The Bellingham Bulldogs falter in their first WWFA regular season home game against the Puallup Nation Kings Saturday, May 21st at Civic Field. This was the Bulldogs second match-up of the 2016 campaign against a WWFA team. Puallup, 2015 WWFA champions, would be prove to be the ultimate test for how the Bulldogs measured up in their new league.
The Kings jumped out early, scoring 12 unanswered points on their first two possessions with two touchdowns. Dominating the line of scrimmage, Puallup exacted their will with both running and passing. But Bellingham would gather themselves and quickly close the gap. Utilizing their still developing ground attack, the Bulldogs bullied their way down-field. Taking the lead just before halftime with two touchdowns.
Bellingham tacked on a field goal on the opening possession of the second half. However Puallup would prove to Bellingham why they are champion, scoring two more touchdowns in third quarter. The Bulldogs defense rallied, stopping the Kings twice in the red-zone, and scoring a touchdown off a bizarre interception and fumble recovery combination play. But the turnovers caused by miscues in the passing game spelled the end of a Bulldogs comeback. Final score: 23-38. Click here to view photos from the game.