The Lummi Nation football team opened up its homecoming game against Northwest 1B League rival Crescent like a prizewinning stallion tearing up some track at the Kentucky Derby.
Lummi scored three times in the first quarter of its 46-8 victory on Friday, Oct. 9, starting with a 55-yard strike thrown by senior quarterback Jonathan Casimir to junior wide receiver Trazil Lane. This was followed, only a few minutes later, by an 80-yard punt return courtesy of junior Free Borsey.
“We came out strong,” Lummi coach Jim Sandusky said. “We followed our game.”
The Blackhawks kept up their blistering offensive pace in the second quarter scoring twice in the first four minutes, including a beautiful 25-yard pass as Casimir once again found Lane for the score.
Casimir credited much of his play to his offensive line.
“It was probably the best protection I’ve had all year,” he said.
“We got Jonathon better protection this week,” he said. “When he can set up and deliver, he throws a nice ball that’s usually on target.”
Casimir finished the game without an incompletion, going five of five.
Casimir also had kind words about the man who caught his two touchdown throws, Lane.
“He’s one of my favorite targets, I know every time I throw the ball, he’ll go up and get it.”
Lummi’s excellent first half was capped off by a 97-yard interception return by Lane, in what can only be described as a feat of athletic genius.
Sandusky was certainly pleased with his offense’s performance, but for him the real stars of the night were his defensive players.
“We knew we had to stop the run,” Sandusky said. “We really geared up for that, and our guys came out and executed well.”
Sandusky pointed to his defense’s speed and aggression, especially coming off the block.
The Blackhawks (4-1, 2-0 NW1B) held Crescent scoreless for three quarters, only allowing a touchdown in the final minutes of play after many Lummi starters had left the game.
Lummi gained a lot of momentum moving into a key rivalry game against Neah Bay on Friday, Oct. 16. Sandusky said his team will focus on the basics in preparation, with special attention paid to finishing blocks and crashing to the ball on defense.
“I’m staying after practice all week,” Casimir said of his plans to prepare for Neah Bay. “I’m going to work on my throwing patterns, my footwork and I’ll be studying a lot of film.”
Lum — Jonathan Casimir throws 55 to Trazil Lane (Raven Borsey run)
Lum — Free Borsey 80 yard punt return (James Williams run)
Lum — Dashaun Lawrence 8 run (John Ballew run)
Lum — Lawrence 7 run (Williams pass from Jonathan Casimir)
Lum — Trazil Lane 25 pass fromCasimir (Lane run)
Lum — Lane 97 interception return (run failed)
Cres — Jakob Baillargeon 3 run (Baillargeon run)
RUSHING — Crescent: KC Spencer 5-6, Kyle Buchanan 7-12, McCabe Story 5-23, Jakob Baillargeon 9-116, Eric Emery 5-11, Neil Peppard 7- (-9). Lummi: Free Borsey 1-80, Jonathan Casimir 1-(-6), Trazil Lane 1-60, Dashaun Lawrence 10-33, James Williams 1-18, John Ballew 3-15, Caleb Revey 1-15, Stanford Hoskins 3-14.
PASSING — Crescent: KC Spencer 0-2-0, Neil Peppard 6-17-1-57. Lummi: Johnathan Casimir 5-5-0-150. Dashaun Lawrence 1-3-0-15.
RECEIVING — Crescent: Jakob Baillargeon 1-6, Kyle Buchanan 1-8, Eric Emery 1-2, McCabe Story 2-31, KC Spencer 1-10. Lummi: Trazil Lane 2-80, Raven Borsey 1-25, Free Borsey 2-45, John Ballew 1-15.