Blaine managed to play a nearly perfect game against conference rival Sehome.
Coach Jay Dodd’s Borderites looked dominating during their 37–7 victory, scoring with will on offense, defense and pulling off big special teams plays.
Blaine’s defense was especially impressive, holding Sehome to 49 passing yards and preventing the Mariners from ever getting into an offensive rhythm.
“Our defense did a good job of swarming to the football,” Dodd said. “We tackled well and played physical throughout the night.”
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That physical defense forced two turnovers, one of which was a fumble recovered in the end zone by junior defensive end Layton Hagee.
The bright point for Sehome’s offense came from the legs of senior Ken Sun, who managed 135 yards over 20 carries.
The Mariners’ only score came in the third quarter, when senior running back Tanner Patrick punched his way through the Borderites’ defensive line for the score.
But mostly it was all Blaine (3-1, 1-0 NWC 2A/3A), all night.
Junior quarterback Jalen Kortlever showed moments of brilliance, throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
“Jalen played really incredibly,” Dodd said. “He’s a great athlete, and a great leader.”
Dodd also credited his receiving corps for having a big night. Five different Blaine receivers caught passes. The depth of the receiving corps allowed Kortlever to read the defense, and find the open man, confident his receivers would make the catch, Dodd said.
“We’re really confident in our receivers,” Dodd said. “We have a lot of guys we can throw to; it opens up our offense.”
The offensive effort was further aided by the excellent play of junior running back Riley Fritsch. The Borderites handed Fritsch the ball early and often, and much of their offensive momentum came from the strength of his legs.
Fritsch scored two touchdowns, and netted 150 rushing yards on 20 attempts. His 7.5 yards per carry gave the Borderites a reliable offensive weapon whenever they needed it.
“We really emphasized the run this week,” Dodd said. “Riley is one of the best backs out there, he ran really hard and really determined.”
Blaine’s next game comes Oct. 2, at Sedro-Woolley, while Sehome (2-2, 0-1) next hosts Lynden.
Bla — Josh Fakkema 9 pass from Jalen Kortlever (Kyle Sentkowski kick)
Bla — Layton Hagee fumble recovery (Sentkowski kick)
Bla — Riley Fritsch 1 run (Sentkowski kick)
Bla — Fritsch 2 run (Sentkowski kick)
Seh — Tanner Patrick 4 run (Cooper Rodgers-Rombold kick)
Bla — Anthony Ball 15 pass from Kortlever (Sentkowski kick)
Bla — Haden Anthony 30 field goal
RUSHING — Sehome: Taylor Rapp 1-15, Kevin Sun 20-135, Jace Rinker 3-12, Anton Arena 3-11, Tanner Patrick 6-34, Jarrod Black, 4-24. Blaine: Riley Fritsch 21-150, Jalen Kortlever 1-(-11), Garrett Adams 1-8.
PASSING — Sehome: Max Diehl 8-18-1-49, Nic Roger 0-1-0-0. Blaine: Jalen Kortlever 14-36-0-242.
RECEIVING — Sehome: Taylor Rapp 1-10, Kevin Sun 4-15, Jace Rinker 1-3, Anton Arena 1-1, Warren Zinns 1-20. Blaine: Jonathan Starcer 3-70, Anthony Ball 5-31, Josh Fakkema 2-39, Braden Otto 1-5, Trevin Brady 1-15, Layton Hagee 2-82.