The final score may not indicate it, but the Lynnwood football team made some progress after a disastrous league opener two weeks ago.
Glacier Peak won their second game of the season, pounding the Royals 47-6 in a Western Conference 3A game Oct. 10 at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Second-year Royals coach Dorian Manza saw a decent effort from his squad in the first two quarters.
“In the first half we executed pretty well,” Manza said. “We had over 100 yards of offense, 50 yards of rushing.”
Manza made a change at quarterback, switching senior Geoff Meinken from running back. Meinken, who rushed for 84 yards, played quarterback as a sophomore.
“He reads really well. He’s comfortable back there,” Manza said. “The only problem is his mechanics throwing aren’t where they should be. He threw some decent balls. We just didn’t catch them.”
The Royals (0-2 in the league, 0-6 overall) offered a different look on offense with a spread formation.
“We ran some motions,” Manza said. “We ran a lot of quarterback keepers. It was a big change. We’re just trying to find something that works offensively.”
Lynnwood sustained a solid drive in the first half, moving down to the Glacier Peak 12-yard line. Unfortunately, a bad snap resulted in a 20-yard loss and torpedoed the possible scoring drive.
A late touchdown by the Grizzlies (1-1, 2-4) in the second quarter enabled Glacier Peak to gain the momentum heading into the second half. Had the Royals not given up the touchdown, they would have only trailed 17-6 rather than 24-6.
Lynnwood’s lone touchdown was a 63-yard interception return in the second quarter. The Royals were not able to sustain their relatively solid first-half performance.
“In the second half we came out sloppy,” Manza said. “They had an interception returned for a touchdown. They kind of unleashed their offense and we couldn’t stop them.”
Glacier Peak quarterback Zach Richter passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Tanner Southard caught four passes for 127 yards. The Grizzlies finished with 455 yards of total offense.
“Glacier Peak has got a really explosive offense,” Manza said. “Defensively we’re giving up huge plays. Offensively, we don’t respond.”
Lynnwood hosts Shorecrest at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 at Edmonds Stadium. The Scots upset the Mavericks 16-12 last week. “Our kids’ morale is still up,” Manza said. “We’re going to come out and play as hard as we can and see if we can get a win.”
•Senior Geoff Meinken returned an interception 63 yards for Lynnwood’s only touchdown in a 47-6 loss in a Western Conference 3A game Oct. 10 at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium.
•Lynnwood hosts Shorecrest at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 at Edmonds Stadium.