BLAINE - The mistakes came early for Blaine as it dropped its third straight game, this time falling 46-17 to Lakewood on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Borderites, looking to redeem themselves after last year's 22-20 loss to Lakewood, fell behind early when Blake Watts and the Cougars' spread offense drove 58 yards for the opening score. Watts hooked up with Paulmer Gregory on a 20-yard pass to put the Cougars up by six.
On its next possession, Blaine only tallied seven yards before electing to punt. The punt was blocked and scooped up by Gregory, who stumbled to the 3-yard line.
The Cougars capitalized on the extremely short field with a Watts 5-yard run. The extra point put Lakewood up 13-0 with 6:12 left in the first quarter.
Minutes later, the Cougars' Travis Eddy knocked the ball loose from Blaine quarterback Nathan Kramme. Curtis Patton picked it up, giving the Cougars the ball on the Blaine 5-yard line for the second time in three possessions.
Watts converted with another 5-yard run and then ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Cougars up 21-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter.
Blaine stopped the bleeding momentarily with a strong start to the second quarter. The Borderites forced a punt with 9:31 left in the second quarter before going on a scoring drive of their own.
"I felt like we played decent the last half of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter," Blaine coach Jay Dodd said. "If we would have kept battling for the last four minutes of the first half, we could have survived the 21-0 opening."
After marching 48 yards down the field, Cole Muder pounded his way into the end zone on a 15-yard run. The extra point made it 21-7.
Just as Blaine looked like it may have been able to keep it close, Lakewood broke it open. Watts threw two more touchdowns before the end of the half, while the Blaine offense sputtered to a halt. The Borderites only had 57 first-half yards and found themselves trailing 33-7 at the half.
The second half started out much the same way, but Blaine added a field goal and touchdown in the fourth quarter to put some points on the board.
The Borderites will look to get their first win next week against Bellingham on Friday, Sept. 27.
Lakewood 21 12 6 7 -46
Blaine 0 7 0 10 -17
Lak - Gregory Paulmer 20 pass from Blake Watts (pass fail)
Lak - Watts 5 run (Randy Anaya kick)
Lak - Watts 5 run (Watts run)
Bla - Cole Muder 15 run (Peter Benne kick)
Lak - Paulmer 8 pass from Watts (run fail)
Lak - Eric Murray 2 pass from Watts (pass fail)
Lak - Brett Bustad 22 pass from Watts (run fail)
Bla - Benne 27 field goal
Bla - Muder 3 run (Benne kick)
Lak - Caleb Overturf 20 pass from Tyler Blankenburg (Austin Hudson kick)
First downs 19 14
Rushing Att-Yards 39-116 36-134
Comp-Att-Int 18-33-1 8-18-4
Passing yards 254 39
Penalties-yards 4-35 4-25
Fumbles-lost 4-0 3-2
RUSHING - Lakewood: Tyler Courtney 2-(-7), Sean Dawson 3-16, Brett Bustad 1-7, Randy Anaya 1-9, Blake Watts 13-2, Gregory Paulmer 5-30, Taylor Jensen 1-0, Keana Jackson 9-51, Eric Murray 1-3, Tyler Blankenburg 3-5. Blaine: Cole Muder 19-63, Nathan Kramme 13-40, Brian Ferrer 4-31.
PASSING - Lakewood: Blake Watts 11-20-0-189, Taylor Jensen 3-6-1-(-5), Tyler Blankenburg 4-7-0-70. Blaine: Nathan Kramme 8-18-4-39.
RECEIVING - Lakewood: Kyle Stanton 1-25, Gregory Paulmer 4-77, Brett Bustad 3-41, Eric Murray 2-7, Matt Seiber 1-5, Jacob Vanwinkle 1-28, Travis Eddy 1-25, Cody Duff 2-1, Drake Mosteller 2-25, Caleb Overturf 1-20. Blaine: Steven Crafts 2-7, Josiah Westbrook 2-12, Joe Leeking 1-6, Cole Muder 2-10, Cody Gobbato 1-4.