What was supposed to be a 51/2-hour bus ride turned into a 71/2-hour ordeal, when the Lummi football team ran into ice about 20 minutes away from Lyle.
But that was about the only thing that didn’t go the Blackhawks’ way, as they thoroughly dominated District 4 top seed Lyle/Wishram 52-0 in the first round of the Class 1B state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 14.
“It took us two hours to go the final 20 miles,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said in a phone interview. “They had to push the game back to 5:30 p.m., and they were thinking of cancelling it, because there was 4 to 5 inches of snow on the field. But they shoved the yard markers off, and we were able to play, and I think it’s a game the kids will never forget. It was pretty exciting for the kids to play out in snow and be out there.”
Even more exciting considering the level of success Lummi had, as they move on to the quarterfinals and will host either Lopez or Evergreen Lutheran, who play Saturday, Nov. 15, next week in the quarterfinals of the expanded 1B playoffs.
Regardless of the opponent, if the Blackhawks (9-3) get the same defensive effort they saw on Friday night, Lummi might as well pack for a return to the Tacoma Dome, as the Cougars managed just 10 yards of total offense.
Lummi held Lyle/Wishram to 29 yards passing and negative-19 yards on 25 rushing attempts.
“It was a total team effort,” Sandusky said. “As far as tackles, I’ve got guys five guys with five tackles or more. We were all over the place as far as making defensive stops.”
Sandusky spread the credit among everybody from Jason James on the edge to Hank Hoskins at linebacker. Raven and Free Borsee each had five tackles, as did nose tackle Adam Lawrence and Willie Jones from defensive end.
“It was a good team effort,” Sandusky said. “It wasn’t easy because it was slippery. Guys were able to get to the ball quick. They were a far better team than what the score showed.”
Lummi’s offense was almost as good as the defense.
And it started on the game’s first play from scrimmage, when Hoskins raced 50 yards for a touchdown, and the Blackhawks rolled from there.
Austin Brockie threw for a pair of touchdowns, including a 40-yarder to Enrique Medina. Jacob Roberts had a long scoring run, while Hohn Ballew also ran well and scored a TD, Sandusky said.
“It was good to see us play well in the snow,” Sandusky said. “We were able to run and throw the ball pretty well.”