Bulldogs football fills a niche for players without a program

June 25, 2015

It’s a warm evening at Bellevue High School’s stadium, and a couple dozen players have donned pads, helmets and jerseys to practice tackling and blocking, and running offensive and defensive schemes.

By Neil Pierson Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

By Neil Pierson
Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

They’re not members of Bellevue High’s nationally renowned program, which has captured 11 of the past 14 state championships. They’re young men who, for various reasons, aren’t playing college football but are looking to attract attention from coaches at that level.

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Junior college football team hosts tryouts

April 29, 2014

The Eastside Junior College Bulldogs football team is prepping for its second season of play with three open tryouts.

Athletes interested in playing for the team must attend one of three combines at 11 a.m. May 3, 10 or 17.

The tryouts will take place at Crossfit Bellevue, 13425 S.E. 30th St., Suite 2C. Players must register in advance at http://eastsidejcfootball.com/registration.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

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