High School Football

Strong team effort lifts Bellingham to big win over Friday Harbor

Bellingham football coach Ted Flint literally did not know where to begin in praising his team while he was boarding the ferry back from Friday Harbor on Friday, Oct. 2.

Should he start with Ethan Fields, who had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown? How about Isiah Harrington who rushed for three touchdowns or Chris Thompson who also had a big game running the ball? Or maybe quarterback Nick Knutson and receiver Zach Lorenz, who connected for a pair of long touchdown passes?

Flint certainly couldn’t go wrong, as the Red Raiders made the happy ride home following a 54-8 victory over the host Wolverines.

“It was a great team win,” Flint said in a phone interview. “It feels good. We’ve still got some things to work on, but this was a great team effort. It’s been a while since we’ve had a win like this.”

In fact, Bellingham (2-3) scored its most points in at least 10 years, and the 46-point margin of victory was the Red Raiders’ largest during that same span. The only score that came close during the past decade was a 51-7 win over Sehome in 2009.

And Bellingham turned in the performance despite getting off to a little bit of a slow start, Flint said.

“We came in not playing with a lot of energy, but late in the first quarter, we started to turn it up,” Flint said.

The Red Raiders, who will host Friday Harbor in their season finale in November, return home to play Bellevue Christian at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Civic Stadium.