Considering how well Hank Hoskins passed, it was hard to believe the junior spent last season on the line for Lummi.
Hoskins accounted for 354 yards and four touchdowns in Lummi’s 60-12 non-league win over Seattle Lutheran on Friday, Sept. 19.
Hoskins began his varsity career in eighth grade, so perhaps both his poise and pretty touch on the ball aren’t surprising, even at quarterback. Hoskins had to face exceptionally tough teams in his first two games at quarterback, both losses.
But on Friday, he looked as though he had been playing the position for a lot longer. He completed 9 of 16 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 7 times for 101 yards and two scores, all in the first half.
Hoskins acknowledged he has a lot of work ahead, but said he loves playing quarterback.
“I feel I’m ready to play quarterback,” said Hoskins, who completed passes of 31 and 13 yards to Enrique Medina and Jeffrey Cultee in the opening quarter for their first varsity touchdowns.
In the second quarter, Hoskins alertly flipped a shovel pass to veteran running back Devin Cooper, who turned the play into an 80-yard touchdown. Hoskins also ran for scores of 11 and 12 yards.
Lummi’s other first-half score was the play of the night.
John Ballew came through with his first varsity touchdown when he took a lateral 52 yards on a kickoff fielded by fellow sophomore Raven Borsey.
“I called for it,” said Ballew, who trailed Borsey perfectly and was in ideal position to take the lateral.
“I heard John all the way,” said Borsey. “(Eventually) I knew I wasn’t going to score, so I pitched the ball to him.”
Lummi’s second-half highlights were a 32-yard touchdown run by senior Willie Jones and a 2-yard scoring burst by freshman quarterback Dashaun Lawrence for his first varsity score.
The Blackhawks amassed 510 yards, passing for 257 and running for 253 in a nicely balanced attack that showed they may well become much better than they showed in losses to highly regarded Adrian (Ore.) 44-20 and to Neah Bay 38-26.
In all, longtime Lummi coach Jim Sandusky used 11 different rushers and seven different receivers, causing him to wax enthusiastic over what seems to be developing depth.
“That’s what we really needed (more depth) in the state playoffs last year,” said Sandusky.
With junior defensive end Jason James in on five of the first 12 tackles — all for losses — Lummi’s defenders displayed obvious hunger. The Blackhawks did not allow a first down until the fifth series for Seattle Lutheran (1-1), which was an 11-man Class B team until this season and went 5-4 last year.
Lummi limited Seattle Lutheran to 64 total yards, and that included a 49-yard run by Roberto Duanez. Otherwise, the visitors netted only 15 yards on 32 plays and lost yardage on 10 of them.
Assistant coach Dean Pederson is working with a new line with 310-pound senior Adam Lawrence, 200-pound sophomore Devin Lawrence, 250-pound junior Terrance Solomon, with 190-pound freshman Jakob Washington as a promising backup.
Lum — Enrique Medina 31 pass from Hank Hoskins (Hoskins run)
Lum — Jeffrey Cultee 13 pass from Hoskins (pass failed)
Lum — Hoskins 11 run (Raven Borsey pass from Hoskins)
Seattle Lutheran -- Josh Meyer 6 pass from Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (pass failed)
Lum — Devin Cooper 80 pass from Hoskins (Austin Brockie pass from Hoskins)
Seattle Lutheran -- Brandon Lulow 47 kickoff return (run failed)
Lum — John Ballew 52 kickoff return on lateral from Raven Borsey)
Lum — Hoskins 12 run (Dino Williams pass from Hoskins)
Lum — Willie Jones 32 run (Brockie pass from Hoskins)
Lum — Dashaun Lawrence 2 run (run failed)
LumFirst downs422Rushing Att-yards27-3826-256Comp-Att-Int3-6-19-19-1Passing yards26253Penalties-yards2-305-39Fumbles-lost3-12-0
RUSHING — Seattle Lutheran: Roberto Duanez 11-68, Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht 10-(-34), Brandon Lulow 5-4, Hawkins Ehret 1-0. Lummi: Hank Hoskins 7-101, John Ballew 2-12, Devin Cooper 1-8, Willie Jones 2-32, Jeffrey Cultee 5-19, Stanford Hoskins 2-20, Dashaun Lawrence 2-23, Elder Roberts 2-19, Free Borsey 1-6, Donavan Jones 1-7, Enrique Medina 1-9.
PASSING — Seattle Lutheran: Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht 3-6-26-1. Lummi: Hank Hoskins 9-16-253-1; Dashaun Lawrence 0-3-0-0.
RECEIVING — Seattle Lutheran Josh Meyer 2-18, Roberto Duanez 1-8. Lummi: Devin Cooper 2-95, Dashaun Lawrence 2-24, Austin Brockie 1-28, Enrique Medina 1-31, Free Borsey 1-36, Jeffrey Cultee 1-13, John Ballew 1-26.