The night before Lynden faced No. 10-ranked Burlington-Edison, Lions coach Curt Kramme challenged his team.
He wanted three turnovers.
Two, caused by a Drew Krause interception and a Noah King strip and Lynden recovery, combined with a recovered kickoff by Grant Scarlett, gave the Lions what they needed to earn a pivotal 34-16 Northwest Conference against Burlington-Edison on Friday, Oct. 10, in Lynden.
“I told the boys you are going to get knocked down,” Kramme said. “The key to our success is, ‘What are we going to do on the next play? Are you going to come back and fight, or are you going to whimper?’ And we didn’t whimper tonight. I’m very proud of them.”
The win was Lynden’s third straight after losing two of its first three to start the season.
Lynden receiver Jordan Wittenberg accounted for three touchdowns − two rushing and one receiving − Ben Colwell ran for a 51-yard score and quarterback Sterling Somers sealed the game with a 54-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run.
Somers finished 15 of 24 for 174 yards and a touchdown. The senior also ran for 108 yards on 11 carries. Wittenberg led the Lions (4-2, 3-1 NWC) with six receptions for 69 yards.
“It was a great test for us this week,” Wittenberg said. “They scored early, but we dug deep. We didn’t give in. Our team has so much heart, so much passion for the game. It’s unbelievable how hard our guys play.”
Lynden braved the work of Burlington-Edison running back Taran Lambert, who finished with 199 yards on 17 carries, in the first half to take a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Lions, during a key three-minute, third-quarter stretch, began to pull away.
Krause set everything up with an interception off Burlington-Edison QB Hunter Anderson. Five plays later Wittenberg took a carry around the left side of a 3-yard touchdown, giving Lynden a 20-13 edge with 8:23 to play in the third.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, Per Wolfisberg kicked short down the right side of the field. The ball bounced back, and Scarlett hustled down to recover it, giving the ball back to the Lions.
Two plays later, Somers connected with Wittenberg for a 20-yard touchdown strike to put the Lions in front 27-13.
Just like that, the Lions were in firm command.
“That certainly took the wind out of their team’s sails,” Kramme said. “There is no doubt about that.”
Burlington-Edison kicker Jake Field converted a 37-yard field goal with 3:13 to go in the third to trim Lynden’s lead to 27-16, but Somers’ 54-yard TD dash down the left sideline, combined with a strong defensive effort, handed the Lions their third consecutive victory.
BE — Taran Lambert 10 pass from Hunter Anderson (kick fail)
Lyn — Jordan Wittenberg 6 run (Per Wolfisberg kick)
BE — Lambert 71 run (Jake Field kick)
Lyn — Ben Colwell 51 run (Wolfisberg kick)
Lyn — Wittenberg 3 run (kick fail)
Lyn — Wittenberg 20 pass from Sterling Somers (Wolfisberg kick)
BE — Field 37 field goal
Lyn — Somers 54 run (Wolfisberg kick)
RUSHING — Burlington-Edison: Taran Lambert 17-199, Lorenzo Mationg 3-19, Conner Moore 3-6, Hunter Anderson 4-3. Lynden: Sterling Somers 11-108, Dalton Ohligschlager 12-41, Ben Colwell 3-58, Nui Labat-Alconcel 2-5, Jordan Wittenberg 2-9.
PASSING — Burlington-Edison: Hunter Anderson 21-35-1-158. Lynden: Sterling Somers 15-24-0-174.
RECEIVING — Burlington-Edison: Taran Lambert 7-51, Derek Cherryholmes 4-47, Conner Moore 4-43, Jacob Zamora 3-9, Zach Larson 2-4, Lorenzo Mationg 1-4. Lynden: Jordan Wittenberg 6-69, Noah King 3-44, Landon DeBruin 3-36, Ben Colwell 2-9, Rylan Severson 1-16.