Josh Kraght leads Lynden past Tumwater, 41-7 | 2A Football
Senior quarterback Josh Kraght passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns, and Zach Vis had a record 271 receiving yards as the Lions rolled to the Class 2A championship.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TACOMA — Josh Kraght has been part of numerous Lynden High School victories in football, basketball and baseball the past four years. But none were as special as the 41-7 win over Tumwater Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. It gave the Lions their second straight Class 2A state football title.
"It has to be No. 1, because of the way we controlled the line of scrimmage, the way we played and just this group of guys," the senior quarterback said after having a hand in all five Lynden touchdowns, four passing and one rushing.
Lions coach Curt Kramme rates this team his best — a sizable statement considering four others have won titles during his 21-year career.
"That's no disrespect for some of the teams we've had before," Kramme said, "but these guys, when you look for a spot at this level where you're maybe trying to hide a guy or two, we weren't hiding anybody. They could all play, and we had backups that could play."
Star running back Luke Christianson tried to play with a separated shoulder, but left in the second quarter. The second-ranked Lions (13-1) didn't miss a beat, in part because Kraght was beastly. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 376 yards — 14 shy of the 2A championship-game record. Kramme lifted him with 8:31 to play, and neither lamented the record that might have been.
"Josh isn't about records," Kramme said. "We're about one record, and that's, I guess, 13-1, the best we could do. That's what we've always been about."
Kraght said there were other passes in the game he should have completed.
But teammate Zach Vis did get the record for receiving yards with 271, bettering the previous mark of 267, and tied the mark for TD catches with three. Kraght called him "a quarterback's dream."
Kraght also helped Lynden win the state basketball title last season and reach the championship game in baseball.
"He's a once-in-a-career type player," Kramme said. "I hope I get another one like him, but the combination of athletic ability, throwing ability, running ability, toughness. ... He's just one of those guys we've been riding."
No. 6 Tumwater (12-1) trailed just 10-7 after David Durden's 20-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the opening quarter, but it was all Lynden from there.
Lynden — Zach Vis 71 pass from Josh Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
Tumwater — David Durden 20 interception return (Elijah Hill kick)
Lynden — Otano-Guenther 29 FG
Lynden — Kraght 1 run (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lynden — Vis 12 pass from Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lynden — Dak Shagren 2 pass from Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
Lynden — Vis 27 pass from Kraght (Otano-Guenther kick)
|Time of Possession||24:47||23:13|
Rushing — Lynden, Kraght 14-55, Postma 6-36, Christianson 5-25, Mouat 5-22, Wainwright 2-18, Somers 1-2. Tumwater, Cummi 13-69, Snow 4-13, Davis 1-10, Brown 17-9, Croft 121-(-13).
Passing — Lynden, Kraght 16-27-2- 376, Peterson 1-1-0-18, Somers 1-1-0-7. Tumwater, Croft 10-18-1-115.
Receiving — Lynden, Vis 9-271, D.Shagren 4-20, Shine 2-61, Postma 1-24, Hastings 1-18, T.Shagren 1-7. Tumwater, Brown 4-64, Delucco 3-31, Plamondon 2-18, Snow 1-2.