Royals come up short against Scots

Justin Cachopo
Lynnwood quarterback Justin Cachopo waits for the ball during a non-conference game against Shorecrest Friday night at Edmonds Stadium. The Scots prevailed 20-15. (photo by Joleen Sims)


By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

Lynnwood showed plenty of heart Friday night in its season opener.

But heart wasn’t quite enough as Shorecrest held off a valiant Royals’ comeback attempt to prevail 20-15 in a non-conference football game at Edmonds Stadium.

Lynnwood rallied from 14-0 and 20-7 second-half deficits and had the ball on its own 5 with 2:09 remaining with a chance to win the game. But the Scot defense stiffened and Lynnwood turned the ball over on downs.

“I’m proud of our kids,” said co-interim head coach Danny Hawkins. “They played hard. They played tough.”

Two key mistakes deep in Shorecrest territory, one at the end of the first half and the other early in the fourth quarter torpedoed potential scoring drives.

Trailing 6-0, Lynnwood moved the ball near the Shorecrest goal line and appeared poised to at least tie the score or even take the lead late in the second quarter.

But Shorecrest’s Nik Hendricks picked off a pass at the goal line to end the Royals’ scoring threat.

Then trailing 14-7 early in the fourth quarter, Lynnwood had the ball at the Shorecrest 10 when pressure from the Scot defense forced a fumble and the Royals again missed a prime opportunity to tie the score.

“We’ve got to learn how to secure the ball and not turn it over in the red zone,” Hawkins said. “That’s what we’ll be working on. Other than our own mistakes, we’re good to go.”

Shorecrest took a 6-0 lead into halftime on a 25-yard pass from Hendricks to Aaron Kelly.

The Scots extended their advantage to 14-0 on a 53-yard touchdown run by Hendricks at the 8:21 mark of the third quarter. Lynnwood had turned the ball over on downs at its own 48. The Scots lined up for their first play on offense and were flagged for delay of game. Hendricks then atoned for the penalty with the scoring run.

Lynnwood responded with its first scoring drive of the night, a 12-play 67-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Andrew Katzenberger. The junior running back carried the ball five times during the drive.

“He’s been running hard all summer and all spring,” Hawkins said of Katzenberger. “He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

The Shorecrest fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter led to a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Michael Fisher that gave the Scots a 20-7 advantage with 8:54 remaining in the third quarter. Henricks had a 43-yard run on the second play of the scoring drive.

“We gave up three big plays that hurt,” said co-interim head coach Keauntea Bankhead. “We eliminate those, we’re good. We’ve got to eliminate the big plays. I don’t think they did anything we didn’t see on film. I think our defense played hard.”

Hendricks’ elusiveness was a problem for Lynnwood.

“He’s fast. He’s a good athlete,” Bankhead said. “We’ve just got to contain him. He got a couple of big plays on us. Other than that I think we’re fine.”

The play of the night took place on the ensuing Lynnwood offensive series. The game was looking bleak as the Royals faced third and 18 at their 12. Quarterback Justin Cachopo completed a pass to tight end Lucas Jungmann, who broke tackle after tackle in the middle of the field, made it to the left sidelines and proceeded to outrun the defense for a spectacular 88-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-15.

“He’s spent a lot of time in the weight room this summer just for that, so that he can stay on his feet,” Hawkins said. “He has great feet and great balance. I knew if he broke out of those couple of tackles he was going to be gone because he’s fast. That’s what he did. He stayed on his feet, lowered his pad level and took it to the house.”

Lynnwood is on the road next week against Shorewood at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Shoreline Stadium.

“We’ve got a long ways to go, but we’ll get there,” Bankhead said.

“We’ve just got to start faster,” Hawkins added. “The O-line played great. It was just mental errors that we need to clean up.”


HEAD COACH ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE: Lynnwood head coach Adam Fermstad was not on the sidelines during the Royals’ season opener. Fermstad was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 28, according to Edmonds School District community relations manager DJ Jakala. On Friday morning Principal Dave Golden informed the team that Fermstad would not be on the sidelines. Jakala declined to specify the reasons for Fermstad being placed on administrative leave.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jersey Mike’s Lynnwood Player of the Game was sophomore running back Mikao Kirkman.

The Royals cheerleaders showed their support for the football team. (photo by Joleen Sims)








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