Mount Baker continued its undefeated season with a 41-28 1A Northwest Conference victory over Meridian on Friday, Oct. 7.
Running backs Jed Schleimer and Carson Engholm led the Mountaineers (6-0, 3-0).
Schleimer ran for 159 yards on 15 carries, and Engholm rushed for 133 yards on 15 touches.
Engholm ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, stunning Meridian (2-4, 1-2).
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“They gave me a hole, and I didn’t even get touched,” Engholm said. “I just ran the ball; they blocked.”
On Meridian’s first possession, Mount Baker’s Gene Fleming blocked a punt, and Maxwell Tolman scooped it up and ran it in for a score from the 20, putting the Mountaineers up 14-0 less than three minutes into the game.
“That’s huge,” Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said. “Anytime you get something like that, it’s great.”
The Trojans were unable to get their run game going, netting only 65 yards.
Wide receiver Andrew Logan had a big game, piling up 165 yards on 10 receptions, and quarterback Simon Burkett threw for 280 yards.
Star of the game
Mount Baker’s offensive line paved the way for 331 yards on the ground, opening monstrous holes for Schleimer and Engholm.
Play of the night
Engholm’s 65-yard touchdown jaunt set the tone early and sparked Mount Baker.
Unsung hero of the game
Logan kept many drives alive with crucial catches.
Mount Baker will play at Nooksack Valley on Friday, Oct. 14, while Meridian will be at Lynden Christian.
MB – Carson Engholm 65 run (Jonathan Ehlers kick)
MB – Maxwell Tolman fumble recovery (Ehlers kick)
MB – Jed Schleimer 7 run
MB – Thomas Barbo 12 pass from T.J. Bass (Ehler kick)
Mer – Dawson Logan 43 pass from Simon Burkett (Nick Sebastian kick)
MB – Schleimer 12 run (run conversion failed)
Mer – Burkerr 10 run (Sebastian kick)
MB – Jed Schleimer 3 run (Ehlers kick)
Mer – T.J. Dykstra 17 pass from Burkett (Sebastian kick)
Mer – Burkett 1 run (Sebastian kick)
RUSHING – Meridian: Simon Burkett 12-(-12), Tony Schleimer 6-39, Cole Roberts 6-22, Andrew Logan 2-16, Lukas Hemenway 1-0. Mount Baker: Jed Schleimer 15-159. Carson Engholm 15-133. T.J. Bass 5-8. Junior Camacho 3-31.
PASSING – Meridian: Simon Burkett 17-28-1-280. Mount Baker: T.J. Bass 2-6-0-32.
RECEIVING – Meridian: Andrew Logan 9-165, T.J. Dykstra 4-58, Dawson Logan 2-48, Dawson Phillips 1-9, Lukas Hemenway 1-0. Mount Baker: Thomas Barbo 2-32.