Senior Brandon Heggem said it best after tackling Anacortes’s Landon Macy behind his own goal line for a two point safety early in Friday’s home league opener: “We’re the best defense in the league.” It was the first two point score of his career, a feather in any lineman’s helmet to be sure.
Indeed, the Borderites allowed only one legitimate first down the whole game, three others coming either by penalty or against the C team defense. The younger guys got good varsity experience despite allowing consecutive long touchdowns of 50 and 86 yards from the outstanding Seahawk quarterback Chris Stoneham.
The boys in black really sucked it up defensively after falling last week to the most talented Canadian team Whatcom County has seen in a long time. Turns out that Blaine was playing the equivalent of a three or four-A team last week. Even so, Coach Dodd drilled his troops on defensive fundamentals, about getting the ball out of the hands of the opposing offense and letting the scrambler, Jordan McCarty, do his thing.
McCarty spent the night dancing around like grease on a hot skillet, making broken plays work with a combination of balance, quickness and a strong throwing arm that stays cocked as he rolls out for his targets.
The noise from the packed stands drowned out the truck route and could be heard all the way down the freeway to Ferndale, next Friday’s (September 18) road opponent.
McCarty’s best moment came late in the first half when he connected with senior Al Bohnson for a 26-yard touchdown with just seconds left on the cantankerous old scoreboard clock.
Anacortes was held scoreless for most of the game while Blaine seemed to explode now and again almost at will. The stats rolled up for a lot of players on probably the best night for football Blaine has seen in a while. Caleb Statham rushed 21 times for 128 yards, sophomore Tyler Chau 7 for 24, senior Cody Dampier 3 for 20, sophomore Andrew Price 1 for 6, senior David Craig 1 for 4 and sophomore Hootie Galindo carried twice for four yards.
Passing provided all five of Blaine’s touchdowns, although the last one was a runback of an intercepted pass that got fumbled and then recovered in the end zone by senior Tusapa Laolagi. In the second quarter McCarty connected with Bird for 13 yards and Bohnson for 26 and in the third he threw to Bohnson for 30 yards and Bird for 41 yards.
Blaine performed well in running up 17 first downs to Anacortes’s 4 and racking up almost four hundred yards of offense while limiting the Seahawks to just over 100.
Next week Blaine travels to 2-0 Ferndale for a tough match. The Golden Eagles pummeled Shorecrest of Seattle last week 52 to 6 on senior running back Matt Reynolds’ four touchdowns. Blaine has their work cut out for them but they can play them as evenly as they ever have in the Dodd era. It will be well worth the trip.