Future Coug honored at his 2nd-best position

BLAIR BOMBER, the speed merchant from Lynden, was named all-classifications All-State on Tuesday by the Seattle Times. For two reasons, this is notable. First, he comes from a Class 2A program and all-classifications all-star teams are dominated by 4A and 3A players. And second, like the Tacoma News Tribune did earlier, the Times honored him as an All-State DB. Yet his best position is receiver.

Indeed, Bomber is rated by Scout.com as one of the top 150 prep senior wideouts nationally.

This season he caught 57 passes for 884 yards and 12 TDs. That output came on the heels of a junior campaign in which he caught 92 balls for 998 yards and 13 TDs.

Bomber's speed drew consistent double coverage this season, freeing up teammate Ryan Seto -- who is being looked at by Big Sky Conference schools -- to haul in 40 passes himself. Lynden's quarterback, Jordan Hastings, was named by the Times as the Class 2A Player of the Year.

Earlier this month, Bomber and another future Cougar, quarterback Connor Halliday of Spokane, were picked to the Tacoma News Tribune's all-classifications All-State team. Bomber's selection came on the same weekend he helped lead Lynden to the state Class 2A title.

In the championship game he hauled in seven receptions and picked off a pass as his Lions defeated West Valley of Spokane 16-6.

The title marked Lynden's third state crown in the last four years. "It doesn't get any better," Bomber told reporters after the game. "I'm not saying my career wouldn't have been complete (without a third title), but it makes it so much sweeter. You can't top it."

The Lions' record for the season was 13-1.

Bomber, who is listed at 5-9 and 165 pounds, has shown his speed out on the track as well. Last spring, he finished second in the 100- and 200 meters at the Class 2A State Championships. His times were 11.07 and 22.05 seconds, respectively. His personal best in the 100 is 10.99 seconds.

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