Junior quarterback Logan Toby leaves two Quilcene defenders behind as he sprints upfield on a long gain. Toby ran for 82 yards on just three carries.
The Lummi Blackhawks will have the week off before they go on the road in the state quarterfinals the weekend of Nov. 16-17. They likely will play in Tumwater against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, and if they win it likely will set up a semifinal contest against archrival Neah Bay in the Tacoma Dome on Thanksgiving weekend.
The Blackhawks thumped Quilcene 80-26 Friday night in a post-season seeding game (see the Bellingham Herald’s game story here). The defending state-champion Red Devils throttled Lopez 90-6 on Friday, running their record to 10-0. The Blackhawks lost to Neah Bay 48-28 earlier in the season, their only 8-man loss of the season (they fell to La Conner in an 11-man game).
In short, another climactic battle between the Blackhawks and their cousins from Neah Bay is looming. Stay posted.
Dimitri Sampson throws his body into Quilcene running back Josh Steele in the first quarter, which was played in a driving rain.
Lummi’s Jaycob Martin hauls down Taholah’s Wade Purdy as Richard Edwards closes in to assist on the tackle.
It’s a bit odd to want to focus on Lummi’s defenders after the Blackhawks put up 59 points on Taholah on Friday night, a game in which Jared Tom completed 12 of 14 passes for five TDs. But the defense looked inspired in the lopsided win, especially in the first half, and it contributed to the point total with a safety and an 89-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Richard Edwards.
In the Bellingham Herald’s game story, Lummi coach Jim Sandusky was quoted as saying his defenders did a good job of fighting off blocks and wrapping up the Chitwin ballcarriers. As he pointed out, the defense needs to come through in order for the Blackhawks to be successful this season, because it’s clear they can score points.
Lummi Linebacker Eli Wall applies pressure to Taholah quarterback Keanu Curleybear.
The Blackhawks play Evergreen Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday at Auburn Mountainview High School; they play host to archrival and defending state champion Neah Bay on Friday, Sept. 28.
The usual cast of characters made their presence felt in the Blackhawks’ 64-28 win over Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon: Jared Tom, Deion Hoskins and Austin Brockie had a hand in six of Lummi’s touchdowns. But a couple of senior transfers, Dimitri Sampson and Leo Scarbourough, also made a splash. Sampson caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score, and Scarbourough returned an onside kick for a touchdown. The game inaugurated the 2012 season and Lummi’s new $1.3 million FieldTurf. Read the Bellingham Herald’s game story here.
Dimitri Sampson hauls in a 20-yard pass from Jared Tom for Lummi’s second score on Saturday. Sampson transferred to Lummi last year from Blaine and was a standout baseball player for the Blackhawks in the spring. This season is his first playing football at Lummi.
Leo Scarbourough, a running back and defensive back, transferred to Lummi this year from Ferndale High School. He plucked an onside kick out of the air in the third quarter Saturday and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. Following an earlier onside kick he told the bench he’d seen an opening and was going to take the next one to the house if he had the chance — and he did it.
Lummi plays Friday night at La Conner in an 11-man game. The Blackhawks fell to Sehome in 2010, the last time they played with 11 on each side.
Logan Toby, left, and Jared Tom throw to Blackhawk receivers during practice Monday, Aug. 20. Tom is Lummi’s returning starting quarterback.
The Blackhawks play host to Pomeroy at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, to open the 2012 season. They travel to La Conner on Sept. 7 for an 11-man game, and they face defending state champ and arch-rival Neah Bay at home on Sept. 28. Here’s the full 2012 varsity schedule:
Sept. 1 — Pomeroy at Lummi 1 p.m.
Sept. 7 — at La Conner 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — Tahola at Lummi (homecoming) 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 — at Evergreen Lutheran 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 — *Neah Bay at Lummi 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 — at *Crescent 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 — at Muckleshoot 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 — *Clallam Bay at Lummi (elders night) 6 p.m.
Oct. 20 — at *Lopez 2 p.m.
Oct. 25 — *Tulalip at Lummi (senior night) 7 p.m.
* Denotes league game
Lummi Blachkawks high step through a drill on the new artificial turf on Monday, Aug. 20.
A state-of-the-art artificial surface is scheduled to be installed at Lummi High School in time for the Blackhawks first football practice on Aug. 15.
The artificial-grass surface is called FieldTurf and is the same as the Seattle Seahawks play on at CenturyLink Field. “It’s top of the line,” said Gregory Weisbrich of FieldTurf’s Seattle office, which is general contractor for the project. Weisbrich said the company is scheduled to begin putting down the turf on Tuesday, July 24.
The field will cost nearly $1.5 million and is being paid for by Lummi Nation. The project also includes a new artificial-surface track, which will ring the football field. Dirt excavated from the site of the old field has been pushed behind the scoreboard end zone, creating a berm on which spectators will be able watch the Blackhawks games.
Daryn Kash, left, and Joe Hillaire are part of the crew working seven days a week to make sure the new playing surface is ready in time for Lummi’s first practice at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 15.