Breakdown of Tumwater-Lynden 2A state title game

mwochnick@theolympian.comDecember 7, 2013 

Tumwater running back Christian Cummings drags a Prosser defender during Saturday’s semifinal matchup at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.


No. 1 Tumwater (13-0) vs. No. 2 Lynden (13-0)

10 a.m., Tacoma Dome

Radio: KGY AM-1240

TV: None

Coaches: Sid Otton is in his 40th season at Tumwater (326-107 record at Tumwater, 359-127 overall in 46 seasons). Curt Kramme is in his 23rd season at Lynden (218-53, all at Lynden).

Road to Gridiron Classic: Tumwater defeated Sehome (52-22) in the state first round, White River (45-7) in the quarterfinals and Prosser (45-40) in the semifinals. Lynden defeated Kingston (34-0) in the first round, Sumner (54-21) in the quarterfinals and Ellensburg (21-7) in the semifinals.

About the Thunderbirds: For the second consecutive year and the third time in four years, the T-Birds are in the final. A victory would give the program its first undefeated season since 1990, when it went 13-0, and a school record for wins (14). Last year’s 41-7 loss to Lynden gave Tumwater its first loss after a 5-0 mark in state title games. The T-Birds’ motor starts with its defense, which has scored a school-record 11 touchdowns, and the pass rush. Senior DE Nick Foerstel has recorded nine sacks, one away from tying Tumwater’s single-season record. He’s tied with Jamie Land, who played on Tumwater’s 1987 state championship team, for the school’s career sack mark of 16. Senior RB Christian Cummings has 2,078 all-purpose yards (1,700 rushing) with 30 touchdowns — three TDs away from setting the program’s single-season mark.

About the Lions: Playing for a state title has been a regular staple for a school previously known for its basketball teams. Despite graduating 19 seniors off last year’s undefeated team that beat Tumwater in the title game, Lynden is playing for its sixth state title in eight seasons. Sophomore QB Sterling Somers assumed the starting job in Week 7 after Lucas Petersen suffered a wrist injury. Petersen, who has returned on defense as a safety, is the son of Eric Petersen, a starting tight end on Tumwater’s 1987 championship team. Of Lynden’s 26 receiving touchdowns, 17 of them are from Jalani Phelps and Scooter Hastings. The 6-foot-3 Phelps and 6-7 Hastings have a combined 1,467 yards on 88 catches.

Meg's pick: Tumwater 34, Lynden 26

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