Lynden football is going to the state playoffs is starting to sound like a broken record.
The Lions cruised to a 42-7 win over Shorecrest on Friday night, Nov. 7, at Civic Stadium, solidifying a ninth consecutive trip to the state playoffs, where they will face River Ridge at home in the opening round.
Lynden has certainly played in many close games this season, including a last-second field goal win over Burlington-Edison, but the Lions weren’t going to let that happen with the winless Shorecrest.
On the first drive, it took Lynden six plays to go 71 yards to the end zone. The drive was capped off by a 19-yard Trent Postma run to make it 7-0 in the first two minutes.
“We knew we just had to come out big in the first half and it paid off,” Postma said. “It feels amazing to get back to state. It’s something we work for every year. It’s nice to accomplish it.”
The big bruising back was certainly present early and often for the Lions, as Postma ran for 116 yards on 11 carries before being pulled out in the fourth quarter for Dalton Ohligschlager and Nathan Gomes.
“He’s a great runner,” Lynden coach Curt Kramme said. “There’s a real temptation to try to give him the ball every play. That being said, we have some very talented players at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.”
One of those talented wideouts is Jordan Wittenberg and he showed all his talent Friday night.
The junior receiver caught five passes for 43 yards and three touchdowns.
His first came three minutes into the first quarter on a 20-yard pass from Sterling Somers, who went 8 for 12 for 118 yards and four touchdowns. The play came immediately after a Scooter Hastings interception and the Lions were off and running.
Wittenberg took until the third quarter to strike again, when he caught a 9-yard pass from Somers to make it 35-7. His final score came in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from Clark Hazlett.
“We try to get the ball spread around,” Kramme said. “Our guys understand we don’t call plays to get the ball to one particular person. We call plays based on what we see from the defense.”
The Lions other touchdowns came on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Somers to Hastings, and what was likely the touchdown of the night on a 10-yard pass from Somers to Jonathan Whetnall, who caught it, made a move, watched three Shorecrest defenders bounce off each other before he strolled into the end zone.
The only Shorecrest score came when Hazlett fumbled when he got hit in his own end zone. Shorecrest recovered just before the half to head into the lockers 28-7.
“This is the first time we’ve been pressured all season,” Kramme said. “This is good for us. We can learn from that and hopefully get better next week.”
The quick start for the Lions allowed them to play many of their backups, including some freshmen seeing their first action all season. And that’s good for morale, Kramme said.
“That’s another important aspect to being able to put a game away,” Kramme said. “Everybody got to play.”
The bottom line was Lynden didn’t take the winless Shorecrest team lightly. As far as Kramme is concerned, the Scots were 0-0 just like the Lions.
The Lions have been in this spot before, they’ve been the No. 1 seed in the district playoffs and it showed from the start.
“It’s just another game for us,” Postma said. “The team that we play doesn’t really matter.”
Lynden — Trent Postma 19 run (Per Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Jordan Wittenberg 20 pass from Sterling Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Scooter Hastings 35 pass from Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Jonathan Whetnall 10 pass from Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Shorecrest — Marcus Osborne fumble recovery (Ian Preive kick)
Lynden — Wittenberg 9 pass from Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
Lynden — Wittenberg 3 pass from Clark Hazlett (Wolfisberg kick)
RUSHING — Shorecrest: Dayton Fox 1-0, Devon Pusey 10-45, Briggon Weaver 7-12, Marcus Osborne 1-1, Ian Preive 1-4, Nick Kinkopf 21-68, Jack Koss 1-(-10). Lynden: Trent Postma 11-116, Clark Hazlett 4-5, Dalton Ohligschlager 3-10, Sterling Somers 2-17, Nathan Gomes 3-8, Ben Colwell 5-48.
PASSING — Shorecrest: Briggon Weaver 4-6-1-8, Jack Koss 5-10-1-93. Lynden: Sterling Somers 8-12-2-118, Clark Hazlett 2-5-0-5.
RECEIVING — : Shorecrest: Justin Wilhelm 1-4, Brantle Harris 4-42, Ian Preive 2-39, Aubry Victor 2-16. Lynden: Jordan Wittenberg 5-43, Jonathan Whetnall 3-36, Scooter Hastings 2-44.