As quarterback Lucas Roetcisoender puts it, cousin Zach Roetcisoender “contributes on so many levels and really can do it all,” yet Zach was anything but a one-man team for Lynden Christian.
Zach scored long touchdowns on both offense and defense and helped set up the other three scores, but he was just one of several standouts as the Lyncs (3-0) claimed a 35-7 non-league win over Bellingham (0-3) on Friday, Sept. 18, at Civic Stadium.
“I was really happy with how we executed offensively. We didn’t have a turnover,” LC coach Galen Kaemingk said, pointing out the number that meant the most to him as the Lyncs seemed ready for their six-game Class 1A Northwest Conference schedule.
Lucas Roetcisoender, continuing to perform with remarkable efficiency, completed 8 of 11 passes for 155 yards. He found Zach four times for 108 yards including a 56-yard touchdown catch for a 28-0 lead late in the first half.
“Our receivers worked awfully hard with me over the summer,” said Lucas, who has completed 28 passes on only 36 attempts this season. “But I really wouldn’t have believed it” (if someone had told him he would complete nearly 80 percent in the first three games).
Junior running back David Bladies rushed 20 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns, looking harder and harder to take down as the game progressed. He increased his season total to 333 yards. LC’s other score came on a 37-yard interception by Zach Roetcisoender for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Rookie kicker Jake Poag, a senior playing his fourth varsity sport for LC, went 5 for 5 on conversions to make him 13 for 15 overall.
Third-year standout defensive end Kyle Tiemersma, enjoying his first chance this season to catch passes at tight end, grabbed a 16-yarder and a 23-yarder, with the latter helping to set up Bladies’ third touchdown.
Zach Roetcisoender’s 26-yard punt return was wasted the first time he touched the ball, but the Lyncs did not waste his fumble recovery on Bellingham’s second series, as Zach caught a 35-yard pass to set up Bladies’ 1-yard score, not long before Bladies came back with a 5-yard scoring burst.
The young Red Raiders, playing hard throughout, scored with 37 seconds to play on a 16-yard pass from Nick Knutson to fellow sophomore Ethan Fields. Another sophomore, Isiah Harrington, finished with 106 yards on 20 rushes, including 36 yards on Bellingham’s 70-yard scoring drive.
Bellingham’s Joe Worley caught two passes for 40 yards. Harrington was limited to 23 yards in the first half, but he and his line displayed sheer effort in the fourth quarter, including a tackle-breaking 14-yard scramble.
LC -- David Bladies 1 run (Jake Poag kick)
LC -- Zach Roetcisoender 37 interception return (Poag kick)
LC -- Bladies 5 run (Poag kick)
LC -- Zach Roetcisoender 56 pass from Lucas Roetcisoender (Poag kick)
LC -- Bladies 3 run (Poag kick)
Bell -- Ethan Fields 16 pass from Nick Knutson (Joe Worley kick)
RUSHING — Lynden Christian: David Bladies 20-112, Nathan Wynstra 4-16, Lucas Roetcisoender 5-(minus 8), Hunter Te Velde 3-12, Gavin Mumford 4-11, Tanner Jansen 4-2, Ty Van Dyken 1-(minus 3). Bellingham: Isiah Harrington 20-106, Chris Thompson 6-9, Nick Knutson 6-(minus 29), Ethan Fields 2-8.
PASSING — Lynden Christian: Lucas Roetcisoender 8-11-0-155, Ty Van Dyken 0-1-0-0. Bellingham: Nick Knutson 8-15-2-75.
RECEIVING — Lynden Christian: Zach Roetcisoender 4-108, Nathan Wynstra 1-10, Kyle Tiemersma 2-39, Tyson Cline 1-(minus 2). Bellingham: Ethan Fields 4-39, Joe Worley 2-40, Isiah Harrington 2-(minus 4).