BLAINE - The Blaine Borderites played a near-perfect game, according to head coach Jay Dodd, in routing visiting Friday Harbor 35-12 on Friday, Oct. 11, in a Northwest Conference Class 1A matchup.
Blaine piled up 386 total yards, including 209 yards rushing by senior running back Cole Muder. While Muder and Brian Ferrer (40 yards rushing) were taking it straight up the middle, quarterback Nate Kramme worked from the pro-set formation most of the night and kept Friday Harbor off-balance by completing 8 of 12 passes for 109 more yards.
"Our offensive line did a great job. ... I'm really proud of them," Dodd said. "And our defense did a good job. (Friday Harbor) scored on two halfback passes that caught us off guard, but for the most part our defense was solid."
Defensive ends Josh Fakkema and Andrey Baydak kept pressure on the quarterback all night long, resulting in hurried passes and broken plays. Solid hits behind the line of scrimmage by Baydak turned the run up the middle, where linemen Jon Stewart, Jon Fakkema and Jose Contreras were equally tough. The defensive line forced two fumbles and kept Friday Harbor stymied most of the night.
More importantly, Blaine had no fumbles lost and was penalized just once.
"We're striving to have no penalties, no turnovers," said Muder. He carried the ball 37 times. "They're smart players. They're great people - great athletes."
Freshman Anthony Ball made his first varsity start a memorable one. He snared five passes from Kramme for 79 yards, including two touchdowns. Two catches in a fourth-quarter drive kept the ball moving for Blaine, and kept Friday Harbor's hopes for a comeback at bay.
"I feel like Nate had some really good throws," Ball said of his scores, "and that helps out with those catches."
Friday Harbor opened the scoring on a wide-open option-pass play, but Blaine came back late in the first quarter with a Kramme-to-Cody Gobbato pass play from 10 yards out.
Blaine took over in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns. Kramme took it in on a 3-yard plunge and later, a recovered bad snap on the Friday Harbor 10-yard line resulted in the first of the two Kramme-Ball hookups. Friday Harbor managed to cut into the lead with another back option pass.
But the second half was all Blaine, with the second Ball touchdown and a second one on a 3-yard dive by Muder to make the final 35-12. Kicker Peter Benne converted on all five extra points.
FridayHarbor 6 6 0 0-12
Blaine 7 14 7 7-35
Friday Harbor - Amer Melic 39 pass from Nathan Steenkolk (run failed)
Blaine - Cody Gabbato 10 pass from Natahan Kramme (Peter Benne kick)
Blaine - Kramme 3 run (Benne kick)
Blaine - Anthony Ball 10 pass from Kramme (Benne kick)
Friday Harbor - Peter Holt 7 pass from Steenkolk (run failed)
Blaine - Ball 10 pass from Kramme (Benne kick)
Blaine - Cole Muder 3 run (Benne kick)
First Downs 8 17
Rushing Att-Yards 23-56 65-275
Comp-Att-Int 9-25-1 8-12-0
Passing yards 202 109
Penalties-yards 2-10 1-5
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-0
RUSHING - FridayHarbor: Nathan Steenkolk 3-7, Peter Holt 8-9, CJ Woods 9-38, Willie Blackmon 3-2. Blaine: Nathan Kramme 14-21, Cole Muder 37-209, Brian Ferrer 12-40, Rudy Nolasco 1-5, Joe Leeking1-0.
PASSING - FridayHarbor: Peter Holt 6-21-1-119, Nathan Steenkolk 3-3-0-83, CJ Woods 0-1-0-0. Blaine: Nathan Kramme 8-12-0-109.
RECEIVING - FridayHarbor: Amer Melic 7-170. CJ Holt 1-7, Landon Rishel 1-25. Blaine: Anthony Ball 5-79, Cody Gabbato 2-15, Cole Muder 1-15.