When Blaine’s Mario Gobbato graduated he held so many Whatcom County records that I stumble across new ones from time to time. A few of his records would be career rushing yards (6118), season rushing yards (2821), career rushing attempts (790), season rushing attempts (339) and season rushing touchdowns (38). Last year his single-game rushing yardage record of 480 was broken by Mount Baker’s Jed Schleimer when he galloped for 521 against Nooksack Valley. Now Schleimer is closing in on another record of Gobbato’s. The career touchdown record. Gobbato finished with 78 total touchdowns in his career, and Schleimer currently sits at 74 (68 rushing and 6 receiving).
Almost everyone plays, or has played, fantasy football. So, you know that if a player on your fantasy team scores in the double digits, that’s a pretty good game. Using fantasy football’s general scoring method, here are each of the ten schools’ highest ranked players in past games played on today’s date!
Blaine senior Anthony Ball had a monster game last week at Anacortes (six receptions, 151 yards and a TD) that shot him into the Top 10 in Whatcom County history for career receiving yardage (1823 yards), surpassing legends like Mike Perez (1798), former teammate Josiah Westbrook (1736) and former Borderite Greg Wright (1800). Tonight he will aim to become the Blaine all-time leader in receiving yards, as he is only 25 yards behind Trevor Chau.
Another receiving phenom has been Squalicum senior Ben Peterson. Because he has been used all over the field on offense, his receiving numbers are down this year. But after last week he became tied with Lynden legend Ryan Van Diest with 2323 career receiving yards, which is good for 4th in Whatcom County history. He also returned his seventh kick for a touchdown, tying him with Ferndale’s Jake Locker for the Whatcom County career record. Maybe he’ll break that record this week, or perhaps he’ll do it on October 22nd with Locker (who is now an assistant coach for Ferndale) in attendance against the Golden Eagles?
Speaking of Ferndale, senior running back Ben Broselle passed the 1000-yard mark in career rushing yards last week. Of course, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself, but as of now, he’s only the third player in Whatcom County history to rush for over 1000-yards while averaging OVER 10 yards per carry! He’s currently averaging 10.04 yards for his career, now all he has to do is keep it up. The other two players that did this were Ferndale’s Brady Locker and Mount Baker’s Michael Millson. Broselle’s backfield mate Justice Powell has already reached the 1000-yard milestone, while junior Cole Semu is just 136 yards away.
Mount Baker senior Jed Schleimer came into this season as Mount Baker’s all-time leading rusher. Now he’s looking to pass some of Whatcom County’s all-time greats. Now over 4000 yards rushing in his career, he’s passed Ferndale’s Ash Perrin, Lynden’s T.J. Busch and Squalicum’s Chad Clark. He is now 35 yards behind former Pioneer Dave Longoria for fourth place in county history. Schleimer has also been on a tear this year scoring touchdowns. His 64 career touchdowns has him second all-time, only behind Mario Gobbato’s 78 (which I thought would never be broken).