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
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
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
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.