If you were to look on a Lindbergh Football calendar there would be a big red circle around Friday night's football game against the Renton Indians. Nearly a year after the Indians beat the Eagles 43-40, it was pay back time on a night when the Indians celebrated a “Black Out Night” where everyone wears black. Instead of a celebration for the Indians, the spotlight shown on the Lindbergh Eagles, who won 38-24 and took home their fourth straight Walter Tracey Memorial Trophy.
Lindbergh scored first after a fourth down 'roughing the punter' was called on Renton. Daniel Wiitenan scored a 57-yard touchdown. Penalties hurt the Indians throughout the night, as the team gave up several big plays for potential touchdowns that could have lead the team to a win.
The Indians answered in the second quarter with a 25-yard field goal kick by Uriel Gonzalez. Lindbergh added a 84-yard touchdown reception from Tyrell Shavers to Cameron Callen and an 18-yard field goal as time expired for halftime for a 17-3 lead by Derrick Holt.
"We started out beautifully and we gave it right back," said Lindbergh head coach Pat O'Grady. "Good teams find ways to win when they’re not playing good. I just want to just play well."
"We knew it was going to a a dog fight, we knew we could come back from 17-3" said Renton coach Donald Ponds. "They didn’t have Matt (Stuart), and there was going to be things that went for us and against us."
Lindbergh opened the second half with a 93 yard kickoff return by D'Angelo Faust. The Indians responded with 13 unanswered points including a 3-yard quarterback keeper by Da'Ssaun Sauls. Renton had another touchdown taken away after an offensive hold prevented the score.
"Small things took away big plays. We knew coming into this week we could do what we have done before in weeks past. The Indians," said Ponds. Before Friday's game, Renton had 46 flags for 368 yards.
Renton punted the ball down to the Lindbergh one yard line. On the next play Daniel Wiitanen ran the length of the field for a 99 yard touchdown run, 31-16 lead. Renton answered with another touchdown and a two point conversion, 31-24 Eagles.
Cameron Callen had a 28-yard touchdown interception with less than two minutes to play to give the Eagles the city championship.
Lindbergh has secured a number one league spot in this week 10’s 2A subdistrict playoffs.
“Its nice to get those things taken care of, including the All-City championship, four years in a row for the seniors. When we first got here, we were just hoping to God to hang with the other two schools. Now we are in a position were we are winning on a regular basis and that’s nice growth for the program," said O'Grady.
The Indians play league powerhouse Kennedy next Saturday.
Lindbergh hosts Highline, Franklin (3A Metro) before traveling to Highline Stadium to play Kennedy for a possible league championship.
Stats provided by Scott Callen:
Lindbergh - Rushing: 31 carries, 267 yds, 2 TD
Lindbergh - Passing: 6/10 156 yds, TD
Tyrell Shavers - passing: 6/10 156 yds, INT
Daniel Wiitenan - 19 carries, 250 yds, 2 TD (57 yds, 99 yds)
Cameron Callen - 2 rec, 80 yds, TD (84 yds), INT return for TD (28 yds)
Derrick Holt - 3 rec, 70 yds, 18yd FG
D'Angelo Faust - 93 yd KO Return for TD
Rushing: 47 carries, 115 yds, 2 TD
Passing: 11/24, 162 yds, TD
Da'Ssaun Sauls - passing: 11/24, 162 yds, INT rushing: 23 carries, 39 yds, TD (3 yds)
Ernie Davis - 14 carries, 33 yds
Isaiah Mahoney - 7 carries, 29 yds, TD (2 yds)
Elijah Clayton - 4 rec, 47 yds, TD (13 yds)
Byron Siu - 4 rec, 86 yds
Uriel Gonzalez - 25 yd FG
The Just Play Fair Award was given to Lindbergh’s Kasey Smith and Renton junior quarterback Da’Ssaun Sauls.
KiroTV placed the Renton vs Lindbergh game on its game of the week for people to vote on. As of Wednesday the game was leading votes by more than 4,000. On Thursday evening just another 1,000 votes gave the game more than 7,700. However, the Arlington vs Lake Stevens had over 11,000 votes.
Playoffs – both teams have qualified for the 2A Subdistrict playoffs in Week 10. Brackets have not been released by the WIAA at this time.
Renton head Coach Donald Ponds was taken out by one of his own defense backs, after the player attempted to tackle quarterback Tyrell Shavers.
Lindbergh players and Renton cheerleaders donned pink socks and ribbon in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Other Seamount League scores:
Hazen 48, Evergreen 6 - Jordan Abdullah and Tony Nipert each scored two touchdowns for the Highlanders Thursday night. Abdullah's touchdowns came on runs of 15 and 48 yards. Nipert's touchdowns came on 3 and 1 yard quarterback sneek. Other touchdowns were Joe Glaefke 32 yard reception from Nipert; Zach Cable 5 yard reception from Nipert; and Dario Smith 83 yard kickoff return. Kicker Sam Bunnell was 6 for 8 in point after attempts.
Kennedy Catholic 47, Foster 0
Lakeside 43, Highline 21 (Non-league)
Week 7 games
Thursday, Oct 11 - Bainbridge vs Hazen at Renton Stadium, 7 p.m. (non-league)
Friday, Oct 12 - Foster vs Evergreen at Highline Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct 12 - Highline vs Lindbergh at Renton Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 13 - Renton vs Kennedy at Highline Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
Standings (as of Friday night, *secured Week 10 playoff berth)
*Lindbergh 4-0, 5-1
*Kennedy Catholic 3-0, 4-1
*Renton 2-1, 3-3
*Hazen 2-2, 3-3
Foster 1-3, 1-5
Highline 0-3, 0-6
Evergreen 0-3, 0-6