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State game of the week: Surging Ferndale tries to slow speedy Lynden

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm with 1 Comment »
October 17, 2012 12:51 pm

3A No. 3 Ferndale (7-0) at 2A No. 3 Lynden (6-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Rollie DeKoster Field, Lynden

Skinny: It wasn’t long ago when Ferndale boasted a trigger man at quarterback with sprinter skills in Jake Locker. Now it is Lynden’s turn with quarterback Josh Kraight (81-of-139, 1,101 yards, 14 TDs; 549 rushing yards, seven TDs), a three-year starter who gets everything rolling for the defending 2A state champions. Last season was a real trial for coach Jamie Plenkovich and company at Ferndale. Their 5-5 season was the first non-winning campaign of the coach’s eight-year tenure at the school. Senior leadership has been behind the program’s strong recovery, and running backs Alex Conley (team-high 92 carries, 950 yards), Hank Hilts and Richmond Baardsen will test interior of Lions’ defense. After losing four games in a row in the series (2005-08), Lynden is on a three-game winning streak in one of Whatcom County’s best rivalries, including a 27-7 victory in 2011.

TNT pick: Lynden, 31-28.

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  1. mrtman33 says:

    Todd, you are awesome! This is truly the GOTW. Now for my thoughts…IF and it is a BIG if, I grant you that…Ferndale cannot run on the Lions D (and I do not think that they can) they will be forced to attack through the air. Much like the Nebraska and Oklahoma teams of the 70s, who when falling behind, were forced to turn to the passing game (which was non-existent in their offensive scheme), the Golden Eagles are geared the same way. Meanwhile, Coach Curt Kramme (5 state titles) has installed an offense with quick-strike capabilities from anywhere on the field. The key: can Lynden’s offense continue to march up and down the field, putting points on the board? IF they can, again that two-letter word, then Ferndale will be in for a very long evening, indeed. It comes down to the Lion D v. Ferndale’s running game. Thx again Todd, for showing others why I continue to peruse your HS sports section on a regular basis!!

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