By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
Lynnwood played its best game of the year but the victory still eluded the Royals.
Running back Glenn Paden carried the ball 25 times for 282 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Shorecrest to a 55-26 victory over The Royals in a Western Conference 3A football game Oct. 8 at Shoreline Stadium.
Lynnwood quarterback Blake Lord completed 16 of 27 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Colton Degraw, who finished with 113 yards on five receptions.
“We played with a lot of effort,” said Lynnwood coach Mike Don. “We went out there and the kids laid it on the line. I think effort-wise that was the hardest our kids have played.”
Shorecrest (3-3 in the league, 3-3 overall) was able to run the ball behind a big offensive line.
“They were a big, physical football team,” Don said. “They’ve been in the weight room. We knew they wanted to run the football. We struggled stopping the run.”
Lynnwood (0-5, 0-6) cut the deficit to 34-20 in the third quarter but the Scots kept answering with touchdowns of their own to maintain the lead.
“We had our chances,” Don said. “We just couldn’t stop them. Every time we cut the lead down, they’d put together a long drive and put it back up. We were playing in catch-up mode.”
Lord was especially accurate with most of his incompletions coming late in the game when Lynnwood needed to score quickly.
“He did a good job of reading the defense and playing confidently,” Don said of Lord. “He’s starting to understand the offense. He did a great job.”
Don was proud of his players’ efforts.
“They played their hearts out,” he said. “At the end of the game, the other team knew they were in a football game. They gave it everything they had.”
Lynnwood appears to have its best opportunity for a victory this week as the Royals host Lakeside (1-5) at 8 p.m., Oct. 15 at Edmonds Stadium.
“I think we match up pretty well,” Don said. “If the kids work hard, we’ll be all right.”