Sedro-Woolley may have the depth and firepower, after all, to make a respectable challenge for another Class 2A state football title this year.
In a homecoming game that lasted nearly three hours, the Cubs enjoyed every minute in a 2A match-up of the defending state champion and one of the state’s smallest 2A schools.
The Cubs (3-2 overall, 1-2 NWC) used seven runners, six receivers and three quarterbacks — and those were just the guys who got into the statistics — in a 48-8 big-play win over Blaine (3-2, 1-2) on Friday, Oct. 2.
The Borderites, trailing 27-0 at the half, showed some guts on the opening kickoff of the second half. Eric Davis recovered an onside kick, and junior quarterback Jalen Kortlever quickly followed with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Starcer.
“Just to try something,” Blaine coach Jay Dodd said. “And we kept trying, we kept fighting, in the second half. We have to improve our pass protection and run blocking, and we will.”
Riley Fritsch, who had a 50-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, saw it go for naught. Fritsch, a junior who never comes close to quitting, ran the ball seven more times in a row after that play and finished with 112 yards on 19 carries.
Kortlever, who came in as the NWC’s leading passer, was under severe pressure throughout the marathon game and finished 7 for 19 for 88 yards with one interception.
The Cubs finished with more than 500 yards of total offense and amassed 331 in the first half while holding the Borderites to a net of 42 yards over the same span. Kortlever was sacked three times for 37 yards in losses.
Sedro-Woolley senior Carter Crosby, in his first game this season, scored on a 54-yard run with 3 minutes, 27 seconds to play. He also scored twice in the first quarter on a 52-yard pass from Devin Willard and a 23-yard run. The quick running back finished with 7 carries for 94 yards and caught two passes for 54 yards, showing he figures to be one of the league’s most elusive runners.
The Cubs scored on first-half drives of 69, 76, 82 and 82 and 63 yards.
Running back Quinn Carpenter and wide receiver Gavin Holdt, both showing plenty of speed, each scored twice to go with Crosby’s three touchdowns.
The Borderites hope to get back on track on Friday, Oct. 9, when they host Anacortes in their homecoming game.
S-W -- Carter Crosby 52 pass from Devin Willard (Adrian Vasquez kick)
S-W -- Crosby 23 run (Vasquez kick)
S-W -- Quinn Carpenter 15 pass from Willard (kick blocked)
S-W -- Gavin Holdt 9 pass from Willard (Vasquez kick)
Blaine -- Jonathan Starcer 36 pass from Jalen Kortlever (Anthony Ball pass from Kortlever)
S-W -- Holdt 51 pass from Willard (Vasquez kick)
S-W -- Carpenter 2 run (Vasquez kick)
S-W -- Crosby 54 run (Saul Gonzalez kick)
RUSHING — Blaine: Riley Fritsch 19-112, Jalen Kortlever 4-(minus 32), Garrett Adams 6-25. Sedro: Carter Crosby 7-94, Quinn Carpenter 7-31, Devin Willard 2-9, Billy Hornbeck 3-39, Thor Wagoner 4-44, Carter Needham 2-(minus 1), Will Enniss 2-5, Bryce Hornbeck 1-5, Bryson Bartlett 1-6.
PASSING — Blaine: Jalen Kortlever 7-19-1-88. Sedro: Devin Willard 13-17-0-253, Carter Crosby 1-4-1-51, Carter Needham 3-6-0-25.
RECEIVING — Blaine: Anthony Ball 5-41, Jonathan Starcer 1-36, Josh Fakkema 1-11. Sedro: Gavin Holdt 5-91, Carter Crosby 2-54, Billy Hornbeck 3-110, Bryce Hornbeck 1-7, Thor Wagoner 3-32, Quinn Carpenter 1-15, Spencer Hoover 2-20.