High School Football

Scouting the Lynden Lions

School colors: Green and gold

District: Northwest

League: Northwest Conference

Superintendent: Jim Frey

Principal: Todd Apple

Athletic Director: Mike McKee

WIAA 2014-16 enrollment: 592.0

Lions

coaching staff

Coach: Curt Kramme

Seasons: 24 (1991 to present)

Record: 232-54 (.811)

Program playoff appearances: 17

Program finals appearances: 10

Program state championships: Seven

Assistant coaches: Blake VanDalen, Blake Witman, Eric Spady, Greg Terpstra, Hank Roorda, Andy Olson, Rob Van Diest, Scott Noteboom, Terry Kaemingk

Team trainer: Greg Helgath

Lions update

Lynden (12-1) overcame sub-freezing temperatures and strong winds to earn a 33-6 Class 2A state semifinal win over Ellensburg last week in Moses Lake. The Lions scored on their first three possessions and were never seriously threatened. Sterling Somers completed 15 of 19 passes for 205 yards and two TDs and ran for 108 yards and two scores on 17 rushes. Jordan Wittenberg caught five passes for 106 yards and a TD, and Lynden’s defense limited Ellensburg to 197 total yards.

Lions offense

Lynden’s offense from Week 1 has looked to be in midseason form. Only twice have the Lions scored less than 30 points, but that doesn’t mean Lynden hasn’t dealt with adversity along the way. Without running back Trent Postma for several games, the Lions at times have leaned heavily on their passing game. Junior Sterling Somers is completing 65 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,979 yards and 35 touchdowns. He’s had a great receiving corps, which includes Jordan Wittenberg, breakout senior Jonathan Whetnall and Scooter Hastings, to throw to. Wittenberg leads the group with 83 receptions, 1,420 yards and 14 TDs. Somers and Postma have supplied the Lions’ rushing attack. Postma has 831 yards and nine TDs, and Somers has compiled 592 yards and nine scores. The engine behind Lynden’s offense is a talented line composed of seniors Bryce Sterk, Caden Lair, Derron Dunnigan, junior Jensen Mayberry and sophomore Tanner Steele.

Lions defense

The defensive side of the football has been a work in progress for the Lions. They haven’t been the dominant force they were a season ago, but Lynden is beginning to peak at the right time. The defense, which has battled countless injuries, is giving up 20.2 points per game but has been rock solid since the postseason began a month ago. Lynden has a strong front, led by 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior defensive end Bryce Sterk, whose 74 tackles rank second on the team. Last year’s 2A state player of the year, Trent Postma, who leads the team with 78 tackles, and Jensen Mayberry man the linebacker spots. Jordan Wittenberg and Jonathan Whetnall are strong cornerbacks, and safeties Noah King and Connor Shine have done well replacing injured Lions’ starters.

Players to watch

Sterling Somers

Junior, QB

Somers has put together a phenomenal year behind center, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. He’s also a threat with his legs, using his 6-foot-5, 205-pound build to gash defenses for 5 to 10 yards at a time. Even the biggest moment doesn’t seem too much for Somers to handle. He guided the Lions to a state championship a year ago, and flawlessly navigated his offense through this year’s postseason. Expect for him to be at his best against Sedro-Woolley.

Bryce Sterk

Senior, OL/DE

Sterk is a freakish athlete and an imposing threat on both sides of the ball. He’s a tone setter, and on offense has been responsible for both keeping Somers upright and paving the way for Trent Postma and others. At defensive end, Sterk‘s 74 tackles ranks second on the team, and he’s a nightmare to block in the pass rush. He sacked Ellensburg’s quarterback three times last week and will be paramount in slowing down Sedro-Woolley’s run game.

Trent Postma

Senior, RB/LB

An early injury during last year’s state title game held Postma out most of the contest. He’ll undoubtedly be itching to perform all four quarters this time around, especially now that he’s at full strength following some early-season injuries. The Lions gave up a season-high 373 rush yards against Sedro-Woolley in Week 8. That was with Postma sidelined. The senior leads the Lions with 78 tackles and will surely be a difference maker against the Cubs.

Lions keys to the game

1. MAKE ’EM EARN IT

Even though Lynden’s defense has improved over the second half of the season, Sedro-Woolley’s offense is strong enough to move the ball. Preventing big plays will be key. Mason Elms and Carter Crosby can score on any given play. If Sedro-Woolley puts points on the board, the Lions must make the Cubs earn it with 10-to-12-play drives.

2. UNVEIL THE WEAKNESS

The Lions’ offense is predicated on finding a defense’s weakness and exposing it. Sterling Somers and Jordan Wittenberg carved the Cubs’ secondary for 360 passing yards in October. Surely, Sedro-Woolley will give Lynden different looks this time around. The quicker the Lions discover the Cubs’ weakness, the better.

3. DON’T FALL ASLEEP

The Cubs do a great job of lulling defenses to sleep before taking deep shots to their speedy receivers. Lynden has a pair of newly inserted safeties in the mix in Noah King and Connor Shine. Both have been strong contributors coming down in run support, but they must stay alert for the Cubs’ deep pass plays.

Lions roster

No. Player Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.
1 Jordan Wittenberg Jr. 6-0 185 WR/DB
2 Jacob Hommes So. 5-11 170 QB/DB
3 Sterling Somers Jr. 6-5 205 QB/DB
4 Lucas Petersen Sr. 6-4 200 WR/DB
5 Noah King Jr. 5-11 165 WR/DB
6 Jonathan Whetnall Sr. 5-11 165 WR/DB
7 Ean Price So. 5-9 135 WR/DB
8 Andrew Kivlighn So. 6-2 185 WR/DE
9 Landon DeBruin So. 6-0 155 WR/DB
10 Gabriel French So. 5-10 130 WR/DB
12 Christian Payne Jr. 5-8 145 WR/DB
13 Per Wolfisberg Jr. 6-3 165 K
14 Dawson Ohligschlager So. 5-11 150 WR/DB
15 Clark Hazlett Sr. 6-3 205 QB/DB
17 Marcus Landeros Jr. 5-9 185 RB/DB
18 Ben Colwell Jr. 6-2 195 WR/DE
20 Connor Shine So. 6-0 155 WR/DB
21 Drew Krause Jr. 5-10 170 WR/DB
22 Trey Shagren Sr. 6-3 185 WR/DB
23 Tristan Moffat Jr. 6-0 155 WR/DB
24 Gage Bates Fr. 5-9 155 RB/LB
27 Grant Scarlett Jr. 6-1 170 WR/DB
29 Dalton Ohligschlager Jr. 5-10 180 RB/DL
30 Jared Swarthout Sr. 5-11 185 DL
33 Travis VanZanten Jr. 5-10 175 RB/DL
34 Nathan Gomes Jr. 5-9 195 RB/DL
35 Brody Weinheimer So. 6-0 195 RB/LB
36 Nathan Groves So. 5-9 140 WR/LB
37 Trent Postma Sr. 6-0 195 RB/LB
38 Kordel Clarks Sr. 6-2 190 WR/DE
39 Ezra Arneson Jr. 5-9 170 K
42 Brady Patrick Jr. 5-11 150 WR/DB
43 Jeevan Brar Sr. 5-10 205 DL
44 Matt Higman Sr. 6-3 195 DE
45 Gabriel Adams Fr. 6-0 175 WR/DE
46 Jordan P.-Scotter So. 5-6 120 WR/DB
47 Justin Oberstadt So. 5-11 145 RB/LB
50 Jensen Mayberry Jr. 5-9 220 OL/LB
51 Eros Gonzalez Jr. 5-8 220 OL/DL
52 Andy Herrera Jr. 5-10 165 OL/DL
53 Tanner Steele So. 6-1 220 OL/DL
54 Kyle Higman Sr. 6-3 215 OL/DL
56 James Cuny Sr. 5-9 195 DL
57 Quinlan Vasey So. 6-0 180 OL/LB
58 Bret Heppner So. 6-0 170 OL/DL
60 Edward Andrews So. 5-10 200 OL/DL
61 Trey Labounty Fr. 6-2 190 OL/DL
63 Chase Marcoff Jr. 6-2 220 OL/DL
64 Derron Dunnigan Sr. 5-8 230 OL/DL
65 Marcos VanderVeen Fr. 5-8 150 QB/DB
67 Christian Baker Jr. 5-11 205 OL/DL
68 DJ Dahlgren Fr. 5-8 190 OL/DL
69 Brennan Roebuck So. 6-0 270 OL/DL
70 Tyus Wilson So. 5-10 165 OL/DL
71 Caden Lair Jr. 6-2 230 OL/DE
72 Bryce Sterk Sr. 6-5 230 OL/DE
73 Levi Wallace So. 6-0 225 OL/DL
74 Cody Swendt So. 5-10 155 OL/DL
75 Jordan Brockmeyer Fr. 5-7 145 RB/DL
76 Hunter Harrison Sr. 6-3 250 OL/DL
77 Derric Lloyd Fr. 5-11 175 OL/DL
79 Ricky Lopez So. 5-11 225 OL/DL
82 Jordan Harrington Jr. 5-9 140 WR/DB
83 Jack Petersen So. 6-2 165 WR/DE
85 Ben Haase Jr. 5-10 165 WR/DB
86 Alex Petersen So. 6-0 175 WR/DL
88 Scooter Hastings Sr. 6-7 220 WR/DE
89 Jason Tyree So. 5-8 130 WR/DB
90 Trevin Hope Fr. 6-2 170 WR/DE
94 Cory Warner Fr. 5-8 155 WR/DB
96 Aaron Weidenaar Fr. 6-0 165 WR/DB
98 Brett Bovenkamp Fr. 5-9 155 WR/DB
99 Davis Bode So. 6-5 200 TE/DE

Lions’ road

to the final

Date Opponent Result
Sept. 5 King’s W 48-22
Sept. 12 at Lakewood W 38-21
Sept. 19 at Squalicum* W 49-24
Sept. 26 Anacortes* W 35-7
Oct. 3 Sehome* W 35-17
Oct. 10 at Burlington-Ed.* W 23-21
Oct. 17 Ferndale* L 37-35
Oct. 24 at Sedro-Woolley* W 33-30
Oct. 30 Blaine* W 28-21
CLASS 2A NW DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Nov. 7 Shorecrest W 42-7
CLASS 2A STATE PLAYOFFS
Nov. 15 River Ridge W 41-21
Nov. 22 Hockinson W 52-28
Nov. 29 Ellensburg W 33-6

*NWC 2A/3A game

Lions state playoff history

Year Class Result
1974 1A Lost in first round
1977 1A Lost in semifinals
1979 1A Lost in first round
1980 1A Won championship
1981 1A Lost in quarterfinals
1982 1A Lost in quarterfinals
1985 1A Lost in quarterfinals
1987 1A Finished second
1988 1A Lost in semifinals
1991 1A Won championship
1994 3A Lost in first round
1996 3A Lost in quarterfinals
1997 3A Lost in first round
1998 3A Lost in semifinals
2001 3A Finished second
2002 3A Finished second
2004 3A Lost in semifinals
2006 2A Won championship
2007 2A Lost in semifinals
2008 2A Won championship
2009 2A Won championship
2010 2A Lost in first round
2011 2A Won championship
2012 2A Won championship
2013 2A Won championship

SOURCE: WIAA.com

Lions individual

offensive leaders

RUSHING

Player Att. Yards Avg. TD
Trent Postma 116 831 7.2 9
Sterling Somers 138 592 4.3 9
Lucas Peterson 34 185 5.4 2
Ben Colwell 16 122 7.6 0
Clark Hazlett 31 108 3.5 4
Dalton Ohligschlager 27 90 3.3 0

PASSING

Player Cmp. Att. Yards TD Int
Sterling Somers 181 277 2,979 35 13
Clark Hazlett 29 50 375 7 2

RECEIVING

Player Rec. Yards Avg. TD
Jordan Wittenberg 83 1,420 17.1 14
Jonathan Whetnall 43 728 16.9 8
Scooter Hastings 39 553 17.0 13
Lucas Peterson 18 268 14.9 4
Trent Postma 14 133 9.5 3

Lions team statistics

Lyn. Opp.
.923 Win perecentage .620
492 Points 262
1,979 Rushing yards 1,975
386 Rush attempts 447
5.1 Yards per rush 4.4
24 Rushing TDs 16
3,354 Passing yards 2,067
64.0 Completion percentage 50.3
328 Pass attempts 302
10.2 Yards per pass attempt 6.8
42 Passing TDs 18
15 Interceptions thrown 16
5 Fumbles lost 8
20 Total turnovers 24
3 Return TDs 2
5,333 Total offense 4,042
7.5 Yards per offensive play 5.4
20.5 First downs per game 14.9
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