Ferndale's Ryan Pelton carries the ball against Lynden in 2019's game between the two teams. Pelton, now a junior, scored a touchdown against the Lions Friday night in Ferndale's win. (File photo)

Lions drop first game of season, Golden Eagles remain unbeaten

FERNDALE — Most things with high school football this season are incredibly different, but one thing remains the same. The Lynden-Ferndale rivalry. 

The Lions and Golden Eagles met for their annual bout Friday night and Ferndale came away with a 28-19 win to improve to 2-0 this season. Lynden dropped to 1-1. 

Ferndale got on the board first with a touchdown run from junior Thomas Broselle. The Lions answered with a touchdown run of their own by senior Caleb Wheeler. 

Lynden caught a bit of misfortune from the first snap, losing junior safety and receiver Kaleo Jandoc to a separated shoulder. Starting quarterback and backup safety Baylor Ayres filled in for Jandoc the next play and also separated his shoulder.

“Baylor is on the sideline telling me he separated his shoulder, but luckily it wasn’t his throwing shoulder so he can still play quarterback, but in the back of your mind you’re trying to protect that shoulder, so there’s a lot to factor in,” Lynden coach Blake VanDalen said. “I’ve got a quarterback out there with a separated shoulder and his primary receiver went out on the first play of the game.”

Despite a separated shoulder, Ayres was 14-27 passing for 164 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball 24 times for 102 yards. Wheeler added 83 yards on 15 carries for two touchdowns. 

Third-string safety sophomore Collin Anker led the Lions in tackles with 12.

Lynden trailed 14-6 at halftime and scored on its first drive of the third quarter to bring the game within one point at 14-13. 

Ferndale extended its lead to eight points with a run from sophomore Isaiah Carlson. The touchdown was aided by a pass interference call against Lynden on fourth down extending the Golden Eagle’s drive. 

VanDalen said there were things that didn’t go the Lions way during the game, but the Golden Eagles also executed well all night. 

“Ferndale played great and we need to get better,” VanDalen said. “That was the one clear thing. They made less mistakes than us. The only turnover of the game was on us and for most of the game it was a one-point or one-score game. That’s the Ferndale, Lynden rivalry right there. Every little thing gets magnified.”

The Golden Eagles added another score to take a 28-13 lead in the fourth quarter off a touchdown run by junior Ryan Pelton with time winding down in the game.

Lynden found the endzone on the last play of the game to come within nine points, but this year’s rivalry game would go to Ferndale. 

The Lions won’t have much time to dwell on the loss as their schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to 2-0 Squalicum next week. 

“I told the kids they’ve got a day to flush it and then we’ve got to start getting back to work,” VanDalen said. “Nothing feels better than working to fix all those little things and be the best version of yourselves you can be and that next chance is Friday.”

Ferndale will also travel south Saturday to play Sehome at 7 p.m.

Other scores from around the county:

Lynden Christian 71, Bellingham 0

Mount Baker 49, Blaine 14

Sehome 20, Oak Harbor 7

Squalicum 38, Mount Vernon 24