The Bellingham Bulldogs hand the Snohomish County Vikings their first loss of the 2016 WWFA season Saturday, June 18th at Lummi High School field. The Vikings came into the evenings match with an undefeated record of 5-0. After a tough home loss to the Rams and a road victory over the Wolfpack, Bellingham was looking to make a statement by taking out one of the leagues top teams.
The Bulldogs defense needed to stop the powerful ground attack that propelled Snohomish through their earlier opponents. Bellingham also needed a powerful ground game to control the clock and field position. They accomplished both in dominating fashion.
Throughout the first half, the defense bent but did not break, allowing the Vikings large chunks of yards via their three-back system. However as the field shortened the Bulldogs stiffened, forcing turnovers on downs, interceptions and fumbles, scoring two touchdowns in the effort. Thanks to a strip sack by linebacker Kaleb Heezen which lead to a scoop-and-score touchdown for fellow linebacker Seth Antila. Corner back Jason Walters would account for an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Bellingham's offensive line pushed the Vikings defense up and down the field allowing running back Brandon Fisher and quarterback Kyle Redmond the space to operate. Fisher would rack up two touchdowns with one run more than 70 yards. Redmond would also score two touchdowns, one on a 30-yard scramble and the other a 43-yard pass to receiver Cody Oakes.
The Bulldogs sit a game over .500 with a 3-2 record and 2-2 record in the division with three games left in the regular season. There is still time for Bellingham to make a push for the playoffs and dominating play on both sides will be the key. Final score 42-0. Click here to view photos from the game.