The annual rivalry game between Ferndale and Lynden is legendary at both schools with many events leading up to the big game where the teams battle for the trophy and bragging rights that will last a lifetime.


Sterling Somers


Jackson King


Jackson is a senior football player at Ferndale High School, starting cornerback and wide receiver. He is at 2 year letterman in basketball and football. Jackson is enrolled in advanced classes and plans to attend University of Washington to study medicine.
Drew Krause


Drew Krause is a senior football player at Lynden High school, starting at both wide receiver and defensive back. Drew is also involved in several activities at LHS. He is co-president of the L club, and an ASB executive officer. Drew is a national honor society and on the Robotic Team. Drew leads by example and is a great role model. Lynden High School is proud of him and all of his accomplishments. Drew plans to attend either University of Washington or Kansas State and major in engineering.


Frank Finkbonner


Frank is a Ferndale High School alumni and has been a manager for the Ferndale Football team for more than 20 years. He is a special guy that takes care of so many things for the team, from setting up the field to fixing helmets, and even filling in as the ball boy if needed. You can always count on Frank – fondly referred to as Franko.
Chris Polinder


Chris played in the Lynden- Ferndale rivalry all four years he was in the Lion football program. The Lions re-started their rivalry with Ferndale in 1993 and won three of their first four meetings. Chris started on the offensive line on three of those teams and was selected to the AP All-State 1st team each of those seasons. He was team captain during his Junior and Senior seasons. He went on to play at Eastern Washington University, were he was named All-Big Sky 1st team 2000 and2001. He was selected to two 1st Team All-Academic Team four times while playing for the Eagles as well as to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team in 2001. Chris was selected to play in Paradise Bowl College All Star game in 2002. Chris went on to play in Arena Football League for the Detroit Fury and Colorado Crush. Chris followed up his playing days to join the Lynden Lion’s coaching staff in 2003.


The schools have a very strong hatred towards one another and fuels the excitement surrounding the big game. In the past decade the series has been tied 5-5 going back to 2005 when football great Jake Locker played for Ferndale Golden Eagles. “This game is important to both communities and it’s really an electric atmosphere,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “This is the kind of game every kid that plays high school football wants to compete in.”