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Class 2A semifinal: Two powerhouses, two different modes to winning

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:48 am with No Comments »
November 23, 2012 12:42 pm
Capital quarterback Derrick Becker must keep Lynden's defense from loading up to stop running back Kai Van Sickle.

No. 5 Capital (10-2) vs. No. 2 Lynden (11-1)
1 p.m. Friday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: J.D. Johnson is in his sixth season at Capital (54-20 record). Curt Kramme is in his 21st season at Lynden (192-52 record).

Road to the semifinals: Capital defeated Lakewood in the first round (47-36), and Burlington-Edison in the quarterfinals (46-19). Lynden defeated Mark Morris in the first round (42-14), and Sumner in the quarterfinals (42-7).

About the Cougars: You can’t talk about Capital without mentioning its powerful rushing attack, led by senior RB Kai Van Sickle (school-record 316 carries, 2,599 yards, 38 TDs). And he has been a one-man wrecking crew in the playoffs – rushing for 754 yards and 12 TDs in three games. It is worth noting he might be running behind the best offensive line in 2A

About the Lions: Back in the state semifinals? It is nothing new around Lynden, which has made it five times in the past seasons – winning 2A titles in 2006, 2008-09 and last season. And the Lions have feasted on EvCo schools, going 7-1 against them (only loss was 21-10 to Tumwater in 2010). QB Josh Kraight (124-188, 1,804 yards, 21 TDs) and RB Luke Christianson (149 carries, 1,244 yards, 20 TDs) are a lethal 1-2 punch.

TNT pick: Capital, 27-24.

“Score Czar”/Computer pick: Lynden, 30-24.

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