Lynden and King’s huddled together in the middle of the field, helmets in the air, celebrating the game itself.
Lynden beat King’s 14-6 at Husky Stadium in the second matchup of the day at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
“”It was a typical first -week-of-the-season game, especially for us since we had 19 new starters; we had a brand new team, and I thought we showed flashes of being quite good, but we also had moments (that weren’t so good),” Liberty coach Curt Kramme said. “This was maybe an ugly win, but we’ll take it.”
After the first half, Lynden looked like they would run away with it, racking up almost 100 more yards of total offense than King’s.
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King’s finally caught up, ending the game with 298 yards total offense compared to Lynden’s 299, but they weren’t able to capitalize until the very end of the game when freshman quarterback Corey Kispert stepped in for Koa Wilkins.
Kispert completed a 46-yard pass to Ryan Fransen, setting up the subsequent 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Turner.
Without as many penalties as King’s, Lynden found more success getting into the endzone.
Quarterback Lucas Peterson, who completed 11 of 21 passes, threw for 149 yards in the first half with a long of 35 and one touchdown — a 13-yard completion to receiver Jalani Phelps.
Scooter Hastings made it look easy on his quarterback and longtime friend, with three receptions for 84 yards in the first half, one of which was a 31-yard reception to put Lynden on the 3-yard line, setting up a touchdown soon after.
“He can change the game,” Kramme said of Hastings. “He’s a tough matchup for anybody.”
Standing at 6-foot-7, Hastings is a big target. Add that to an already established relationship, and it’s hard not to throw it his way.
“He’s just a big dude,” Petersen said. “Just throw it up there and trust that he’ll catch it.”
On the other side of the ball, Lynden’s defense did its fair share to keep King’s away from the endzone.
Wilkins was sacked five times for a total loss of 22 yards, in large part to Blake Browning, who had 2½ sacks.
Karl Sather of King’s went to work, too, racking up 8½ tackles and the only interception of the game.