Top 150 #143 – 2007 Bellingham Red Raiders


RECORD: 7-5  –  COACH: Doug Trainor

 LEAGUE: 3-3 (3rd Place in the 2A NWC)

 CLASSIFICATION: 2A – PLAYOFFS: State Quarterfinalist

Scoring Stats “Per Game”
Points: 17.8 – Allowed: 19.3 – Differential: -1.5


Week 1: Bellingham 34, Sedro Woolley 6

Week 2: Bellingham 33, Mount Baker 19

Week 3: Blaine 24, Bellingham 13

Week 4: Lynden 7, Bellingham 0

Week 5: Bellingham 20, Squalicum 13

Week 6: Ferndale 24, Bellingham 14

Week 7: Bellingham 33, Sehome 26

Week 8: Burlington-Edison 28, Bellingham 14

Week 9: Bellingham 18, Anacortes 8

State Play-in Game: Archbishop Murphy 28, Bellingham 6 (Bellingham ruled the winner because of rules violation)

State Playoffs Round One: Bellingham 23, Mark Morris 13

State Quarterfinals: Prosser 35, Bellingham 6



The 2007 Red Raiders were an interesting team. They advanced to the state playoffs because of a rules violation, they gave up more points than they scored, yet it was the first time reaching the playoffs in 20 years, and they haven’t since.

Bellingham senior class
Bellingham senior class

Senior quarterback Zack Halverson was a big (6-2 210), strong gun-slinger. He completed 103-of-239 passes for 1173 yards and eight touchdowns. He also ran for six scores, and was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Jeremy Rick
Jeremy Rick

Junior running back Jeremy Rick became the only the second underclassmen in school history to run for over 1000 yards in a season (Chance McClellan ran for 1111 yards as a junior). Rick finished with 1136 yards on 191 carries (6.0 average) and eight touchdowns. He also caught four passes and was named All-League 1st Team. Senior Taylor Perry ran for 720 yards on 131 carries (5.5) and three scores, and was named All-League Honorable Mention. Junior Michael Gonzalez chipped in with 158 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart

Senior wide receiver J.T. Fitzgerald had an abundance of athletic ability, and he caught 28 passes for 412 yards (14.7) and four touchdowns. Another senior, Pete Carlson, also had a great season at wide receiver with 29 catches for 327 yards (11.3) and two scores. Fitzgerald was named All-League 2nd Team while Carlson was an Honorable Mention. Senior receiver Michael Takemura hauled in 16 passes for 152 yards (9.5) and a touchdown, while junior tight end Max Nelson (6-2 210) also caught 16 passes for 176 yards (11.0) and a score, and he was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Bellingham kickoff
Bellingham kickoff

Senior Holman Faatili (6-1 230) led the force of offensive linemen, and was named All-League 2nd Team. Junior Kyle Stewart (6-3 225) and sophomore Chase Neilan (6-1 200) also stood out, and they were both named All-League Honorable Mention. Bellingham amassed over 2000 yards on the ground, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 18 touchdowns.

Faatili was all over the field from his linebacker position, and was named All League 1st Team. Fitzgerald and Perry were an amazing duo in the defensive backfield, and were each named All-League 2nd Team. Perry returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Rick was also a standout in the secondary, and he was named All-League Honorable Mention. Sophomores Walter Hathaway, and Neilan, were each named All-League Honorable Mention. Hathaway as a defensive lineman and Neilan as a linebacker.

Junior Jack Morgan handled the kicking duties, connecting on 11 extra points. Rick demonstrated his amazing skills as a kick returner, and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against Ferndale.