A non-league game Friday night in Huntington Beach, California.
And at kickoff against Marina High School, it was still toasty warm.
“I believe it was … 80 to 85 degrees,” Blair said.
Then, Blair heated up the place even more with a record-setting performance, throwing for 513 yards and eight touchdowns in the Panthers’ 63-27 victory.
It was not only a school record, it ranks No. 3 all-time in Greater Spokane League history (Shadle Park’s Brett Rypien has the top two marks with a state-record 613 yards, and 577) – and stands tied for 11th all-time in Washington with Elma’s Ben Dougherty (1997) and Lynden’s Ty Taubenheim (1999).
“We knew it was a non-league game,” Blair said, “but you don’t want to lose a game in California.”
Imagine the surprise Blair experienced when he saw that Marina ran a similar defensive scheme to Mead’s opponent last week – Gonzaga Prep.
“They had one (safety) high and manned us up,” Blair said. “So we used a similar game plan … except I took more shots (downfield).”
Mead’s first series was a three-play touchdown – and it was obvious from that point on that Blair (6-0, 175), a senior, was going to have a big night. He completed 22 of his 27 passing attempts.
“I had no idea,” Blair said. “Going into the third quarter, teammates were asking me how many yards I had, and how many touchdowns. Honestly when it was over, I thought it was in the high 300 (yard range).”
As he was talking to family who drove up from Phoenix, Blair was approached by a Mead assistant coach and told what his final game totals were.
“It was memorable,” Blair said.
Mead plays Central Valley in a 4A Greater Spokane League showdown Friday night at Joe Albi Stadium.
REVVING UP THE REVIVAL AT TEKOA-ROSALIA
When 1980 Rosalia High School graduate Jay Scholz moved back to town from Florida in 2014, he had no intentions of coaching high school football – even though he was a former wide receiver.
He bought the town’s old bowling alley, and turned it into a hot-rod shop (Rose Garage) where he refurbishes muscle cars.
But last season, combined Tekoa-Rosalia, which had won two games in a three-year span (2014-16), needed a coach. It eventually hired Cliff Harris – who then turned to Scholz to coordinate the offense.
The Timberwolves went 7-2 in the 1B Northeast North.
This season, Scholz took over the entire program – and the team is off to a 5-1 start behind quarterback Anthony Gehring and wide receiver Garrett Naught, also the reigning 1B state high jump champion.
“I like it because it is challenging – it is like playing chess with humans,” Scholz said. “And I have some good kids in terms of talent, and it makes it seem like everything I do is right.”
Most of the team’s home games are in Rosalia where there is a field with lights.