High School Football

Big plays doom Lummi in opening loss

After a long bus trip to Oregon, it would be understandable if the Lummi football team got off to a little bit of a low start. But that never happened.

Thanks to a pair of Hank Hoskins runs, the Blackhawks jumped out to a two-touchdown lead after the first quarter of their season opener against Adrian on Friday, Sept. 5. But the Antelopes came racing back with 30 second-quarter points and pulled away in the second half for a 44-20 victory.

“We got off on a descent start. We just couldn't move the ball in the second quarter,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said in a phone interview. “More in the second half we had trouble connecting on passes whether it was overthrown or a dropped pass. We'd march the ball down and then come up short.”

By the time Hoskins found Dino Williams for a 30-yard pass in the second quarter, Lummi already trailed 22-14, and Adrian returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to make it 30-20.

The kickoff return for a touchdown was one of many big plays allowed by the Blackhawks on Friday. Of Adrian’s six scoring plays, only one — a 12-yard touchdown run — was less than 40 yards.

“We had a number of plays where we were there to make it, but we had a mishap,” Sandusky said.

Sandusky said his team made the mistakes he expected it to make in the first week, but he also said he felt the Antelopes were in far better shape than his team.

“You can guess what we’ll be doing on Monday,” Sandusky said.