The Bellingham Bulldogs squared off against a familiar opponent Saturday, May 3rd at Civic Field. The Grays Harbor Bearcats roll into town looking to snap a three-game losing skid. Bellingham, winning their last two, are looking to make a bid for the number one seed in the Pacific Football League North Division and solidify their spot in the PFL Playoffs.
The first quarter saw the Bulldogs offense still struggling to establish their long tradition of a dominate running game. Forcing Bellingham to throw the ball, the Bearcats grabbed an early interception that resulted in a touchdown. Offensive miscues continue to plague the Bulldogs but a powerhouse wide receiver core make up for any deficiencies.
The Bulldogs defense squashes every attempt at a sustained Bearcats drive with a combination of pass rushing and blanket down-field coverage, knocking down passes and intercepting the ball on several attempts. This allows Bellingham to let loose their passing attack and score three unanswered touchdowns through the air in the first half. Quarterback Eric Taylor connects with all of his receivers including Toby Seim for one touchdown and Cody Oakes for two more before the half.
The second half unfortunately saw injuries to key players but the Bulldogs offensive juggernaut found its stride. Bulldozing the Bearcats defensive line with key runs by fullback Justin Heard. Cody Oakes stepped up under center to lead Bellingham on a second half beat down of the Bearcats. Using a combination passing and scrambling, Oakes marched the Bulldogs down field, finding his backup receivers on multiple occasions. The end result culminating in a 31-yard touchdown pass to Toby Seim in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs defense stood firm the entire game. Not allowing a single Bearcats offensive score, reminding the PFL of their past domination and on-going potential to be the best in the league. Final score: 35-7. Click here to view photos from the game.