For the third time Blaine shut out a Bellingham high school this football season, blanking the Bellingham Red Raiders 51-0 to finish the regular season at 6-3, 5-3 in Northwest Conference play and 5-2 against 2A schools.
They also gave head coach Jay Dodd his 25th win, and now enter post-season play as the number two seed. The first step, against Cedarcrest in Duvall, is a big one.
But first, let us wallow in the glow of a very nice, if somewhat damp, Thursday afternoon game last week in which league leading rusher Caleb Statham picked up 186 yards. Three of his season-high four touchdowns in the game came in the first quarter, almost a natural hat trick save for a safety awarded to Blaine when Bellingham’s center sent a snap over his punter’s head and out the back end of the end zone.
Statham’s second score, on Blaine’s second possession, was another in a season full of highlight reel long runs, this one a 68-yard scamper through another out-maneuvered defense.
All told, he not only had a great game, averaging over 12 yards per carry, but a magnificent season as well totaling 1229 yards rushing.
This is due in large part to having had one of Blaine’s best-ever O-lines able to clear the way for him like a bank of snowplows casting aside flakes.
It was one of those games where everything worked, even through the air, despite the soggy conditions at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
In the second quarter, Blaine even scored on a cute but effective fake punt, Andrew Miller pulling in an impressive pass from Sean Allen for 47 yards and a touchdown. The other score via the pass route was when the overlooked but productive workhorse Al Bohnson caught a 15-yard touchdown later in the second frame. At the half Blaine led 44-0.
Blaine stopped the Red Raiders defensively all night, an effort highlighted by another Tucker Morgan interception and a Brad Johnson fumble recovery.
The final nail in the coffin was Shafer Hicks plunging through a not too solid wall of tired human flesh for a two-yard touchdown.
Statistically, Blaine racked up 474 yards in offense while holding Bellingham to 105. Blaine’s rushing attack included nine players – aside from Statham, the list is Tusapa Laolagi, 1 attempt good for 10 yards, David Craig (4-28), Cody Dampier (9-55), Shaffer Hicks (3-19 and a touchdown), Tyler Chau (10-54), Cliff Crews (3-21) and Sean Allen (1-1). Quarterback Jordan McCarty had one attempt and was sacked, losing 12 yards.
McCarty threw just nine passes, completing five for 57 total yards to Todd Bird (2 receptions for 25 yards), Andrew Miller (2-57 and a touchdown), Trevor Chau (2-17) and Al Bohnson (1-15 for a touchdown).
Blaine’s post-season begins at 7 p.m. Friday night, November 6, as the Borderites travel to Duvall to play the 10th-ranked Cedarcrest high school Red Wolves.
Cedarcrest finished second in the Cascade Conference to Archbishop Murphy with an 8-1 record. Their only loss, 13-7 to third-ranked league champ Murphy, came at the end of an exciting game in much the same way Blaine lost to second-ranked Lynden.
Cedarcrest has finished first, second and second in the Cascade league the last three years, and returned about half its offense and defensive starters from last year’s 5-2 (6-4 overall) second place team. Led by senior quarterback Tommy Edwards (6’2”, 175), Cedarcrest’s other impact players include 5-foot, 11-inch 200-pound running back Jacob Kriegbaum, who has had a 1,000-yard season so far, and stubby (5’9”) but solid (230 pounds) linebacker Dakota Bunce. Head coach Jason Frederick is in his sixth year.
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