-243, Clark Hazlett 2-4-1-39.
RECEIVING — Sehome: Josh Slesk 1-12, Tyler Hruby 4-28, Gabriel Weight 4-38, Taylor Rapp 7-92, Gunnar Nelson 2-47. Lynden: Jonathan Whetnall 3-51, Jordan Wittenberg 6-100, Lucas Petersen 6-127, Ben Colwell 1-4.