Todd sets record, but Interlake loses to Lynden, 55-28 | 2A Football
With unofficial rushing totals of 331 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Todd claimed the state's 11-man football season rushing record with 2,741 yards, breaking the old mark of 2,676 set by Ferndale's Matthias Wilson in 1997.
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BELLEVUE — Just about everybody wearing Interlake powder blue on Saturday wanted one final photo of Jordan Todd, and the soft-spoken senior running back obliged.
Still, he couldn't bring himself to smile after a 55-28 loss in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state quarterfinals to top-ranked Lynden.
With unofficial rushing totals of 331 yards and three touchdowns, Todd claimed the state's 11-man football season rushing record with 2,741 yards, breaking the old mark of 2,676 set by Ferndale's Matthias Wilson in 1997.
Todd even added a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Interlake's statistics gave Todd 359 yards, for a season total of 2,769. Statistics will likely be official after viewing game video.
Smiles were the last thing on Todd's mind after a season-ending loss.
"I can't believe it's really over," a red-eyed Todd said. "I just really wish we could keep playing."
Lynden (12-0) prevented that, showing it was equally adapt at running the ball with 388 yards and eight touchdowns as a team. Quarterback Josh Kraght led the way with 140 yards and five touchdowns, while Luke Christianson added 101 yards and a score.
Christianson's 26-yard touchdown run around the right end on Lynden's first possession got the Lions on the scoreboard first, but the Saints (5-7) answered when Todd popped his third carry of the game 80 yards for a touchdown.
After that run, Lynden actually did a decent job of containing the 5-foot-6, 177 pound Todd until a couple of long runs in the fourth quarter. Todd picked up 108 yards on his first four carries, but had only 157 at halftime on 14 carries and 172 on 21 attempts entering the fourth quarter.
"They (Lynden) put a lot of guys in the box to stop Jordan, and to their credit, they rose to the occasion," Interlake coach Jason Rimkus said. "They took a big swing to open the game, and we swung back. We both kept swinging, but their swings had some power behind it."
With the Lynden defense slowing Todd in the second and third quarters, Kraght scored on runs of 43, 3, 1 and 1 yards to give Lynden a 34-7 halftime lead.
When the Saints defense was able to hold on Lynden's first second-half possession, Todd returned the ensuing punt 54 yards to cut the lead to 20, but Kraght and running back Kyle Hanson scored on 29-yard runs on back-to-back Lynden possessions to put the game away.
With the score 48-14, all that remained was to see if Todd would get the record.
A 35-yard TD run with 6:22 to play got him within 23 yards, before his 71-yarder up the middle with 3:53 remaining put his name in the record book. His 32 carries Saturday gave him 263 for the season at an eye-popping 10.4 yard average.
"I'm pretty pleased with what we accomplished, but it was a lot of guys that helped get me here," Todd said. "Right now, it all kind of hurts, but I'm sure one day I'll look back and be happy, but not today."
Rimkus already is taking that opportunity to reflect, though.
"I've never coached anybody like Jordan," the Interlake coach said. "I've never seen such a humble, outstanding kid as Jordan Todd. I'm got to miss him as a person a whole lot more than I'm going to miss him as an athlete, and he was an exceptional athlete."
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