The Bellingham Bulldogs and the Grays Harbor Bearcats, two Pacific Football League teams, took to the sun drenched field of battle Saturday, July 7th to see who would survive and head to the North Division Championship. Both teams had a claim to the right and would need to prove themselves worthy to advance.
The Bearcats exercised efficiency at the start, moving the ball quickly on their first possession, but the Bulldogs defense would not break. Bellingham's offense answered the challenge and pushed deep into the red zone for a touchdown on the backs of their running game. The Bulldogs defense countered and punched the Bearcats back with two sacks and an interception. Bellingham would score again on the legs of running back Vann Vetch.
The Bearcats were now on their heals, pushed around by the running attack they allowed the Bulldogs passing game to take flight. Quarterback Leon Lilley connected with wide receiver Douglas Miller on a 35-yard touchdown pass and a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Grays Harbor would not concede victory that easily, taking to the sky themselves, the Bearcats scored a touchdown and would add a 33-yard field goal before the end of the half. However the Bulldogs would respond with another 35-yard bomb for a score by Toby Seim.
The battle seemed bleak for Grays Harbor at the start of the second half. Bellingham would pickup another five points from a 27-yard field goal and a fumbled punt snap that lead to a safety. The Bulldogs defense racked up a fifth sack and a kick return for a touchdown by Toby Seim spelled doom for the Bearcats.
Grays Harbor clawed their way to 21 points in the fourth quarter but despite their courage and heart they could not overcome Bellingham's lead as time expired. Final score 40-30. Click here to view photos from the game.