10/05/18: Lynden 's Eric Martin-Mann (17) & James Marsh (10) in the backfield versus Burlington. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Marsh & Martin-Mann Rally Lynden Past Burlington
October 6, 2018
Sometimes against all odds, the ball bounces your way. It did for the Lynden football squad Friday night at Rollie DeKoster Field . The Lions turned a late fumble recovery into a game winning score and a 17-14 come from behind victory over the Burlington Tigers.
Trailing 14-10 and out of timeouts with less than 3 minutes left to play it looked like 3rd ranked Lynden (6-0) would suffer their first loss of the year. But on their way to pulling off a huge upset, Burlington (2-4) coughed up the football.
Lions DB Eric Martin-Mann recovered Tate Cavanaugh's fumble with 2:32 left to play, 52 yards away from a game winning touchdown.
Two plays later Lynden QB James Marsh hit Kobe Elsner for 38 yards to set-up a first and goal at the Burlington 10. Martin-Mann followed with a 9-yard run to the one. Then Marsh went over right tackle for the 1-yard TD plunge into the end zone to give the Lions the lead.
"Emotions went through the ceiling, that was crazy...I just started screaming and yelling and hugging everyone," said Marsh. "The fact that we managed to get the ball back with no timeouts left and take it all the way down the field was amazing."
Following an impressive kick-off return deep into Lynden territory Burlington had one more opportunity for a win. Senior LB Preston King put an end to that with an interception of Tigers QB Isaac Lindsay on a pass over the middle in the red zone with just 45 seconds left to play.
I just watched the quarterback the whole time and looked over, the wide receiver was right there and I cut under it, said King. "It was insane, I didn't know what to do with the ball, I just kept holding on and then it just hit me and we won."
The Lions trailed 7-to-3 at halftime with their only points coming on a 38-yard Marko Samoukovic field goal in the 1st quarter. Martin-Mann helped reclaim the lead for Lynden in the 3rd quarter on a 75-yard touchdown run.
Martin-Mann finished the night with 136 yards rushing on 12 carries.
MORE: Listen to postgame interviews with Eric Martin-Mann, James Marsh & Preston King
Burlington got a 3-yard touchdown run by Axel Wilhonen in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay threw a 10-yard TD pass to Jakob Fleury in the 4th quarter.
Lynden will look to remain perfect when they travel to Sedro-Woolley to battle the Cubs in Week 7. Burlington will attempt to bounce back when they host Archbishop Murphy October 12th.
- Doug Lange
Preston King (6) & James Marsh (10). PHOTO: Tyler Anderson
Lynden RB Eric Martin-Mann runs 75 yards for a touchdown versus Burlington. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Lynden Head Coach Blake Van Dalen. PHOTO: Doug Lange