Lucas Roetcisoender opened his third season as Lynden Christian’s starting quarterback with big numbers, but what he will remember most is his defensive debut.
Roetcisoender ran for two touchdowns and completed 8 of 10 passes for 174 yards and two scores in LC’s 36-12 non-league win over Omak on Saturday, Sept. 5.
“I didn’t have a single play on defense my first two seasons, but playing defense felt awesome today,” said Roetcisoender, an effective inside linebacker. “It was so much fun to fly around and to enjoy the defensive camaraderie. I expected I would be playing defense this year.”
Coach Galen Kaemingk is delighted with Roetcisoender’s willingness to play both ways.
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“I think it helps Lucas take his mind off playing QB (when LC’s defense is on the field),” he said.
Meanwhile, cousin Zach Roetcisoender, who missed the first few games last season before returning to football, turned in the defensive play of the game while quickly showing just how ready he is to make the most of his senior season.
With LC up 20-6 thanks to a clever 9-yard touchdown on a keeper by Lucas Roetcisoender, Zach made a vital stop when slippery Omak quarterback Gabe Timentwa tried to turn a 4-and-2 punt situation from his own 42-yard line into a first down late in the third quarter.
Zach, who made five tackles on LC’s first two defensive series, would have none of it, even though Timentwa was elusive enough to finish with 138 yards on 18 rushes.
The Lyncs took over and Lucas immediately found senior Nate Hielkema for a game-breaking 43-yard touchdown and a 27-6 lead when varsity kicking rookie Jake Poag kicked the third of four extra points.
“That was the back-breaker,” Kaemingk said of the two plays. “We played a good competitive game, but I could see how much work we have to do.”
It was Hielkema‘s first varsity touchdown and one of three long LC scores. The others were junior Nathan Wynstra’s 32-yard sprint in the second quarter and Zach Roetcisoender’s 46-yard scoring catch in the third period.
Zach had four catches for 98 yards and junior David Bladies led the Lyncs’ 252-yard rushing assault with 83 yards on 14 carries.
“I was very happy with our defense,” said coordinator Dan Kaemingk, who praised returning defensive leader Kyle Tiemersma and sophomore lineman George De Jong. “We had one play to talk about at halftime, and (Omak’s) big play in the second half (a 77-yard scoring pass from Timentwa to Nolan Springer) resulted from what could have been better communication from the defense. That’s on me.”
When Galen Kaemingk gave reserves a shot on LC’s third series, junior Gavin Mumford ran hard to amass 30 yards on four consecutive run, setting up the Lyncs’ first touchdown, a 1-yard sneak by Lucas Roetcisoender, who led the Lyncs to 426 total yards.
Lynden Christian 36, Omak 12
LC -- Lucas Roetcisoender 1 run (kick blocked)
Omak -- Danny Gomez-Pacheco 3 run (kick blocked)
LC -- Nathan Wynstra 32 run (Jake Poag kick)
LC -- Lucas Roetcisoender 9 run (Poag kick)
LC -- Nate Hielkema 43 pass from Roetcisoender (Poag kick)
Omak -- Nolan Springer 77 pass from Gabe Timentwa (run failed)
LC -- Zach Roetcisoender 46 pass from Lucas Roetcisoender (Poag kick)
LC -- Safety, Omak runner tackled in end zone
RUSHING — Omak: Gabe Timentwa 18-138, Danny Gomez-Pacheco 8-19, Brandon Landers 4-12, Anthony Rankin 2-(minus 4). LC: David Bladies 14-83, Lucas Roetcisoender 5-16, Nathan Wynstra 5-50, Gavin Mumford 4-30, Colby Flint 1-16, Zach Roetcisoender 1-6, Hunter Te Velde 2-6, Jordan Riddle 6-33, Tanner Jansen 5-15, Ty Van Dalen 1-(minus 2).
PASSING — Omak: Gabe Timentwa 6-9-2-112. LC: Lucas Roetcisoender 8-10-1-174.
RECEIVING — Omak: Nolan Springer 5-102, Danny Gomez-Pacheco 1-10. LC: Zach Roetcisoender 4-98, Nate Hielkema 2-50, Kyle Tiemersma 1-14, Nathan Wynstra 1-12.