Blaine beats Cedar Park 27–23 with a late touchdown

By Oliver Lazenby

Blaine persevered through an exciting fourth quarter to beat Cedar Park Christian School 27–23 on September 7 at Bothell High School, giving the team a 2–0 record. The Borderites were down 23–20 with less than two minutes left when Chase Abshere scored the winning touchdown on a 28-yard reception by Will McKinney.

Blaine trailed 10–7 at halftime in the back-and-forth game, but scored on its first three possessions in the second half – a touchdown run by Oscar Caridad and two Bryce Kamrath field goals – to end the third quarter with a 20–10 lead.

Cedar Park rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring twice and taking the lead on an 85-yard run by Zack Wilkins before Blaine scored the winning touchdown.

“It was good for us to go through that experience of being down at halftime and understanding that we had to play better,” Blaine head coach Jay Dodd said. “We’re working on mental toughness, we’re working on overcoming adversity, so that was exciting to score and get out of there with a win.”

The Borderites play Lynden Christian (2–0) on Friday, September 14.

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