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After missing state for the first time in a decade, Lions are hungry to get back

Hungry Lynden football team to get defensive in 2016

Lynden football coach Curt Kramme and running back/linebacker Brody Weinheimer speak about the Lions' keys to success in 2017.
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Lynden football coach Curt Kramme and running back/linebacker Brody Weinheimer speak about the Lions' keys to success in 2017.

It was starting to become as predictable in the month of December as Christmas – the first Saturday of the month, the Lynden football team would be playing for a Class 2A state title.

Four straight years and seven out of nine, that’s exactly where the Lions found themselves, winning titles in 2006, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12 and ’13.

And the two seasons Lynden didn’t make the title game during that run? Well, at least they made the state playoffs.

But that string came to a abrupt halt last year, as Northwest Conference rival Sedro-Woolley handed the Lions a 21-17 Northwest District playoff loss, preventing the Lions from advancing to state for the first time since 2005 and only the fifth time in 22 years.

The guys on the team have been hungrier because of what happened last year. When we didn’t got to the playoffs last year, I think that sparked a fire in them. I’ve seen them working harder during the offseason.

Lynden coach Curt Kramme

“I don’t want to throw last year’s team under the bus, because those guys battled hard all season,” Lynden coach Curt Kramme said, “and we got the worst draw in the state as far as the opening round for the round of 32 – both teams did. So tip your cap to Sedro-Woolley.”

Needless to say, though, missing state didn’t sit well with the players.

“Football at Lynden has got a rep,” senior running back/linebacker Brody Weinheimer said. “It’s a big motivation, especially with the teams we’ve had in years past and guys like Josh Kraght, Luke Christianson and Caleb Newman – all those guys. .. The guys – all the seniors, especially the captains – are hungry. We’re ready to go out and play. We’ve been putting in the work all summer. We’re hungry to get back.”

2 Sophomores in the mix to earn starting positions for Lynden on a relatively old, but inexperienced Lynden roster, coach Curt Kramme said.

A pride of hungry lions is probably the last thing the rest of the conference wanted to see.

But Lynden could look a bit different in 2016 from what their NWC foes have come to expect.

“I think our defense is going to be strong,” Kramme said. “We always put defense first at this school. We’re known for scoring some points, but our defense sets all that up. Our philosophy has always been: if the other team doesn’t score, they don’t have a chance to win.”

The Lions could be a little bigger than usual on the line with Tanner Steele leading the way, though the team still has it’s share of the typical small, quick, nasty linemen. Jake Kettles and Trey Labounty lead a list of players likely to see time at defensive end, while Kramme is expecting big things from Weinheimer and Gage Bates at linebacker to complete what figures to be a strong front seven.

Are we going to buckle up and play hard and match an opponent’s intensity and fight harder when we face some adversity, or are we going to fold? That’s probably the biggest key for us.

Lynden coach Curt Kramme

On offense, sophomore James Marsh and senior Jacob Hommes will split time at quarterback. When he’s not taking snaps, Hommes will be sharing duties at running back with Weinheimer, running behind an offensive line that has Ed Andrew and Steele returning.

Lynden also will utilize a tight end a bit more than years past with David Bode, and they could even use some two-tight end sets if they’re able to move Labounty or Kettles off the interior five. Rylan Severson and Landon DeBruin are returning starters at receiver but, as usual, the Lions figure to have a number of talented targets.

2016 schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 2

Terry Fox (B.C.) Secondary

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

Ferndale

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Bellingham*

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Sedro-Woolley*

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Lakewood*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Blaine*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Anacortes*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

Burlington-Edison*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Sehome (at Civic Stadium)*

7 p.m.

*2A Northwest Conference game

2016 roster

No.

Player

Yr.

1

Aaron Weidenaar

Jr.

2

Jacob Hommes

Sr.

3

Rylan Severson

Sr.

4

Elijah Vander Haak

So.

5

Bo Bovenkamp

Jr.

6

Prestion King

So.

7

ZJ Mills

So.

8

Kobe Elsner

So.

9

Landon DeBruin

Sr.

10

Nathan Doering

So.

12

Owen Bode

So.

13

Sunny Brar

Jr.

14

Cory Warner

Jr.

15

Pablo Martinez

So.

17

Eric Martin-Mann

So.

18

James Marsh

So.

20

Connor Shine

Sr.

21

Blake Silves

So.

22

Gage Bates

Jr.

24

Gabriel Gomez

So.

27

Grant Vander Yacht

So.

29

Trevin Melendez

So.

30

Cody Swendt

Sr.

33

Kaiden Vandalen

So.

34

Brendan Kleindel

So.

35

Brody Weinheimer

Sr.

36

Braden Black

So.

37

Jordan Brockmeyer

Jr.

38

Payton Scott

So.

39

Anthony Baird

So.

42

Nick Parris

Sr.

43

Isaiah Baseden

Jr.

44

Adrian Velasquez

So.

45

Adam Payne

Jr.

46

Jordan Peterson-Scotter

Sr.

47

Terrell Peavy

So.

50

Cooper Brown

So.

51

Uriah Mcsorley

So.

52

Bret Heppner

Sr.

53

Tanner Steele

Sr.

56

Kaden Mayberry

So.

58

Micah Smith

Sr.

59

Cauy Shagren

Jr.

60

Edward Andrews

Sr.

67

Alex Petersen

Sr.

68

DJ Dahlgren

Jr.

69

Bailey Totton

So.

71

Cole Crass

Jr.

72

Kevin Antonio

So.

73

Jacob Kettels

So.

74

Bryce Bosman

So.

75

Dorian Landry

So.

76

Trey Labounty

Jr.

77

Brennan Roebuck

Sr.

79

Ricky Lopez

Sr.

82

Carson Bode

So.

83

Tyus Wilson

Sr.

85

Derric Lloyd

Jr.

88

Jack Petersen

Sr.

98

Layne Smith

So.

99

Davis Bode

Sr.

2015 results

Date

Opponent

Score

Sept. 4

at King’s

L 21-14

Sept. 11

Lakewood

W 53-0

Sept. 18

Squalicum*

L 27-0

Sept. 25

at Anacortes*

W 52-20

Oct. 2

at Sehome*

W 47-14

Oct. 9

Burlington-Edison*

W 34-16

Oct. 16

at Ferndale*

W 34-7

Oct. 23

Sedro-Woolley*

L 32-29

Oct. 30

at Blaine*

W 37-14

2A NORTHWEST DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

Nov. 6

Sedro-Woolley

L 21-17

*2A/3A Northwest Conference game

2015 statistical leaders

RUSHING

Player

Att.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Sterling Somers

85

507

6.0

6

Dalton Ohligschlager

87

422

4.9

5

Jacob Hommes

28

202

7.2

2

Ben Colwell

24

157

6.5

2

PASSING

Player

Att.

Cmp.

Yards

TD

Int.

Sterling Somers

140

214

1,948

20

5

Jacob Hommes

11

32

84

1

4

RECEIVING

Player

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Jordan Wittenberg

53

847

16.0

8

Noah King

48

691

14.4

5

Landon DeBruin

12

153

12.8

0

Rylan Severson

8

101

12.6

2

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