ANACORTES — The Burlington-Edison football team has had a bumpy start to its 2018 season.
On Friday, a soggy road game in Anacortes turned out to be what the Tigers needed to make things a little smoother.
Axel Wilhonen scored three touchdowns, quarterback Isaac Lindsay threw for two touchdowns on his three pass attempts and the Tigers downed the shorthanded Seahawks 43-13 in a nonconference matchup.
The weather was far from ideal with heavy rain at times and a lightning delay that halted the game for more than a half-hour in the second quarter.
But the Tigers proved tough to slow down all the same. Lindsay found Wilhonen on two TD throws, one for 37 yards and the other for 11, while Wilhonen also had a 9-yard touchdown run.
Running back Dylan Wesen, who was the Tigers’ leading rusher with 69 yards on 14 carries, toted the ball for a 12-yard touchdown run, while Aaron Fisher punched the ball into the end zone from two yards out for a score of his own.
The Tigers’ other score came from a defender as Austyn Frazier snagged an Anacortes pass attempt. The junior defensive back, whose father is an assistant coach for Anacortes, returned it for a 30-yard touchdown.
The scoring flurry equaled a win for the Tigers, who lost their season opener to Mount Vernon, then lost their second game to Lord Tweedsmuir of British Columbia.
Anacortes and Burlington-Edison are now in different divisions within the Northwest Conference: Burlington-Edison is in the Sky Division and Anacortes in the Lake Division.
The Seahawks suited 20 players for the game, and have played with as few as 18 this season. They broke loose late in the game, especially running back Trevor Beaner, who ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Beaner had touchdowns of 3 and 8 yards and got the latter due with help from a heady defensive play by teammate Stephen Downie.
The senior astutely picked up a Burlington-Edison fumble and returned it 40 yards to set up the second score for Anacortes.
The Tigers are 1-2 and Anacortes is 0-3.