There was one heck of a football game Sept. 26, 2014 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. It looked like Sehome was going to run away with the game, but that’s not how it all played out. Blaine made one heck of a comeback and took the win in the 4th Quarter.
Here’s some words by The Bellingham Herald sports editor Dave Rasbach…
There’s no disputing the raw speed of Sehome junior Taylor Rapp, but as quick as he is, he wasn’t the fastest thing on the Civic Stadium turf on Friday, Sept. 26. That honor belongs to the emotional roller coaster Blaine receiver Anthony Ball was on in the closing minutes of the Class 2A/3A Northwest Conference game between the Mariners and Borderites.
With about two minutes remaining in regulation and his team trailing by six points, Ball broke behind the Sehome defensive backfield, hauled in a pass from quarterback Nathan Kramme and was running seemingly unchallenged toward the end zone and a 67-yard touchdown that would have tied the game and given his team a chance to take the lead with an extra point.
Just a split second later, Ball’s dreams were dashed when Rapp refused to give up on the play and chased Ball down from behind, punching the ball out his arms at the Sehome 7 and leaving Ball to watch helplessly as it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
Ball did exactly that, as he got a second chance to be a hero only 20 seconds later after the Borderites recovered a fumbled Sehome snap at the 12. One play later, the sophomore snared Kramme’s pass in the back of the end zone on a broken play with 1 minute, 25 seconds to play, and Kyle Sentkowski’s extra point proved to be the difference, as Blaine escaped with a 20-19 victory.