Fans always want the home team to win on homecoming day, but victory will be far from assured for the Borderites as they take on a strong Friday Harbor team this Friday, October 11.
The game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. but the start time was moved back an additional 15 minutes to 5:45 p.m. to accommodate homecoming festivities at halftime and to get Friday Harbor home at a reasonable hour, athletic coordinator Steve Miller said.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines are 3–2 after Meridian beat them 32–0 October 4, but their prior three games showed a
competent team anchored by a monster of a fullback.
Friday Harbor beat Lynden Christian 49–21 September 13, stranded Orcas Island 69–0 the following week and defeated 2A La Conner 30-28 on September 27.
Wolverine fullback Nate Steenkolk is a “big, strong guy,” according to Blaine coach Jay Dodd. “We’ll have our work cut out for us trying to tackle him.”
The Borderites are focusing on the offensive line after the Lynden Christian game, when the Lyncs utilized the blitz to devastating effect. Blaine was able to pull off a highlight-reel of a comeback, but even so, Dodd said he and the other coaches are working with players to create better pass protection.
“We’re challenging offensive linemen to communicate better, and to anticipate the blitz. We really want our offensive line to win us this game on Friday,” Dodd said.