High School Football

Bellingham looks to capitalize off momentum of successful 2014

Trent Helming has established himself as a true leader and will factor greatly into the Red Raiders’ success in 2015.
Trent Helming has established himself as a true leader and will factor greatly into the Red Raiders’ success in 2015. The Bellingham Herald

Ted Flint and the Red Raiders laid a foundation they could be proud of last fall.

Bellingham’s five wins was more than it had the past three seasons combined, as it navigated the first half of a two-year independent schedule.

This season, the Red Raiders begin constructing what the team hopes will develop into a polished football product.

“Our theme this year is improve everyday,” Flint said, “and I think we are doing that. If we go out everyday and do something better than we did the day before, I think we are going to be fine.”

Bellingham already is living up to the message. Flint said the group this year is far beyond where it was at the same time a year ago.

The Red Raiders finished 2014 by winning five of their last seven games, but a slow start put Bellingham behind. Fittingly, the team is placing a premium on a better start to the new campaign.

“Once we got rolling, we were a pretty good team,” senior two-way starter Trent Helming said, “so If we could start off really good and get high intensity, I feel like we could beat any team.”

Bellingham improved its defense a year ago, and Flint’s wing-T offensive attack allowed graduated back Tanner Aliff to run for a county high 1,757 yards.

But the Red Raiders might look a little different this season, and it’s not due to their new helmet sticker.

Sophomore quarterback Nick Knutson has impressed Flint with his throwing ability, and coupled with Bellingham’s speedy personnel, expect for a few more balls to be flying around, as the Red Raiders look to install some spread formation looks.

“Obviously, not being able to throw last year hurt us in a few games,” Flint said. “So, we have to be able to throw the ball, and we got guys that can do that now.”

Flint made clear he won’t be abandoning his wing-T, though.

Helming is Bellingham’s only returner along the O-line, but Tevon Lautenbach and Nick Oesterling should be strong additions.

They’ll be paving the way for new backs Dakota Johanson, Isiah Harrington and Chris Thompson, while Bellingham introduces a deep WR crop made up of Ethan Fields, Zach Lorenz, Nich Smith, Noah Hadfield and Joe Worley.

Bellingham’s defense will be led by Helming, Lorenz, Hadfield and Smith, who all played plenty varsity snaps last season.

Hadfield and Johanson give the Red Raiders some experience at linebacker, and Lautenbach, Harrington and Brahm van Woerden are expected to join the duo.

Bellingham brings back secondary players Smith, Lorenz and Thompson.

Key numbers

2

Offensive starters from 2014 returning for

Bellingham in 2015.

4

Defensive starters from 2014 returning for

Bellingham in 2015.

.714

Bellingham’s win percentage during the final seven games of 2014.

117

Total passing yards

the Red Raiders

recorded in 2014.

Players to watch

TRENT HELMING

Bellingham, Sr., OL/DL

Helming has established himself as a true leader and will factor greatly into the Red Raiders’ success.

DAKOTA JOHANSON

Bellingham, Jr., RB/LB

Someone will need to fill the void left by Tanner Aliff, and Johanson gives Bellingham a solid candidate.

NICK KNUTSON

Bellingham, So., QB

Knutson appears to be a major part of the Red Raiders’ future, and Flint offered high praise to the quarterback’s arm.

ZACH LORENZ

Bellingham, Sr., WR/DB

Lorenz is one of the team’s few seniors, and he should give Bellingham a solid pass catcher and a reliable DB.

Three keys to 2015

1. IMPROVE EVERY DAY

This is the Red Raiders’ motto, and as simple as it sounds, it’s the key to Bellingham returning to the type of club it wants to be. The Red Raiders already took a massive step forward last year. Let’s see if they can do it again.

2. BALANCE

Flint admitted there were times last year when Bellingham’s inability to throw the football cost the team. Now that the Red Raiders are developing a passing game, Flint will be tasked with finding that intricate balance between run and pass.

3. QUICK OFF THE LINE

Bellingham finished strong last year. But surely nothing would give the Red Raiders a bigger boost of confidence than hanging with Squalicum, Sehome and Lynden Christian during the season’s first three weeks.

Projection

The Red Raiders are improving. There’s no doubting that. A winning season is certainly possible, as Bellingham looks to garner more respect before rejoining the NWC next year.

2015 schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 4

at Squalicum*

7 p.m.

Sept. 11

at Sehome*

7 p.m.

Sept. 18

Lynden Christian*

7 p.m.

Sept. 25

Charles Wright*

7 p.m.

Oct. 2

at Friday Harbor

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 9

Bellevue Christian*

7 p.m.

Oct. 16

at Orcas Island

1:30 p.m.

Oct. 23

at La Conner

TBD

Oct. 30

Highline*

7 p.m.

Nov. 5

Friday Harbor*

7 p.m.

*At Civic Stadium

2015 roster

No.

Player

Yr.

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

2

Spencer Lee

Fr.

5-8

140

WR/DB

3

Allain Cole

Jr.

6-0

150

WR/DB

5

Jonny Henry

Fr.

5-10

145

QB/DB

6

Sebastian Serrano

Fr.

5-4

115

WR/DB

7

Michael Finney

So.

5-11

130

WR/DB

8

Nick Knutson

So.

6-0

170

QB/DB

9

Kyle Hansen

Jr.

5-7

130

SR/DB

10

Zach Lorenz

Sr.

5-10

160

WR/DB

11

Towner Goodman

Fr.

5-8

145

RB/DB

12

Ethan Berschauer

So.

6-1

160

SR/DB

13

Rand Bentley

Fr.

6-4

165

QB/DB

14

Timothy Edwards

Fr.

5-8

130

RB/DB

15

Connor Wallace

So.

5-9

150

SR/DB

16

Hayden Woods

So.

5-11

150

WR/DB

17

Noah Hadfield

Sr.

6-0

190

WR/LB

22

Ethan Fields

So.

6-0

180

SR/DB

23

Kole Jorgenson

Sr.

6-0

150

WR/DB

24

Isiah Harrington

So.

5-8

170

RB/LB

26

Pacheco Oberon

Fr.

5-8

130

WR/DB

28

Jordan Cavalier

Fr.

5-9

132

RB/DB

30

Nich Smith

Jr.

6-1

170

WR/DB

31

Dylan Gibson

Sr.

5-7

197

RB/LB

32

Chris Thompson

Jr.

5-10

170

RB/ DB

35

Eric Collado

Fr.

5-8

156

RB/LB

40

Brahm vanWoerden

So.

5-10

155

SR/LB

41

Noah Johnson

So.

5-9

115

WR/DB

42

Dakota Johanson

Jr.

5-11

200

RB/LB

44

Joseph Worley

Jr.

6-3

250

SR/DL

45

Eli Kongshang

Fr.

6-1

185

RB/LB

46

Kobey Sturgeon

Fr.

6-0

160

OL/LB

50

Jade Dudoward

So.

5-10

200

OL/DL

51

Tevon Lautenbach

So.

6-1

173

OL/LB

52

Nicholas Oesterling

So.

6-2

180

OL/DL

53

Simon Lynch

Jr.

5-8

158

OL/DL

54

Kelton Connors

Jr.

5-11

170

OL/LB

55

Trent Helming

Sr.

5-11

179

OL/DL

57

Xavier Felmley

Fr.

5-11

180

OL/DL

58

Aiden Helming

So.

5-11

168

OL/LB

60

Hunter Bills

Jr.

5-10

220

OL/LB

61

Chris Reed

Jr.

5-8

190

OL/DL

62

Koa Hanks

Jr.

6-1

177

OL/LB

63

Christian Butenschoen

Fr.

5-10

215

OL/DL

64

Ricky Burgos

Sr.

5-9

220

OL/DL

65

Jackson Lee

So.

5-7

180

OL/DL

66

Andrew Chaparro

Jr.

5-9

180

OL/DL

67

Nate Leishman

Jr.

5-9

217

OL/DL

68

Hunter Hedwell

Fr.

6-0

176

OL/LB

70

Dylan Nogle

Jr.

5-11

210

OL/DL

71

Chase Johanson

Fr.

6-0

200

OL/DL

72

Theo Vinup

Sr.

6-2

220

OL/DL

73

Luke Visser

Fr.

6-3

145

OL/DL

74

Connor McEvoy

So.

6-2

160

OL/DL

75

Alex Bonesteele

Fr.

5-11

237

OL/DL

79

Caleb McDonald

Fr.

5-9

190

OL/DL

80

Louis Nawrocki

So.

6-2

165

WR/DB

81

Ethan Johnson

Fr.

5-8

115

WR/DB

82

Kirk Alford

Fr.

5-2

115

WR/DB

2014 Season recap

RESULTS

(5-5)

Date

Opponent

Result

Sept. 5

Squalicum

L 55-13

Sept. 12

Sehome

L 38-14

Sept. 19

at Lynden Christian

L 41-0

Sept. 26

at Charles Wright

W 47-30

Oct. 3

Friday Harbor

W 21-19

Oct. 11

at Bellevue Christian

W 35-21

Oct. 18

Orcas Island

W 49-22

Oct. 25

La Conner

L 21-14

Oct. 31

at Highline

W 41-14

Nov. 6

at Friday Harbor

L 7-6

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing

Att.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Tanner Aliff

226

1,757

7.8

18

Kalien Hayes

97

805

8.3

10

Mitchell Osorio

24

128

5.3

1

Jacob Frazier

27

81

3.0

0

Sean Ryder

21

72

3.4

1

Passing

Cmp.

Att.

Yds.

TD

Int.

Kalien Hayes

8

28

93

0

3

Nick Knutson*

2

10

24

1

1

Receiving

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Eric Thompson

3

66

22.0

1

Colin Bigelow

3

34

11.3

0

Dante Koplowitz-Fleming

1

18

18.0

0

Zach Lorenz*

2

2

1.0

0

Akash Kumar

1

-3

-3.0

0

*returning player

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