By Oliver Lazenby
Blaine could possibly secure a spot in postseason play this Friday, thanks to a 44–7 win against Lakewood last week.
Odds are good for the Borderites – they play struggling Sehome (0–7, 0–5 in conference games). The game is both senior night and homecoming for Blaine, since homecoming was postponed due to last weekend’s storm.
“We have an outstanding group of seniors,” Dodd said. “If we win, we clinch some postseason, mathematically. It’s a big game for us and we’re looking forward to it.”
Blaine’s defense came together in its win against Lakewood (2–4, 2–2 in conference).
“Our defense played really well,” Dodd said. “They were reading the field right and reacting to what they saw.”
The defensive line was especially adept at controlling gaps in the field and tackling in those gaps, he said.
On offense, Riley Fritsch ran for 162 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 34 yards. Wide receiver Anthony Ball snagged two touchdown receptions from QB Jalen Kortlever, who passed for 138 yards.
Blaine controlled the game through the first three quarters and started the final quarter with a 31–0 lead.
The safe lead gave some Blaine players a chance to try out offensive roles they don’t normally fill. Tristan Alanis, typically a defensive player, was proficient at left guard, Dodd said. Garrett Adams ran for 22 yards on four carries and Julian Gonzales ran for 34 yards on two carries.
“They got some great carries in the second half and showed their athleticism and explosiveness,” Dodd said.
Lakewood’s one touchdown came in the fourth quarter when freshman quarterback Jared Taylor threw a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Taylor Tresch. Lakewood’s young quarterback, who came in for Austin Lane in the fourth quarter and passed for 45 yards and a touchdown, impressed Dodd.
“He ended up going 7-for-7 and marching them down the field on their only scoring drive,” Dodd said.
Blaine’s next game, against Sehome, starts at 7 p.m. at Blaine High School on October 21.