By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium
Winning all four of their games this season in double figures, the Garfield Bulldogs were off to a hot start as they put their undefeated record on the line Friday night against the Ballard Beavers. The Bulldog’s came into the game giving up a combined total of 32 points against their four opponents thus far, while Ballard looked to regroup after losing last week to Rainier Beach.
Garfield has been practically unstoppable on both sides of the football, whether it’s the defense which has held opponents to seven points or less for three straight games, or their offense which has totaled 152 points within the same three-game span, their Metro League opponents to date have not been able to put out the fire this team has sparked.
Receiving first possession, Garfield’s offense would pick up where they left off last week against Bishop Blanchet by scoring first but it wasn’t easy. Ballard’s defense looked to be standing firm which forced the Bulldogs to make a fourth down decision and without any hesitation Garfield Head Coach Reggie Witherspoon and his staff left their offense on the field.
On the fourth down play, Bulldogs’ quarterback E.J Caminong handed the ball off to freshman running back Reylen Witherspoon who completed the fourth down conversion with a five-yard run, which gave Garfield a first down in the Beavers’ redzone.
With the ball on the three-yard line, Caminong would lose the handle of the snap from center and manage to regain possession before running in the endzone to give Garfield an early 7-0 lead.
From that point on, Garfield took complete control of the game and began to score at a rapid pace.
Ballard’s time of possession on offense throughout the game were short-lived due to Garfield’s aggressiveness on defense. Managing to deflect and intercept passes from the quarterback, get tackles for losses, and force quick three-and-outs, the Bulldogs’ defense dominated the game. Garfield’s special teams were just as impressive, they blocked punts and were able to force bad punts which resulted in good field position for them to score.
Offensively, Ballard was unable to put together a drive that lasted more than five minutes or get past the 50-yard line and with them out of sync, the Beavers miscues played in favor of Garfield.
Running the offense, Caminong would lead a three-play drive which ended with a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamaica Myers as the Bulldogs took at 14-0 lead.
The second quarter is ultimately where Garfield would completely put this game out of reach. The Bulldogs scored a season-high 41 points in a 12-minute span in a variety of ways.
Passes from Caminong, the Bulldog rushing attack led by Witherspoon, and interceptions returned for touchdowns all contributed to the Bulldogs posting a commanding 55-0 lead at halftime.
During the second half, the Bulldogs’ offense cooled off, and their defense allowed Ballard to score only one touchdown in the last two quarters. Once the clock sounded off, Garfield was victorious winning 55-6.
With the win, the Bulldogs now have won their last four games by 40 points or more and improved to 5-0, making them one of the last undefeated teams in their Metro League division. Next week the Bulldogs will face Eastside Catholic in a battle of undefeated teams.