Despite losing six two-way starters on an eight-man football club, the host Lummi Blackhawks came out strong in their first game of the season with a 28-0 shutout over rival Neah Bay on Friday.
Although the second-ranked Blackhawks scored four touchdowns, three of which belonged to wide receiver Caleb Revey, the Lummi defense was the star of the night, as it forced six turnovers. Revey and junior Quincy Lane each had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown by the 5-foot-9 cornerback Lane. Lummi also recovered two fumbles.
Lummi led 22-0 at halftime in a game where it took a few possessions for the Blackhawks to get settled. Multiple times the the ball sailed over senior quarterback Dashawn Lawrence’s head on the snap while he was in the shotgun, according to Lummi coach Jim Sandusky.
But Sandusky said his team was able to clean that up at halftime, which is important for a team as young as the Blackhawks.
“We’re only going to get better,” Sandusky said. “We have to learn from our mistakes and play fearlessly.”