High School Football

Although it wasn’t a league game, Bellingham played like it wanted bragging rights

Sehome running back Ryan McDonnell (21), center, is stopped at the line of scrimmage by Bellingham’s Ethan Fields (22), left, Jade Dudoward (50), and Bram VanWoerden (54) during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 6, 2017, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash.
Sehome running back Ryan McDonnell (21), center, is stopped at the line of scrimmage by Bellingham’s Ethan Fields (22), left, Jade Dudoward (50), and Bram VanWoerden (54) during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 6, 2017, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. For The Bellingham Herald

Sehome was hoping a touchdown on the first play of the game would have set the tone, but Bellingham came roaring back to take a non-league victory 39-20 on Friday at Civic Stadium.

Sehome’s Dylan Roberts ran for a touchdown in this rivalry matchup, but the Mariners could only muster 13 offensive plays in the first half en route to a 27-13 halftime disadvantage. However, Sehome coach Kevin Beason said he felt like his team was still in the game at halftime.

“We were looking forward to establishing our offense in the second half but just never got to that point,” Beason said. “It didn’t help that our defense started slow too.”

With starting quarterback Michael Mindnich out to injury, Sehome freshman Jacob Kaepernick was forced to take the reins. Kaepernick did “all we asked him to do tonight.”

Bellingham improved to 3-3 on the year.

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