By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
Lynnwood is moving forward after a tough season opener.
Glacier Peak scored five unanswered touchdowns in the first half en route to a 52-20 victory in a Western Conference 3A football game Sept. 3 at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“We were a little nervous coming out,” said first-year Lynnwood coach Mike Don. “We played well, they played exceptionally well. That’s a pretty good football team.
“We kept competing throughout the game. (We) never gave up.”
For many of the Royals, Friday night’s game was their first taste of varsity action and for some players it was their first game since their freshman year.
After the game, Don told his players to “learn from it. We just want to take what we got and kind of learn and move on for the next week.”
Lynnwood hosts Shorewood at 8 p.m., Sept. 10 at Edmonds Stadium. The Thunderbirds lost 13-7 to Everett. Shorewood also is led by a first-year coach, Rob Petschl.
“They’re a smash-mouth football team,” Don said. “They run the ball the majority of the time. They played with a really good effort. That’s always a testament to the coach.”
This week Don and his staff plan to work on getting the defense aligned correctly and making sure the players know their assignments.
“We struggled getting aligned and we were overthinking the game and doing too much,” Don said.
As for the players’ outlook after the loss, Don acknowledges they were disappointed.
“They know they’re capable of playing better,” he said. “We’ve flushed it. We’re moving on and getting ready for Shorewood.”