Ferndale High School football coach Jamie Plenkovich wasn't sure how his young team would hold up in Whatcom County's hottest rivalry game Friday night.
Well, the Golden Eagles were pretty close to spotless.
Lynden quarterback Baylor Ayres, who separated his non-throwing shoulder on the second play of the game on defense, led the Lions with 100 rushing yards on 25 carries - and completed 14 of 27 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Here are five observations from the Ferndale-Lynden game:
LET THIS SINK IN - FERNDALE IS STARTING JUST FIVE SENIORS
The Lions were favored in this game because of their vast experience at the state level - and the massive size of their offensive line to protect/open holes for Ayres.
But in 48 minutes, it was Ferndale that played relatively error-free on a chilly, blustery night - no turnovers and very few penalties.
"And very few assignment mistakes," Plenkovich said. "It was a good win for our very young team."
VERY SOON, CARLSON IS GOING TO BE AN ALL-STATE RUNNING BACK
It is hard to remember that Carlson's career at Ferndale got off to an inauspicious start in 2019: He broke his wrist during the team's jamboree, and missed a large chunk of the regular season.
Carlson 2.0 is going to give this offense a headliner very soon.
The impressive thing about his game-high 127 rushing yards was how the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder made something out of nothing on a few key runs against a good Lynden front.
"He’s got a chance to be very special, for sure," Plenkovich said. "And that was one thing we were waiting for - a physical finish to his runs, which we saw tonight."
BUT DON'T FORGET THE OTHER TWO UNDERCLASSMEN IN THE FERNDALE BACKFIELD
The Golden Eagles' Wing-T rushing attack has never been a bell cow-runner type offense.