Lummi’s football team overcame a slow start and erupted for 30 third-quarter points to defeat Entiat 50-16 on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Entiat High School.
The Blackhawks were led by Austin Brockie, who rushed for four touchdowns and converted one two-point conversion.
Entiat kicked off scoring with a 30-yard rushing touchdown, but couldn’t convert the two-point try. Brockie answered for the Blackhawks, punching the ball in from 3 yards out and catching a pass from Hank Hoskins for the two-point conversion.
Entiat scored again to open the second-quarter scoring and Brockie again answered, this time with an 8-yard rushing touchdown. This time Entiat got the two points and Lummi came up short. The two teams went into the half tied at 14.
“We started off really slow because we had a lot of mental and physical mistakes,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said in a phone interview. “We had a tough time getting off snaps to the quarterback, that impacts our run and passing game. Then when we were getting snaps, Hank had a hard time hitting his targets or we’d drop balls. We were lucky to be tied up at the half.”
Lummi came out of the half ready to put the game away. The Blackhawks’ offense scored four times to run the lead up to 44-14.
Brockie started off with a 37-yard rushing touchdown, which Hoskins followed up with a run for a two-point conversion. Brockie extended the lead with an 18-yard run, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Then Hoskins took in a pair of rushing touchdowns, the first from 39 yards out, and the second from the Entiat 10. Dean Williams and Adam Lawrence hauled in passes from Hoskins to convert the two-point attempts on each touchdown.
“After halftime we regrouped and settled down,” Sandusky said. “We said, ‘We’re going to run the ball,’ and that’s what we did. We played a smashmouth run game and the guys really fired off the ball. They blocked well, ran well, and the defense was able to get into the backfield to shut them down.”
Sandusky credited his defense’s play in the first half for keeping the Blackhawks in the game, and in the second half they were able to key in even more, not allowing Entiat’s offense to score.
“We had four guys rotating in the defensive back: Austin Brockie, Willie Jones, Jason James and Enrique Medina,” Sandusky said. “They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback in the second half. Offensively, Hank ran real well, and when we threw Austin and Dean Williams did good.”
Entiat’s only other points came on a safety in the fourth quarter. Lummi also scored in the fourth on a Hoskins 68-yard run, but it was unable to convert the two-point try.
“I was happy with everyone’s effort, but we’ll learn some things,” Sandusky said. “We have to have a better start from here on out and get more aggressive on offense.”
Lummi (2-2, 0-0 Northwest 1B League) will look for another win at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at home against Clallum Bay.
Entiat — 30 run (pass failed)
Lummi — Austin Brockie 3 run (Brockie pass from Hank Hoskins good)
Entiat — 5 run (run good)
Lummi — Brockie 8 run (run failed)
Lummi — Brockie 37 run (Hoskins run)
Lummi — Brockie 18 run (run failed)
Lummi — Hoskins 39 run (Dean Williams pass from Hoskins good)
Lummi — Hoskins 10 run (Adam Lawrence pass from Hoskins good)
Lummi — Hoskins 68 run (run failed)
Entiat — safety
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