LUMMI - If Lummi did not set a national eight-man football record for points in six consecutive quarters, the potent Blackhawks must have come awfully close.
Lummi's 80-26 Class 1B Tri-District playoff victory over Quilcene on Friday, Nov. 2, not only clinched its ninth consecutive state Class 1B appearance, but showed how well the potent Blackhawks could perform in a driving rain.
"That's what really pleased me, how well we executed our offense in the rain and how well our linemen (seniors Eli Wall, Kevin Cultee and Jeremy Spottedbear) blocked," said Lummi coach Jim Sandusky, whose team will play on the road in two weeks in the state quarterfinals against Saturday's winner between Taholah and Mary M. Knight of Matlock.
However, the Blackhawks will have next week off, leading one to wonder what other plays Sandusky can dream up.
The Blackhawks (9-2), ranked fourth in the state, tied the national eight-man scoring record in their 128-68 win over Tulalip last week. But they performed at an even more productive pace in the first half while taking a 68-6 lead for a six-quarter total of 196 points.
Lummi came in having scored 662 points and having allowed 264. Thus, the 74 combined points in the first half meant the Blackhawks had been involved in 1,000 points in their first 10 1/2 games - an amazing statistic - including 730 on the attack.
Sandusky used only reserves in the second half, which was entirely played with a running clock under the 40-point rule.
At the point Lummi led 28-0 eight minutes into the game, Quilcene (5-4) - which had a five-game win streak broken - had run only seven plays from scrimmage and had not made positive yardage on any. So ferocious and well prepared was the Blackhawks' defense, the Rangers had minus 33 yards on those seven plays.
In one of the oddest touchdowns in Lummi history, sophomore Devin Cooper saw the Quilcene punter boot the ball from his end zone into the back of one of his own players. Cooper snatched the wobbling ball out of the air and scored on what became statistically a 6-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"I sure didn't expect a play like that," said Cooper, who also scored on a 45-yard fumble return and a 40-yard pass from quarterback Jared Tom. He completed 8 of 9 passes for 185 yards, including a 24-yard scoring throw to Dimitri Sampson and a 20-yard touchdown to Austin Brockie.
Tom also scored the first touchdown on a 2-yard run after throwing for 20 yards to Brockie and 27 yards to Cooper on Lummi's first two plays.
In other words, Sandusky was thrilled that the Blackhawks came to play in this game, which was played for seeding purposes. Quilcene will play a loser-out game next week.
Deion Hoskins, Lummi's 241-pound running back/linebacker, scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards and Sampson contributed an 8-yard scoring run along with backup quarterback Logan Toby's 1-yard scoring pass to Dino Williams.
"We had to learn how to lose before we could learn how to win," said Hoskins, referring to the team's defeat against top-ranked Neah Bay early in the season and how that taught the Blackhawks that they could not afford to be cocky no matter how many points they score.
All these scoring plays came in a first-half span of 27 plays that netted 391 yards. In the second half, freshman Hank Hoskins had two sacks and a 4-yard touchdown run and Kyle Jefferson scored from the 1.
The large crowd for Lummi's final home game hooted and hollered throughout, enjoying themselves immensely despite an unexpectedly hard rain in the first half.
Quilcene 0 6 0 20 - 26
Lummi 28 40 6 6 - 80
Lummi-Jared Tom 2 run (Deion Hoskins run)
Lummi-D. Hoskins 7 run (Dino Williams pass from Austin Brockie)
Lummi-Dimitri Sampson 24 pass from Tom (pass failed)
Lummi-Devin Cooper 6 punt return (pass failed)
Lummi-Brockie 20 pass from Tom (pass failed)
Quilcene-Devon Greenwood 1 run (run failed)
Lummi-Dino Williams 1 pass from Logan Toby (Brockie pass from Toby)
Lummi-Cooper 40 pass from Tom (Sampson pass from Tom)
Lummi-Cooper 45 fumble return (run failed)
Lummi-Sampson 8 run (kick failed)
Lummi-D. Hoskins 8 run (no attempt)
Lummi-Hank Hoskins 4 run (no attempt)
Quilcene-Jacob Pleines 20 run (run failed)
Quilcene-Lucas Murphy 10 pass from Pleines (Pleines run)
Lummi-Kyle Jefferson 1 run (no attempt)
Quilcene-Jason Smith 17 pass from Pleines (run failed)
First downs 10 21
Rushing att-yards 36-95 21-242
Comp-Att-Int 4-12-1 9-11-1
Passing yards 81 186
Penalties-yards 7-58 3-15
Fumbles-lost 6-3 3-1
RUSHING-Quilcene: Jacob Pleines 6-37, Josh King 10-21, Lucas Murphy 7-49, Josh Steele 7-16, Edgar Perez 4-(minus 30). Lummi: Deion Hoskins 5-61, Dimitri Sampson 4-25, Jared Tom 3-9, Devin Cooper 1-7, Logan Toby 3-82, Hank Hoskins 3-48, Kyle Jefferson 2-10.
PASSING-Quilcene: Jacob Pleines 3-10-44-1, Josh King 1-1-37-0, Josh Steele 0-1-0-0. Lummi: Jared Tom 8-9-185-0, Logan Toby 1-2-1-1.
RECEIVING-Quilcene: Lucas Murphy 2-27, Jacob Pleines 1-37, Jason Smith 1-17. Lummi: Austin Brockie 2-40, Devin Cooper 2-67, Dimitri Sampson 2-52, Jordan Deardorff 2-26, Dino Williams 1-1.