By Oliver Lazenby
Blaine football’s season – a wild ride that swung from three conference losses in a row to a winning streak and into the postseason – ended November 2 with a 47–0 playoff loss to Lynden at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
Blaine, 4–4 in the regular season, hoped to get an aggressive start and hang on to a close win against the undefeated team, but Lynden didn’t let that happen.
“We definitely got their best game. They were ready to go,” said Blaine head coach Jay Dodd. “It was maybe not the best we could do, but give Lynden credit – they played very well.”
Lynden, coming off a bye week, scored 38 points in the first half alone. Blaine hung in the game until the second quarter, when Lynden scored three touchdowns on deadly accurate long passes.
When the Borderites got the ball, they couldn’t find a way to move it down the field.
“We just couldn’t do anything with it offensively,” Dodd said. “I thought we’d be able to run the ball a bit against these guys, but we just weren’t able to.”
The season stands out for Dodd as one that took a lot of creativity and tenacity for the Borderites. He said his team was willing to learn, make changes and do whatever it took to be successful. Players shuffled positions mid-season and Blaine eventually settled into a lineup
“I’m really proud of the way our seniors hung together and the way they led us. Two kids in particular: Hudson Reid and Alex Mercado, they just stuck with it,” Dodd said. “We were playing good football in the end, but we just ran into a team that’s really good and will probably keep playing for a while.”