Know Thy Opponent: Lynden Christian

Turn that frown upside down, The Mighty Trohahns now enter a brand new world of league play, tabla rasa at 0-0.

In this topsy-turvy world, Lynden Christian’s under-center power run offense had been an immutable touchstone of constancy. That, and the sand under what used to be the Mt. Baker grass.

Now even that has been taken from us. Lynden Christian has taken a step back—five to be exact—in order to move forward as another shotgun team. So help me, they even have play placards. What has happened?

LC formation 2016

But Lyncs gotta Lync, and despite formational modernity, LC is still running the ball at least a 60% clip. Senior David Bladies is averaging 57 yards on the ground per game, and Jordan Riddle and senior QB Colby Flint are both averaging over 25.

LC formation 2 2016

LC started off the season with a tough non-league slate of Bellingham and Cascade Christian, but picked up a solid win last week against Cashmere.

The Herald previews tonight’s game thusly:

Lynden Christian at Meridian

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Meridian High School

Lyncs update: Lynden Christian was able to secure its first win last week – a 14-13 victory over Cashmere – to improve its record to 1-2. The Lyncs’ defense stifled Cashmere, but the Lyncs were only able to rush for 52 yards on 22 carries. The Lyncs also fumbled five times, losing three, which is something coach Dan Kaemingk wants his squad to stop.

Trojans update: Meridian lost 34-33 to Cascade Christian on a blocked extra point in last week’s nonleague game. The Trojans rushed for 327 yards, but quarterback Simon Burkett threw two interceptions. He also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while Andrew Logan caught a touchdown pass from Burkett.

Key to the game: The Lyncs struggled to run the ball last week and will want to improve upon their 2.4 yards per attempt to beat the Trojans.

Player to watch: Meridian’s Bryce Vandenhaak ran for 150 yards on 14 carries last week and will look to keep that up.

 

KGMI, for the second week in a row, will carry tonight’s game on-air and online for the expats and weather adverse. Kickoff is 7PM in Lovely Laurel.

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