High School Football

Last week the Red Raiders beat their crosstown rival; could they build off that momentum vs. Sedro?

Sedro-Woolley’s Chance Whipple, left, forces a fumble by Bellingham's Spencer Lee Saturday, Oct. 14, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Sedro-Woolley defeated Bellingham 59-20.
Sedro-Woolley’s Chance Whipple, left, forces a fumble by Bellingham's Spencer Lee Saturday, Oct. 14, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Sedro-Woolley defeated Bellingham 59-20. eabell@bhamherald.com

The Bellingham football team needed to string together back-to-back weeks of solid defensive play to have a shot at beating the wing-T rushing attack of Sedro-Woolley.

After a first quarter, in which Sedro scored 28 unanswered points, it was clear the Red Raiders weren’t going to be able to stop the run Saturday.

The Cubs wreaked havoc on Bellingham’s defense at Civic Stadium en route to a 59-20 loss for the Red Raiders. Bellingham (3-4, 1-3 2A NWC) didn’t score until midway through the second quarter, and by then Sedro-Woolley (4-3, 3-1 2A NWC) led 42-7.

Two Sedro players broke the game wide open in the first half.

First was Codey Pittis, who rushed for the first score of the game on Sedro’s opening drive and then scored on another run just three minutes later. While Pittis’ runs went for 1 and 3 yards, Andrew Sager’s scores were of the longer variety with touchdown runs of 23 and 72 yards.

Turning point

When the score was still just 14-0 Sedro Woolley, Bellingham’s Nick Knutson attempted to squeeze a pass into contested airspace and was picked off by Davis Mihelich, who ran 60 yards to within Bellingham’s 5-yard line.

The play set up Pittis’ second touchdown and killed any momentum the Red Raiders had built

Bellingham’s scores

Bellingham scored three times, including twice in the second quarter, to make the game look closer than it was. Nick Knutson hit Spencer Lee for an 81-yard touchdown pass 30 seconds after Sedro-Woolley went up 42-0.

Connor Wallace returned a kickoff for a TD to make the halftime score 52-14, and then added an 11-yard run in the third quarter. The running clock had started by that time however.

Knutson stands alone

With the touchdown to Lee, Knutson became the all-time leader in touchdown passes in Red Raider history.

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