The Lummi football team got to dress out a couple more players on Friday, Sept. 25, but it wasn’t quite enough, as Entiat handed the Blackhawks their first loss of the season 40-26 in their home opener.
“It was definitely experience that made the difference,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said of his young squad, which suited out 16 players Friday. “We had some young guys, but not only that, young guys playing out of position. We had to move some guys around because of subbing and some injuries. It’s really hard to get these guys up to speed with the limited practice time we have. The experience is just lacking right now.”
The Blackhawks (2-1) led 20-16 at the half, but a lack of experienced depth simply caught up to them after the break.
“We kind of ran out of gas,” Sandusky said. “We had guys going both ways as much as we could, and then we had to sub some of the younger guys in for some of the younger guys. It finally caught up to us.”
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Sandusky said Free and Raven Borsey had big games on defense for Lummi, while James Williams did a good job shifting from the line to running back and caught a touchdown pass. Deshaun Lawrence also had a good game out of the backfield, Sandusky said, but the Blackhawks must work on giving Jonathan Casimir some time to find open receivers in the passing game.
Lummi next opens Northwest 1B League play on Friday, Oct. 2, at Clallam Bay.