The new Blaine High School stadium opened its gates to a full crowd last weekend and the Borderites did not disappoint.
With fan support, the Borderites opened their season sharp September 3 against Port Angeles. Senior quarterback Avery Dohner found senior wide receiver Jaxon Kortlever twice in the first four minutes of the game with touchdown passes of 57 and 49 yards.
But the Roughriders kept the game close with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Down by eight in the fourth quarter, Port Angeles stayed within reaching distance of the Borderites until Kortlever tipped a pass at the goal line that was intercepted by senior cornerback Scott Baldwin to secure the victory.
The Borderites won 36-28 at their home opener.
Blaine had over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing for the first time in the same game since 2015, with many players contributing.
Dohner completed 8-of-19 passes for 212 yards. Senior Cole Thomas threw for 42 yards and ran in for a touchdown.
Junior running back Larry Creasey finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Senior Gabe Cranford carried 15 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin caught a team-high seven passes for 92 yards. And Kortlever covered 142 yards with only 3 receptions.
On defense, senior defensive ends Alex Welch and Anden Holley, and senior middle linebacker Spencer Dalry, each had multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Borderites go on to play Bellevue Christian High School at home this Friday, September 10, at 7 p.m.
Statistics and play-by-play thanks to whatcompreps.com.
The girls soccer team beat University Prep 1-0 in their opening game of the season September 4 at home.
The Lady Borderites will host Sehome this Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m. and then will travel to Sedro-Woolley Tuesday, September 14.