When Red Raiders coach Ted Flint was notified his defense created five turnovers, his eyes lit up.
Bellingham yielded its share of yards against Charles Wright Academy, but the Red Raiders made the Tarriers work for points.
Bellingham defensive back Ethan Fields intercepted Charles Wright quarterback Henry Cheney three times, and running back Isiah Harrington ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns to help the Red Raiders earn a 42-27 win over Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Civic Stadium.
“Obviously, our offense was working well,” Flint said. “We still have some stuff to work on. We gave up some pretty big plays and had some turnovers we don’t want to give up. Overall, our effort was awesome, and we executed our offense pretty well.”
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Harrington was a big reason for that. The sophomore back showcased his breakaway speed with touchdown runs of 45, 95 and 80 yards.
Quarterback Nick Knutson was efficient, too. He completed 8 of 11 passes for 131 yards and threw a beautiful, high-arcing 58-yard touchdown pass to Zach Lorenz.
Bellingham built a quick 14-0 lead over Charles Wright on two of Harrington’s long TD runs, but Cheney, who threw for 369 yards and two TDs, scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns with 0:48 to go in the first, trimming Bellingham’s lead to 14-7.
A 12-yard touchdown rumble from power back Dakota Johanson gave Bellingham a 21-7 advantage heading into halftime.
Just before the end of the third, Harrington broke off his 80-yard touchdown, which came right up the middle of Charles Wright’s defense.
The Tarriers didn’t go away, scoring 14 unanswered points to cut Bellingham’s lead to 35-21 with 7:53 to play.
Fields came up with his third interception of the night during Charles Wright’s next drive, reading the pass play perfectly and stepping in front of a Tarriers’ receiver.
His pick set up Harrington’s fourth TD of the night, a bounce out around the left side in which Harrington scooted just inside the front-left pylon to put Bellingham up 42-21.
“I think we just brought it all together,” Fields said. “The line, we’ve been practicing all week, just everyone doing their jobs and reading their keys, and that’s what came out today.”
Bel — Isiah Harrington 45 run (Joseph Worley kick)
Bel — Harrington 95 run (Worley kick)
CW — No. 3 1 run (No. 6 kick)
Bel — Dakota Johanson 12 run (Worley kick)
Bel — Zach Lorenz 58 pass from Nick Knutson (Worley kick)
Bel — Harrington 80 run (Worley kick)
CW — No. 3 11 run (No. 6 kick)
CW — No. 2 71 pass from No. 3 (No. 6 kick)
Bel — Harrington 1 run (Worley kick)
CW — No. 24 13 pass from No. 3 (kick fail)
RUSHING — Bellingham: Isiah Harrington 21-260, Ethan Fields 5-31, Dakota Johanson 3-16, Chris Thompson 1-4, Nick Knutson 4-(-32).
PASSING — Bellingham: Nick Knutson 8-11-0-131.
RECEIVING — Bellingham: Ethan Fields 2-26, Joseph Worley 2-23, Isiah Harrington 2-22, Zach Lorenz 1-58.