October 9, 2011

Blitz backup Championship title

The Bellingham Blitz squared off against an All Star cast of football standouts from the Western Washington Football Alliance league Saturday, October 8 at Civic Field. The exhibition was set to be a warm-up to the November match up between the Blitz and an All Star team from the Wild West Football League in Las Vegas. The first quarter exploded in scoring as Bellingham wide receiver Marquez Moses returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Moses then followed up the performance with a punt return for a touchdown minutes later. The Blitz defense continued to show their dominance over the members of the WWFA by shutting the All Stars out of the end zone the entire game. Final score: 38-0. Click here to view photos from the game.

August 7, 2011

Blitz, Champions!

The Bellingham Blitz met the Washington Wolfpack from Kent, Wash. for the Western Washington Football Alliance league championship Saturday, Aug. 8 at Civic Field. Bellingham's defense set the tone early, keeping the Wolfpack offense scoreless through the first quarter while the Blitz offense, lead by quarterback Leon Lilley, started hot with 24 unanswered points. Washington rallied, scoring 16 points in 11 minutes and holding the Blitz to three points the entire second quarter. However Bellingham seemed to be a team of destiny, dominating the second half with three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to seal the victory and their first WWFA Championship. Final score 55-16. Click here to view photos of the game.

August 1, 2011

Blitz one step closer to Champions

The Bellingham Blitz faced off against the Renton Ravens in the semi-final round of the Western Washington Football Alliance Championship Playoffs Saturday, July 30 at Civic Field. This was a rematch from a game played in June that resulted the Blitz serving the Ravens a 70-0 defeat. Renton had recently strengthened their defensive front seven and were ready to take on the Blitz bruising ground game. Bellingham started out strong, moving the ball quickly down the field in the first quarter. But the Ravens defense stiffened as they drew closer to the red zone and held to Blitz to a field goal. Bellingham hit their stride in the second quarter as two end zone frequenters wide receiver Toby Seim and running back Vann Vetch exploited weaknesses in Renton's defense. The second half turned into an aerial display as quarterback Leon Lilley connected with Seim and quarterback Cody Oakes for three more touchdowns. Final score 47-12. Click here to view photos from the game. The next game will be for the WWFA Championship and will be held at Civic Field August 6.

July 17, 2011

Blitz halt advancing Invaders

Torrential rains and crashing lightning can not stop the Blitz from scoring. The Bellingham Blitz ended the 2011 Western Washington Football Alliance season for the visiting Tacoma Invaders Saturday, July 16 at Civic Field with a dominating win and claim the top spot heading into the playoffs. The Blitz offense started hot and stayed hot, moving the ball up and down the field easily behind their tenacious offensive line. They capitalized on short fields and turnovers caused by their defense, which lived up to their reputation of punishing opponents, holding the Invaders' offensive to only two scores the entire game. Blitz coach Brian Young continues his QB rotation utilizing Cody Oakes and Leon Lilly in a wide receiver/quarterback combination that keeps both players on the field at one time and keeps opposing defenses guessing. The Invaders ran out of gas and ran out of player as several Invaders suffered injury. Final score: 61-12. Click here to view photos of the game.

July 10, 2011

Bulldogs plunder Vikings

The Bellingham Bulldogs ended their season on a high note Saturday July, 7 at Civic Field, with a statement win over the Snohomish County Vikings. The Vikings jumped out early, completing a 75 yard touchdown pass in the opening minutes. The Bulldogs answered with a touchdown drive ending with Azubo Bearden running in a quarterback sneak. The following kickoff returned was fumbled by the Vikings and was recovered on the 1 yard line resulting in another Bulldogs touchdown. Bellingham continued their momentum through the second quarter by scoring two touchdowns while the Bulldogs defense held the Vikings scoreless. The second half opened with a wild touchdown run by Bearden, recovering his own fumble for a 14 yard score. The Bulldogs sent running back Brett Hall into the end zone three times for touchdowns. The 2011 season ends for the Bulldogs with a 3-8 record. Final score 42-19. Click here to view photos of the game.

June 26, 2011

Bulldogs go toe-to-toe with Bearcats

The Bellingham Bulldogs traded blows with the Grays Harbor Bearcats for four quarters Saturday, June 25 at Civic Field, landing the knockout punch late to seal the win. New Bulldogs quarterback Azubo Bearden broke the ice with the home crowd by connecting with wide receiver Toby Seim for a 50 yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Bearcats did not flinch after falling behind 10-0 and countered with back-to-back touchdown drives. The team exchanged scoring drives through the first half ending in a 24 all tie. The second half carried the same tempo as the first as both teams continued to light up the scoreboard. In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs defense stiffened and held the Bearcats to a field goal deep in the red zone with less than three minutes remaining, tying the game at 34. A quick strike from Azubo Bearden to Toby Seim resulted in a 63 yard touchdown followed by an interception by defensive back Arthur Sanchez sealed the win for the Bulldogs. Final score: 41-34. Click here to view photos of the game.

June 12, 2011

Ravens Victims of Blitz Defensive Perfection

The Bellingham Blitz faced off against the Western Washington Football Alliance league leaders, the Renton Ravens, and proved that the Blitz are the best team with a victory Saturday June, 11 at Mount Vernon High School. The stage was set for a battle between two titans of minor league football. The teams were no strangers to each other, waging war several times in the past. The Blitz struck first with an opening drive for a touchdown followed by several scores from turnovers caused by an oppressive defense. Five turnovers in the first quarter by the Ravens turned into 24 straight points for the Blitz, deflating any confidence the Ravens may have had at the start of the game. Renton's offense did not cross mid-field once the entire first half. Momentum did not change after halftime. The Blitz kept up their assault and unleashed the tandem of quarterbacks Leon Lilly and Cody Oakes, playing wide receiver, on the Ravens. The QBs connected for two touchdowns and 84 yards. While the Blitz defense brutalized the Ravens offense with their second straight shutout. Final score 70-0. Click here to view photos of the game.

June 5, 2011

Blitz post an Extreme shutout

The Bellingham Blitz added another win to their 2011 season with a victory over the Cascade Extreme Saturday, June 5 at Civic Field. The Blitz defense started strong, forcing punts and recovering three straight turnovers. Giving their offense a short field to operate, resulting in 17 points in the first quarter. Continued pressure from the defensive line and relentless blitzing from the linebackers made it difficult for the Extreme offense to execute throughout the game. Cody Oaks capitalized on the dominating defensive performance by completing a hat-trick of passing for a touchdown, running in a touchdown, and catching a touchdown pass. Final score: 69-0. Click here to view photos of the game.

June 4, 2011

Slam escape the Volcanoes' fury

The Bellingham Slam scraped by the Vancouver Volcanoes with a win Friday June 3 at Whatcom Pavilion. This was the fourth of six meeting between these two clubs this season. The Slam built a strong lead in the first quarter, relying on their three-point shooting. The Volcanoes climbing back on top in the second quarter with a 55-49 halftime advantage. The teams battled for dominance through the third quarter but the Slam's defense tightened and were able to wrestle the lead away from the Volcanoes late into the fourth quarter. The game came down to one last shot with 14.7 seconds remaining on the clock the Slam clung to a one point advantage with the Volcanoes controlling the ball but the Slam's defense held their ground. Final score: 107-106. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 28, 2011

Slam halt the erupting Volcanoes

The Bellingham Slam bounce back from their lost to Portland with a victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes Friday, May 27 at Whatcom Pavilion. The Slam trailed most of the second half as they struggled to defend the fast-paced transition game of the Volcanoes. Bellingham stole the lead heading into halftime. Derrick Webb and Ira Graham came off the bench to carry the team into the fourth quarter with a double-digit advantage. Final score: 129-113. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 22, 2011

Blitz roll Thunder

The Bellingham Blitz continued their winning streak with a victory over the Snohomish County Thunder, Saturday May 21 at Civic Field. The Thunder were out maned and out gunned from the kickoff. The Blitz's relentlessly hounding defense and punishing offensive ground attack sealed the Thunder's fate. Final score: 46-6. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 16, 2011

Blitz tame Panthers

The 2011 Bellingham Blitz kickoff their home opener with a dominating performance from both sides of the ball, handling the visiting Umatilla County Panthers Saturday May 14, at Civic Field. A balanced offensive attack was the showcase for the Blitz, scoring at will via the pass and the run. Quarterback Cody Oaks distributed the ball to all of his playmakers giving five different Blitz players the opportunity to score touchdowns, including three for running back Vann Vetch. The continue their tradition of an oppressive defense, stifling the Panthers' offense through three quarters of play. Final score: 49-15. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 14, 2011

Slam blow over the Chinooks

The Bellingham Slam scored at will as they easily defeated the Portland Chinooks Friday May, 13 at Whatcom Pavilion. With all players contributing points, the Slam jumped out to a 20-point lead early and never looked back, scoring 100 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Final score: 151-112. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 8, 2011

Bulldogs shutout at Home

The Bellingham Bulldogs were handed their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Yakima Mavericks Saturday May, 7th at Civic Field. A sluggish start by the Bulldog offense put their defense in a tough spot. Giving the Mavericks two straight possession with a short field witch the Mavericks turned into quick scores. Offensive miscues kept the Bulldog defense on the field for most of the first half. Tempers flared at the start of the second half as frustration from penalties and turnovers proved to be the cause of the Dogs demise. Final score: 0-41. Click here to view photos of the game.

May 1, 2011

Colts buck Bulldogs

The Bellingham Bulldogs endure a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the South King County Colts Saturday April, 30 at Civic Field. The Colts struck first opening a 14-point lead in the first quarter but the Bulldogs narrowed the gap scoring two touchdowns of their own. The game stayed close as the lead charged sides multiple times through the remaining quarters. Yet back to back interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Colts late in the fourth proved to be the breaking point for the Bulldogs as time expired. Final score: 38-43. Click here to view photos of the game.

April 30, 2011

Slam extinguish Volcanoes

The Bellingham Slam struggled early against the Vancouver Volcanoes. Trailing the visiting team midway through the second quarter the Slam captured the lead and began their rout with the score 52-41 at halftime. The Volcanoes could not catch up as the Slam found their rhythm and opened a 20-point advantage. Morris Anderson lead all Slam players in scoring with 23 points and added 6 assists to his stats. Final score: 117-95. Click here to view photos from the game.

April 17, 2011

Bulldogs outlast Ravens

The Bellingham Bulldogs kickoff their 2011 minor league football season with a preseason victory over the visiting Ravens from Renton Saturday April, 16. The Dogs jumped out to an early lead by capitalizing on two offensive miscues by Renton, returning and interception for a touchdown and recovering a fumble for another. The Bulldogs held the lead by scoring at least twice per quarter despite a late rally by the Ravens. The game was ended with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens threatening to score, when the Ravens' wide receiver Andre Jackson suffered a neck injury during a play. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital as a precaution. Final score 46-28. To view photos from the game click here.

April 16, 2011

Slam defeat Hotshots in shootout

The BellinghamSlam treat the home crowd at Whatcom Pavilion with a victory over the West Coast Hotshots in the 2011 season opener Friday night April, 15. The Slam jumped out to an early lead and did not let the Hotshots catch up the entire game. Morris Anderson lead the Slam with 15 points and 15 assists while newcomers Blake Poole and Michael Duty each contributed 12 points and 2 block shots in their Slam debut. Final Score 130-104. To view photos click here.