In the 100th meeting between two similar teams from similar schools, Blaine came away with a decisive win over their ancient rivals, the Mt. Baker Mountaineers, 46-7.
Stats tell the story. Mt. Baker had allowed just 27 points in its first three games before giving up almost twice that many to Blaine. Trevor Chau caught ten passes for 127 yards. Quarterback Jordan Mccarty went 21 for 33 attempts and two interceptions for an impressive 248 yards – 207 in the first half alone – and two touchdowns. The rock steady Caleb Statham got another 100 yard plus game on 11 carries and three touchdowns, including another signature breakaway, this time to go up 39-0 in the third quarter when he went almost 70 yards after being sprung by Blaine’s experienced, take-no-prisoners offensive line.
The two teams first met in 1931, when there were still salmon in the Nooksack and Mt. Baker was just a little hill. This is one of the most lopsided wins by either team, and is even more impressive when you consider that Blaine did most of its offensive damage in just the first two quarters.
Chau also finished with one interception. With it he killed a Mt. Baker offensive drive that began when they intercepted a goal line pass from Jordan McCarty on the game’s opening offensive series.
Blaine scored once in the first quarter and then twice in the second, third and fourth before Mt. Baker avoided a shut-out with a late ramble from Gage Robinson. Blaine led in first downs (19-11), passing yardage (248-86) and rushing yardage (246-149).
In addition to Staham’s 108 yard performance, Tyler Chau went 64 yards on seven attempts, David Craig got 38 yards on five carries and Tusapa Laolagi had one 36-yard run. Supplementing Trevor Chau’s 134-yard receiving performance was Todd Bird (7 catches for 76 yards), Al Bohnson (2 for 27), Caleb Statham (1 for 6) and Tusapa Laolagi (1 for 5).
Blaine next meets Lynden, probably their toughest test all year until post-season play. Lynden is coming off a 31-0 shellacking of Ferndale in which their premier receiver, Blair Bomber, caught six passes for 118 yards and quarterback Jordan Hastings went 15 for 23 and 189 yards.
Blaine’s defensive secondary will be tested, as will the defensive line, but Blaine’s been waiting like a patient spider for Lynden to fly into its web after some tough mis-cues on the road last year. Lynden already has defeated Blaine’s homecoming opponent, Squalicum, and enjoys top-ten ranking as well. But the last time Blaine played a ranked opponent it worked out better for the Borderites.