Blaine football lost badly to 2A power Lakewood at home September 20, but the Borderites are putting the game behind them as they prepare for this week’s home match against Bellingham.
The team has been watching a lot of film, and coaches have been working with new defensive lineups in practice after several different defensive combinations were tested against Lakewood.
Some of those combinations seemed to work. Blaine forced three fourth down punts, one turnover on downs and one
Others didn’t. Lakewood scored seven touchdowns and two two-point conversions to Blaine’s two touchdowns and one field goal, for a final score of 46–17.
Cole Muder ran for 65 yards, played a pivotal role running the defense and scored both of Blaine’s touchdowns. Peter Benne kicked the field goal and both extra points.
Quarterback Nathan Kramme passed for 39 yards and rushed for 40 yards. He was picked on two passes intended for Josiah Westbrook. Westbrook was lined up against Lakewood’s Brett Bustad, who gained the inside line twice for the interceptions.
“After the incredible game Josiah had against Lord Tweedsmuir, it makes sense that they lined up their best guy against him,” Kramme said. “Josiah’s just as good as he is, but for whatever reason we didn’t connect tonight.”
It was pouring rain from the second quarter on, but Kramme said the moisture didn’t have a major impact on his passing.
“The ball guys did a good job of keeping it dry,” he said.
Westbrook picked an interception of his own in the third quarter, which started a drive that ended with a field goal for Blaine.
“We tried a lot of new things on defense,” Kramme said. “Joe Leeking made some big plays at safety. Ultimately it was a tough loss, but Lakewood’s 2A, they’re a good football team and we’re still in the mix.”
The Borderites take on the Bellingham Red Raiders at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 27 at the Blaine High School stadium.