Facing an uphill battle against No. 1 Lynden, the No. 16 Black Hills football team’s cinderella run to the state playoffs came to a crashing halt in the first round of the 2A state playoffs, 54-7.
The Lions hit the running clock by the second half, holding a 40-0 lead, and the Wolves wouldn’t manage to score until the fourth quarter, when Travis Carson took a carry 24 yards to the house to get Black Hills on the board and avoid a shutout.
Lynden looked as good as advertised, with quarterback Brant Heppner tossing two touchdowns, running in two more, and completing 5 for 10 of his throws for 83 yards. Tailback Lane Heeringa toted the rock 11 times for 42 yards and two more touchdowns in a well-rounded effort.
The Wolves, meanwhile, had a hard time moving the ball consistently. Sophomore QB Jaxsen Beck completed just two of his four passes, with most of his 58 yards coming on a long 52-yard completion to Max Johnson. Seniors Johnnie Stallings and Tanner Parkinson each rushed for over 40 yards in the loss.