Early on Blaine looked like it was going to have a solid night running the ball on offense. But the first of many miscues by the Borderites led to a 37-7 loss against Sedro-Woolley Friday night, Oct. 3, at Blaine High School.
After moving the ball 44 yards to get into field-goal range on the first drive, Blaine’s field goal attempt was blocked by Sedro-Woolley and returned back into Blaine’s half of the field.
The blocked field goal seemed to light a fire under the Cubs, and extinguish all the momentum Blaine had.
The Borderite defense could not get off the field against the Cubs’ offense. By the end of the first quarter, Sedro-Woolley finally found the end zone on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Devin Willard to wide receiver Anthony Cann.
In the second quarter things got even worse for Blaine. The defense continued to get out-hustled by the Cubs’ offensive line and gave up three big touchdown plays to Sedro-Woolley, including a 30-yard pass from Willard to running back Carter Crosby.
“We didn’t play well on defense,” Blaine coach Jay Dodd said. “Our front seven knows they didn’t play well.”
The lackluster defense by Blaine’s front seven showed as Blaine gave up 205 yards on the ground against Sedro-Woolley.
“Tonight we came out flat,” Dodd said.
The offense for Blaine did not contribute much, either. The Blaine quarterbacks threw 21 incompletions combined, including an interception thrown by quarter back Nathan Kramme.
“Our timing was off in the passing game,” Dodd said. “Our quarterbacks need to do a better job setting their feet and our receivers need to run better routes.”
Even though Blaine was down 28-0 at the end of the first half, the team came out the second half looking to improve the passing game on offense.
“There is always something to improve on,” Dodd said. “We didn’t just want to run the clock out. We needed to work on passing.”
In the last minutes of the game, Blaine was able to finally get into the end zone. A 6-yard run by running back Riley Fritsch allowed Blaine to end the homecoming game on a good note.
The Borderites head down to Anacortes on Friday, Oct. 10, to take on the Seahawks.
SW — Devin Willard 14 pass to Anthony Cann (Vasquez kick)
SW — Quinten Roppel 19 run (Vasquez kick)
SW — Roppel 23 run (Vasquez kick)
SW — Willard 30 pass to Carter Crosby (Vasquez kick)
SW — Willard 26 pass to Mason Elms (Vasquez kick)
SW — Blaine safety
Blaine — Riley Fritsch 21 run (Kyle Sentkowski)
BlaineFirst downs1013Rushing Att-yards27-20534-140Comp-Att-Int7-9-16-28-1Passing yards9754Penalties-yards5-305-35Fumbles-lost2-10-0
RUSHING — Sedro-Woolley: Anthony Cann 3-14, Quinn Carpenter 5-64, Carter Crosby 6-36, Mason Elms 1-8, Quinten Roppel 3-39, Jacob Farrell 3-21, Billy Hornbeck 1-8, Jay Burger 1-8, Damian McDougle 1-6, Noah Stroosma 1-4, Carter Needham 1-(-3), Bryce Hornbeck 1-0. Blaine: Riley Fritsch 26-103, Nathan Kramme 6-17, Marcus Potts 1-5, Jalen Kortlever 1-15
PASSING — Sedro-Woolley: Devin Willard 6-7-0-93, Carter Needham 1-2-1-4. Blaine: Nathan Kramme 4-18-1-25, Jalen Kortlever 2-10-0-29
RECEIVING — Sedro-Woolley: Anthony Cann 4-36, Carter Crosby 1-30, Mason Elms 1-26, Bryce Hornbeck 1-1, Thor Wagoner 1-4. Blaine: Rudy Nolasco 1-7, Cody Gobbato 2-13, Anthony Ball 1-5, Alfonso Dermendziev 2-29.