High School Football

Desire central to Lynden’s ability to reach Tacoma Dome again

Jensen Mayberry provides the Lions with a physical run-stopper in the middle of their defense and will be paramount in protecting Sterling Somers and opening up holes in the run game.
Jensen Mayberry provides the Lions with a physical run-stopper in the middle of their defense and will be paramount in protecting Sterling Somers and opening up holes in the run game. The Bellingham Herald

Graduate seniors and reload. Graduate seniors and reload.

That’s been the Lynden way while establishing one of Washington’s most impressive prep football dynasties.

Curt Kramme’s teams develop at their own pace. Sometimes he knows exactly what his depth chart will look like in Week 1. Other times the first few games are needed in order to decipher who his real players are.

The Lions are talent-rich again. But after graduating another strong class, the Lynden coach will need some time before unearthing the next set of standouts.

“The biggest thing is that the guys that are brand new starters are going to have to play well,” Kramme said. “Question marks, which you have every year, is how are those guys going to play?”

Lynden’s ability to reload has been tremendous, but beyond getting new players adjusted to varsity play, Kramme said success will ultimately boil down to his team’s desire.

And there should be plenty after, for the first time in three seasons, the Lions enter a season following a loss — a 42-13 defeat to Sedro-Woolley during the Class 2A state championship game.

The Lions return a number of key players from last year’s state team, including standout quarterback Sterling Somers.

“I like what Sterling has done in the offseason,” Kramme said. “He appears to have developed a little extra burst of speed.”

Somers, who will be a three year starter, won’t have two of his top targets from last season but brings back all-state receiver Jordan Wittenberg. Noah King is expected to help fill the void at receiver and could be poised for a breakout season.

With no more Trent Postma, Lynden is expected to turn to a committee of running backs that includes Brody Weinheimer, Nui Labat-Alconcel, Dalton Ohligschlager and Ben Colwell.

Along the line, Caden Lair, Jensen Mayberry and Tanner Steele return. They’ll be joined by newcomers Ed Andrews, Brennan Roebuck and Trey LaBounty.

Lynden returns a good portion of its 2014 defense.

The Lions’ secondary, headlined by Wittenberg at cornerback, might be the team’s deepest positional grouping. King and Drew Krause are expected to start at safety, and Landon DeBruin, Grant Scarlett and Connor Shine could all see playing time.

Mayberry, Weinheimer and Ohligschlager should form a strong linebacking corps, and Davis Bode, Colwell, Labat-Alconcel, Nathan Gomes, Andy Herrera, Travis VanZanten and Tyus Wilson should see time along the defensive front.

Key numbers

6

Offensive starters from 2014 returning for Lynden in 2015.

7

Defensive starters from 2014 returning for Lynden in 2015.

45

Touchdowns returning QB Sterling Somers accounted for in 2014.

9

Consecutive seasons Lynden has recorded 10 or more wins.

Players to watch

JENSEN MAYBERRY

Lynden, Sr., OL/LB

Mayberry provides the Lions with a physical run-stopper in the middle of their defense and will be paramount in protecting Sterling Somers and opening up holes in the run game.

STERLING SOMERS

Lynden, Sr., QB

Somers is a winner and owns the best arm in the Northwest Conference. He gives Kramme everything a coach would want in an ideal prep QB.

JORDAN WITTENBERG

Lynden, Sr., WR/CB

Besides being arguably one of the best pass-catchers in the state, he gives the Lions an athletic, lockdown cornerback.

CADEN LAIR

Lynden, Sr., OL/DE

Lair started both ways for the Lions last fall, and with another offseason out of the way, expect him to have an even better year.

Three keys to 2015

1. HOW BAD DO THEY WANT IT?

Coach Curt Kramme made it clear that desire will be the determinant factor of whether or not the Lions again enjoy success. There should be plenty after suffering a tough title game loss to end the year.

2. ACCLIMATE QUICKLY

Every year the Lions introduce new starters into the fold, but the ability of this year’s new faces to adjust quickly to varsity play will be imperative, Kramme said.

3. FUN RUN

Lynden’s offensive attack will be dictated by defensive looks, but outside of Somers, the Lions struggled running the football during last year’s postseason. With a remade backfield, running the rock to balance out the pass attack will be crucial.

Projection

There’s really no reason to believe the Lions won’t again be one of the state’s premier teams. Lynden returns playmakers at key positions and should be good along the front. Expect lesser-known players such as Brody Weinheimer, Noah King and Drew Krause to have big years.

2015 schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 4

at King’s

7 p.m.

Sept. 11

Lakewood

7 p.m.

Sept. 18

Squalicum*

7 p.m.

Sept. 25

at Anacortes*

7 p.m.

Oct. 2

at Sehome*^

7 p.m.

Oct. 9

Burlington-Edison*

7 p.m.

Oct. 16

at Ferndale*

7 p.m.

Oct. 23

Sedro-Woolley*

7 p.m.

Oct. 30

at Blaine*

7 p.m.

*NWC 2A/3A game; ^At Civic Stadium

2015 roster

No.

Player

Yr.

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

1

Jordan Wittenberg

Sr.

6-0

185

WR/DB

2

Jacob Hommes

Jr.

5-11

170

QB/DB

3

Sterling Somers

Sr.

6-5

205

QB/DB

4

Per Wolfisberg

Jr.

6-3

165

K

5

Noah King

Sr.

5-11

165

WR/DB

6

Aaron Weidenaar

So.

6-3

190

WR/DE

7

Ean Price

Jr.

5-9

135

WR/DB

8

Trevor Abitia

So.

5-9

140

WR/DB

9

Landon DeBruin

Jr.

6-2

170

WR/DB

10

Brandon Swarthout

Jr.

5-10

140

WR/DB

12

Christian Payne

Sr.

5-8

155

WR/DB

13

Rylan Severson

Jr.

5-10

155

WR/DL

14

Cory Warner

Jr.

5-9

155

WR/DB

15

Brett Bovenkamp

So.

5-10

155

WR/DB

17

Andy Herrera

Sr.

5-10

190

OL/DL

18

Ben Colwell

Sr.

6-2

200

RB/DE

20

Conner Shine

Jr.

6-0

160

WR/DB

21

Drew Krause

Sr.

5-11

170

WR/DB

22

Gage Bates

So.

5-9

155

RB/LB

23

Tristan Moffat

Sr.

6-0

165

WR/DB

24

Nui Labat-Alconcel

Sr.

6-1

205

RB/LB

27

Grant Scarlett

Sr.

6-1

170

WR/DB

29

Dalton Ohligschlager

Sr.

5-10

180

RB/DL

30

Gabriel Adams

So.

6-1

155

WR/DB

33

Travis VanZanten

So.

5-10

180

RB/DL

34

Max Gallegoes

So.

5-10

155

RB/LB

35

Brody Weinheimer

Jr.

6-1

200

RB/LB

37

Jordan Brockmeyer

So.

5-7

145

RB/DL

42

Brady Patrick

Sr.

5-11

150

WR/DB

43

Isiah Baseden

So.

5-11

150

WR/DB

44

Payton Alaniz

Jr.

5-10

160

RB/LB

46

Payton Peterson

Jr.

5-7

160

WR/DB

47

Justin Oberstadt

Jr.

5-10

150

RB/LB

50

Jensen Mayberry

Sr.

5-9

220

OL/LB

51

Austin Rassmussen

Jr.

5-10

200

OL/DL

52

Bret Heppner

Jr.

6-0

190

OL/DL

53

Tanner Steele

Jr.

6-3

240

OL/DL

54

Tyus Wilson

Jr.

6-3

240

OL/DL

56

Nathan Gomes

Sr.

5-11

2So.

OL/DL

57

Cole Crass

So.

6-1

175

OL/DL

58

Micah Smith

Jr.

6-3

280

OL/DL

59

Cauy Shagren

So.

6-3

280

OL/DL

60

Edward Andrews

Jr.

5-11

230

OL/DL

61

Leo Espinoza

Jr.

5-10

200

OL/DL

63

Chase Marcoff

Sr.

6-2

220

OL/DL

64

Shane Schnase

So.

6-10

180

OL/DL

65

Jackson Holt

So.

6-10

180

OL/DL

65

Brennan Roebuck

Jr.

6-0

190

OL/DL

68

Daryl Dahlgren

So.

5-7

250

OL/DL

69

Cameron Bol

So.

6-0

185

OL/DL

70

Angel Castillo

So.

6-1

385

OL/DL

71

Caden Lair

Sr.

6-2

230

OL/DE

72

Alex Petersen

Jr.

6-0

190

OL/DL

73

Levi Wallace

Jr.

6-0

230

OL/DL

74

Cody Swendt

Jr.

5-9

155

OL/DL

75

Sunny Brar

So.

5-9

160

OL/DL

76

Trey Labounty

So.

6-6

190

OL/DL

77

Derric Lloyd

So.

5-11

175

OL/DL

82

Caleb Sterk

Sr.

6-5

190

WR/DE

83

Trevin Hope

So.

6-4

170

WR/DE

86

Travis Marquez

Sr.

5-7

180

WR/LB

88

Jack Petersen

Jr.

6-3

180

WR/DE

89

Jose Jesus

Sr.

5-7

175

DL

90

Jason Tyree

Jr.

5-8

130

WR/DB

96

Junior Gomez

Jr.

5-10

155

WR/DB

98

Jovanny Jose

Sr.

5-7

170

DL

99

Davis Bode

Jr.

6-5

220

WR/DE

2014 Season recap

RESULTS

(12-2, 6-1 NWC 2A/3A)

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-Edison*

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 NORTHWEST DISTRICT PLAYOFF

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

at Ellensburg

W 33-6

Dec. 6

Sedro-Woolley

L 42-13

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing

Att.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Trent Postma

124

835

6.9

9

Sterling Somers*

146

581

4.0

10

Lucas Peterson

34

185

5.4

2

Ben Colwell*

16

122

7.6

0

Clark Hazlett

31

108

3.5

4

Passing

Cmp.

Att.

Yds.

TD

Int.

Sterling Somers*

197

310

3,167

35

17

Clark Hazlett

30

53

384

7

3

Receiving

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Jordan Wittenberg*

87

1,476

17.0

14

Jonathan Whetnall

49

841

17.2

9

Scooter Hastings

46

741

16.1

13

Lucas Peterson

18

268

14.9

4

Trent Postma

14

133

9.5

3

*returning player

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