High School Football

Blaine gets by Bellingham in 2A NWC thriller

Blaine running back Riley Fritsch turns the corner as he heads for the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 23, in Blaine.
Blaine running back Riley Fritsch turns the corner as he heads for the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 23, in Blaine. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Blaine football team defeated visiting Bellingham 24-17 on Friday, Sept. 23, in Blaine, taking the lead in the final minute.

A career-long 40-yard field goal by Blaine’s Kyle Sentkowski with 3:02 left drew the Borderites even with the Red Raiders at 17-17.

A quick three-and-out by Bellingham put the ball back in Blaine’s hands with 1:58 remaining, and a subsequent drive ended with Riley Fritsch’s 3-yard touchdown run to put the Borderites on top for good with 59 seconds remaining.

Bellingham was able to get back to its own 45-yard line on the game’s final drive, but ran out of time.

Star of the game

Blaine’s Fritsch had a terrific night, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 209 yards on 31 carries.

Play of the Night

Bellingham struck first, as the Red Raiders’ Connor Wallace scored on a 95-yard run.

What it means

The Borderites (3-1, 1-1 2A NWC) and Red Raiders (2-2, 0-2) figure to be two of the teams competing for the final postseason spot out of the Northwest Conference. With the win, Blaine now has the first tiebreaker and has a definite leg up in that battle.

Up next

Bellingham will look for its first league win when it hosts Burlington-Edison on Saturday, Oct. 1, while Blaine will travel to Anacortes on Friday, Sept. 30.

Wallace’s 95-yard touchdown corrected to a run Sept. 26, 2016.

Bellingham

7

7

3

0

17

Blaine

0

14

0

10

24

First quarter

Bel – Connor Wallace 95 run (Joseph Worley kick)

Second quarter

Blaine — Riley Fritsch 11 run (Kyle Sentkowski kick)

Blaine — R. Fritsch 7 run (Sentkowski kick)

Bel – Ethan Fields 3 run (Worley kick)

Third quarter

Bel – Worley 12 FG

Fourth quarter

Blaine — Sentkowski 40 FG

Blaine — R. Fritsch 3 run (Sentkowski kick)

Bel

Blaine

First downs

6

14

Rushing Att-yards

28-97

35-228

Comp-Att-Int

4-14-0

9-21-1

Passing yards

23

130

Penalties-yards

7-55

13-80

Fumbles-lost

2-1

2-1

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Bellingham: Ethan Fields 13-53, Connor Wallace 11-137, Joseph Worley 1-1, Rand Bentley 1-5, Dakota Johanson 2-6. Blaine: Riley Fritsch 31-209, Garrett Adams 2-6, Jalen Kortlever 2-13.

PASSING — Bellingham: Ethan Fields 4-7-0-(31), Rand Bentley 1-3-0-(-8). Blaine: Jalen Kortlever 9-21-1-(130)

RECEIVING — Bellingham: Connor Wallace 2-97, Ethan Fields 2-73, Joseph Worley 2-13. Blaine: Anthony Bell 3-47, Chase Abshere 3-29, Cruz Rodriguez 2-35.

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