High School Football

Blackhawks’ struggles against Neah Bay continues

Mistakes and bad luck cost the Lummi football team again, as the Blackhawks dropped their sixth straight game to Neah Bay dating back to 2011, this time by a 38-26 count.

Lummi (0-2) actually led 20-18 at the half, but on the first play from scrimmage, Neah Bay got the lead back with a 60-yard touchdown pass.

Less than two minutes later, a tipped Lummi pass resulted in an interception, which the Red Devils returned 40 yards for another score.

“We gave up some big plays,” Blackhawks coach Jim Sandusky said in a phone interview. “That tip ball interception for a touchdown really hurt. We did a little bit of what we did last week, where we gave up too many real big plays. Part of it was some broken coverage and some broken assignments.”

After spotting Neah Bay the first two touchdowns of the game, Hank Hoskins scored on a 2-yard run to cut the Blackhawks’ deficit to 12-6 after the first. A 38-yard run put the Red Devils back up 18-6, but Hoskins again scored for a yard out before hitting Devin Cooper on a 51-yard TD strike to give Lummi the halftime lead.

But the two Red Devil scores early in the second put Lummi in a hole. Even though Hoskins scored his third TD of the night, a 72-yard Neah Bay run put the game away.

“It was a tough night for us throwing the ball,” Sandusky said. “Our line didn’t protect real well, and our quarterbacks didn’t have time to throw the ball.”

Hoskins finished with 231 yards passing and led the team with 112 yards and 17 carries. Cooper had four catches for 89 yards and Willie Jones had four for 62, while Dino Williams logged five for 66.

Lummi next opens at home with a game against Seattle Lutheran on Friday, Sept. 19.


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First quarter

NB — 15 run (pass failed)

NB — 2 run (run failed)

Lum — Hank Hoskins 2 run (pass failed)

Second quarter

NB — 38 run (pass failed)

Lum — Hoskins 1 (Austin Brockie pass Hoskins pass)

Lum — Devin Cooper 51 pass from Hoskins (pass failed)

Third quarter

NB— 60 pass (run failed)

NB — 40 interception return (pass failed)

Lum — Hoskins 2 run (run failed)

NB — 72 run (pass good)

Individual leaders

RUSHING — Lummi: Devin Cooper 7-32, Hank Hoskins 17-112, Austin Brockie 3-12. Neah Bay: NA.

PASSING — Lummi: Hank Hoskins 12-30-1-213, Austin Brockie 2-3-0-37. Neah Bay: NA.

RECEIVING — Lummi: Dino Williams 5-66, Austin Brockie 2-9, Willie Jones 4-62, Devin Cooper 4-89. Neah Bay: NA.