* CLASS 2A FINALS
No. 4 Tumwater (12-1) vs. No. 2 Lynden (12-1)
1 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome
Coaches: Sid Otton is in his 39th season at Tumwater (313-106 record). Curt Kramme is in his 22nd season at Lynden (204-52 record).
Road to Gridiron Classic: Tumwater defeated Steilacoom in the first round (45-22), Archbishop Murphy in the quarterfinals (21-0), and Prosser in the semifinals (35-21. Lynden defeated Mark Morris in the first round (42-14), Sumner in the quarterfinals (42-7), and Capital in the semifinals (48-21).
About the Thunderbirds: In spite of its youth and inexperience entering the season, here is Tumwater gunning for its second state title in three years – and sixth overall. The defense has allowed just 69 points in its past seven games – and set a school record with points scored (58). And RB Andrew Brown (1,237 rushing yards, 25 total TDs; 2,234 all-purpose yards) has been a real difference-maker on special teams with six returns for scores. Otton is 5-0 in title games.
About the Lions: Kramme might not have the total coaching wins of Otton, but he has matched him with state titles with five (1A in 1991; 2A in 2006, 2008-09, 2011). And whoever wins will move into second all-time in state coaching championships behind Bellevue’s Butch Goncharoff. Few have run Lynden’s no-huddle offense as well as QB Josh Kraght (163-243, 2,376 yards, 27 TDs). RB Luke Christianson (174 carries, 1,477 yards, 28 total TDs) is a threat in the run and pass game, and WR Zach Vis (43 catches, 658 yards, seven TDs) is fully healthy after coming back from a broken collarbone.
TNT pick: Lynden, 34-24.
“Score Czar”/Computer pick: Lynden, 31-17.