Blaine defense dominates in 27–8 win in first game

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Blaine football’s defense held Chief Sealth to just 45 yards of total offense in a 27–8 victory at the season-opener on September 6, at Blaine High School.

“Our front seven and front eight just controlled the line of scrimmage and did a great job of getting in the backfield and causing havoc,” said Blaine head coach Jay Dodd. “We also did a great job of tackling.”

Chief Sealth couldn’t get around Blaine’s defensive line and only scored on a defensive touchdown – a 58-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter.

Borderites slot receiver Kavika Hee scored Blaine’s first touchdown on a 22-yard reception from quarterback Will McKinney in the first quarter. Blaine running back Oscar Caridad scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, and Joshua Lopez scored on a 68-yard run in the fourth. Caridad led Blaine’s offense, rushing for 164 yards on 26 carries.

“He just did a great of reading blocks. He’s so darn quick,” Dodd said. “He was a big focus of our offense.”

McKinney completed seven passes for 80 yards, passing to four different receivers. The game was the first of three non-conference games at the beginning of the season. The Borderites used the opportunity to get as many players as they could on the field in different positions, in order to figure out what works before conference games begin.

Next, Blaine hosts Lord Tweedsmuir, from Surrey, at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 13.

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