After struggling to 22 yards rushing on 27 attempts and allowing seven sacks in its season-opening loss to Lynden Christian last week, improving its blocking up front was the chief focus for the Bellingham football team in practice.
Judging by the results late Friday night at Civic Stadium, the Red Raiders made the necessary improvements. Bellingham rushed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a its 38-13 non-league win over Shorewood.
“We did a lot better than we did last week,” coach Ted Flint said Saturday. “Our focus all week was to make sure we did a better job of blocking.”
Deserving the credit for the improvements were linemen Aiden Helming, Brahm vanWoerden, Chase Johanson, Butch Mullins, Christian Butenschoen, Jackson Lee and Nicholas Oesterling.
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The chief beneficiary was Connor Wallace, who rushed for 247 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Sophomore quarterback Morgan Cavalier added 60 yards and two TDs on seven carries.
Bellingham’s defense had another impressive game, and could have limited the Thunderbirds to even fewer yards if not for “their quarterback being pretty elusive,” Flint said.