Cascade Christian Prevails in Clash of Nisqually Against Seamount By Steve Dion
Week 4 of the high school gridiron season included an intriguing non-league game between the defending 1A champions Cascade Christian and rising Seamount squad Lindbergh. The setting was Renton Memorial Stadium featuring the airport in the backdrop where undefeated LHS played host.
The game broke out with a slow start as each team struggled to move the ball fluidly. The first big play of the game was an interception by Eagle cornerback Steve Celis. The home team would eventually capitalize on the momentum of the pick when Anthony Walker took a sweep 58 yards to the house. It wasn’t until the second quarter when the visiting Cougars woke up. Senior tailback/defensive back combo Zach Bartolome rumbled up the gut for a 20 yard touchdown run to tie it up. Later, he forced a fumble and turned it into a 48-yard score and the lead ten seconds later. Needing a response to swing the momentum in their favor, Lindbergh capped off a long drive with a 6 yard scamper to the goal line by DeMarco Sauls. Before the half, Evan Patrick grabbed the lead at 21-14 when he took a 3 yard run to the end zone.
When the teams took the field for the second half, the rain started to fall onto the turf and the pace quieted down. Cascade Christian used extended possession to wind down the clock and continue to build their lead. Madden Tobeck put the Cougs up two possessions on a 1 yard goal line push. The inability of Lindbergh to establish an aerial attack allowed the CCHS defense to load up in the box and pressure Samuel Nehren. Lindbergh made a late charge with a fourth quarter score, but eventually allowed Cascade Christian to put a stamp on the contest with their fifth touchdown of the game. Both teams will carry a 3-1 record heading into next week.
The Final Score: Cascade Christian 35 Lindbergh 21
Auburn-Mountainview Unwraps Late Christmas Present with Win Over Lindbergh By Steven Dion
Game two of the opening round in the Christmas Classic featured Lindbergh from the Seamount League and Auburn-Mountainview of the South Puget Sound League. This matchup pitted a guard-heavy Lindbergh squad against an Auburn-Mountainview team with a prominent post presence. The team that adjusted to their dissimilar counterpart would prevail in the contest.
The contest opened with both teams trading buckets. A-M Lions’ guard Ryan Lacey buried a pair of triples in the first frame as part of his 15 total points in the game. Lindbergh’s Vincent Carter played like the NBA legend that bears the same name by scoring from the field, perimeter, and free throw stripe. The Eagle guard scored a team-high 20 in the contest. The rebounding battle was won by the Lions in the first half. However, Lindbergh took a 33-31 lead into the locker room.
Most of the third quarter was spent at the free throw line as twenty attempts were taken in the frame. Lindbergh was unable to get their star guard Marcel Hale rolling in the second half, but credit the Auburn-Mountainview defense for limiting Hale’s output. Lions senior Wyatt Walstad netted six of his game-high 21 points in the third. His effort on the defensive end of the floor paid off on the stat sheet in this contest. However, Lindbergh hung tough and only trailed by one point going into the final frame. Buckets were traded in the fourth, but AMHS’s ability to snag some late rebounds primarily through Tristan Miguel’s 6’9” frame put the Lions in position to protect their small lead. A late full-court press by the Eagles resulted in an outlet pass to Victor Daggs Jr. to put the game away. Auburn-Mountainview picked up the 71-67 win.
With Franklin’s cheer squad and band bringing the off field action, Memorial Stadium proved to be another formidable location for a Thursday night high school football showdown between the undefeated Lindbergh Eagles and the struggling Franklin Quakers. Lindbergh jumped on the Quakers early and often, compiling a 41-0 lead entering halftime. The connection between senior quarterback Tyrell Shavers and junior receiver Khalil Burton accounted for three of those seven touchdowns from 25, 43, and 20 yards out.
Lindbergh slowed down their offensive output in the second half, putting in their second string early in the third quarter. They added another score later in the third, a 55 yard run by junior Devon Jackson, but those would be the last points for the Eagles.
Franklin began their offensive output late in the third with a beautiful pass from quarterback Montique Jenkins to sophomore wideout Malik Abdil-Haqq for 54 yards and a touchdown. Jenkins would throw another touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Quakers would add another score to bring their total to 20. But Lindbergh was too tough in the first half, and took the game 47-20.
Top Performers: Lindbergh
Tyrell Shavers – 3TD passes of 25, 43, and 20 yards
Khalil Burton – 3TD receptions of 25, 43, and 20 yards
Montique Jenkins – 2TD passes of 54 and 8 yards