Lakewood rides stellar defense to big win over Sedro-Woolley

The Cougars improve to 4-0 on the season after blanking the Cubs 27-0.

ARLINGTON — In the inaugural year of the Northwest 2A Sky Division last season, Lakewood entered league play with an impressive 3-0 record, but couldn’t hold up and didn’t win a league game.

Lakewood proved on Friday that it is a force to be reckoned with in 2019. Especially the Cougars’ defense.

In a huge statement victory, the Cougars (4-0, 1-0 Northwest 2A Sky) blanked ninth-ranked Sedro-Woolley, 27-0, in both team’s league opener at Lakewood High School.

“I think until you get a couple of signature wins, they’re going to always sort of wonder who you are,” Lakewood head coach Dan Teeter said. “We haven’t really had a whole lot of talk about us or anything. Our guys are proud, and they realize that and they wanted to make a statement.”

The Cubs entered Friday averaging 41.6 points in three non-conference wins, but the Cougars were not fazed by Sedro-Woolley and their star wide receiver, Eastern Washignton commit Brent Vanderveen.

The Cubs recorded just 104 yards of total offense and Vanderveen caught just two passes for 21 yards.

“Coach Mitch Robbins, our defensive coordinator, has put a lot of time in and I’m so proud of those guys,” Teeter said. “They worked really hard and you can’t say enough about the defense.”

The slate doesn’t get any easier for Lakewood, with juggernauts Lynden and Archbishop Murphy up next.

But the confidence around Lakewood has the team feeling more prepared than ever.

“We expect very big things out of our team this year and we think we’re going to go far,” quarterback Jared Taylor said. “This is just step one to it.”


With about three minutes to play in the third quarter, Lakewood had dictated the game, but held on to just a 10-0 lead.

After forcing yet another Sedro-Woolley punt, junior running back Malik Dotson broke off a 48-yard run on first down. Then, Teeter dialed up the play that swung the momentum for good.

Taylor connected with senior Jackson Schultz on a swing pass, who subsequently launched a 24-yard touchdown pass to Carson Chrisman to put the Cougars up by three scores with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter.

“We were thinking about calling it sometime in that drive. I wanted to get the ball to a certain spot,” Teeter said. “When that broke open, I thought this was definitely the time to go for it. (Schultz) could have picked either reciever.”


— Taylor finished 7-for-16 with 76 yards and a touchdown through the air and went for 110 yards on 19 carries on the ground for the Cougars.

— Dotson racked up 94 yards on nine carries.

— Senior running back Landon Pruitt finished with 52 yards on nine carries, including a 30-yard scamper on Lakewood’s first drive of the game.

— Senior placekicker Alan Sepulveda made 2-of-3 field-goal attempts, including a 44-yarder late in the fourth quarter, which, according to the stadium’s public address announcer, was a school record.


Teeter: “Dave Ward is a great coach and has his team really well prepared. They’re tough, they’re physical and they have a Division-I receiver, and our guys rose to the challenge. We don’t have any one guy … that’s being college recruited at this point, but we have a team that’s playing really well together.”

Taylor on the defense: “Our defense? Outstanding. Every possession they were handing it to them and they just got the job done, like we thought they were gonna.”


Lakewood travels north for a road contest againt perennial 2A power Lynden, while Sedro-Woolley takes on Burlington-Edison in a rivalry game.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Third-place finishers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker pose with their medals in the championship ice dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Community sports roundup: More medals for local ice dancer

Kamiak graduate Jean-Luc Baker earns a bronze medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Washington State offensive lineman Abraham Lucas (72) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Archbishop Murphy grad Lucas will return to WSU next season

The All-Pac-12 second-team offensive lineman from Everett opts not to declare for the NFL draft.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) is one of 23 unrestricted free agents the team has to sort through this offseason. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
POLL: Which free agent should the Seahawks prioritize?

Who among Seattle’s 23 unrestricted free agents should the team target for re-signing?

File-This July 20, 1977, file photo shows American League pitcher Don Sutton of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 48th All-Star Game in New York Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. The Atlanta Braves, where Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, said he died in his sleep.  (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)
Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher for Dodgers, dies at age 75

The four-time All-Star never landed on the injured list during his stellar 23-year career.

Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford, left, and Kyle Lewis run together off the field against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game during the Mariners home opener Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Mariners ready to take ‘step forward’ in 2021

The ‘step back’ rebuild that began in 2019 is starting to see results at the big-league level.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tosses a football before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pete Carroll should stay — and reexamine the way he does things

It’s time for the highly successful Seahawks coach to re-evaluate what’s best for the team.

Seattle Sounders defender Brad Smith (11) poses for a photo with head coach Brian Schmetzer, left, and vice president of soccer and sporting director Chris Henderson, right, following MLS soccer training, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders acquired Smith, who is from Australia, on loan from English Premier League club Bournemouth in a deal announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Sounders’ Chris Henderson hired by Inter Miami

The Cascade High School product will join Manchester United greats Phil Neville and David Beckham.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles away from Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Final grades for a Seahawks season left wanting

Inconsistencies are a big reason Seattle is not still playing football.

Washington forward Hameir Wright, left, and UCLA guard Tyger Campbell dive for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
UW leads at half, but comes up short in loss to UCLA

The Huskies fall to 1-11 on the season with a nail-biting 81-76 loss to the first-place Bruins.

Most Read