Lynden beats top-seeded Tumwater 21-7 to capture WIAA 2A football state championship

PUYALLUP – Cade Slayton is a valuable secret weapon.

The Lynden High School football team’s backup quarterback clearly proved his worth to the team in the final weeks of the season. Slayton is no longer a relative unknown.

Slayton, big and physical at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions brought the fight to top-seeded Tumwater 21-7 on Saturday evening in the Class 2A state championship game at Sparks Stadium.

Lynden (12-1) collected the school’s first state title since back-to-back crowns in 2012 and 2013 in 2A. The Lions downed Tumwater 41-7 in 2012 and beat the Thunderbirds again in 38-28 in 2013.

Slayton directed the go-ahead scoring driving in Lynden’s 15-10 state semifinal win over North Kitsap last week.

The Lions will bring home the school’s ninth state title in football, thanks to stout defense and ball-control offense.

Lynden’s Collin Anker had a pair of interceptions and the Lions’ defense limited a high-powered running attack of Tumwater (10-3). The T-birds led 7-0 before the Lions roared back with 21 unanswered points.

(Photos by Vince Miller)

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