Mount Baker dominated for the second week in a row, speeding ahead with seven first-half touchdowns and winning 52-0 over the Leavenworth Cascade Kodiaks on Friday Sept. 18, at Mount Baker High School.
“We were really concerned about what they could do and spread out,” Mountaineer coach Ron Lepper said. “But our defense came out ready to play, set the tone and then offensively we were able to put it in the end zone so it was a good night all around that way.”
Just over a minute into the game junior running back Jed Schleimer ran for a 48-yard touchdown for Mount Baker and he went on to earn three more in the first half. Sophomore Carson Engholm scored two TDs and junior quarterback Mason Bass ran for a 17-yard touchdown.
Schliemer led the way rushing with 209 yards on 12 carries. Engholm followed with seven carries and 71 total rushing yards.
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The Mountaineers played well defensively, forcing Cascade’s quarterback Dane Williams to throw the ball 13 times with only three completions.
T.J. Bass also made a couple of crucial catches, Lepper said.
“We just executed and Mason got me the ball,” T.J. said. “Mason had a heck of a game too. He threw well.”
With a 42-0 lead at halftime, Mount Baker ensured a running clock through the second half. A 31-yard field goal by Jonathan Ehlers 36 seconds into the fourth quarter finalized the score.
“Now we have just really got to get focused for Nooksack next week because it is a league game and kind of a rival with us, it’s a big deal,” Lepper said. “I thought we played well, I’m happy about that, but now we’ve got to get ready.”
Mount Baker plays at home against Nooksack Valley at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
MB— Jed Schleimer 48 run (Jonathan Ehlers kick)
MB— Mason Bass 17 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Schleimer 4 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Carson Engholm 1 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Engholm 17 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Schleimer 23 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Schleimer 14 run (Ehlers kick)
MB— Ehlers 31 FG
RUSHING — Cascade: Dylan Scott 10-80, Wyatt Guthrie 5-15, Dane Williams 5-3, Kobe Salas 3-11, Jose Valdez 3-33. Mount Baker: Jed Schleimer 12-209, Carson Engholm 7-71, Junior Camacho 4-26, Vadim Kotsyuba 3-46, William Pilat 2-6, Mason Bass 1-17, Thomas Barbo 1-3, Sergey Fandalyuk 1-11, Jeremiah Cronk 1-10.
PASSING — Cascade: Dane Williams 3-13-44-1, Jose Mendoza 0-2-0-0. Mount Baker: Mason Bass 4-7-88-0.
RECEIVING — Cascade: Tristan Zucktriegal, 1-23, Kobe Salas, 2-21. Mount Baker: T.J. Bass 2-46, Thomas Barbo 1-32, Vadim Kotsyuba 1-10.