Sports -- September 13, 2007

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2007
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by Jack Kintner

Borderites beat Sedro-Woolley 35-14 in opening game

The Borderites scored five unanswered touchdowns in the first three quarters of their home opener last week to take down Sedro Woolley 35-14 and even their season record at 1-1.

Running back Ben Bohnson ran 13 times for a little over 200 yards and three touchdowns, including long runs of 60 yards in the first quarter to open the scoring and 70 in the third quarter. Alex Bresnan got the other two, the second on a nifty 60-yard interception return.

Bohnson’s yardage production on the evening averaged almost 16 yards per carry, and Casey McCabe’s 81 yards on 10 carries... well, you can do the math on that one.

The total yardage for just those two running backs, 388 yards, would make a great night for the entire offense.

Junior quarterback Daniel Gorze’s increasingly steady hand at the helm connected nine of 14 times for passing yardage of 120 yards with no picks. His targets included Shane Hicks, 4 catches for 37 yards, Freddy Johncox, 1-30, Casey McCabe, 3-58 and Alex Bresnan, 2 to 3.

This week Blaine faces Bellingham in the second of a three-week home stand. Last year the Borderites smothered the Red Raiders in a 24-0 laugher at Civic Field, a game in which the departed Joey Paciorek actually jumped over a Bellingham defender on his way to the end zone.
This year Bellingham has one of the bigger quarterbacks in the league, a converted 6-2, 210 pound tackle named Zac Halvorson.

He’ll be throwing long to six-foot wide receiver JT Fitzgerald and in the process testing Blaine’s secondary much as Lynden did last week.

The difference is that Bellingham hasn’t improved much from last year’s 1-8 team, so look for another Blaine win as the defense gets in some needed pass rushing and Gorze continues to hone his chops in preparation for this year’s showdown when Burlington-Edison comes to town October 5.

Lady B’s drop just short of victory with Ferndale Tuesday

The Lady B’s pounced on Ferndale’s defense like hungry cats Tuesday night, scoring four quick goals to open the second half with a hat trick going to Sam Nault, but in the end a combination of fatigue and a defensive let-down at just the wrong moment let the game slip away 6-7 to a Ferndale squad that simply outran them for much of the game.

Nault, who’s turning into a potent offensive weapon, buried a shot just four minutes into the first half on Bailey Richardson’s assist to go up 1-0 but Ferndale scored shortly after to tie it at 1, then added two more to go up 3-1 until Nault scored again to come within one at the half, 2-3.

In the second half Nault scored again for her hat trick, knotting the score at 3 followed closely by another from Bailey Richardson to go up 4-3.
The ref then called a foul on a Ferndale player giving Richardson a free kick from about 30 yards out.

With Ferndale coach Shelly Chambers grousing loudly about the call from the sideline, Richardson lifted the ball up and over the crowd and directly into the net.

With the score 6-3 Blaine, Ferndale began coming back as Chambers continued to complain from the sidelines.

Janelle Gobbato bravely defended the Blaine goal, taking several shots point blank, at one point landing hard at the base of the post for a stop and losing her wind, but she got too little help in transition and couldn’t stop everything.

Ferndale, just as Blaine had done earlier, put together a string of four goals in 15 minutes, the last one a frozen rope by Jake Locker’s cousin Haley (yes, they’re everywhere these days) that deflected off a Blaine player for the win.

“Playing with a lead is tough,” said head coach Dan Steelquist, “because we’re up two goals and then continue to charge but then that opens things up for them to come back on us, too.”

Still, he’s as ecstatic as a quiet kind of guy can be over the 13-goal offensive production in the first three games, primarily from hotshots Sam Nault and Bailey Richardson.

Blaine next travels to Lynden Christian on Thursday, September 13, for a game at 4:30 p.m. before heading to Mount Vernon on Saturday for an afternoon game against always tough Sultan at 4 p.m.

Borderite Scoreboard
For the week of September 6-12

Team Date Opponent Score
13-31   9/7 Sedro 35-14         VOLLEYBALL 9/6 Sedro 3-1   9/11 Ferndale 0-3         SOCCER 9/4 Lynden 5-0   9/8 Anacortes 2-3   9/11 Ferndale 6-7