Lynden beats Tumwater 41-7 to repeat as 2A champs

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 1 at 7:28 PM

TACOMA, Wash.  -- Record-setting performances by quarterback Josh Kraght and receiver Zac Vis led Lynden to a 41-7 victory over Tumwater for its second consecutive Class 2A state championship on Saturday.

Kraght completed 16 of 27 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns for Lynden (13-1), which won its fifth title in seven years. Kraght also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. His 431 total yards set a title-game record.

Vis had nine receptions for a title-game record 271 yards. His three touchdown catches tied the record.

Lynden took an early lead when Kraght threw a long pass to Vis, who caught the ball near the Tumwater 35 and sped into the end zone for a 71-yard TD. That score came right after Lynden stopped Tumwater on fourth-and-4 at the Lynden 29. Tumwater (12-2), champions in 2010, scored its only touchdown when David Durden picked off a Kraght pass and returned it 20 yards to make it 10-7 late in the first quarter.

But it was all Lynden after that. Kraght scored on a 1-yard run and tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Vis to help give the Lions a 27-7 halftime lead.

After losing the season opener, Lynden won 13 consecutive games, all by 19 or more points.

Kraght, a senior, completed 10 of 19 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the opening half. He also rushed for 58 yards and a score on 12 carries. Vis, also a senior, had six receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Kraght continued to overpower Tumwater in the second half. He completed passes of 45, 18 and 19 yards to set up a 2-yard scoring pass to Dak Shagren.

Then after a Lynden interception at its 6, Kraght threw to Vis for a 56-yard gain, followed by a 27-yard touchdown toss to Vis for the final TD with 1:51 left in the third quarter. The record-setting duo came out of the game with 8 minutes to play.

The Lynden defense held the usually strong Tumwater rushing attack to 88 yards on 36 carries. Jayden Croft completed 10 of 18 passes for 115 yards to lead Tumwater.

 

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