SEDRO-WOOLLEY - Despite two second-quarter big-play touchdowns from Bellingham, Sedro-Woolley pulled away late and won 61-14 in a Class 2A/3A game on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Cubs (3-2, 2-1 NWC 2A/3A) took the early lead when quarterback Braden Blouin connected with Mason Elms on a 28-yard fade route with 10:19 left to play in the first quarter. The throw had to be perfect, and Blouin made it so with the high arc right into Elms' outstretched arms in the end zone.
"That's one of our bread and butter plays," Blouin said. "It's just basic pitch and catch."
The Cubs pulled out to a 27-0 lead and looked like they would run away with the game, but Bellingham (0-5, 0-3) continued to fight and kept it close at halftime with two electrifying scores.
The first was Eric Thompson's 83-yard touchdown throw to Kailen Hayes with 11:31 left in the half. Hayes made the catch at the 50-yard-line after he beat a Sedro-Woolley defender and ran it in for the score.
It's the second straight week Thompson and Hayes hooked up for a big throw. Last week, it was a 55-yard bomb against Blaine.
Hayes was the "do-it-all" guy on Friday. He had to take on the role of kicker and punter when Isaiah White went down with an injury at the beginning of the second quarter.
It didn't seem like the Red Raiders could top Thompson's and Hayes' beautiful work until Tanner Aliff recovered a fumble on Bellingham's 11 with 1:22 left in the half. He then took the next snap 89 yards, fighting through the line of scrimmage and racing from there. It took him only 12 seconds from snap to end zone.
"I saw a lot of effort from my kids," Bellingham coach Steve Wilson said. "We just have to keep going. We just have to keep fighting. I'm very happy with the way we played."
Bellingham only suited up 23 players and ended the game with 18 still healthy, after five went down with injury. Sedro-Woolley, on the other hand, had 14 players with at least one carry in the game.
Sedro-Woolley looks to build on the win when the Cubs play undefeated Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 11.
"We took care of the football a lot better tonight, and that's what we need against Ferndale," Sedro-Woolley coach Dave Ward said.
For Bellingham, the road doesn't get any easier - the Red Raiders play top-ranked Lynden on Friday at Civic Field.
Bellingham 0 14 0 0 - 14
Sedro-Woolley 21 6 21 13 - 61
SW - Mason Elms 28 pass from Braden Blouin (Francisco Tovar kick)
SW - Tanner Newton 3 run (Tovar kick)
SW - Avery Rooks 54 pass from Devin Willard (Tovar kick)
SW - Adam Adkinson 36 pass from Carter Needham (pass fail)
Bel - Kailen Hayes 79 pass from Eric Thompson (Hayes from Thompson)
Bel - Tanner Aliff 89 run (pass fail)
SW - Carter Crosby 2 run (Tovar kick)
SW - Quinten Roppel 21 run (Tovar kick)
SW - Avery Rooks 20 run (Tovar kick)
SW - Bryce Hornbeck 39 pass from Willard (Tovar kick)
SW - Needham 2 run (Tovar kick)
First downs 5 26
Rushing Att-Yards 20-133 59-309
Comp-Att-Int 2-17-1 8-9-0
Passing yards 86 219
Penalties-yards 7-55 4-29
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
RUSHING - Bellingham: Tanner Aliff 4-89, Eric Thompson 6-12, Melvin Deal 7-7, David Burnham 1-2, Isaiah White 1-1, Kailen Hayes 1-22. Sedro-Woolley: Jacob Kennedy 4-63, Avery Rooks 3-37, Quinn Carpenter 13-38, Tanner Newton 4-17, Devin Willard 1-13, Carter Crosby 2-17, Adam Adkinson 6-14, Bryce Hornbeck 5-25, Casey Stroosma 3-8, Will Enniss 8-11, Carter Needham 3-6, Clayton Johnson 2-25, Quinten Roppel 1-21, Riley Gerard 4-14.
PASSING - Bellingham: Eric Thomspon 2-17-1-86. Sedro-Woolley: Braden Blouin 2-2-0-45, Devin Willard 5-5-0-138, Carter Needham 1-2-0-36.
RECEIVING - Bellingham: Alden Roberts 1-7, Kailen Hayes 1-79. Sedro-Woolley: Mason Elms 2-45, Avery Rooks 1-54, Adam Adkinson 1-36, Billy Hornbeck 3-45, Bryce Hornbeck 1-39.