Antonio Wynter's 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ignited the Lancers as they claimed their 19th league title in 24 years.
BURIEN — Antonio Wynter kept his head clear and his feet in high gear.
“I didn’t think, I just caught the ball and ran,” he said.
The result was an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half, sparking Kennedy Catholic to a 51-14 victory Thursday night at Highline Stadium over Lindbergh for yet another Seamount League football title.
The Lancers (7-1, 6-0), ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, have won or shared 19 of the 24 league or division titles since joining the Seamount in 1989. They are 23-1 against Lindbergh, with the Eagles’ lone victory coming in their title season, 2009.
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“It’s a championship, and it goes up on the wall,” coach Bob Bourgette said. “Our kids will be able to look at that forever. I’m just proud of our guys.”
Both teams were already assured of No. 1 seeds into their respective 3A and 2A playoffs. It was the first on-the-field loss for Lindbergh (7-2, 5-1), ranked No. 10 in 2A. The Eagles forfeited their season opener due to a lack of eligible players and are still thin, which proved costly Thursday — especially after losing two linemen to injuries in the first quarter.
“We just don’t have the numbers,” coach Pat O’Grady said.
The jumbled offensive line played a role in several bad snaps, one resulting in a safety. The Eagles had negative-73 yards rushing going into the final quarter, when Kennedy led 51-7 and sent in the reserves.
The Lancers led just 21-7 at halftime, thanks to a late Lindbergh TD set up by Greg Kier’s 38-yard interception return. Wynter, who had scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, got momentum back on Kennedy’s side with his kickoff return.
“He bailed us out,” Bourgette said.
The Lancers also got two touchdowns apiece from Colin Cossette and Drew Thompson. Cossette had 137 yards on 16 carries.
Next up for Kennedy in the playoffs is the winner of Friday’s WesCo 3A game between Mountlake Terrace and Marysville Getchell. Lindbergh faces the No. 4 SPSL 2A qualifier, which will be decided Friday.