Blaine makes playoffs – first in eight years
In a game that meant little beyond bragging rights, the Borderites ran their record to 5-4 by beating Lynden Christian decisively 28-14 last weekend behind Daniel “DJ” Gorze, a quarterback who is emerging as the heir apparent to Joey Paciorek.
The last time Blaine defeated the Lyncs was in the previous century when the present head coach was laboring on the offensive line. That was in 1998. Blaine then lost 14 straight games to the Lyncs before their win last Friday on a cool but calm October night.
Gorze and Paciorek have played baseball together, and both are pitchers and shortstops. But football is new to Gorze. Last year he turned out for football for the first time, playing in just two JV games at quarterback. This year as a sophomore he injured his ankle before the season began and so far hasn’t been able to play much until now. Last weekend Paciorek injured his right thumb again, a digit that’s seen so much wear and tear the team doctor has suggested attaching it with a zipper.
So Gorze got the call. Making his third start ever, he successfully directed a dismantling of the vaunted LC defense, the futility of the Lyncs reaching almost comic dimensions before the final siren wailed an end to the spectacle.
Things started fast. On the first play from scrimmage Ben Bohnson sailed around the right side like a runaway truck for 61 yards before being caught from behind at the LC 20. He scored twice, on a first quarter 55-yard prance that went through several would-be tacklers and again in the second quarter by punching in from the one.
Paciorek, broken thumb and all, still managed to rack up 171 yards on 24 carries. Paciorek and Bohnson together accounted for 238 of the 275 yard of rushing offense generated by the B’s. LC certainly had its moments.
After Mike Martin scored from the three to pull within one possession of the Borderites, Paciorek put the icing on the cake with a second long scoring run to make it a two-possession lead. As he has done his entire career, Joey ran almost playfully alongside defenders who thought they had angles on him only to see him disappear like a Porsche with unbelievable speed.
The B’s play Friday night in their first post-season contest in seven years at Archbishop Murphy, southeast of Everett, at 7 p.m. The school is located at 12911 39th Ave S.E.