Taking three knees at Taholah’s 5-yard line with less than two minutes remaining until half was an act of sportsmanship, but arguably nothing more epitomized Lummi’s dominance than that gesture.
The Blackhawks ran up and down the field all night long with little resistance from Taholah, and No. 4-ranked Lummi didn’t waste time sealing the Chitwhins’ fate during a 63-6 Class 1B non-league rout Thursday, Oct. 9, in Lummi.
Lummi (4-2) opened the game 3 of 4 — as in the Blackhawks scored three times during their first four plays
Add in Devin Cooper’s 36-yard interception return for touchdown, and Lummi recorded four touchdowns after having ran only four offensive plays.
Midway through the first quarter yells of “mercy” began bellowing from the Blackhawks’ stands.
“It was one of those things where just about everything clicked,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said. “Offense, defense, everything, special teams, we wanted to make an effort, especially on defense, to keep them out of the end zone at least for a half, and we were able to do that.”
Four different Blackhawks had a hand in at least two of Lummi’s nine touchdowns, as Blackhawks needed just 9:08 to take a 43-0 lead, which prompted the running clock.
Cooper paired his interception return with a 86-yard kickoff return for touchdown to open the second half, Hank Hoskins threw three TDs, Austin Brockie caught a touchdown and ran for two more, and Jacob Roberts ran for score and caught a 99-yard TD pass on a deep post pattern.
“It feels good to play, and it felt good to get the win, too.” Roberts said. “It’s always good to get the win.”
Lummi’s offense was nearly flawless with its No. 1s in, but the Blackhawks were equally impressive defensively.
In fact, if Taholah’s Levi Jackson wouldn’t have ran a third-quarter kickoff back to Lummi’s 9, odds are the Blackhawks would have came away with a shutout.
Chitwhins quarterback Keanu Curleybear, a shifty, bull of a QB, flashed his athleticism throughout the night. He proved tough to bring down, but Lummi’s hounding pass rush kept him on the run, which prevented Taholah’s pass-catchers from getting open.
Thanks to a countless number of Blackhawks’ sacks, Taholah’s offense finished with negative 3 total yards.
“I think it was the main point,” said Roberts of Lummi slowing down Curleybear. “He is the main ball carrier. He’s more of the team.”
Roberts’ 39-yard touchdown run with 7:07 left in the third quarter capped Lummi’s scoring onslaught, putting the Blackhawks in front 63-0.
Hoskins finished 3-of-4 passing for 202 yards and three touchdowns, Jeffrey Cultee, who earned most of his time late in the game, led Lummi on the ground with 39 yards on four carries.
“I think we played good,” Cooper said. “We played as a team. We got our blocks, and we just played together.”
The Blackhawks host rival Neah Bay next at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
Lum — Devin Cooper 5 run (Hank Hoskins kick)
Lum — Austin Brockie 26 pass from Hoskins (Hoskins kick)
Lum — Dino Williams 77 pass from Hoskins (Hoskins run)
Lum — Cooper 36 interception return (Hoskins kick)
Lum — Jacob Roberts 99 pass from Hoskins (Hoskins kick)
Lum — Brockie 5 run (Hoskins kick)
Lum — Brockie 13 run (kick fail)
Lum — Cooper 86 kickoff return (Hoskins kick)
Lum — Roberts 39 run (Hoskins kick)
Tah — Sam Northup 4 run (run fail)
RUSHING — Taholah: Keanu Curleybear 10-(-46), Sam Northup 4-(-1), Jimmy Smith-Kramer 2-16. Lummi: Willie Jones 3-16, Hank Hoskins 2-14, Devin Cooper 3-13, Austin Brockie 2-18, Jacob Roberts 1-39, Derek Cooper 1(-2), Jonathan Casimir 2(-11), Stanford Hoskins 3-(-15), Jeffrey Cultee 4-39.
PASSING — Taholah: Keanu Curleybear 2-14-2-20, Jimmy Smith-Kramer 1-3-0-5, Steven Sotamish 1-1-0-3. Lummi: Hank Hoskins 3-4-0-202, Austin Brockie 2-5-0-46, Jonathan Casimir 0-1-0-0 .
RECEIVING — Taholah: Jimmy Smith-Kramer 1-27, Terrance Jones 1(-7), Dylan James 1-3, Keanu Curleybear 1-5. Lummi: Dino Williams 2-93, Jacob Roberts 1-99, Devin Cooper 1-30, Austin Brockie 1-26.