The Bellingham Red Raiders lost to Granite Falls 21-0 on Friday, Nov. 8, at Granite Falls in their season finale.
Granite Falls opened up by scoring 21 points in the first half, but Bellingham's defense was able to keep the Tigers at bay for the rest of the game.
"We just came out slow, and then after that we just played harder," Bellingham coach Steve Wilson said in a phone interview. "After the first quarter, they didn't come close to scoring."
Despite moving the ball with some level of consistency, including five trips inside the red zone, the Red Raiders' offense couldn't manage to find the end zone.
"We just couldn't punch it in," said Wilson, citing a few interceptions and a costly penalty as just some of the reasons why Bellingham was ineffective in the red zone. "We moved the ball well, though."
Defensively, the effort the Red Raiders put in minus the first quarter warranted Wilson to call it his team's "best defensive game all season, without a doubt."
Specifically, Wilson pointed to two of his defensive captains, Nick Hanks and Braden Farlow.
"Braden Farlow had three sacks, and Nick had a few tackles for loss," Wilson said. "It was their best defensive game of the season."
Wilson was also impressed by Eric Thompson's ability to expose the Tigers through the air, accounting for more than 150 yards passing.
"He just ran the offense very well," Wilson said.