Random Recap: 1995 Mini-Playoff, Meridian 23-Lynden Christian 7

1995 Week 9 1/2 (Mini-Playoff):  Meridian 23, Lynden Christian 7

Steve Bernardy on the sack

One of the greatest postseason runs in Meridian history began in Week 9 when the Trojans faced Friday Harbor on a Thursday.  If they won, they would take part in a 3-way tilt with Lynden Christian and Mt. Baker on  the following Saturday for the WCL’s 2nd seed and a state qualifier game on the following Tuesday.  Win that, and the qualifying team would travel to Centralia on the next Saturday for the first round of the state playoffs.  Summary:  4 football games in 10 days.

The Trojans dispatched the Wolverines in the final week of the season to earn a share in the mini-playoff.  By virtue of a winning coin flip, the Trojans earned a bye in the first round and watched L.C. dismantle Baker in two 8-minute halves.  Facing the Lyncs this 2nd time had the Trojans hungry and ready.  Following the opening kick-off, QB Jeb Kratzig hooked up with P.J. Trompeter for a 68-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to take a 6-0 lead.  The Lyncs, however, were much more methodical.  Driving the length of the field and using 7+ minutes, the Lyncs took the lead on a Scott Romjue-to-Greg Dykstra touchdown pass to take the lead at 7-6 with less than a minute to play in the first 8-minute half.  The Trojans wasted no time, however, in driving back quickly to score at the end of the half.  A Kratzig-to-Trompeter connection, a Kratzig scramble and ensuing late hit out of bounds penalty put the Trojans 1st and goal at the L.C. 10, where Kratzig and Trompeter hooked up for their second score of the half with Gabe Matheson adding the 2-pt. conversion.

PJ Trompeter

 

Trailing 14-7, L.C. came out throwing in the 2nd half–but ineffectively.  Steve Bernardy sacked Romjue for a 9-yard loss followed by a Nate Bouma interception of a Romjue screen pass intended for Dykstra.  The Trojans then turned the game over to Matheson and the offensive line.  Running behind all-staters Michael Ames and Kurt Ingram, Matheson sprung loose for a 33-yard scoring run to push the Trojan lead to 21-7.

The final score was added on the ensuing L.C. possession when Bernardy recorded his 3rd sack of Romjue for a Meridian safety.

Bernardy for the safety

Leading 23-7, the Trojans ground out on the clock for the win following the L.C. free kick.

For the game, the Trojan defense allowed just 1.5 yard per rush and didn’t surrender a single rushing 1st down.  Offensively, the 190 yards gained would extrapolate to 570 for a full 48-minute game–a number that would have ranked 2nd in school history at the time.  The Trojans would follow the mini-playoff victory with wins over Chimacum on Tuesday, Montesano on the following Saturday, Steilacoom in the quarter finals before reaching the Tacoma Dome for the first time in 3 years.

Stat Stars

Jeb Kratzig
Passing:  4-5, 107 yards, 2 tds
Rushing:  2-14

Gabe Matheson
Rushing:  6-70, 1 td, 1 2 pt. conversion

P.J. Trompeter
Receiving:  3-100, 2 tds
Kick-off Returns:  1-17

Nate Bouma
Interceptions:  1-5

Steve Bernardy
Sacks:  3, 1 safety

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