Bearcats fall to defending PFL champs, 21-7


BELLINGHAM — Ending the game with 35 unanswered points, the Bellingham Bulldogs downed the Grays Harbor Bearcats, 35-7, in a Pacific Football League game Saturday night at Bellingham.

The Bearcats (0-2, 0-4) opened the scoring when Daniel Hargrove returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Quarterback Eric Taylor rallied the reigning Pacific Football League champion Bulldogs, however, by passing for three touchdowns in the first half. The Bearcats, meanwhile, were unable to sustain long drives.

“We drove the ball pretty consistently, but couldn’t seem to score,” Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness said. “We turned the ball over in the red zone four times. We got burned on only one of their touchdowns, the others were great plays by them — either a great throw or a great catch.”

Grays Harbor’s Vincent McCrory, going all the way at tailback, ran effectively. Hoiness also cited Hargrove, Vernon McCrory and Daniel and Joel Brown for fine defensive play.

“There’s a lot of good stuff to come out of the game, but the score wasn’t one of them,” Hoiness reflected.

Grays Harbor’s Chris Cook, a two-way all-league performer last year, is lost for the season with a broken leg. Offensive lineman Steve Dayton may also be sidelined for the campaign with a knee injury.

The Bearcats visit the South King County Colts on Saturday at Sumner High School. They’ll return home May 17 against the Seattle Stallions.

Other scores from Saturday’s PFL schedule:

NORTH

Yakima Mavericks 7, Seattle Stallions 4

SOUTH

Portland Raiders 24, Portland Monarchs 6

Southern Oregon Renegades 48, Clark County Vipers 37

 

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