SPORTS by Jack Kintner
Blaine Borderites blow Delta Sands away 60-0
Blaine opened up their 2008 season last Friday with an impressive 60-0 shellacking of Sands high school of Delta, B.C. in their home opener.
Just about everything worked well for the Borderites. They rolled up 515 yards total offense on scoring from six different players while yielding only 64 yards on defense, holding their opponent scoreless.
Better still, Blaine scored on almost every possession, had no interceptions or fumbles and never had to punt.
Quarterback Daniel Gorze opened up the scoring binge by picking out Jacob Rogers with a 19-yard TD pass, the first of five on the night and one of three that went to Trevor Chau, the next Borderite to score. Chau had receptions of 20 and 12 yards before Casey McCabe opened the second quarter by taking a screen pass and, with the help of some timely down-field blocking, out ran the Sands defensive backs for a 51-yard score.
David Craig then intercepted a pass for a touchdown that was nullified by a clipping penalty, but Blaine retained possession and Craig scored anyway on a ten-yard romp.
Gorze and Chau scored again on a pass that went for about 30 yards to mid-field. Chau caught the ball in full stride and ran the rest of the way to put Blaine up by 42-0.
Caleb Statham scored the next two touchdowns, the first to end the first half and the next to open the second with Jordan McCarty at quarterback. Willey Binder, normally a defensive end and playing his first year of football, closed out Blaine’s remarkable offensive show with a five yard run for the score and actually led the team in carries, going 71 yards in ten touches.
Casey McCabe led in rushing yardage with 81 on three carries, followed by Statham and Craig, both with 48 yards on four carries. Trevor Chau led all receivers with a whopping 129 yards on four receptions, three of them for touchdowns.
McCabe had two receptions, one for a score and along with his rushing yards good for 157 all-purpose yards, second only to Gorze’s 267 yards through the air.
Rogers had two carries for 47 yards and one touchdown, Todd Bird and Josh Jones each carried once for 8 and 7 yards respectively.
“I was pleased with the way we played,” said Blaine head coach Jay Dodd, “in that we scored with just about every possession. The only first down they got came on a hail Mary that we lost track of.”
This week’s game is against Anacortes on the road, and is one Blaine needs in order to have a chance at hosting post season play. “They’re big and fast,” said Dodd.
The Seahawks’ weapons include a Jake Locker-style quarterback who got 228 yards last week against playoff-bound Mt. Vernon by calling his own number 16 times.
The game will begin at 7; bring your own chair, as the visitor’s side of the field at Anacortes is just a clammy little berm on the far side of the field.
Blaine Lady B’s defang Lions 6-1
Blaine handed the Lynden Lions a rude awakening in their first encounter this season in a non-league home opener at the Pipe by scoring four unanswered goals in the second half to bury the Lions 6-1, showing a playing style that’s both exuberant and deadly, like scorpions out there just having fun with their food.
“It was a solid, nice start and good to get some goal production,” said head coach Dan Steelquist, who added with a knowing smirk that while he really wasn’t interested in running up the score, “our girls always play hard.”
Blaine’s solid scoring threat consists of forwards Bailey “poetry in motion” Richardson and Sam “take no prisoners” Nault, and their remarkable talent was displayed nicely last Tuesday at the Pipe.
It reminded fans of watching the Harlem Globetrotters as, especially in the second half, Blaine scored almost at will.
Blaine opened the scoring late in the first half, at the 33 minute mark, when Nault drew both Lynden defenders to her and then rifled a pass to Richardson, who tends to shoot anytime she’s within 30 feet of the goal.
She shot, she scored.
Five minutes into the second half Nault stole the ball from a Lynden defender and more or less strolled to the goal and poked it in unassisted for her first goal. Richardson then scored her second on a Chanel Colinares assist seven minutes later.
Two minutes after that she assisted as Nault got her second goal and, eight minutes later, did it again for Nault’s third score.
Lynden’s Mackie Watt then blew a free kick past Blaine’s Janelle Gobbato, who despite losing the chance at getting a shut-out in her first game is the best goal keeper in the league, giving the defenders and defensive mids needed confidence to play a little closer to the edge.
“I stopped by after the game and she was still in a dark mood,” said Steelquist, noting that Gobbato likes losing about as much as a platoon of Marines in combat.
The free kick came from a penalty that arose from Blaine’s newly-found energetic and competitive style that will have them putting away their opponents with dispatch but not without having a little fun first.
These girls are at mid-season in terms of putting out an effective and confident team effort.
“Doesn’t matter if we’re ahead,” Steelquist said, “these girls are always going to take it to anyone not in Blaine colors.” Bus drivers beware.
Richardson then fired off another goal in extra time to smack the hapless Lady Lions once more for good measure and post the lopsided and highly satisfying final score of 6-1.
It’s as strong a win in low-scoring soccer as the boys got in football last Friday, but for these kids it’s just a pre-season hors d’ouevre as the contest was officially a tune-up.
They play Lynden next, when it will count, on October 7 on the road at Bender Field.
Lots of Lady B’s can take bows after this one, a few of whom are Gobbato, leaping around the goal mouth like a bubble on a hot griddle making save after dramatic save, sophomore Katie Conway, who’s as balanced and deliberate as a Swiss watch as she anticipates her opponent’s moves like a card shark at a casino, junior Kyla Blier, who moved into the backfield for the first time but stopped up Lynden like concrete oatmeal.
There were also freshmen Lindsey Jackson and Amber Johnson who bring needed depth, strength and consistency to the Blaine midfield.
The whole team seems refreshed this year, eager to compete and definitely headed for the post-season under the inscrutable eye of coach Steelquist, who still says with a wink, “We can win if we get more goals than they do. I can do the math.”
The Borderites next play Saturday, September 13, in Ferndale before hosting the Anacortes Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, at the Pipe.
Slivers from the bench...
Pipeline Fields are in great shape thanks to new equipment
“We got a slice planter, and that helps thicken the turf,” said Jim Kenoyer, maintenance supervisor for the Blaine school district. The soccer field, especially, is a sought-after venue for area collegiate games as well as a favorite of local high schools, and this year because of the planter and other maintenance work it’s in very good shape.
“The machine is like a big disc, but instead of just slicing the ground it also plants seeds down into the ground rather than just on top, Kenoyer said.
Golfers asked to pitch in
Blaine boys golf coach Steve Barthlow and the Blaine Golf Boosters are drumming up hole sponsorships and participants for a Sunday, October 5 golf fundraiser to be held at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club.
Proceeds will go to support the varsity golf team. For further information those interested in playing, volunteering or sponsoring a hole can contact Barthlow at sbarthlow @webmail.blainesd.org.