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Matchup of Champions: Lake Stevens Vikings and Lynden Lions Square Off Today at Noon
The reigning 4A and 2A title holders will line up opposite each other today as part of a four-way scrimmage in Arlington that serves as a capstone for in Spring Football.
Video: Jayshon Limar and Kolton Matson prepping for today’s scrimmage. Film and editing by KTH/J425.
ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL - In about as fascinating of a Spring matchup as Washington State prep football fans could hope for, the reigning 4A State Champion Lake Stevens Vikings will square off with the back-to-back 2A State title-winning Lynden Lions today as part of a Spring Football four-way scrimmage at Arlington High School today.
Action begins at noon and J425 will report live from the sidelines – bookmark our game thread here and hit the subscribe button for email updates sent direct to your inbox.
Vikings Close Spring Camp Ahead of Champion vs Champion Scrimmage
The battle between the two state powers will occur with special stipulations – drives will begin at the 35 and each team will run a total of 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays. That said, league game officials will be onsight to control the action, which will occur in pads and at full speed.
The Vikings feature a couple of 2025 stars – RB Jayshon Limar (6’1 205) - the younger brother of the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year Jayden Limar – and QB Kolton Matson (6’2 180) who’ve been making waves on the camp circuit.
Jayshon is fresh off an impressive performance at the ESPN 300 in Salt Lake City, Kolton took home MVP honors at the CWU camp last weekend…and both attended the UW camp yesterday.
Limar holds at least eight major offers, while Matson is getting interest from schools like Nevada and WSU. It would not be surprising to see offers start rolling in for Kolton any day.
Other Vikings looking to capitalize on the stage provided by the high-profile scrimmage include LB/RT Mason Turner (6’2 230) and LT/DL Bryce Slezak (6’3 250). Both of Lake’s starting tackles are seeing interest from Yale with the Ivy institution hosting Slezak in July.
Turner, who led the Vikings in tackles last season, combines NFL size with outstanding lateral agility, burst and short area quickness. Both tackles ran sub 5.0 40s at Lake’s recent combine.
All Eyes on Lynden’s Towering 2025 QB
For the Lions, all eyes will be on rising junior QB Brant Heppner - a 6’6 dual sport star coming off an impressive playoff run.
Heppner posted the following 2022 stats per Whatcom Preps: 58-of-89 passing for 968 yards with 10 touchdowns and 80 carries for 367 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Both the Vikings and the Lions will get the opportunity to run 24 plays against the other two teams present at the event as well. J425 will be live at the event.
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