Lynden coach Curt Kramme began his postgame team address with a question: “Was anybody here the last time we were here?” he asked.
Then Kramme quickly declared all the Lions’ aspirations are still for the taking.
Kramme was referring to 2012, the last time Lynden traveled to King’s for a season opener. The Lions lost but then reeled off 13 consecutive victories en route to claiming a state championship.
Kramme’s right, the No. 3-ranked Lions do still have everything to play for, but the coach also knows his team has an awful lot of work ahead following a rough 21-14 non-league loss to Class 1A power King’s on Friday, Sept. 4, at King’s High School.
“Well, it stings,” Kramme said of the loss, “and it should. If it doesn’t you’re playing this game for the wrong reasons. However, that being said, when we look at the video tape I think we are going to learn lots of things about our team.”
Offensively, Lynden didn’t display the high-powered offense it’s become known for having. Sterling Somers finished 13 of 25 for 176 yards and an interception. He did have a first-half TD toss called back for holding.
The senior QB ran for 18 yards including a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter, but he faced pressure from King’s defensive front all night with much of his rushing yards being marred by sacks.
The Lions also struggled establishing the run. Outside of Somers, Dalton Ohligschlager was the team’s next top rusher. He carried the ball nine times for 14 yards.
“We got our work cut out for us,” Kramme said. “We definitely need to improve. We are not a very good football team right now.”
Lynden’s first-half touchdown came on a Jordan Wittenberg 85-yard kickoff return that tied the game at 7-7 with 3:57 left in the first quarter.
Despite the offensive woes, the Lions found themselves with the game’s momentum late. Lynden capitalized on a King’s turnover by completing a seven-play, 38-yard drive with a Somers 2-yard plunge to tie the game in the fourth.
But King’s used over six minutes of clock during its next possession, scoring after 11 consecutive run plays to take a 21-14 advantage that sealed the game.
King’s — Cooper Wright 5 run (Jack Van Dyke kick)
Lyn — Jordan Wittenberg 85 kick return (Wittenberg kick)
King’s — Caleb Perry 67 run (Van Dyke kick)
Lyn — Sterling Somers 2 run (Per Wolfisberg kick)
King’s — Andrew Cline 12 run (Van Dyke kick)
RUSHING — Lynden: Sterling Somers 14-18, Dalton Ohligschlager 9-14, Ben Colwell 1-2. King’s: Caleb Perry 8-84, Jackson Whitaker 9-58, Cooper Wright 8-37, Andrew Cline 8-34, Koa Wilkins 3-21.
PASSING — Lynden: Sterling Somers 13-25-1-176. King’s: Koa Wilkins 3-7-1-36, Joe Green 0-1-0-0, Cooper Wright 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — : Lynden: Noah King 5-88, Jordan Wittenberg 3-61, Landon DeBruin 2-19, Dalton Ohligschlager 1-5, Connor Shine 1-2, Drew Krause 1-1. King’s: Jake Welch 1-17, Edmund Sundquist 1-15, Benjamin Hermes1-4 .