The Bellingham Bulldogs hosted Pacific Football League rival the Portland Monarchs, Saturday, May 5th at Lummi High School. The sun-drenched field illuminated the fierce determination the Bulldogs had to defeat their foes from Oregon in their fourth regular season game.
In the first quarter both defenses found their strides early, forcing the opposing offenses to punt in consecutive downs. However Bellingham would not be held scoreless as their offensive machine was beginning to warm up, scoring a field goal and then an aerial connection for a touchdown between Toby Seim and Leon Lilley. The Bulldogs defense dominated the remaining minutes of the first half of play while a well balanced Bellingham offense kept the Bulldogs ahead with a comfortable lead. Toby Seim would catch another touchdown strike from Leon Lilley and running back Brett Hall found the end zone as well. The Bulldogs defense would also cross the goal line when defensive lineman Eric Pitner recovered a fumble and rumbled down field for a score. The Monarchs were held scoreless until late in the second period, finding the end zone with a seventy two-yard bomb from quarterback Philip DuPont to wide receiver Tyrell Stewart.
Bellingham's defense continued to punish Portland throughout the third period and into the fourth. Toby Seim completed the hat-trick with a third touchdown reception from Leon Lilley and linebacker Sean Hicks added to the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown. The Monarchs would score twice more and convert on both two-point attempts but the game was too far out of reach. Final score: 45-22. Click here to view photos from the game.