Conor Bardue surpassed his total number of passes all last season (16) in one game. He completed 17 of 20 for 380 yards overall in season opener.

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Sure, Stanwood was 4-6 last season, 1-4 in WesCo 3A North competition, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to an inexperienced Lake Stevens football team making its Friday night debut.

LSHS junior Conor Bardue replaced the famed Jacob Eason at quarterback in record-setting fashion. Bardue scored six touchdowns in the opening half against Stanwood, leading Lake Stevens to a 54-8 season-opener win on the road.

“It was a great first start for him (Conor) and the whole team,” LSHS coach Tom Tri said via text on Saturday.

Bardue threw just 16 passes last season playing behind Eason, who suited up for Georgia on Saturday. On Friday, Bardue was 17 for 20 for 380 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Senior receiver Hunter Eckstrom was the recipient for three of the touchdowns, finishing with seven catches for 165 yards.

Eason led Lake Stevens to three consecutive WesCo 4A league championships. The Vikings lost, 37-34, in the Class 4A state semifinals last year. Eason finished his senior season completing 235 of 338 passes for 3,587 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Bardue and Lake Stevens face a tougher test next week. The team hosts Arlington, which was undefeated (5-0) in WesCo 3A North play last season, 7-3 overall. Arlington defeated Stanwood 50-19 on its way to the 2015 divisional title.