Wiitenan's four touchdowns powers Lindbergh to a Seamount Championship

Daniel Wiitanen runs past the Kennedy defenders. Wiitanen had four touchdowns in the game. - Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter
Daniel Wiitanen runs past the Kennedy defenders. Wiitanen had four touchdowns in the game.
— image credit: Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

Led by a four touchdown effort from running back Daniel Wiitenan, the Lindbergh Eagles beat Kennedy Catholic 38-14 Thursday night at Renton Memorial Stadium to win the Seamount League Championship.

The win also completed an undefeated season for the Eagles, who finished the year 8-0.

Wiitenan got the scoring started early, with two touchdowns in the first quarter. His first came on a 3-yard run halfway through the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Lindbergh's defense held its ground, forcing an intentional grounding call that led to a punt.

With the ball back in the hands of their offense, the Eagles marched all the way down the field, scoring on a 16-yard run from Wiitenan and ended the first quarter up 13-0.

In the second, the Eagles defense picked off the Kennedy quarterback, setting up a first-and-10 from the Kennedy 23. The Eagles moved the ball all the way to the 1-yard-line where on thrid-and-goal the Lancer defense stopped Wiitenan from getting his third touchdown of the half.

But the Eagles went for it on fourth down and quarterback Tyrell Shavers called his own number on a quarterback keeper to the right side, scoring easily to make it 19-0.

Kennedy battled back, however, moving the ball down the field and getting on the board with a 33-yard pass-and-run from Damien Maricich to Nate Randall.

On their next possession, Kennedy looked poised to take the ball in for a second time in the quarter but again the eagles defense came up big with an interception with 43 seconds left in the half. On first down, however, the Lancers took the ball right back with an interception of their own, but let the clock run down and the teams went to the locker room with Lindbergh up 19-7.

In the third quarter, Kennedy drew closer on a 7-yard touchdown run from Luiz Diaz, making the score 19-14, but that would be as close as they would get.

Devon Jackson opened the second half scoring for Lindbergh with a 5-yard run to give the eagles a 25-14 lead after three quarters.

But the fourth quarter belonged to Wiitenan.

After a holding penalty brought back a long touchdown run, the coaches called Wiitenan's number who powered his way through the Kennedy defense for a 62-yard touchdown run and a 31-14 lead.

Later, after another strong stand by the defense, Wiitenan got the ball again and fought his way to his fourth touchdown of the night, a 36-yard run that sealed the game, and the League Championship, for the Eagles.

Lindbergh moves on to the District 3 2A playoffs. They will play the No. 4 seed from the Olympic League at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Renton Memorial Stadium.

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