The Friday Harbor football team lit up the scoreboard early and often en route to its second win of the season over Lynden Christian.
With a 38-14 victory, the Wolverines notched their highest scoring output of the year on the Lyncs home field and improved to 5-4 overall, picking up their first win in 1A conference play.
Unlike the first clash between the 1A regional rivals, a 21-14 win at home by the Wolverines on Sept. 7, this one was never close.
Senior Donald Galt hauled in two 50-plus-yard touchdown passes from quarterback C.J. Woods in the opening half, and senior Micah Powell added another six points in the second period on a 9-yard TD run. The Wolverines led 20-7 at the half.
“I was happy to see our kids come back and play with the kind of intensity they’re capable of,” Coach Darrin Scheffer said. “We sort of lost some of our momentum after a couple of close losses and then had a couple of flat games after that.”
At Lynden Christian (0-5, 3-6), the Wolverines were firing on all cylinders. On the heels of a 14-yard TD dash by Dylan Radden, Friday Harbor grabbed a commanding 26-7 lead after the break. The Lyncs scored their final touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter and the Wolverines responded by adding two more of their own, a 4-yard TD burst by Nate Steenkolk and a 45-yard touchdown pass, this time from Donald Galt to tight end Jacob Justiniano.
The Wolverines came up a game short of securing a berth in the Northwest 1A Conference post-season bracket, finishing fifth, behind fourth-place Nooksack Valley, among the region’s six 1A rivals. The Lyncs finished sixth.
Still, Friday Harbor has one game remaining on its 10-game regular season schedule, and will face Tacoma’s Life Christian Academy, Saturday, on the road at Lakewood Stadium; kick off is 1 p.m.,
“We’re headed for a road trip,” Scheffer said. “We’re hoping to finish the season on a positive note and then come back next year with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”