Bellingham Bulldogs Minor League Football
Bellingham Bulldogs Minor League Football

Bulldogs best Bearcats

BULLDOGS WIN 40-30

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.



Bulldogs unleash on Raiders

Bulldogs WIN 49-8

The heavens held back their onslaught of rain and wind long enough to allow the Bellingham Bulldogs to take on the Portland Raiders Saturday, June 23rd at a soggy Civic Field. Standing pools of water in the end zone did not deter the Bulldogs from entering numerous times over the course of the game. Portland, out number nearly three to one, could not withstand the furry of Bellingham's football machine. Touchdowns struck like lightning, raining down on the end zone in a combination of ground and areal attack. The Bulldogs defense stood like a great wall preventing the Raiders from crossing midfield throughout the first half. The Raiders showed guts as they clawed their way to a score late in the fourth quarter but the undermanned Portland squad, many playing both ways, was swallowed up by the black hole that is Bulldogs football. Final score 49-8. Click here to view photos from the game.



Bulldogs thawrt Vikings' raid

BULLDOGS WIN 65-10

Bellingham hosted long-time opponent the Snohomish County Vikings at Civic Field Saturday, June 2 for their eighth game of the 2012 Pacific Football League season. The Bulldogs defense set the tone early, dominating the line of scrimmage and punishing the Vikings offensive line. Snohomish County's first three offensive possessions ended with a fumble recovery by the Bulldogs on the one-yard line, an interception off of a deflected pass and a nearly blocked punt. All resulted in a Bulldogs' score. Before the Vikings could catch their breath the score was 24-0 in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs defense was so stifling that it took a fumbled punt return for the Vikings to get into scoring position, turning the opportunity into a touchdown. Snohomish County continued to struggle under the suffocating pressure, relying on the scarce Bulldog miscues for opportunities at points. Bellingham's offense took advantage and quickly put the game out of reach. Moving the ball effortlessly with their running game. Once the Vikings' defensive backs were caught looking inside the Bulldogs threw over their heads, scoring 32 unanswered points. Final score 65-10. Click here to view photos from the game.



BEFORE

Bellingham Bulldog Mike McQueen donated his famous locks to a local woman in his hometown who makes wigs for cancer patients. Thank you #11 for your heart ♥

From Mike-

Im sending the hair to a place in Langley called 360-hair. They offer free wigs to anyone 18 years old or younger who is battling. Anything for the team or a good cause!

AFTER

BULLDOGS 28-35 vs Tacoma Cobras

Bellingham squared off against their long time nemesis the Tacoma Cobras Saturday, May 12th at Civic Field. The Cobras got the best of the former Blitz team in back-to-back Professional Developmental Football League championship games in 2009 and 2010. Tacoma would prove to be this united Bellingham team's greatest challenge to date.

The Bulldogs' offense stumbled out of the gates causing them to punt twice, giving the Cobras a short field and leading to two quick strikes for touchdowns. Bellingham's defense could not find an answer for the Cobras' offense as a combination of running and passing attacks put Tacoma up by four touchdowns. Tacoma's defense kept the pressure up blanking the Bulldogs' offense through the first half. A blocked punt and recovery by Bulldogs' cornerback Chris Johnson scored their first touchdown of the night.

Bellingham's defense came out at the second half swinging, forcing the Cobras' offense to give up the ball at mid-field. The Bulldog's offense took advantage, driving the ball down for a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Bellingham's defense continued to torment Tacoma's offense. Lead by defensive end Chase Cantrell, the Bulldogs' defense forced two fumble recoveries, but the Bulldogs' offense failed to capitalize with scores.

A late rally by Bellingham put Tacoma on their heals as the Bulldogs' defense kept pushing the Cobras all over the field. The comeback was well established when quarterback Cody Oakes connected with wide receivers Jesse Dellinger and Douglas Miller for touchdowns to tie the game at 28-28 with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter. After a blocked Cobras' field goal attempt the Bulldogs had all of the momentum, but a fumble recovery lead to a quick one-yard run for a Cobras' touchdown. Oakes tried one last time but an interception spoiled the comeback as Tacoma continued their winning ways over Bellingham. Final score: 28-35. Click here to view photos of the game.

-Write up by Jon Bergman

BULLDOGS WIN 53-12 vs South Sound Shockers

The Bellingham Bulldogs took on the South Sound Shockers in their second regular season game of 2012 at Civic Field Saturday, April 21st. The Bulldogs offense started sluggish, calling on their defense to ignite the Bellingham football engine. The Dog's D did not disappoint. Flexing their front-line muscle the Bulldogs forced the Shockers to punt out of their own end zone, providing the Bulldogs offense with a short field to operate. After quick strike from Cody Oakes to Toby Seim for a touchdown, the pedal was pushed to the floor. A fumble recovery on the next Shockers possession by the explosive Dog's D gave Bellingham's offense another short field but penalties cut the drive short. The Shockers stumbled to their feet and threw a 61-yard bomb down field for a touchdown. Determined to not let the Shocker score again the Bulldogs defense stiffened and pushed the Shockers around the field, allowing the Dog's O to open up the throttle and score 41 unanswered points. The Bulldogs defense also added a score of their own with an interception return of a touchdown by Miguel Pierre. The Shockers did not score again until mid-third quarter. In the end the Dog's defensive machine was too much for the Shockers to overcome. Final score 53-12. Click here to view photos of the game.

-Write up by Jon Bergman



BULLDOGS WIN 50-0 vs Renton Ravens

The Bellingham Bulldogs opened the 2012 Pacific Football League season squaring off against a familiar foe, the Renton Ravens. The rapidly disappearing sun cast long shadows across the field on this brisk spring day, Saturday, April 7th at Civic Field. A perfect day to showcase the long awaited partnership between the two Bellingham football squads, the Blitz and the Bulldogs. This united football front was spearheaded by owner and co-head coach of the Bulldogs, Phil Smith. He recruited the talents of fellow co-head coach and former head coach of the champions Bellingham Blitz and Whatcom Raiders, Brian Young to lead the offense of this football cooperative. This game could prove be to be a glimpse of the greatness these two field generals can accomplish in the 2012 season.

The Bulldog offense started hot, taking the opening drive down for a touchdown with a mixed running attack from their backfield. After a turnover in the Ravens' redzone the Bulldogs turned the change of possession into a quick strike, a 40 yard-run for a touchdown. Following the score the Bulldogs surprise the Ravens with an on-sides kick recovery. The Dogs marched down the field once again but the offense stalled. A strip fumble recovery for a touchdown by a swarming Dogs defense set the tone for the rest of the game. 

The Ravens offense struggled to keep a consistent rhythm under the constant pressure of Phil Smith's relentless defense. This allowed the Dogs offense to open up and push the pedal to the floor. Striking from the air on the arms of quarterbacks Cody Oakes and Leon Lilley as they split quarterback duties between halves. The Bulldogs made a statement to the rest of the PFL and showed Bellingham that a united football club is twice as determined for greatness. Final score 50-0. Click here to view photos form the game.

-Write up by Jon Bergman



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